TaylorMade add Spider GT to exciting 2022 putter line-up

by | Jan 25, 2022 | 0 comments

Peter Finnan

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You may not think about it much but it’s mind-blowing how far technology in putters has evolved over the last decade. In the past, the perception was that mallets were for golfers who needed help. In 2016, TaylorMade began having success both on tour and with amateurs with mid-sized mallets that were perfectly balanced and weighted with mega high MOI for off centre strikes – it was the birth of Spider, triggering a Red Spider revolution as Tour pros put them in play in their droves.

Since 2016, TaylorMade has refined and worked to improve the performance of the Spider line. In 2019, there was Spider X, and in 2021 the company released Spider ES.

Now with the release of Spider GT, the company is trying to push the concepts further and help golfers gain more consistency on the greens with four new additions to the acclaimed Spider franchise: Spider GT, Spider GT Notchback, Spider GT Rollback and Spider GT Splitback headlined by a Spider GT with its modern wing design and ultra-lightweight top plate.

“Innovation has long been the bloodline of the Spider franchise. From its optimised stability frame to its countless victories on worldwide tours, every Spider putter is designed to deliver pure performance. With Spider GT, TaylorMade has created its most angular and most stable Spider ever using a new modern wing construction similar to other high stability Spider putters of the past. With the removal of weight from the centre of Spider GT, we have unlocked higher MOI and more stability from every angle,” said Bill Price, Senior Director Product Creation, Putters

SPIDER GT
The most striking feature of the Spider GT is the lightweight 145g top plate made from 6061 aluminium, which eliminates excess weight in the middle of the putter and carries a short sightline for alignment. Combined with the ultralight top plate, a first of its kind open frame multi-material design features two 90g steel side weights that push 82 percent of the putter’s total weight to the perimeter. This creates extreme stability on off-centre strikes.

The Spider GT top plate is crafted from lightweight aluminium for both a premium look and increased durability compared to paint or PVD finishes. The four anodised finishes for Spider GT are silver, black, red and white for the Spider GT women’s model, which also features a three-dot sightline for alignment. Spider GT’s contemporary design has the Pure Roll² co-moulded insert for improved forward roll and ball speed consistency across the face. Pure Roll² is a firmer insert, manufactured of black TPU urethane with silver aluminium beams at a 45° angle designed to improve topspin across the face.

Spider GT will be available for preorder on February 15 and at retail beginning March 4 with an RRP of €399. Available lengths include 33″, 34″ and 35″. Offered in three different top-plate colourways: Silver, Red, Black and a White women’s offering. Hosel options include single bend, centre shaft and short slant.

The short slant design combines with Spider GT’s extreme perimeter weighting to generate 21° of toe hang for a more vertical angle, delivering a putter that best fits players with moderate face rotation in the putting stroke. The CG has been moved closer to face for an improved face rotation. The single bend and centre shaft hosels and modern design create a face balanced putter that better fits players with a straight-back and straight-through putting motion.

Spider GT comes equipped with the TaylorMade Fluted Feel shaft and Super Stroke GT 1.0 Black/Red grip. The white women’s offering, with light blue wings, comes at 33” and the Super Stroke GT 1.0 Light Blue/Gray grip. Additionally, the headcover for the entire Spider GT family has been upgraded with a magnetic closure, offering a more premium and durable headcover compared to Velcro.

SPIDER GT NOTCHBACK
Spider GT Notchback blends traditional design with contemporary construction to create a time-honoured shape. CG is positioned the farthest forward with Notchback’s to make face rotation easier.

Featuring a lightweight 6061 aluminium body combined with strategically placed 86g dual-tungsten weights on the outside (heel and toe), Spider GT Notchback has premier stability, forgiveness and distance control. TaylorMade’s records show that it produces the highest MOI ever created by a mid-size mallet Spider. An extruded then machined aluminium head creates a stout section of material behind the face insert for a confidence-inspiring strike along with superb sound. Both Spider GT Notchback and Rollback feature a tri-sole design that allows golfers to properly set the putter square on the ground without changing the face angle.

Spider GT Notchback will be available for preorder on February 15 and at retail beginning March 4 with an RRP of €339. It will be available lengths include 33″, 34″ and 35″, and it is offered in a Silver colourway. Hosel options include single bend and short slant. The short slant hosel combines with Spider GT Notchback’s extreme perimeter weighting to generate 30° of toe hang for players with moderate face rotation in the putting stroke. The single bend hosel creates a face-balanced putter that better fits a straight-back and straight-through putting motion. It comes equipped with the TaylorMade Fluted Feel™ shaft and Super Stroke GT 1.0 Black/Red grip.

SPIDER GT ROLLBACK
Spider GT Rollback is a classic half-moon design enhanced by a heavy tungsten rollbar for added perimeter weighting and increased stability. Rollback creates confidence at address with a raised, curved centre section that is the same width of a golf ball. This makes it easy to centre the ball in the address position and three contrasting black sightlines provide clear alignment with the hole.

The Rollback top design has a lighter anterior with a 232g cap crafted from anodised 6061 aluminium combined with TaylorMade’s first 80g tungsten stability bar that wraps around the back and side of the putter for added forgiveness and stability.

Spider GT Rollback will be available for preorder on February 15 and at retail beginning March 4 with an RRP of €339. Available lengths include 33″, 34″ and 35″, and it is offered in a Silver/Black and all Silver colourway. Hosel options include single bend and the all-new short slant. The short slant hosel combines with Spider GT Rollback’s extreme perimeter weighting to generate 21° of toe hang for players with moderate face rotation in the putting stroke. The single bend hosel creates a face-balanced putter that better fits a straight-back and straight-through putting motion. It comes equipped with the TaylorMade Fluted Feel shaft and Super Stroke GT 1.0 Black/Red grip.

SPIDER GT SPLITBACK
Spider GT Splitback features a refined 304-stainless steel construction with geometric shaping and urethane foam strategically injected inside the putter head. The split mass “winged” design allowed TaylorMade designers to redistribute mass around the perimeter of the putter in order to maximise MOI and stability. In this shape, a steel body naturally provides more perimeter weighting than an aluminium one.

Due to the high density of steel, the wing sections of the design needed to be partially pocketed out to remove excess weight. The chambers within the wings are filled with feel foam, similar to the SpeedFoam™ material used in P·770/P·790 irons. This helps fill the voids and damp vibrations, resulting in better sound and feel. Spider GT Splitback incorporates one of the standout features of Spider X with True Path, TaylorMade’s ball alignment and stroke visualisation aid. While standing over Spider GT Splitback, True Path is highly visible and seamlessly integrated into the head. The contrasting white section, black sightline and arrow-shaped rear edge help golfers visualise their putting stroke and ball path before ever executing the putt.

Spider GT Splitback will be available for preorder on February 15 and at retail beginning March 4 with an RRP of €339. Available lengths include 33″, 34″ and 35″, and it is offered in a Black colourway. Hosel options include single bend and short slant. The 85° short slant hosel combines with Spider GT Splitback’s extreme perimeter weighting to generate 25° of toe hang for players with moderate face rotation in the putting stroke. The single bend hosel creates a face-balanced putter that better fits a straight-back and straight-through putting motion. It comes equipped with the TaylorMade Fluted Feel™ shaft and Super Stroke GT 1.0 Black/Red grip.

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