Daddy Long Legs

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Andy Roberts
Tue, 14 May 2013
Daddy Long Legs
There is no escaping the Daddy Long Legs, lolloping around and battering into every window, wall, light and person that gets in their way. Now we can add the golf hole to that list.

Need To Know

PureRoll Surlyn insert promotes soft-yet solid feel and smooth roll straight off the face; Beautifully weighted; Innovative counterbalancing works well; Simple alignment aid
Tough to gauge feel on longer putts
Our score:
Overall: 
5
PRICE: £159.00 YEAR: from 2013

TaylorMade Daddy Long Legs is a ‘counterbalanced’ putter that is engineered with a heavier weight at the grip-end to increase the MOI of the putter and promote a consistent ‘on path’ stroke.

There is no escaping the Daddy Long Legs, lolloping around and battering into every window, wall, light and person that gets in their way.

Now we can add the golf hole to that list. 

The idea behind the new DLL is to grip the club as you would a normal-length putter, with two or three inches of the butt-end of the grip extended above your hands, which gives you the maximum benefit of counterbalancing.

Thus, if you normally play a 35” putter you should opt for the 38”; if you play a 33” putter should use the 35”; if you play a 34” putter you can experiment with both the 35 and 38” to find which you prefer.

Given I use a 33”, the 35” was to become my new best friend for the day.

In terms of appearance, we’re pretty sure this one will divide opinion but we’re very much fans of its futuristic look. We were a little bemused at first, however. With a two-tone colour scheme and red plastic insert on the bottom, there is a stream-lined feel to the putter.

A little too oversized for our liking - bigger than the original Spider - but its lovely 395g weighted head aided terrific confidence. Removal of the bar in the back of the putter has a slimming effect and that adds to the sleek looks.

The alignment is very simple but effective with a single line, and the design does a great job of framing the ball.

This mallet is incredibly soft. It feels like you’re pushing the ball into the hole inside 10-feet. The PureRoll Surlyn insert promotes soft-yet solid feel and smooth roll straight off the face. However, as soon as we started to move away from the hole, we lost a little bit of feel for the longer putts.

Stability was superb throughout the entire stroke. This counterbalanced putter stays on line with ease. The evenly weighted club means it’s easy to get a good rhythm to your stoke and the long alignment line had us knocking everything in from inside 10-feet. From 20-feet the loss of feel meant we found it harder to judge distance.

Verdict

If you’re an oversized mallet fan then you’ll love the TaylorMade Daddy Long Legs. Unbelievably stable thanks to the counterbalanced weighting system, it has a large sweetspot and is very easy to wield. Great for high and mid-cappers who suffer from their putter twisting offline.

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