What we say...
TaylorMade Spider Tour Red Putter: Tech
Created as either a Tour Red for Jason Day or Tour Black for world #1 Dustin Johnson, the TaylorMade Spider Tour putter was incredibly popular on tour in 2017 – including by Sergio Garcia to win the Masters.
The Spider putter teams a light aluminium body with a heavier 304 stainless steel frame to create a very high MOI and forgiving putter – so it’s no wonder Sergio Garcia put it in to play en-route to his first major title at the Masters.
Face inserts are model specific for the players they were designed for, red is softer for Jason Day and Black is firmer for DJ.
TaylorMade Spider Tour Red Putter: 2017 Video Review
For each product in our 2017 Top Gear equipment test, our test pro Chris Ryan explores the in’s and out’s of every club. As Chris explains, if you struggle to hitting the centre of the putter face every time – the stability in the TaylorMade Spider Tour putter means those puts will give you better results. However, with no alignment aid, it may not suit everyone’s eye – so it’s definitely worth testing first.
TaylorMade Spider Tour Putter: Verdict
A high-quality MOI putter that, in the right hands and matched to the right stroke, really performs. But you need to take time getting to know it before taking the plunge on one as it is so tailored to Jason Day’s eye and stroke.
TaylorMade Spider Tour Red Putter: We say
If our test team had a pound for every time we’ve heard a club golfer say they want the same club a tour player uses, we wouldn’t be testing golf equipment for a living.
For us the Tour Red is a prime example of the grass not being quite so green as you’d expect on the other side. There’s no doubt it is a quality putter; it feels great and rolls putts brilliantly. But the lack of an alignment line means the Tour Red’s got a look club golfers won’t be accustomed to, certainly not in an MOI mallet.
There’s a short flow neck too, which tour pros are fans of as it gives a really clean appearance – but its trade-off is a decent amount of toe hang which isn’t that common in a MOI mallet, either.
Head weight: 355g
Grip: Winn Medallist or AVS Mid-Size
Toe hang: Moderate