Need To Know
TaylorMade Spider GT Putter - Key Features
- Extreme Perimeter Weighting: to aid a very stable putter
- Top Plate With Short Sightline: eliminates weight in the middle of the putter
- Steel Side Weight Construction: stabilises deflection on off-centre hits
- PureRoll-2 Insert: improved topspin at all parts of the face
- Fluted Feel Shaft: enhanced feel, stability and dispersion
If you call yourself a serious golfer, chances are you will have used one of the putters in the legendary TaylorMade Spider franchise at some point in time since their inauguration in 2008.
Spider putters have evolved tremendously in recent years, especially in 2022, but at the same time each and every Spider model has possessed incredible feel and performance.
For this season, the new TaylorMade Spider GT family consists of four innovative designs, each of them offering distinctive qualities.
You have got the GT, the GT SplitBack, the GT Notchback and the GT Rollback, all of which have been constructred with a fluted feel shaft that is a newly engineered stability putter shaft with a softer section 5" from the tip.
But in this test, we test out the Spider GT, which took the spoils in our latest best golf putters guide.
WATCH OUR LATEST SPIDER GT REVIEW HERE
TaylorMade Spider GT Putter - Looks and Feel
Each of the new putters also benefit from a PureRoll2 insert that is slightly firmer than past Spider putters.
It is constructed from black TPU Urethane and it contains silver beams running at a 45-degree angle to improve the levels of topspin at all points on the face.
For this particular review, we are focusing on the Spider GT in its striking Red finish, and we would have to say it's our favourite and headline model from the new Spider family.
The putter features a beautiful modern wing design with sharp angular features, and it just frames the ball superbly well at address. A neat white line down the middle in between a rectangular design really does help aid great alignment.
Lightweight aluminium has also been used to construct the main body of this putter with a 145g top plate added to eliminate excess weight in the middle of the putter. This creates extreme perimeter weighting and provides the golfer with unmatched forgiveness.
There are also three different hosel options available, a small slant (21° toe-hang - ideal for strokes with a slight arc) a single bend (face balanced – ideal for straight back, straight through strokes) and a centre shafted (face balanced)
The GT's fluted shaft aids a lovely feel and enhanced our dispersion of putts, particularly from long range.
Steel side weights (80g on each side) have also been added to this putter in order to create a heavy frame for maximum stability and distance control. It had a lovely feel about it during our latest testing session.
TaylorMade adds that 18% of the weight of the head is located in the middle which helps to stabilise deflection on off-centre strikes - and that was evident during testing.
The only slight niggle we have is the standard grip, as we would just prefer something a little bigger. But that's nothing a cheap grip change can't sort out.
TaylorMade Spider GT Putter - Forgiveness and Performance
From close range, we were holing putts with regularity, making seven out of 10 from inside of six feet during our test.
We then moved to 12 feet on the same line, a relatively straight putt, and we drained five of 10, which was again very pleasing.
We also found our distance control was particularly strong on those putts from outside of 30 feet.
Of the 10 putts we struck from this distance, only two of them finished outside the three-foot circle, and we holed two of them.
The best part of this putter is its forgiveness. It really does try its best to keep your ball on line.
Should you buy the TaylorMade Spider GT Putter?
Our favourite mallet putter of 2022. It's got incredible looks, superb feel and a beautiful true roll.
Some of you might be a little put off at the price tag but this is a fantastic premium putter that will help you hole more putts and also dramatically improve your distance control.
And can you really put a price on lower scores? Much of that will likely be down to how seriously you take your golf.
There is so much forgiveness on offer here.
The standard SuperStroke grip is very comfortable but we would probably prefer to stick a larger grip on it just because we prefer the feel of an oversized grip but feel is of course very much personal preference, as too are looks.
There is plenty of choice in the new Spider GT family so we highly recommend you take a closer look at one of them this season. You will not be left disappointed.
TaylorMade has also released some brand new GTX putters for 2023, so we recommend you take a closer look at those. We'll have a full review on these very soon.