ClubTest 2014: TaylorMade Daddy Long Legs Putter
TaylorMade Daddy Long Legs
Category: High-MOI Mallet Putters
WE TESTED: 35”, 38” shaft lengths
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Daddy Long Legs’ 130-gram grip counterbalances the head and boosts MOI by 60 percent.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Nearly the entire face delivers a quick, tight roll that grips the green; putts track to the hole and seem to take less break than with most others; extreme stability and alignment aid minimize directional misses.
FEEL: The long, weighted club almost wants to swing itself; encourages a smooth, repeatable, rhythmic pendulum stroke; the insert smoothes out hot spots, minimizes unwanted rebound and creates a consistent feel.
LOOK: Huge, futuristic design, although the color scheme slims it down; kitchen-sink approach to alignment works well by mixing curves, straight lines, contrasting colors and a few crisscrosses.
Some testers describe impact sensation as “artificial,” and more say it lacks the warmth and depth of a good metal putter; dampened, dull feel can make gauging distance a chore; detractors question its over-the-top look.
BOTTOM LINE: TaylorMade’s easy-swinging, oversize design doesn’t require much precision for a flat-out smooth roll. It could work well for almost any ability, grip or style but is best suited for those who struggle to line up and who don’t mind sacrificing some feel for forgiveness.
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