TaylorMade has built a strong reputation in recent years for delivering players exceptional forgiveness and a true, consistent roll from its various putter offerings. Among the company’s innovations have been unique groove designs and head shapes, all of which are helping players of all ability levels fare better on the greens.
Spider Tour putters provide players more topspin and incredible forgiveness
Spider Putter — Pure Roll Technology
There are a number of reasons why Jason Day has emerged as one of the best golfers in the world but among those reasons is the way he rolls his golf ball.
Golf fans have grown accustomed to seeing Day, with his unique, trademark red mallet, not only make a lot of putts but rarely miss one when it matters.
And it wasn’t just golf fans who noticed. Fellow TaylorMade staffer Dustin Johnson saw the success that Day was having on the greens and has since adopted a black version of Day’s putter. Johnson has subsequently ascended to No. 1 in the world rankings.
TaylorMade has seen other touring professionals, including rising young star Jon Rahm, put the putter into play as well.
The good news for recreational golfers is that they’ll have the same opportunity, as TaylorMade has now made its Spider Tour collection available to the public.
Spider Tour putters are available in the same black and red colors that Johnson and Day use, and there’s also a Platinum version as well, although it has some slight design differences, which will be discussed later.
While having an impressive Tour presence is great, the reason for that presence is that Spider Tour putters excel from a performance standpoint. And leading the way in terms of performance are Pure Roll inserts.
What exactly is Pure Roll and how does it benefit golfers?
“It all starts with the groove,” said Bill Price, TaylorMade Senior Director of Product Creation for Putters. “Pure Roll inserts have 45-degree angles in the grooves that provide the angular momentum to put topspin on the ball."
“Other brands have inserts, but their grooves are either straight or have various other angles. If the grooves are straight, they don't do anything. If the grooves face upward, they create backspin, which is not what you want when you're putting. Pure Roll inserts create topspin, simple as that.”
In addition to creating a better roll and helping players get the ball started on their intended line more often, Spider Tour putters also offer incredible forgiveness and stability, as evidenced by the fact that they can claim more than 4,900 MOI points.
That, of course, will help players enjoy more success on off-center strikes, both in terms of speed and distance control.
“We all mis-hit putts,” Price said. “We have test data that shows the average player’s strike dispersion on a 14-foot putt is in an area about the size of a quarter around the center of the face. With Spider, the added stability and high MOI essentially create a larger sweet spot for you to strike the ball, allowing the ball to roll out to the hole, even on a typical mis-hit.”
One of the unique things about Spider Tour Red and Spider Tour Black putters is that despite their mallet design they are not face-balanced. They actually have 38 degrees of toe hang, which means they’ll work well for players who utilize slight or moderate arcs in their putting stroke.
The Spider Tour Platinum, however, is face balanced, which will make it a great choice for golfers who putt using more of a straight back, straight through method.
Also different when it comes to the Platinum is that it features a single alignment stripe on the crown, whereas the Red and the Black have no sightlines.
All three models come in stock lengths of 34 and 35 inches, but the Red and Black are available only in right-handed models.
The Red and Black also feature Winn Pistol grips, Medalist and AVS Midsize, respectively, while the Platinum comes stock with a SuperStroke GT 2.0.
TaylorMade Putter Reviews. OS Series: Oversized For More Forgiveness
TaylorMade OS Putters
A major focus in recent years when it comes to design strategy has been to make putters more forgiving by increasing MOI (moment of inertia). And with its new OS series, TaylorMade is taking forgiveness to all new heights.
The company has taken several of its classic and most popular putter designs and expanded the size of the heads slightly to improve forgiveness without sacrificing look. Accomplishing that objective was done in a unique manner.
“We've done that by actually making them hollow,” said Clay Long, TaylorMade's Director of Product Creation For Putters And Wedges. “They're constructed much like a fairway wood is. They have a sole plate that's welded on, they're hollow inside, they're filled with a vibration dampening foam. That's allowed us to increase the size of the putter slightly but still maintain a nice, aesthetic look.”
Additionally, the OS series offers options in both standard and counterbalanced models. The counterbalanced choices are slightly larger than the already oversized standard models and feature even greater MOI, as well as a heavier overall feel thanks to a 130-gram grip.
The counterbalance technology is ideal for players who are looking for assistance in stabilizing their putting stroke.
TaylorMade might not get as much press as some of the other manufacturers on this list when it comes to putters, but it’s ramping up its game with the addition of industry veteran Clay Long, who early in his career designed putters for MacGregor, including the model Jack Nicklaus used to with the 1986 Masters.
In terms of its putter offerings, TaylorMade has made forgiveness a priority, creating high MOI models in its OS Series to help golfers achieve better results when they miss the center of the face.
That has been done by taking some of the company’s classic designs through the years and making them slightly larger. Additionally, counterbalance models exist in the OS lineup as well. They’re even slightly larger and designed to help players who need additional help in making a smoother stroke.
That said, the lineup also features three distinct models that will work well with different styles of putting strokes, something TaylorMade makes readily apparent for its players by featuring the degree of toe hang for each model as one of its specs.
More specifically, the Daytona model is a classic blade design that features 36 degrees of toe hang, meaning it will work well for players who putt using a fairly significant arc.
Players with a smaller arc, however, might benefit from using the Monte Carlo, a mid-mallet design that has 20 degrees of toe hang, while the face-balanced Spider will be a great option for players who putt using a straight back, straight through stroke.
TaylorMade also includes toe hang numbers for all of its other putter lines, including the face-balanced Spider Limited Red putter that helped propel Jason Day to No. 1 in the world.
All said, if you’re in the market for a new TaylorMade putter, make sure you pick a model that will suit your putting stroke.