What's new? How much does it cost? And how does it perform? Jack Backhouse brings you the low down on the new TaylorMade Spider GTX Putter
How does the latest edition of TaylorMade’s legendary Spider putter range perform? Find out in our TaylorMade Spider GTX putter review.
TaylorMade Spider GTX Putter review: NCG Summary
This putter feels fantastic. You can really notice the difference in weighting compared to previous Spider models, and when you make a stroke, the putter feels like it is on rails.
Face balance putter fans are going to love the Spider GTX. TaylorMade have moved the weight to the outside of the head to make the putter more stable than ever.
- Hugely forgiving
- Easy to line up
- Contact feels soft
- No thin grip standard options
It’s hard to find fault in the aesthetics of the Spider GTX putter. It sits extremely square, and the contrasting colours make it super easy to line up. It won’t help you make more putts, but I love how the grip colour matches the head colour too.
I think I am one of the few golfers left on the planet that haven’t at any time used or owned one of TaylorMade’s Spider Putters, so I was excited to give this a go. I wondered if all the tech that the GTX features could convince me to give up my blade putter addiction.
Straight off the bat, I really like how the GTX putter looks. It has fairly soft edges, but the sharply contrasting colours make it really easy to point the putter at your desired start line. I certainly felt that inside 10ft, I could aim the putter much more accurately.
The big change from last season is the stability bar that TaylorMade has put on the back of the GTX. The 154-gram steel bar adds a ton of weight to the back of the putter, moving CoG backwards and making the putter much more forgiving.
This backwards weight position felt very different to me, almost like it made me add loft or hit up on the ball more. I did, however, notice how little the face rotates on misstrikes and how well the ball rolls out, which is a big win for golfers.
It’s also worth mentioning how well the ball pops off of the face of the GTX putter. TaylorMade’s Pure Roll2 insert is firm, delivers a great transfer of energy into the ball, and sends the ball rolling at your target with little bounce and a pure roll.
This year, there are six different head colours, which gives all golfers something to choose from. There are also three different shaft options, which all change how much face-balance there is and how the putter feels in the stroke. I would have liked to have seen more grip options, as the only standard grip is the SuperStrole GT 1.0. You can however get numerous grip options for free through the custom programme.
This is a great putter, and I had loads of fun testing it. After 5 minutes of using it, you almost relax as the sweet spot is so big you don’t have to worry about the strike and instead can focus more on line or speed. If you are a face-balanced fan, you should definitely have a go with one!
For me, the GTX putter has made it past the first hurdle in the quest to become the permanent putter in my bag, which is rare for a face-balanced model. I will now go on to use it for a few rounds to get a feel of making different putts in different situations out on the course.
TaylorMade Spider GTX Putter Review: The Details
Available: End of January 2023
Featured shaft: KBS 120 Chrome Speed Stepped Shaft
Grip: Superstroke GT 1.0
More information: Taylormade Website
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