March 09, 2014
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Justin Rose made some modifications to his TaylorMade Ghost Spider Blade prototype. (Squires/Getty Images)
Justin Rose gave his TaylorMade Ghost Spider Blade prototype putter — the same one he used to win the 2013 U.S. Open — an "SLDR inspired" makeover at Trump National Doral.
Instead of the usual white putter head, Rose went with an all black look on the new 35-inch flat stick that still features the same Aluminium PureRoll insert and headweight (356 grams) as his previous model.
New additions to the putter include a 15-inch counterbalance Spider Cyan Prototype Alignment grip and milled face insert. While Rose is still using the PureRoll insert, the milled insert gives him another option depending on the greens.
Rose was spotted testing a Tour Edge Exotics putter on Tuesday that had a milled face similar to the optional milled insert that was created. He finished 19th in strokes gained/putting (0.791) for the week.
Bradley switches to Odyssey Versa Jailbird: After testing an Odyssey Versa Jailbird belly putter on Tuesday and Wednesday, Keegan Bradley officially shelved his Odyssey White Hot XG Sabertooth belly putter — a putter he's used for most of his career — for the new high-MOI model on Thursday.
According to Johnny Thompson, Odyssey Golf's Tour rep, Bradley got a glimpse of Jailbird at the beginning of the year but finally had a chance to test it at Trump National Doral.
"I showed [the putter head] to him a while back and told him I could make it in a belly version," Thompson said. "I had it built and he picked it up [Tuesday morning] and has been testing it ever since."
Bradley's Jailbird was 50 grams lighter (350 grams) than his 400-gram White Hot XG Sabertooth, so a few adjustments were made to get the putter to the same weight. It also features the same White Hot insert and double-bend ski-pole shaft he's been using.
Bradley finished T50 for the tournament and ranked 56th in strokes gained/putting (-0.945).
Update on TaylorMade SLDR MiniDriver: TaylorMade's SLDR MiniDriver was one of the biggest equipment stories to come out of the WGC-Cadillac Championship. The 12-degree "driver fairway wood" was tested by a number of players in the field, including Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Boo Weekley and Stephen Gallacher.
After testing SLDR MiniDriver on the range, Rose reportedly told TaylorMade Tour Reps, “I’ll put this in my bag as my 3-wood if you give me a driver that goes 20 yards father,” before adding, “do me a favor and put it in my locker."
Dustin Johnson said the 12-degree SLDR Mini Driver went too far and didn't leave a large enough gap between the club and his SLDR 460 driver. TaylorMade said the club will be available in two new lofts (14- and 16-degrees) in a couple weeks.
Overall, players noted that the club could be a possibility at the Masters, where accuracy and workability off the tee is critical.
Fujikura shaft switches: Luke Donald and Henrik Stenson switched into new Fujikura shafts. Donald went with a Motore Speeder VC 6.3 shaft in his TaylorMade SLDR driver, and Stenson opted for a Motore Speeder VC 6.2 Tour Spec shaft in his Callaway Big Bertha Alpha.
Divots: Francesco Molinari transitioned from a Nike Method 006 putter with adjustable weight ports in the head to a Method 006 that did not have weight ports.