October 21, 2016
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- The heel-toe weighted TP Soto produces slightly lighter weight and will be available Dec. 1 in 34- and 35-inch models. (Photos by Jonathan Wall/PGA TOUR)
TaylorMade's current putter line can be categorized into two distinct groups: technical mallets and classic putters. The company's Itsy Bitsy, Spider Limited Red and Spider Limited — Spider Limited Red and Spider Limited are used by Jason Day and Dustin Johnson — are high-MOI (moment of inertia) mallets that offer more forgiveness and stability than most blade offerings, thanks in part to the larger heads that reduce twisting at impact.
At the moment, the Spider is TaylorMade's most popular putter line. However, for those players who prefer a classic, precision-made look, the putters don't check the necessary boxes.
TaylorMade is hoping to change that with its new TP (Tour Preferred) putter collection that includes six different head models, five of which feature 303 stainless steel cast construction for solid feel, and skim milled machining for precise contours.
The updated aluminum and polymer-grooved Pure Roll face insert was inspired by the current version played by Dustin Johnson and Jason Day — Day prefers a slightly softer Suryln insert — that combines a softer feel with 45-degree grooves to promote a better forward that reduces skidding on a variety of putting surfaces.
The insert is specifically designed to grab the ball at impact, even on short putts. The grooves also also serve in part to strategically soften the insert’s structure and improve performance.
“We want the ball to get topspin as fast as possible. When you create that topspin, the ball can get on its path and stay on it a lot longer,” said Bill Price, TaylorMade’s senior director of putters and wedges. “This is the secret to what’s happening with Jason Day and Dustin Johnson.”
Every putter in the lineup is named after an area, region or landmark from some of world's greatest golf destinations and historic courses.
The TP Juno, which was put in play by Sergio Garcia at the Ryder Cup, is a heel-toe weighted blade that has longer squared off contours with a single sightline on top and two 10-gram moveable weights in the sole for head weight customization. The putter is named after Juno Beach, Florida, home to famed Seminole Golf Club.
The heel-toe weighted TP Soto — Valderrama Golf Club is located in Sotogrande, Cadiz, Spain — has a plumber's neck and scalloped hosel that produces a slightly lighter weight. Two 10-gram moveable sole weights make it possible to dial in head weight.
TP Mullen and TP Berwick — named after Sandhills Golf Club in Mullen, Nebraska and the iconic courses in North Berwick, Scotland — are classic tour mallets. Mullen features a more compact design with two sightlines on the back cavity and a short "S" hosel that allows for a toe hang of 38 degrees.
Berwick is a more traditional rounded mallet with a thicker topline and single sightline in the back cavity. The putter has a step-down cavity and single bent 3/4 shaft offset for a face-balanced hang. Both mallets come with two 5-gram moveable weights in the sole.
TP Juno, Soto, Mullen and Berwick will be available Dec. 1 in 34- and 35-inch models with a Lamkin Sink Rubber grip for $200 or SuperStroke 1.0 GT Pistol grip for $220. Through custom order, a 33-inch putter can be purchased as well.
TP Ardmore and TP Chaska are scheduled to be released in April. The 355-gram Ardmore is a mid-size modern mallet that's cast from 303 stainless steel with a deep cavity and two sightlines that improve balance and alignment. The double bend shaft has 3/4 offset (face balanced) with 3.5 degrees of loft.
The TP Chaska was inspired by the Corza Ghost that's currently used by Daniel Berger. The familiar circular alignment aid in the back of the head and three sightlines work hand-in-hand to boost path consistency.