TaylorMade Spider GT Putters Review

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TaylorMade expands high MOI Spider putters family with all-new GT range using a new face for better roll and consistency.

Jump to: Spider GT | Spider GT Notchback Spider GT Rollback | Spider GT Splitback

TaylorMade’s Spider has done more than any other flatstick to change putters over the last decade.

It played an instrumental role in convincing the likes of Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day – plus countless other pros – to switch to bigger, more forgiving, higher MOI putters, by teaming the similar feel and release of a toe hang putter with the forgiveness of a mallet.

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The TaylorMade Spider GT putters.


Look back at previous Spider putters and you’ll see their bodies have had quite flowing, curved lines and edges. But some players like to see straighter, more defined lines and edges when putting – and that is where this four new GT putters comes in.

Previous Spider models have often had a wire frame body to remove mass from inefficient areas. The GT putters have much more of an open frame construction. The idea removes mass from the centre to create an extreme perimeter weighted design, so golfers get exceptional stability performance.  

The Spider GTs are a mix of skim milled aluminium and cast 303 stainless steel, so golfers get sharp edges and zero painted finishes. TaylorMade say the material differences give a difference in sound and feel, too.

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There’s also a new face insert and Fluted Feel Shaft. The Pure Roll 2 insert has aluminium bars running across the face (with 45° grooves) to improve topspin and get putts rolling faster. The urethane used is also slightly firmer to compensate for the feel of softer modern balls.   

The same shaft is used in all four putters, with a softer section located five-inches from the tip to enhance feel, boost stability and improve dispersion.

How the TaylorMade Spider GT putter is constructed.

TaylorMade have upgraded the headcovers, too. Gone is the velcro, replaced by a magnetic closure to provide a more premium and durable feel.

Let’s take a closer look at how the four models differ.

The TaylorMade Spider GT putter.


TaylorMade Spider GT putter

RRP £329 | First available March 4, 2022

Hosels Single bend; centre shaft; short slant | Lengths 33″; 34″; 35″ | Women’s? Yes (33″, single bend only) | Left-hand? Yes (Men’s only – Small slant, single bend) | Colours Silver (small slant, single bend, centre shaft); Red (small slant, single bend); Black (small slant, single bend); White (women’s single bend) | Shaft TaylorMade Fluted Feel | Grips Super Stroke GT 1.0 Black/Red (men’s); Super Stroke GT 1.0 Light Blue/Grey (women’s)

The headline act in the new Spider range, expect to see plenty of the GTs put in play on Tour in 2022. The head is slightly smaller than the previous Spider EX, but very similar to Rory McIlroy’s favourite Spider X.

The most striking feature of the Spider GT is the lightweight 145g top plate made from 6061 aluminium, which eliminates excess weight in the middle of the putter and carries a short sightline for alignment.

Combined with the ultralight top plate, the first of its kind open frame multi-material design features two 90g steel side weights that push 82 per cent of the putter’s total weight to the perimeter for extreme stability on off-centre strikes. 

The TaylorMade Spider GT putter.

The Spider GT top plate is crafted from lightweight aluminium for both a premium look and increased durability compared to paint or PVD finishes, with four adonised finishes on offer.

There are three hosel options. The short slant design combines with Spider GT’s extreme perimeter weighting to generate 21° of toe hang for a more vertical angle, best for players with moderate face rotation in the putting stroke. The CG has been moved closer to face for an improved face rotation.

The single bend and centre shaft hosels create a face balanced putter that better fits players with a straight-back and straight-through putting motion. 

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The TaylorMade Spider GT putter.


TaylorMade Spider GT Putter: Key Tech

Modern and Stable Shape

Spider GT sets a new standard in terms of performance and contemporary construction. 

The modern wing design has sharp angular features and extreme perimeter weighting for optimal forgiveness.

Top Plate with Short Sightline

Made from lightweight 6061 Aluminum, the 145g top plate eliminates excess weight in the middle of the putter. 

Steel Side Weight Construction

Steel side weights (80g per weight for a total of 160g) create a heavy frame for stability and distance control. Only 18% of the weight is centered in the middle to stabilize deflection on off-center strikes for maximum forgiveness. 

