TaylorMade Ghost Tour putters
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
TaylorMade has updated the Ghost Tour putter family, originally released in 2012, with three new blades and four new mallet-style models.
Each of the seven Ghost Tour putters is made from 304 Stainless steel and will retail for $149.
Named for locations of famous speedways and racetracks – Daytona, Sebring, Maranello, Fontana, Corza and Monte Carlo – the white putters are trimmed in black.
"The hosel bends have been changed slightly so that they morph a little better into the head," said Brain Bazzel, TaylorMade's product creation manager. "Only some of the top-level guys are going to notice that, but the insert is also a littler different now, too. It's actually a combination of materials."
According to Bazzel, the new PureRoll insert is made from a blend of 80 percent Surlyn and 20 percent aluminum.
"We went through all sorts of combinations and blends, and this was the winner because it gave this sound that was so solid," he said. "In this particular case, we were experimenting with adding different metals to give us an insert that gave more feedback, because the Surlyns that we've used in the past have been really soft and muted. We wanted this one to be a little more crisp."
The white crown sections on the Ghost Tour putters are designed to create contrast with the putting surface and help players aim the face more effectively.
All seven putters also feature a series of thin alignment lines on the back flange that emphasize a single, thick line that is sandwiched among them. The design is intended to help golfers frame the ball more easily at address.
Sergio Garcia recently put a Maranello 81 into play, and fellow TaylorMade staffer Jason Day has started using a Monte Carlo 12.
To help maintain visual cleanliness, all of the Ghost Tour putters come standard with
a step-less shaft. For an additional $40, a matte black shaft can be installed – a detail preferred by some PGA Tour players to help reduce glare.