TaylorMade make some of the best putters around… but which one should you buy?
TaylorMade have been making some of the best putters in golf for some time now, proving extremely popular with tour pros and amateurs alike.
Jason Day and Dustin Johnson battling it out for the World No.1 spot in 2017-18 wielding Spider Tour putters was the breakthrough TaylorMade dreamed of, and the success hasn’t stopped there. Rory McIlroy had his best putting year ever in 2022 using a Spider X, so TaylorMade are riding a wave of MOI success. They also make a TP HydroBlast Collection of traditional blade and mallet putters, but be under no illusion – it’s the Spider range that gets the most focus and attention at TaylorMade HQ.
But which TaylorMade putter suits your stroke? Let us explain…
The Spider is also famous for being the putter (by introducing slant necks and toe hang to bigger body MOI models) that convinced tour pros to ditch the blade for more forgiving models. The EX features an all-new Pure Roll insert for increased topspin and better roll, along with a lightweight aluminium, heavy steel and tungsten construction to deliver the renowned consistency and stability of the Spider family.
It’s available with three different hosel set-ups, so it can suit all types of strokes.
Expect the 154g steel backweight and wing structure, that creates a deeper center of gravity (38mm, which TaylorMade say restricts face rotation), to offer up a very stable putter.
True Path alignment frames the ball and helps you visualize the path to the hole, while the Pure Roll insert is made from black TPU urethane.
Two 40g, sliding tungsten sole weights give control over the CG location, toe hang and face rotation. Available with a small slant neck or single bend shaft, and thanks to the adjustability, you can tailor toe hang from 17° to 20° or 23°.
The current TP family is two years old so it’s likely to be freshened up this year, but the franchise is all about taking traditional, familiar, tour-proven head shapes and putting a TaylorMade stamp on them.
The heads are cast from 303 stainless steel, before being surface milled and sprayed with water at high power to create an attractive and premium finish.
Each head is fitted with a 45° grooved surlyn face insert to optimize launch and roll.
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Today’s Golfer Equipment Editor
Simon Daddow is the Equipment Editor for Today’s Golfer. Having tested and played more than 10,000 clubs in his life, what he doesn’t know about golf clubs isn’t worth knowing.
He’s a specialist in all things metal having spent a large part of his career as a golf club maker and product development manager, and has worked in the golf industry for more than 30 years. Starting out as trainee professional at Downes Crediton GC where he learned the art of golf club making, he went onto work for Clubhaus Plc and Tony Charles Ltd as a golf club maker, and running Product Development at Benross Golf.
Simon also spent time working as a Sales Executive in Harrods’ golf department, even helping supply Sir Nick Faldo with personalized shirts in a last-minute emergency ahead of a flight to a tournament.
He joined EMAP Active (now Bauer Media) as Equipment Editor in 2006 and has worked for both Today’s Golfer and Golf World. Working alongside our test pro Neil Wain, Simon has made todays-golfer.com the most reliable source for golf club testing.
Despite his youthful looks, Simon has played golf for more than 40 years and plays to a handicap of 10. A lack of club speed means he’s short off the tee, but very handy from 125 yards and in.
He enjoys excellent relationships with the biggest names in the golf equipment industry, including PXG boss Bob Parsons and TaylorMade’s Tomo Bystedt and Adrian Rietveld.
Away from the course, Simon is a season-ticket holder at Peterborough United Football Club, attending games with his young son. He’s also a keen cyclist and enjoys working (and relaxing) at his allotment.
His favorite ever piece of golf equipment is the Callaway Warbird fairway wood and he considers the biggest technological advancement in the game to have been titanium driver heads.
Simon’s job means he plays regularly around the world, and rates Kingsbarns as his favorite course. He uses a PXG 0311 GEN6 XF driver, TaylorMade Stealth 2 HL (15º), Ping G400 (20.5º), PXG 0317 X Gen2 hybrid, PXG 0311 GEN6 P irons (6–PW), Cleveland CBX2 wedges (52°, 58°), Ping 21 Fetch putter and a TaylorMade Tour Response golf ball.