PureRoll 2 Insert

The new firmer co-molded insert, manufactured of black TPU urethane with silver aluminum beams at a 45° angle designed to improve topspin across the face. 

Fluted Feel shaft

A newly engineered stability putter shaft with a softer section located 5” from the tip, intently designed to enhance feel, increase stability and improve dispersion. 

TaylorMade Spider GT Putter: Shaft and Grips

The TaylorMade Spider GT putter shaft and grip options.

TaylorMade Spider GT Putter: Colours

The Spider GT is available in silver, black, red (men’s) and light blue (women’s). A putter is very much down to personal taste, but we’re huge fans of the red, which contrasts superbly against the greens and the white of the ball, making it feel very easy to align

The TaylorMade Spider GT putter is available in four colours - silver, black, red, light blue.

The TaylorMade Spider GT putter is available in four colours - silver, black, red, light blue.

Verdict: TaylorMade Spider GT putter

It’s really easy to write red headed putter’s off as gimmicks. Many sceptics did before Jason Day shot to World #1 with his red TaylorMade Spider Tour back in 2017 (which started a red putter revolution, and Xander Schauffele still uses a red coloured Odyssey putter today), but that’s exactly why TaylorMade have brought the new GT to market in four colour options, including a plain black set-up for complete traditionalists.

We love how over previous Spider’s the new lightweight aluminium top plate has really crisp angular sharp lines, which just hasn’t been possible with previous stainless steel cast and painted Spiders.

It’s a fresh new look and something CNC Milled putter fans will really enjoy.

We love how the model sets up at address, the stability of the fang shaped head (with its hefty two 90g side weights) and how the short single sightline and subtle golf ball width alignment aid makes a modern fanged putter look so unfussy and cluttered. Spider’s don’t come cheap, so make sure you love the model before making a purchase.

As far as compact stable putters go in 2022, the GT is right there amongst the very best.

TaylorMade Spider GT Putter: Specifications

The TaylorMade Spider GT putter specs.

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The TaylorMade Spider GT Notchback putter.


TaylorMade Spider GT Notchback putter

RRP £279 | First available March 4, 2022

Hosels Single bend; short slant | Lengths 33″; 34″; 35″ | Women’s? No | Left-hand? Yes | Colours Silver only | Shaft TaylorMade Fluted Feel | Grip Super Stroke GT 1.0 Black/Red

The Notchback blends traditional design with contemporary construction to create the most classic Spider putter ever. CG is positioned the farthest forward to make face rotation easier. 

The TaylorMade Spider GT Notchback putter.

Featuring a lightweight 6061 aluminium body combined with two 86g dual-tungsten weights on the outside (heel and toe), Notchback is designed for stability, forgiveness and distance control. TaylorMade say it produces the highest MOI ever created by a mid-size mallet Spider. 

An extruded then machined aluminium head creates a stout section of material behind the face insert for a confidence-inspiring strike along with superb sound.

Both Spider GT Notchback and Rollback feature a tri-sole design that allows golfers to properly set the putter square on the ground without changing the face angle.

The short slant hosel combines with Notchback’s extreme perimeter weighting to generate 30° of toe hang for players with moderate face rotation in the putting stroke.

The TaylorMade Spider GT Notchback putter.

The single bend hosel creates a face-balanced putter that better fits a straight-back and straight-through putting motion. 

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TaylorMade Spider GT Notchback Putter: Key Tech

Classic Multi-Material Shape

GT Notchback is the most classicly shaped member of the new Spider family. A lightweight 6061 aluminum body combines with heavy dual-tungsten weights on the outside (heel-toe) for stability, forgiveness and distance control.

Dual-Tungsten Weights for Stability

For the first time, we’ve implemented heavy tungsten stability bars (172g total) that strategically wrap around the back and side of the putter for optimal forgiveness and stability. 

PureRoll 2 Insert

The new firmer co-molded insert, manufactured of black TPU urethane with silver aluminum beams at a 45° angle designed to improve topspin across the face. 

Fluted Feel shaft

A newly engineered stability putter shaft with a softer section located 5” from the tip, intently designed to enhance feel, increase stability and improve dispersion. 

