October 22, 2015
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- TOUR players who have tested the redesigned putter have given positive reviews. (Jonathan Wall/PGA TOUR)
LAS VEGAS — After years of remaining relatively unchanged, TaylorMade is giving the Ghost Spider putter a makeover. Two new "Spider OS" putters were spotted on the practice putting green at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open that feature redesigned head weights and a deep-milled 6061 aluminum insert.
According to Clay Long, TaylorMade's senior director of product creation, the high-MOI models are the beginning of a new putter line that will also include two more mallets and a blade.
The Spider OS comes in a standard-length model (Spider OS) and counterbalance model (Spider OS CB). Spider OS is 355 grams, while the Spider OS CB has a slightly larger head and weighs in at 405 grams.
"We showed players these putters at the (WGC-Bridgestone Invitational) and the feedback was incredibly positive," Long said. "You're never sure how players are going to react to something new, but they had nothing but good things to say, especially regarding the look, feel and red alignment line."
Instead of sticking with a white or black alignment line on the head, TaylorMade opted for a red stripe that has a white line in the center. The white line is supposed to pop against the red, giving players a better visual aid at address.
TaylorMade's deep-milled 6061 aluminum insert has been a part of previous putters. However, instead of milling the insert from left to right, TaylorMade added horizontal mill marks that, according to Long, give the putter a smoother, more consistent roll.
In addition to a new insert, the two 4-gram movable weights that were visible in the back of the Ghost Spider head were also redesigned. Instead of making them visible, TaylorMade decided to conceal them behind two red aluminum caps.
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