Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Spider_400_2 J.B. Holmes gets a lot of attention for his powerful drives, but his putting was crucial at the FBR Open. He hit only 1.608 putts per green in regulation at TPC Scottsdale, second lowest for the week. During the 2007 season, Holmes averaged 1.796 per green, 121st on Tour.
One reason for the improvement could have been his new putter, the TaylorMade Rossa Monza Spider.
The Spider's head uses a steel frame to move the weight back, away from the hitting area. This design increases the moment of inertia, which is supposed to make the putter more forgiving on off-center hits. The Spider has ports behind the heel and toe to hold a variety of removable weights, a popular feature in TaylorMade drivers, fairway woods and hybrids. Concentrating weight in small areas away from the face helps the putter resist twists on mis-hits, and the removable weights allow players to tinker with the feel of the putterhead.
An insert on the putter's face has 14 polymer-filled, anti-skid grooves that are supposed to grip the ball at impact and encourage a smooth roll.
The Rossa Monza Spider will cost $240 and be in stores in March, but several other Tour pros have already switched to it, including Sergio Garcia and Sean O'Hair. According to TaylorMade, 12 pros used the Spider during the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines. -- David Dusek

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