TaylorMade Ghost Spider S Putter
Category: High-MOI Mallet Putters
WE TESTED: 34", 35" shaft lengths
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The 228-gram steel frame combines with a 90-gram aluminum center, 26.5-gram aluminum soleplate and adjustable heel/toe weights. The 3.5-gram "PureRoll" Surlyn face insert delivers a soft feel and smooth roll.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Better than average; contact toward the heel or toe doesn't lose much in the way of speed or distance; equally adept at making 3-footers and leaving tapins from 30-plus feet; face insert minimizes unwanted hops and helps control distance.
FEEL: Very good combination of a solid, stable clubface and soft feel on center hits; resonant thump at impact separates it from many other high-MOI putters; consistent speeds regardless of where contact is made -- nearly impossible to mis-hit.
LOOK: The clubhead and single-bend shaft give the putter a low profile look -- it promotes keeping the head low and down the line through the stroke; adjustable weights hang off the back of the putter like two taillights.
The club's appearance has its detractors; some guys find it too quiet and not as responsive as others; white paint mars easily.
BOTTOM LINE: The Ghost Spider S looks like a frog, but it's a confidence-building, putt-making machine. Its large, forgiving head will help any golfer put a good roll on the ball.
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