The new classic-look TaylorMade putters are already in play on the PGA Tour - and now you can own one too. Hannah Holden has the details
The TP line-up from TaylorMade is back for 2021 and they’re already making waves on the PGA Tour.
TaylorMade TP Hydro Blast putters: First Impressions
These have a much more classic styling compared to the popular Spider line-up perfect for all your traditionalists out there.
The combination of the intricate detailing and new finish make these really eye catching and I also love the pop of blue from the TP badge.
TaylorMade have stuck to some popular classic shapings across the range with real attention to detail on the shaping and sightlines for optimal alignment.
TaylorMade TP Hydro Blast putters: The Technology
The stand out Hydro Blast finish to these putters is created by applying a high-pressure stream of water to the 303 stainless steel. This metal is used as it delivers superior feel and it looks stunning with this finish and the machine milling details.
In terms of face technology each model features the same White Pure RollTM Insert we see in the very popular Spider X putters. The insert features grooves at a downward 45° angle, this promotes topspin which helps the ball start rolling end over end sooner improving your overall roll.
Each model features movable sole weights so you can dial in the swing weight to best suit your stroke and length of putter.
TaylorMade TP Hydro Blast putters: The line-up
First up the Soto has a very classic blade design. It has very clean shaping and lines and features a single sightline on the back cavity. This model is all about producing exceptional feel putt after putt.
As we see with most blade putters it features an L-Neck hosel producing 40° of toe hang. This makes it best for players who have a stronger arc to their stroke with maximum face rotation.
If you’re after the looks and swing of a blade but the feel of a mallet the Del Monte is a great option. It has a shorter blade length and is deeper from front to back.
This is available in both an L-Neck and a single bend hosel giving an option for players with straight and arcing strokes.
The Bandon is a tour-inspired double wing design. Players like this shaping as it helps frame the ball at address. It also allows TaylorMade to increase the forgiveness by adding more perimeter weighting. We have already seen both Dustin Johnson and Tommy Fleetwood put these in play on tour.
Tommy Fleetwood first put the L-Neck version in the bag at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina, after spending hours with TaylorMade’s Tour team and testing numerous configurations. He ultimately elected to use Bandon 1 because it improved the centeredness of his strikes – with his prior putter, he tended to have heel-ward mis-hits.
Fleetwood has a long history of using blade putters, and because this model features 22° of toe hang, it made the transition to a mallet-style head seamless.
“For Tommy, the centeredness of strike was a big reason for his switch to the Bandon. The heel– side miss is something he battled with his blade, and we’ve helped him develop a little more consistency with this one. Beyond that, he’s very comfortable with the shape of the putter and has said that it helps him with alignment.”
– Adrian Rietveld, TaylorMade Senior Tour Rep
The Bandon comes in two models the 1 has an L-Neck with 22° of toe hang. The 3 features a short slant hosel with increased toe hang (32°) for even more blade-like performance in this mallet design.
The DuPage has always been my favourite shape in the TP line-up. I really like the modern mallet shaping and the unique visual alignment cues that frame the ball really well at address. This is a face balanced putter with a single bend hosel for those of you with less arc to your putting stroke.
The Chaska takes inspiration from the original TaylorMade Corza Ghost design and features the familiar circular alignment aid in the back of the putter and three sightlines on top. This putter combines high levels of stability and simple alignment features to get you holing more putts. This is a face balanced putter thanks to its single bend hosel so is most suited to players with a straight back and straight through putting stroke.
TaylorMade TP Hydro Blast putters: The details
Grip: Lamkin Sink Fit Skinny Pistol
More info: TaylorMade website