TaylorMade Spider Tour Red Putter Review - Technical Editor Joel Tadman tests out the TaylorMade Spider Tour Red putter that is taking the Tour by storm

Product Overview

Overall rating:

TaylorMade Spider Tour Red Putter

Pros:

  • Exceptional stability combined with good roll properties helps the ball stay on line. Premium, unique look with a solid, soft-ish feel.

Cons:

  • Lacks alignment assistance and the lie angle takes some getting used to.

Product:

TaylorMade Spider Tour Red Putter

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£279.00

TaylorMade Spider Tour Red Putter Review

Aimed At
This putter is for those who rely on high levels of stability and forgiveness over alignment assistance.

Key technology
Extensive perimeter weighting adds stability on this putter while a removed sightline on the crown improves the player’s focus on the clubface. The Pure Roll insert combines 45° grooves with a softer polymer to increase topspin and aid a soft feel.

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How we tested
We tested this putter over a number of rounds to assess looks, aiming, feel, sound and both roll and accuracy performance across the face.

Looks
The lack of alignment assistance may be a problem for some but we found the premium red finish highlighted the face angle prominently. The black shaft matches the classy look of the head nicely.

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Feel/Sound
You’ll notice a surprisingly loud ‘pop’ sound at impact given how soft this putter feels at impact but it doesn’t detract from the overall appeal. The stock grip is quite thin, you may feel the need to switch it.

Performance
This flatstick is making huge waves on Tour and it’s not difficult to see why. Even though it’s a high MOI mallet there’s an element of toe hang, which makes the transition from a more rotational blade much easier. The roll performance across the face from the insert was exceptional, helping maintain speed and line on poor contacts.

It is interesting how the shaft leans back when the sole is flat to the ground, forcing you to lift the back of the putter off the ground when you bring the shaft back to vertical. It makes you feel like you hit down on the ball but it didn’t seem to affect performance and there’s a little bit of extra loft to counteract this feeling.

 

Verdict

High levels of stability enhance both distance control on long range putts and the ability to hole out from short range, even when you don't make your best stroke. The slight toe hang makes the transition from smaller heads easier and many will prefer the simple, fuss-free look at address.