July 3 2013
Justin Rose's TaylorMade Spider Blade was reliable during his U.S. Open win. (TaylorMade)
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
You'll likely never get the opportunity to hoist the U.S. Open trophy, but TaylorMade is giving golfers the chance to own an exact replica of the putter Justin Rose used to win his first major championship at Merion Golf Club.
In honor of his victory, TaylorMade released 99 replicas of Rose's custom Spider Blade putter. The limited edition model was built to Rose's exact specs (37 5/8 inches long) and features a black Ghost Tour shaft and Tour only counterbalanced grip that's colored yellow on the butt-end. Each putter is also numbered and stamped with Rose's "JR" logo.
Rose started using a custom version of Spider Blade earlier this year at THE PLAYERS Championship that was 34 inches but lengthened the putter to 37 inches at the Memorial. Rose noted he really liked the taller posture the longer model put him in. He also felt it allowed him to release the putter more easily and consistently than his traditional-length model.
If you're wondering why TaylorMade decided to release 99 putters instead of a round 100, it's because the number 99 is his wife Kate's favorite number, 9, doubled. Rose also has "99" stamped on his TaylorMade Lethal ball.
The limited edition putter can be purchased on TaylorMade's website for $299.99.
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