TaylorMade expands its family of counterbalanced putters with three new models

TaylorMade counterbalanced putters
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The new versions of TaylorMade's counterbalanced Spider Mallet, Spider Blade and Daddy Long Legs feature new cosmetics and are designed to improve their stability even more.
By John Holmes
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz
TaylorMade is rolling out new editions of its counterbalanced Daddy Long Legs, Spider Blade and Spider Mallet putters, all designed to increase their stability through the stroke even more.
 
"The new tour-inspired cosmetic is visually stunning, while also delivering the ultimate in stability and performance," said Tomo Bystedt, TaylorMade's director of iron, wedge and putter creation. "Each of these putters promote an extremely stable putting stroke, to help golfers deliver a consistent roll time after time."
 
All three of the new flatsticks feature a heavy steel frame and tungsten weights in the heel and toe, all designed to promote distance control on off-center hits and resistance to twisting during the stroke. They have an enhanced color scheme, with the white tungsten weights that frame the ball at address, along with a black frame, matte-black shaft and high-polish sole.
 
The Daddy Long Legs has the biggest head and is the most stable model of the new trio. Its high-MOI design resists twisting at impact to protect ball speed on off-center hits, promoting a reliable roll regardless of where the ball is struck on the face. 
 
 
By contrast, the Spider Blade boasts the stability of a mallet in a blade shape. In fact, TaylorMade research indicates that the Spider Blade is 50 percent more stable than traditional blade-style putters. 
 
The original Daddy Long Legs and Spider Blade, released a year ago, were the first counterbalanced putters from TaylorMade. Later, TaylorMade added the Spider Mallet and the ultra-stable Ghost Spider Si to the family. Among the players who contributed to the development of these new putters are Jason Day, Boo Weekley, Troy Matteson and Sergio Garcia, who tied for second at the British Open with a new counterbalanced Spider Mallet.
 
To optimize its counterbalance technology, TaylorMade explained, golfers should assume their normal address position and grip the club two to three inches below the top end of the grip. By doing so, more weight is above the golfer’s hands, which is key for increasing stability. 
 
Because players should grip down, each new counterbalanced putter is offered in two lengths: 35 and 38 inches. The 38-inch putter is for players who traditionally use a 34- to 36-inch putter, while the 35-inch option is for players who traditionally use a 32- to 34-inch putter.
 
The new Daddy Long Legs carries a suggested retail price of $249, while the Spider Blade and Spider Mallet retail for $229. Each model is offered in a single bend 35- or 38-inch shaft, and all are available at retail now.