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May 9 2013

11:59 AM

Rose using custom TaylorMade putter

 
 
 
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
 
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Justin Rose arrived at TPC Sawgrass on Tuesday with a custom TaylorMade Spider Blade prototype putter in the bag. Unlike the current Spider Blade model — the putter is coming to retail on June 1 — Lucas Glover's been working with since the Zurich Classic of New Orleans that has a white/black contrast head, Rose's prototype putter is all white and features a number of interesting additions.
 
The 34.5-inch putter has a Tour-Only black stepped steel shaft with a No. 1 hosel, Short L neck; Rose's name along the hosel and initials on the bottom of the putter; and custom weight ports on the heel and toe that bring the total head weight to 346 grams.
 
Even though the total weight of the entire putter is 512 grams, Rose opted to pass on Spider Blade's 130-gram, counterbalanced grip and go with a conventional grip, much like the new putter Glover's been using.
 
Rose had been using a TaylorMade Ghost Tour Series DA-12 but is expected to put the new Spider Blade prototype model in play at THE PLAYERS Championship.
 
Rose's TaylorMade Spider Blade prototype specs
Loft: 3.5 degrees
Lie: 70.5 degrees
Swingweight: D9
Length: 34.5 inches
Head weight: 346 grams
Total weight: 512 grams
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