TaylorMade Spider GT putters are the most stable ever

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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.

TaylorMade have revealed four new Spider putters for 2022 with the introduction of the GT, GT Notchback, GT Rollback and GT Splitback, which the brand say are the most stable Spiders ever.

The 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.

The Spider GT putters have a new Pure Roll2 insert.

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.

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

How the TaylorMade Spider GT putter is constructed.

“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.”

Let’s take a closer look at how the four models differ. Click the putter names for our full review.

The TaylorMade Spider GT putter.

TaylorMade Spider GT putter

RRP £329 | Pre-order February 15 | On sale March 4 | Pre-order Now

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.

The TaylorMade Spider GT putter.

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 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.

The TaylorMade Spider GT putter.

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 Notchback putter.

TaylorMade Spider GT Notchback putter

RRP £279 | Pre-order February 15 | On sale March 4 | Pre-order Now

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.

The TaylorMade Spider GT Notchback putter.

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

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The TaylorMade Spider GT Rollback putter.

TaylorMade Spider GT Rollback putter

RRP £279 | Pre-order February 15 | On sale March 4 | Pre-order Now

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.

The TaylorMade Spider GT Rollback putter.

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 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 TaylorMade Spider GT Notchback putter.

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 Splitback putter.

TaylorMade Spider GT Splitback putter

RRP £279 | Pre-order February 15 | On sale March 4 | Pre-order Now

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. 

The TaylorMade Spider GT Splitback putter.

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. 

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 TaylorMade Spider GT Splitback putter.

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. 

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