Equipment

TaylorMade Ghost Manta Putter

Photo: Schecter Lee

TaylorMade Ghost Manta

From GOLF Magazine ClubTest 2012 (June, 2012)

Category: High-MOI Mallet Putters
Price: $180

WE TESTED: 35” shaft length
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The aluminum body combines with a pair of tungsten sole weights (50 grams each) to provide consistent, stable performance on misses. A removable weight in the rear of the sole can be used to match head weight to shaft length.

OUR TESTERS SAY: Good option for those who struggle to get the ball rolling. Works well on slower greens and for players seeking more forgiveness.

PROS
DISTANCE CONTROL: Forgives mis-hits off the toe and heel—can miss it all over the face and the ball just goes and goes; long putts rarely finish short of the hole.
FEEL: Heavyish putter is light on the touch, delivering a soft, muted thump on center hits; head is sturdy on misses.
LOOK: The large white head and black face insert stand out from the crowd; two bold black lines on the back flange frame the ball and guide the putter toward the target.

CONS
A small minority finds that putts can jump off the face from time to time, making it hard to control speeds consistently; a few testers would like to get more sensitivity and feedback on poorly struck putts.

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