The unmistakable shape of TaylorMade's Spider putters has been gracing the fairways of professional golf for nearly two decades now, claiming a whole host of majors and Tour wins along the way.
Today, the brand has revitalised the franchise, revealing five new high MOI models that feature renowned technologies such as True Path Alignment, Pure Roll and TSS weighting. A number of the models have already been spotted on Tour, with the Spider Tour X finding its way into the bag of Scottie Scheffler at the FedEx St. Jude Championship.
The new designs are crafted using a multi-material construction, allowing for weight to be pushed lower and further back in the head for higher levels of inertia.
TaylorMade's engineers have also created superstructures that maintain the shape of the classic Spider Tour, then utilised thin wall undercuts to remove excess weight.
The full range of putters has a wide variety of CG positions to fit a broad range of putting styles, while also arming custom fitters with an array of options for their customers.
Utilising tech that has been adapted from TaylorMade's distance Stealth and Stealth HD distance irons, the brand's engineers have placed a new HYBRAR Echo Damper behind the face of each of the putters to minimise unwanted vibrations in order to deliver a more premium sound and feel.
Each putter in the range is fitted with the same Pure Roll insert that rose to prominence with the original Spider X putter. Moulded from a surlyn material, the face provides a soft, responsive feel, while also helping to impart better top-spin and an end-over-end roll thanks to the grooves that are angled 45° downward.
Each putter has a gunmetal Physical Vapor Deposition finish that enhances aesthetics while also providing increased durability from the elements and everyday wear.
Let's meet the new models
Spider Tour Z
Spider Tour Z is one of two new shapes in this 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.
It has a CG location of 29mm from the face, 5,050 MOI and 29° of toe hang with a small slant hosel.
Spider Tour is one of the most recognisable shapes in the putting world, accounting for dozens of victories on professional tours across the globe. TaylorMade is breathing new life into the company’s most popular creations with enhanced materials, a new colour and refined weight distribution.
The Spider Tour model has a CG location of 35mm from the face, 5,700 MOI and 29° of toe hang on a small slant hosel. Spider Tour has over 700 MOI more than the previous model.
Amidst the recent trend of counterbalance putters on Tour, Spider Tour also comes in a 38-inch counterbalance model with a 17-inch SuperStroke 3.0 grip.
Spider Tour V
Spider Tour V eliminates the wing structure and creates a more modern, streamlined look. It is the smallest putter in shape and size in the line-up, providing the most rotation of the bunch.
Spider Tour V has a CG location of 27mm from the face, MOI of 4,900 and 32° of toe hang with a small slant hosel.
Spider Tour X
Made popular as the putter of choice for Rory McIlroy, the Spider X shape has been one of the most sought-after in the franchise. It 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 that are incumbent to Spider putters.
TSS weights in Spider Tour X are placed farther forward, generating more face rotation and a CG placement that is 33mm from the face compared to 35mm of Spider Tour. This model has MOI of 5,000 and 30° of toe hang on the small slant hosel.
Spider Tour S
The Spider Tour S is a larger version of the original Spider. The putter head is 3mm longer and 8 mm 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.
Spider Tour S has a CG location of 38mm from the face, 6,063 MOI and is face balanced. It will be available in Spring of 2024.