TaylorMade has announced four new additions to the Spider putter franchise, with the unveiling of Spider EX, Spider X Hydro Blast, Spider S and Spider SR.
Each model is equipped with a specialized True Path alignment system that fits the putter’s shape, while aiding certain golfer profiles.
“A lot goes into hitting a solid putt. With this new class of Spider putters, we focused on removing two of those variables: aim and alignment,” said Bill Price, TaylorMade’s senior director of product creation for putters and wedges.
“Each model features its own True Path that simplifies the aiming process and helps golfers set up to the ball the same way time after time. While each putter brings something unique to the table, they are bonded by a foundation of forgiveness, stability and True Path alignment that makes it easier to aim,” said Price.
The lightweight aluminum frame and carbon composite centre on the Spider EX allow for strategic perimeter weighting, increasing MOI for consistent roll across the face and more forgiveness.
It is outfitted with two 28 g steel weights near the heel and toe, as well as heavy tungsten weights at the rear. The exact amount of tungsten varies for precision swing weighting in reference to putter length.
Compared to Spider X, the new EX model is slightly larger (plus 3.5 mm from heel to toe and plus 2.7 mm front to back), but with a more streamlined shape that features softer lines and a rounded backside.
Its new True Path is optically engineered to make it easier to aim, featuring a reflective white colour that spans the putter’s topline and allows golfers to use the face for alignment. Three dots enclosed by dual rails are used to centre the ball and promote a consistent address position.
White was strategically selected as it is the most reflective colour to provide a clear focal point that makes the stroke and the path of the roll more visible.
Spider EX features a new Pure Roll2 insert, marking the company’s first multi-material insert made with co-molded construction. White TPU urethane surrounds eight silver aluminum beams to create 45 degree grooves, designed to produce better roll and feel characteristics.
The all-new Fluted Feel shaft adds to this putter’s feel properties. It features a soft tip section intently designed to enhance feel, increase stability and tighten dispersion. TaylorMade engineers worked in conjunction with KBS to develop the new shaft and, in the process, tested multiple iterations in a collaborative effort to maintain stability while adding feel.
“With existing shaft options, many players told us they couldn’t feel the full weight of the putter head or feel the toe release. We didn’t want to just make the shaft softer (add flex) to improve feel at the sacrifice of stability. That inspired us to go this journey with KBS and develop a shaft that delivers on both fronts,” said Price.
Spider EX is now available for preorder and at retail beginning March 12 with an MSRP of $469.99 Cdn. Available lengths include 34 and 35 inches and it will be offered in three different colourways: Platinum/White, Navy/White and Ghost White.
Hosel options include short slant (all colours), flow neck (Platinum/White and Ghost White) and single bend (Platinum/White & Navy/White). It comes equipped with the TaylorMade Fluted Feel shaft and Super Stroke Pistol GTR 1.0 grip.
Spider X Hydro Blast
Spider X is the best-selling model in the franchise’s history and has accounted for 11 victories over the last two-plus seasons (including the start of the 2020-21 season).
Spider X Hydro Blast features a new colourway and finishing process. The high-pressure application of water to the aluminum body creates a smooth and premium finish in a rich silver colourway. Added durability is a byproduct of this process, as the absence of paint means no surface blemishes related to chipping and greater scratch resistance.
It maintains the same advanced multi-material construction as the original Spider X, relying on a combination of aluminum (2 g), steel (6 g) and tungsten (12 g) weights along with a composite centre to enhance MOI and stability.
Its True Path design aids in alignment, while its white TPU Pure Roll insert is used to deliver a soft feel and 45 degree grooves encourage better forward roll. as well as improved sound, feel and overall roll characteristics compared to a solid face.
Spider X Hydro Blast is available for preorder and at retail beginning March 12 with an MSRP of $379.99 Cdn. Available lengths include 34 and 35 inches. It comes equipped with the KBS Chrome C-Taper Stepless shaft and Super Stroke Pistol GTR 1.0 grip.
Spider S/Spider SR
TaylorMade introduced Spider S in 2020 as the most forgiving model in the Spider family, with an MOI of more than 6,000.
The company has refreshed that original design with a new arrow- shaped True Path inspired by archery.
The newly engineered alignment system is optically designed to make it easier for golfers to aim. Located on the topline, it provides a clear focal point that is the exact width of a golf ball, which helps with consistent address positions and face direction.
Spider S is manufactured from high-grade 6061 aluminum and is 100-per cent machine milled for precision shaping. The square-shaped putter head is outfitted with two 42 g sole weights strategically placed near the toe and heel to help stabilize the putter while optimizing centre of gravity location.
A heavy tungsten backbar is used to further enhance swing weight based on the length of the putter. Coming in four different weights ranging from 40 g to 70 g, the backbar at the rear of the putter is designed to influence head weight, feel and performance.
Stability is the calling card of the Spider family. With the all-new Spider SR (Stability Refined), TaylorMade offers high-MOI performance in a double wing shape. The multi-material design features two back weights crafted from either steel (10 g) or tungsten (15 g, 20 g) to enhance swing weight.
Due to a smaller footprint (5 mm shorter front to back), Spider SR has a slightly lower MOI than Spider S. However, it’s still among the most stable and forgiving putters in the current Spider lineup.
Another key differentiator is how True Path is positioned within the cavity behind the putter face. Also drawing inspiration from archery, the arrow-shaped design delivers an easy-to-aim alignment tool that promotes consistently centred ball positions at address.
Both Spider SR and Spider S are equipped with the all-new Fluted Feel shaft, delivering enhanced feel and optimal stability to putters that are already designed for forgiveness. The TPU Pure Roll insert provides a soft feel, and 45 degree grooves encourage better forward roll as well as improved sound, feel and overall roll characteristics compared to a solid face.
Spider S and Spider SR are available for preorder and at retail beginning April 9, each with an MSRP of $379.99 Cdn. Available lengths include 34 and 35 inches. Both come equipped with the TaylorMade Fluted Feel shaft and Super Stroke Pistol GTR 1.0 grip.