NEW PUTTERS

A first look at TaylorMade's new Spider EX, Spider X HydroBlast, S and SR putters

Press Release  

By E. Michael Johnson

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Four new TaylorMade Spider models: EX, X Hydro Blast, S and SR each utilize the company’s “True Path” alignment system and 45-degree angled grooves with a variety of head designs, weights and shaft options in a high moment-of-inertia mallet head.

PRICE: All of the new Spider putters will be available for pre-order on March 2. The EX (€349 / £299 )and X Hydro Blast. (€299 / £269) will be at retail March 12 and the S and SR (€299  / £269 ) on April 9. Each available in 33-, 34- and 35-inch lengths with the Super Stroke Pistol GTR 1.0 grip stock. The EXis available in Platinum/White, Navy/White and Ghost White with three hosel options. The X Hydro Blast, S and SR each cost €299 / £269.

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THE DEEP DIVE: Since its debut in 2008, TaylorMade’s line of Spider mallet putters have gained wide acceptance on the professional tours and at retail. Now the company is expanding its line by adding four new models to the Spider franchise: Spider EX, Spider X Hydro Blast, Spider S and Spider SR.

Key to each of the models is the company’s “True Path” alignment system that is present on its Spider X model.

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In developing the True Path system, the company consulted eye specialists who figured out the ideal shape and width of the crown lines and band, to better guide golfers into visualizing the ball’s path.

“A lot goes into hitting a solid putt,” said Bill Price, head of product creation for putters and wedges for TaylorMade. "With this new class of Spider putters, we focused on removing two of those variables: aim and alignment. Each model features its own True Path that simplifies the aiming process and helps golfers set up to the ball the same way time after time. While each putter brings something unique to the table, they are bonded by a foundation of forgiveness, stability and True Path alignment that makes it easier to aim.”

The EX boasts a lighter aluminium body (as opposed to steel) and a carbon-composite center to allow more weight to be placed around the perimeter to increase stability and performace on off-center strikes. It also puts more mass directly behind the face for enhanced feel at impact. The EX has two 28-gram steel weights near the heel and toe, as well as heavy tungsten weights—the amount changing depending on length of putter for swingweight purposes—near the rear. The head is modestly longer than the X from heel to toe and front to back and features a more rounded backside.

The revamped “True Roll” face insert features an aluminium piece fronted by a thermoplastic-urethane layer where eight beams work with the 45-degree grooves to interact with the ball to promote a forward roll with a crisp click.

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The Spider X Hydro Blast takes the best-selling model in the line (the X), keeps all its tech and freshens it with a high-pressure application of water to the aluminum body that generates a rich silver appearance. The process adds to the putter’s durability as well, as the absence of paint means no paint chipping and better resistance to scratches.

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The high moment-of-inertia Spider S was introduced in 2020, but has an updated True Path design featuring an arrow-shaped alignment aid. The square-shaped putter head is outfitted with two 42-gram sole weights placed near the toe and heel. A heavy tungsten back bar (with weights ranging from 40 grams to 70 grams) is used to further optimise swingweight based on the length of the putter.

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The all-new Spider SR is a high-MOI mallet with the double-wing shape that has become popular on tour and at retail. The multimaterial head boasts a pair of back weights made from steel (10 grams) or tungsten (15 or 20 grams) to dial in swingweight.

The SR differs from the S in that the True Path alignment feature is positioned within the cavity behind the putter face and both the SR and S come with a new fluted shaft, delivering enhanced feel and optimal stability to putters that are already designed for forgiveness.

All of the new Spider putters will be available for pre-order on March 2. The EX and X Hydro Blast will be at retail March 12 and the S and SR on April 9. Each available in 33-, 34- and 35-inch lengths with the Super Stroke Pistol GTR 1.0 grip stock. The EX ($350) is available in Platinum/White, Navy/White and Ghost White with three hosel options. The X Hydro Blast, S and SR each cost $280.

WHAT THE COMPANY SAY: Spider putters are among the most recognisable in the world, utilising unique shapes and materials to deliver industry-leading performance in high-MOI mallets. Today, TaylorMade Golf Company announces four new additions to the acclaimed franchise: Spider EX, Spider X Hydro Blast, Spider S and Spider SR. Each model is equipped with a specialised True Path™ alignment system that fits the putter's shape while aiding certain golfer profiles.

 A lot goes into hitting a solid putt. With this new class of Spider putters, we focused on removing two of those variables: aim and alignment. Each model features its own True Path that simplifies the aiming process and helps golfers set up to the ball the same way time after time. While each putter brings something unique to the table, they are bonded by a foundation of forgiveness, stability and True Path alignment that makes it easier to aim.

SPIDER EX | CONFIDENCE YOU CAN FEEL 
 
Spider EX is the foursome's A player, utilising an advanced multi-material construction to deliver optimal stability. The lightweight aluminium frame and carbon composite centre allow for strategic perimeter weighting, increasing MOI for consistent roll across the face and more forgiveness. It is outfitted with two 28g steel weights near the heel and toe, as well as heavy tungsten weights at the rear. The exact amount of tungsten varies for precision swing weighting in reference to putter length.
 

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Compared to Spider X, the new EX model is slightly larger (+3.5mm from heel to toe and +2.7mm front to back) but with a more streamlined shape that features softer lines and a rounded backside.  
 
Its new True Path is optically engineered to make it easier to aim, featuring a reflective white colour that spans the putter's topline and allows golfers to use the face for alignment. Three dots enclosed by dual rails are used to centre the ball and promote a consistent address position. White was strategically selected as it is the most reflective colour and provides a clear focal point that makes the stroke and the path of the roll more visible. 
 

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Spider EX features a new Pure Roll² insert, marking the company's first multi-material insert made with co-moulded construction. White TPU urethane surrounds eight silver aluminium beams to create 45° grooves designed to produce better roll and feel characteristics.
 

