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Every TaylorMade Spider Tour mannequin affords a special middle of gravity location to optimize putter fittings.

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Realizing not everybody has the time to eat each piece of content material on membership launch days, we’re attempting one thing totally different and providing a contemporary model of our detailed tech write-ups that hits the excessive factors. Right here’s what you’ll want to find out about TaylorMade’s Spider Tour Collection putters.

Profitable return

The return of Spider Tour will little doubt get gearheads speaking. As one of the crucial profitable putter franchises ever produced, it’s simple to imagine TaylorMade is solely working it again with a tried and true design. Sure, the unique Spider Tour form is making a comeback, however there’s extra to the up to date providing than a contemporary paint job.

“There’s this built-up demand for us to come back again and rebirth a few of these shapes,” mentioned Brian Bazzel, TaylorMade’s vp of product creation. “We’re not going to [just bring back those shapes], however we’re additionally going to come back with a number of others which can be going to suit a number of extra golfers.”

With TaylorMade’s True Path alignment system featured prominently on all 5 heads, designers got down to create distinctive shapes and weight setups for all swing sorts.

For the second, Spider Tour consists of 4 distinct head shapes. A fifth (Spider Tour S) can be launched subsequent Spring.

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It begins with the OG: Spider Tour. Constructed across the iconic form, the pinnacle has a middle of gravity (CG) location of 35mm from the face, 5,700 MOI — roughly 700 MOI than the earlier model — and 29 levels of toe cling on a small slant hosel. Along with customary lengths, Spider Tour additionally is available in a 38-inch counterbalance mannequin with a 17-inch SuperStroke 3.0 grip.

Made well-liked by Rory McIlroy, Spider Tour X was initially made to get blade customers right into a mallet. The compact form affords a blade-like really feel with TSS weights which can be positioned ahead for extra rotation through the stroke. A CG placement of 33mm from the face is 2mm nearer than Spider Tour. This mannequin additionally has MOI of 5,000 and 30 levels of toe cling on the small slant hosel.

Spider Tour Z is a brand new addition to the lineup and incorporates a perimeter that sits low to the bottom to assist body the golf ball for simple alignment. The TSS weights are positioned effectively ahead to encourage extra face rotation and a blade-like really feel. It has a CG location of 29mm from the face, 5,050 MOI and 29 levels of toe cling with a small slant hosel.

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With Spider Tour V, designers eliminated the wings to present it a “streamlined look” at deal with. With the smallest head within the lineup, golfers can count on an abundance of face rotation via affect. Spider Tour V has a CG location of 27mm from the face, MOI of 4,900 and 32 levels of toe cling with a small slant hosel.

Whereas the Spider Tour S (obtainable Spring of 2024) has an an identical Spider Tour form, it’s truly barely bigger than the unique. By comparability, the Spider Tour S head is 3mm longer and 8mm wider. It’s additionally constructed at a heavier head weight and solely provided in 35- and 38-inch lengths with a counterbalance grip. Spider Tour S has a CG location of 38mm from the face, 6,063 MOI and is face-balanced.

Underneath the hood

Take a peek on the face and also you’ll discover one thing acquainted — with a twist. The molded Pure Roll insert, constituted of a mix of Surlyn and Aluminum, has been a staple because it was first launched on the unique Spider X.

The Surlyn delivers a mushy really feel at affect, however with the grooves angled 45 levels downward, it is ready to impart a constant end-over-end roll at affect.

However right here’s the place the insert begins to deviate from the unique recipe. Located straight behind the molded Surlyn is a chunk of Hybrar that was most just lately used on the Stealth and Stealth HD irons to dampen vibrations — significantly on mishits — at affect.

The tip result’s an improved sound and really feel throughout the whole face.

Weight watcher

TaylorMade’s TSS weights optimize efficiency for every putter size.

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The light-weight metal wireframe building allowed engineers to open up the playbook and transfer the TSS (TaylorMade Swingweight System) weights round to dial within the middle of gravity location for every head and placing type.

For instance, the weights are located within the again wings on Spider Tour to extend stability; with Spider X, the load was positioned additional ahead — simply behind the face — for extra face rotation.

The TSS weights additionally serve one other precious goal by optimizing efficiency at every putter size with specified lots.


Spider Tour (Gunmetal PVD end) retails for $349.99 and comes customary with a KBS CT Putter Black PVD Stepless shaft and Tremendous Stroke Pistol GT 1.0 White grip. The complete line can be obtainable for pre-order on Fairway Jockey and at TaylorMade’s official website beginning Sept. 19 and at retail on Oct. 27.

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Jonathan Wall

Golf.com Editor

Jonathan Wall is GOLF Journal and GOLF.com’s Managing Editor for Tools. Previous to becoming a member of the workers on the finish of 2018, he spent 6 years masking gear for the PGA Tour. He may be reached at jonathan.wall@golf.com.



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