TaylorMade Spider GT Notchback Putter: Shaft and Grips

The shaft and grip in the TaylorMade Spider GT Notchback putter.

TaylorMade Spider GT Notchback Putter: Specifications

The TaylorMade Spider GT Notchback putter specs.

The TaylorMade Spider GT Rollback putter.


TaylorMade Spider GT Rollback putter

RRP £279 | First available March 4, 2022

Hosels Single bend; short slant | Left-hand? Yes | Women’s? No | Lengths 33″; 34″; 35″ | Colours Silver/black; all silver | Shaft TaylorMade Fluted Feel | Grip Super Stroke GT 1.0 Black/Red

Spider GT Rollback is a classic half-moon design enhanced by a heavy tungsten rollbar for added perimeter weighting and increased stability.

Rollback creates confidence at address with a raised, curved centre section that is the same width as a golf ball. This makes it easy to centre the ball in the address position and three contrasting black sightlines provide clear alignment with the hole. 

The TaylorMade Spider GT Rollback putter.

The Rollback top design has a lighter anterior with a 232g cap crafted from anodised 6061 aluminium combined with TaylorMade’s first 80g tungsten stability bar that wraps around the back and side of the putter for added forgiveness and stability. 

The short slant hosel combines with the Spider GT Rollback’s extreme perimeter weighting to generate 21° of toe hang for players with moderate face rotation in the putting stroke.

The single bend hosel creates a face-balanced putter that better fits a straight-back and straight-through putting motion.

The TaylorMade Spider GT Notchback putter.

TaylorMade Spider GT Rollback Putter: Key Tech

Rollback Top Design

Rollback Top Design makes it easy to centre the golf ball at address and provides an alignment tool that helps golfers visualise the path to the hole. Overall, GT Rollback is designed to create confidence, using two different finishes to further aid with alignment. 

Lightweight Cap and Tri-Sole Design

A lightweight 232g cap is crafted from anodized 6061 aluminum and is designed to deliver a centred CG for optimal forgiveness.  The tri-sole design allows golfers to sit the putter squarely on the ground without changing face angle.

Tungsten Roll Bar

For the first time, TaylorMade have implemented a heavy tungsten stability bar (80g) that strategically wraps around the back and side of the putter for added forgiveness and stability.

PureRoll 2 Insert

The new firmer co-molded insert, manufactured of black TPU urethane with silver aluminum beams at a 45° angle designed to improve topspin across the face. 

Fluted Feel shaft

A newly engineered stability putter shaft with a softer section located 5” from the tip, intently designed to enhance feel, increase stability and improve dispersion. 

TaylorMade Spider GT Rollback Putter: Shaft and Grips

GT Notchback is the most classicly shaped member of the new Spider family. A lightweight 6061 aluminum body combines with heavy dual-tungsten weights on the outside (heel-toe) for stability, forgiveness and distance contro

TaylorMade Spider GT Rollback Putter: Colours

The GT Rollback is available in a contrasting silver/black or an all-silver colourscheme. Both provide superb alignment options, but we love the clean styling of the all-silver finish.

The TaylorMade Spider GT Rollback putter is available in two finishes.

TaylorMade Spider GT Rollback Putter: Specifications

The TaylorMade Spider GT Rollback putter specs.

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The TaylorMade Spider GT Splitback putter.

TaylorMade Spider GT Splitback putter

RRP £279 | First available March 4, 2022

Hosels Single bend; short slant | Left-hand? Yes | Women’s? No | Lengths 33″; 34″; 35″ | Colours Black only | Shaft TaylorMade Fluted Feel | Grip Super Stroke GT 1.0 Black/Red

Spider GT Splitback features a refined 304-stainless steel construction with geometric shaping and urethane foam strategically injected inside the putter head. 

The split mass “winged” design allowed TaylorMade designers to redistribute mass around the perimeter of the putter in order to maximise MOI and stability. In this shape, a steel body naturally provides more perimeter weighting than an aluminium one. 

Due to the high density of steel, the wing sections of the design needed to be partially pocketed out to remove excess weight. The chambers within the wings are filled with feel foam, similar to the SpeedFoam material used in P770 and P790 irons. Taylormade say this helps fill the voids and damp vibrations, resulting in better sound and feel. 