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The all-new Fluted Feel™ shaft adds to this putter's feel properties. It features a soft tip section intently designed to enhance feel, increase stability, and tighten dispersion. TaylorMade engineers worked in conjunction with KBS to develop this new shaft and, in the process, tested multiple iterations in a collaborative effort to maintain stability while adding feel.

With existing shaft options, many players told us they couldn't feel the full weight of the putter head or feel the toe release. We didn't want to just make the shaft softer (add flex) to improve feel at the sacrifice of stability. That inspired us to go this journey with KBS and develop a shaft that delivers on both fronts."

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Collectively, Spider EX is designed for easy aim, better feel and enhanced stability to provide golfers with more confidence on the putting green.
 
SPECIFICATIONS, PRICING & AVAILABILITY   
Spider EX will be available for pre-order on March 2 and at retail beginning March 12 with an RRP of 349 EURO / 299 GBP. Available stock lengths include 33", 34" and 35". Offered in three different colourways: Platinum/White, Navy/White and Ghost White. Hosel options include short slant (all colours), flow neck (Platinum/White & Ghost White) and single bend (Platinum/White & Navy/White). It comes equipped with the TaylorMade Fluted Feel™ shaft and Super Stroke Pistol GTR 1.0 grip as stock. 
 
The all-new 2021 Spider models will also be available via Custom. Options include any length between 32” – 37” (quarter of an inch increments) LH or RH, loft & lie adjusted by up to 2° and the choice of 11 different grips (all FOC).
 
SPIDER X HYDRO BLAST | PROVEN PERFORMANCE WITH A NEW LOOK
 
Spider X is the best-selling model in the franchise's history, delivering proven performance at every level of the game. On Tour, it has accounted for 11 victories over the last two-plus seasons (including the start of the 2020-21 season) while also producing record-setting numbers at retail.

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Spider X Hydro Blast builds on that tradition of success with an all-new colourway and finishing process. The high-pressure application of water to the aluminium body creates a smooth and premium finish in a rich silver colourway. Added durability is a by-product of this process, as the absence of paint means no surface blemishes related to chipping and greater scratch resistance.
 
It maintains the same advanced multi-material construction as the original Spider X, relying on a combination of aluminium (2g), steel (6g) and tungsten (12g) weights along with a composite centre to optimise MOI and stability. Its Tour-proven True Path design aids in alignment, while its white TPU Pure Roll™ insert delivers a soft feel and 45° grooves encourage better forward roll as well as improved sound, feel and overall roll characteristics compared to a solid face.
 

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Spider X Hydro Blast
 
SPECIFICATIONS, PRICING & AVAILABILITY   
Spider X Hydro Blast will be available for pre-order on March 2 and at retail beginning March 12 with an RRP of 299 EURO / 269 GBP. Available stock lengths include 33", 34" and 35". It comes equipped with the KBS Chrome C-Taper Stepless shaft and Super Stroke Pistol GTR 1.0 grip as stock.
 
The all-new 2021 Spider models will also be available via Custom. Options include any length between 32” – 37” (quarter of an inch increments) LH or RH, loft & lie adjusted by up to 2° and the choice of 11 different grips (all FOC).
 
SPIDER S & SPIDER SR | HIGH STABILITY FORGIVENESS
 
TaylorMade introduced Spider S in 2020 as the most forgiving model in the Spider family, with an MOI of more than 6,000. The company has refreshed that original design with a new arrow-shaped True Path inspired by archery's pinpoint precision. The newly engineered alignment system is optically designed to make it easier for golfers to aim. Located on the topline, it provides a clear focal point that is the exact width of a golf ball, which helps with consistent address positions and face direction.
 
Spider S is manufactured from high-grade 6061 aluminium and is 100-percent machine milled for precision shaping. The square-shaped putter head is outfitted with two 42g sole weights strategically placed near the toe and heel to help stabilise the putter while optimising CG location.

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A heavy tungsten backbar is used to further optimise swing weight based on the length of the putter. Coming in four different weights ranging from 40g to 70g, the backbar at the rear of the putter is designed to influence head weight, feel and performance.
 
Stability is the calling card of the Spider family. With the all-new Spider SR (Stability Refined), TaylorMade delivers high-MOI performance in a Tour-inspired double wing shape. The multi-material design features two back weights crafted from either steel (10g) or tungsten (15g, 20g) to optimise swing weight.  

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Due to a smaller footprint (5mm shorter front to back), Spider SR has a slightly lower MOI than Spider S. However, it's still among the most stable and forgiving putters in the current Spider line-up. Another key differentiator is how True Path is positioned within the cavity behind the putter face. Also drawing inspiration from archery, the arrow-shaped design delivers an easy-to-aim alignment tool that promotes consistently centred ball positions at address.
 
Both Spider SR and Spider S are equipped with the all-new Fluted Feel™ shaft, delivering enhanced feel and optimal stability to putters that are already designed for forgiveness. The Tour-proven TPU Pure Roll insert provides a soft feel, and 45° grooves encourage better forward roll as well as improved sound, feel and overall roll characteristics compared to a solid face. 
 

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Spider SR
 
SPECIFICATIONS, PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
Spider S and Spider SR will be available for pre-order on March 2 and at retail beginning April 9, each with an RRP of 299 EURO / 269 GBP. Available stock lengths include 33", 34" and 35". Both come equipped with the TaylorMade Fluted Feel™ shaft and Super Stroke Pistol GTR 1.0 grip as stock.
 
The all-new 2021 Spider models will also be available via Custom. Options include any length between 32” – 37” (quarter of an inch increments) LH or RH, loft & lie adjusted by up to 2° and the choice of 11 different grips (all FOC).


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