Having achieved nearly two decades of success with its Spider line of putters, TaylorMade has revitalised the franchise with the release of the Spider Tour Series – a family of high MOI putters with five unique models featuring technologies including True Path Alignment, Pure Roll, and TSS weighting.
Each Spider Tour Series putter is crafted using multi-material construction to push weight low and back in the head for high levels of inertia. Engineers achieved this by creating superstructures that maintain the shape of a classic Spider Tour, then utilised thin wall undercuts to remove excess weight.
A steel wireframe construction allows engineers to better control weight distribution and centre of gravity location too. The suite of putters (RRP £299) includes various CG positions to fit a wide variety of putting styles, while also arming custom fitters with an array of options.
Underneath the hood is a new HYBRAR Echo Damper that is also seen in TaylorMade distance irons. It is placed directly behind the face to dampen unwanted vibrations, delivering premium sound and feel on each putt.
The putters also utilise the same Pure Roll insert that rose to prominence with the original Spider X putter. Moulded from a Surlyn material, it delivers a soft yet responsive feel with grooves that are angled 45° downward to help create better end-over-end roll.
Spider Tour is one of the range’s most recognisable shapes, accounting for dozens of victories on professional tours across the globe.
Made popular as the putter of choice for Rory McIlroy, the Spider X shape was originally designed to convert players who loved blade putters into mallets, using a compact shape and modern look to deliver a more blade-like feel with the added benefits of alignment and forgiveness. TSS weights in Spider Tour X are placed further forward, generating more face rotation and a CG placement that is 33mm from the face compared to 35mm of Spider Tour.
Spider Tour Z is one of two new shapes in the line-up, paying homage to the Spider Tour with a wing-shaped back. The perimeter of this putter sits low in the ground to provide a comfortable feeling at address and help frame the golf ball for easy alignment. TSS weights on this model are placed very far forward to encourage more face rotation and a blade-like feel.
Spider Tour V eliminates the wing structure and creates a more modern, streamlined look. It is the smallest putter in the line-up, providing the most rotation.
The Spider Tour S is a larger version of the original Spider – 3mm longer and 8mm wider in comparison. Spider Tour S is constructed at a heavier head weight and only offered at 35” and 38” lengths, with both featuring counterbalance grips for maximum stability.