May 18, 2016
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Justin Rose put in a special request to get an altered version of the putter Jason Day used to win THE PLAYERS Championship. (TaylorMade)
IRVING, Texas — When you're one of the top-ranked players on the planet and have a major championship on the resume, one-off putter requests are typically no problem — even when the request requires changing the face design on one of the hottest flat sticks on TOUR.
For Justin Rose, the request for a custom putter came in the run-up THE PLAYERS Championship. Following a month-long run with TaylorMade's Arc1 mallet, the former U.S. Open champion came to the equipment company with a special request: He wanted a Spider Limited — the putter Jason Day used to win THE PLAYERS Championship — that had a milled face instead of the standard Pure Roll insert.
"Justin [Rose] liked the stability that Spider Limited provided," said Bill Price, a senior director for TaylorMade's putter division, "but for some time now he's been using one of our milled options and prefers that feel to our standard insert."
Rose switched to a milled TaylorMade White Smoke DA-62 at the 2014 Masters and has been using a mallet with a milled insert (Arc1) or a 100-percent milled blade (Ghost Tour Black Monaco) for the most part over the last two years.
Of course, making Rose's putter a reality took some minor tweaking, namely removing the insert and then milling the face from a solid piece of stainless steel. Subtle ridges were also added to the top of the head, giving it a unique look.
Aside from the new milled face, the integrity of the high-MOI mallet remains the same. Rose put the putter in play for the first time at THE PLAYERS Championship, where he closed with 66 and finished the week in a tie for 19th place.
This week at the AT&T Byron Nelson, Rose's milled option was on the practice putting green with various neck designs for players to test out, along with the Pure Roll insert version Day is currently using.
"There are two different camps when it comes to putters," Price said. "Some players, like Jason, use an insert because they like a softer feel. And then there are others that like the feedback they receive from a milled face. We just want to give players options."
TaylorMade's Spider Limited and Spider Limited Red will be available at retail June 3. Rose's one-off milled version, however, will remain a TOUR-only option for now.
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