The TaylorMade Spider GT Splitback putter.

Spider GT Splitback incorporates one of the standout features of Spider X with True Path, TaylorMade’s ball alignment and stroke visualisation aid. While standing over Spider GT Splitback, True Path is highly visible and seamlessly integrated into the head. The contrasting white section, black sightline and arrow-shaped rear edge help golfers visualise their putting stroke and ball path before ever executing the putt. 

The 85° short slant hosel combines with Spider GT Splitback’s extreme perimeter weighting to generate 25° of toe hang for players with moderate face rotation in the putting stroke. The single bend hosel creates a face-balanced putter that better fits a straight-back and straight-through putting motion. 

The TaylorMade Spider GT Splitback putter.

TaylorMade Spider GT Rollback Putter: Key Tech

Splitback Head Design

A stainless steel head with enhanced perimiter weighting for stability and consistent distance control. The white back cavity is designed for improved alignment.

Ultra Light Urethane Foam

Urethane foam is strategically positioned along the sole for improved sound, feel and weight distribution.

PureRoll 2 Insert

The new firmer co-molded insert, manufactured of black TPU urethane with silver aluminum beams at a 45° angle designed to improve topspin across the face. 

Fluted Feel shaft

A newly engineered stability putter shaft with a softer section located 5” from the tip, intently designed to enhance feel, increase stability and improve dispersion. 

TaylorMade Spider GT Splitback Putter: Shaft and Grips

The shaft and grip in the TaylorMade Spider GT Splitback putter.

TaylorMade Spider GT Splitback Putter: Specifications

TaylorMade Spider GT Splitback Putter: Shaft and Grips

What TaylorMade say about the Spider GT Putters

“Innovation has long been the bloodline of the Spider franchise,” Bill Price, TaylorMade’s Senior Director Product Creation, Putters and Wedge, said. “From its optimised stability frame to its countless victories on worldwide tours, every Spider putter is designed to deliver pure performance.

“With Spider GT, we have created our most angular and most stable Spider ever using a new modern wing construction similar to other high stability Spider putters of the past.

“With the removal of weight from the centre of Spider GT, we have unlocked higher MOI and more stability from every angle.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rob Jerram is Today's Golfer's Digital Editor.


Rob Jerram is the Digital Editor of todaysgolfer.co.uk
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Rob joined Bauer Media in 2010 and worked as the Senior Production Editor of Today’s Golfer and Golf World magazines for ten years before moving into the Digital Editor’s role in July 2020.
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Product Information

TaylorMade Spider GT Putter

RRP: £329

Stock shaft: TM Fluted Feel

Stock grip: SuperStroke GT 1.0

Loft:

Headweight: 33” – 365g, 34” - 365g, 35” – 350g

Hosel options:

Small Slat - 21° Toe Hang

Single Bend - 0° Face Balanced

Centre Shaft - 0° Face Balanced

Colour options: Silver, Black, Red, Light Blue

TaylorMade Spider GT Rollback Putter

RRP: £279

Stock shaft: TM Fluted Feel

Stock grip: SuperStroke GT 1.0

Loft:

Headweight: 33” – 365g, 34” - 365g, 35” – 350g

Hosel options:

Small Slant - 21° Toe Hang

Single Bend - 0° Face Balanced

Colour options: Silver/Black, All Silver

TaylorMade Spider GT Notchback Putter

RRP: £279

Stock shaft: TM Fluted Feel

Stock grip: SuperStroke GT 1.0

Loft:

Headweight: 33” – 365g, 34” - 365g, 35” – 350g

Hosel options:

Small Slant - 30° Toe Hang

Single Bend - 0° Face Balanced

Colour options: Silver

TaylorMade Spider GT Splitback Putter

RRP: £279

Stock shaft: TM Fluted Feel

Stock grip: SuperStroke GT 1.0

Loft: 2.5°

Headweight: 33” – 365g, 34” - 365g, 35” – 350g

Hosel options:

Small Slant - 25° Toe Hang

Single Bend - 0° Face Balanced

Colour options: Black

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