This week at Muirfield, Team TaylorMade athletes rolled out special edition Spider Tour staff bags, headcovers, and hats to celebrate Spider Week.
With Spider Tour leading the charge as the most played model at the Memorial Tournament, it continues to reign as the No. 1 putter model on the PGA TOUR. Expanding on that success, the new Spider Mini picking up traction after its Tour debut at Quail Hollow just four weeks ago.
Outside of the worldwide Tour, the 2018 Spider Family continues to roll with real-time data capture of Spider Interactive putters and the new MySpider custom putter program, which launched on TaylorMadeGolf.com earlier this week. Bottom line: there is plenty to celebrate during Spider Week.
To get some additional insight into the Spider putters trending on Tour and the impact of the new Spider Interactive and MySpider program, TaylorMade's Tour putter guru, Chris Trott, joined us once again for a putter-focused Q&A.
What are the key points of differentiation between Spider Tour and Spider Mini?
Chris Trott: CG location is the biggest thing. Spider Mini is 5mm further forward compared to Spider Tour. This allows the golfer to release the putter easier. However, the tradeoff is that the moment of inertia (MOI) or stability of the putter isn't as high... essentially, you're getting the halfway point between a blade-style putter (like Juno or Soto in the TP Collection) and a full-on mallet putter (like the Spider Tour).
There's certainly a bit more stability in the Spider Tour. That's why we're seeing so many of our Tour players making more putts inside of 10 feet—and we have the data to prove that.
With putting, you're dealing with feel and perception. Everyone's preferences are a little different. MOI gives stability—and you're going to get MOI with any mallet putter, whether you choose Spider Tour or Spider Mini—it just comes down to choosing the shape that appeals to you and finding a feel that works with your stroke.
What is making Tour players gravitate toward one model over the other?
CT: There are a lot of guys out on Tour who simply prefer a blade. For me, Spider Mini presents an opportunity to open a conversation with those types of golfers. It's a point of entry into the world of mallet putters.
From working with these players, I've also learned that there are some who prefer the more compact, "no-exhaust" look (no wings). Spider Mini also has a slightly thicker insert which presents a completely different feel to the Spider Tour.
Do you still see Spider Tour as the lead product within the Spider Putter Family on Tour?
CT: Definitely. Spider Tour is the proven putter in the Spider Family. It is a major winner. In general, it's just an incredibly stable mallet—if a guy wants to play a full mallet, there is no better choice than Spider Tour.
Even if you prefer to release the putter a bit, you can go with the short slant hosel to get 32° of toe hang... something that is very unique on such a big putter. I think our combo of the Spider Tour head with a short slant hosel separates this putter from everything else on the market. For me, Spider Tour covers everything in terms of high-MOI and release in a full-mallet shape.
How will amateur golfers benefit from having that same choice between Spider Tour and Spider Mini?
CT: As I mentioned before, putting is so much about look, feel, and perception—so what I may like, you may not like... that being said, it's always good to have options.
Spider Tour putters are always going to give you that additional high-MOI performance. If the smaller size appeals to you, you're still going to have a relatively high-MOI putter with a more forward CG to present a different feel that some golfers prefer.
On Tour, there's a wide variety of hosel options, sightlines, and colors that the players can choose from. Why is it important for them to have those customizations at their disposal?
CT: Again, it all comes down to having choices. We had DJ out at The Kingdom recently, and as he was exploring different custom putter options, it was evident that certain alignment aids worked better for him. He went through everything to determine what works best. We've done the same thing with Rory. On the other hand, with guys like Day and Rahm, we know that they prefer the clean top without any sort of sightline.
That's the beauty of the new MySpider program on TaylorMadeGolf.com. We had been hearing that golfers wanted to explore the custom putter options available on Tour, and MySpider now gives them the opportunity to do that.
Especially in the states, people are big into college and professional sports teams. MySpider gives golfers the chance to design their own Spider Tour putter to resemble the look of their favorite team or simply create a sharp-looking, custom putter.
Without a doubt, we've seen that people like the personalization and customization of golf clubs. And a putter that's the iconic look and size to be able to add your own touch, it's a great opportunity to create something cool and unique.
Building Trottie's MySpider
We had Trottie log onto TaylorMadeGolf.com to explore all the potential MySpider customizations to explore how he would personalize his own unique putter...
Looking at Spider Interactive, what can golfers learn about using that product with the Blast Motion Sensor technology?
CT: With Spider Interactive, it's all about achieving a 2:1 stroke ratio. BLAST, the company we partnered with for the motion sensor, recommends a .6/.3 stroke time as the perfect stroke. But even if you just focus on the 2:1 and work on getting consistent with that, you'll start to see all your other putting metrics (face rotation, loft/lie change) get tighter.
If you just look at tempo and speed and shut your mind off to everything else, you'll become a better putter. That's the great thing about Spider Interactive—it allows you to focus on individual elements of your stroke and capture data in real-time on your phone so you can work on improving your stroke whether you're putting in your hotel room or on the 18th hole.
With Spider Tour, Spider Mini, Spider Interactive, and now MySpider, what do you think makes Spider the best family of putters in golf?
CT: As a company, I think TaylorMade has taken a putter that works and expanded it with better offerings. We're a performance brand, and we have a putter that definitively improves performance. We have data to back it up, we have Tour players validating it, we have arguably the best putter in the game in Jason Day who is using this putter.
We're all-in on Spider Tour. And now that we have Spider Mini, MySpider, and Spider Interactive, we're showing that we truly believe in it with these bigtime expansions to the Spider Family.
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