August 30 2013
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
TaylorMade's Ghost Tour Series is getting a makeover. Like the previous line, which debuted at the beginning of 2012, the latest installment is a mix of detailing and artistry with a dash of technology.
“We spent a full year perfecting every detail on our Ghost Tour putters, making each one a thing of beauty, elegance and excellence,” said Brian Bazzel, TaylorMade’s product-creation manager. “Golfers will be blown away when they set each of these putters down for the first time, and again when they experience the performance.”
The new putter line consists of seven different models — three blade-style putters (Daytona 12, Daytona 62 and Sebring 62) and four mallets (Maranello 81, Fontana 72, Monte Carlo 12 and Corza 72).
As far as looks are concerned, the Ghost Tour Series features a new black ion plating on the sole that pops against the white paint on the top of the head. Each putter also comes with a tour-preferred rubber grip and chrome stepless shaft.
For an extra $40, golfers can upgrade to the same stepless shaft in a matte black finish. A number of TaylorMade staffers have switched to a matte black shaft this season, including 2013 U.S. Open winner Justin Rose.
To reinforce accurate alignment, thin white lines were also added to the cavity of the putter. The lines run parallel to the main alignment aid, giving each model a similar setup to the secondary alignment system on the company's Spider Blade and Spider Mallet putters.
Each Ghost Tour Series putter also comes with TaylorMade's multi-material 8020 PureRoll insert (80 percent Surlyn and 20 percent aluminum) that promotes a smooth initial roll, softer feel and distance control when compared to the company's Titanium insert.
TaylorMade's Ghost Tour Series ($150) line will be available Sept. 1 in lengths of 33, 34 and 35 inches.