TaylorMade's latest Spider: a high-MOI blade
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
HOUSTON – Several PGA Tour pros were intrigued by the high MOI benefits and counterbalanced weighting of the new TaylorMade Daddy Long Legs putter. Padraig Harrington and a few others put it into play, but for golfers who don't like the look of the oversized head, TaylorMade brought the Spider Blade putter to Redstone Golf Club before the start of the Shell Houston Open.
Shawn Mullin, a TaylorMade PGA Tour rep, called the club – which will be in pro shops in June and cost $199 – the first high MOI-style blade putter.
"It's made from several different materials," Mullin says. "The outer weights are made of tungsten, and there is hardly any weight behind the face in the center. So obviously, it's got all its weight outside on the heel and the toe, which really increases the MOI."
The Spider Blade also features a black, grooved True Roll face insert and a white leading edge to help improve alignment. But what really increases the entire Spider Blade's MOI is the addition of a 130-gram counterbalanced grip.
"It's slowing down the butt of the club, basically, the same that a belly putter does, without anchoring," Mullin says.
"Obviously the head is not going to be as high MOI as the Daddy Long Legs," says Mullin, but the Spider Blade still is designed to be extremely stable and help golfers maintain a smooth stroke. In fact, TaylorMade says the Spider Blade is the most stable blade-style putter the company has ever made.
At Redstone, there were 35-, 36-, 37- and 38-inch models available, and Mullin recommends that golfers use a Spider Blade model that's longer than their typical putter.
"If you grip it at 35 inches, you'd want a 38-inch putter to maximize the counterbalance effect," he says. "You want to choke down and get the weight above the hands."