Equipment

TaylorMade Ghost Tour Putters

Photo: Schecter Lee

TaylorMade Ghost Tour FO-72 (left), Ghost Tour DA-12

Ghost Tour DA-12
Category: Blade Putters
Price: $160

WE TESTED: 34”, 35” shaft length
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The 304-stainless steel head has a milled face with 4° loft and a single alignment line. The “PureRoll” face insert promotes forward spin and a smooth roll. A pair of sole weights can be adjusted to create a different feel, or to match custom shaft lengths.

OUR TESTERS SAY: This versatile putter is a good option for players who struggle to get the ball rolling. Adjustable sole weighting is a nice feature.

PROS
DISTANCE CONTROL: Predictable speeds; it puts a good roll on the ball so putts track nicely; works well for most testers on long putts; there’s enough forgiveness on slight misses.
FEEL: Well-balanced club that delivers repeatable feedback with no unpleasant vibrations on off-center hits; ball comes off the face cleanly and rolls with ease; grip seems softer than most.
LOOK: Sharp, white design squares up nicely to the target; contrasting black alignment line makes aiming a breeze.

CONS
Some testers prefer a head with a bit more heft for added feel during the stroke; a small minority of guys lack consistency on long putts; a few testers find the white head distracting.

Ghost Tour FO-72
Category: Midsize Mallet Putters
Price: $160

WE TESTED: 34”, 35” shaft length
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The new white finish makes the putter easy to see and aim. The milled face has a titallium alloy insert that produces a quick forward roll. Players can adjust head weight via two sole weights. The club has progressive weighting (345 gram head in a 35” shaft; 355 gram head in a 33” or 34” shaft).

OUR TESTERS SAY: One of the higher-rated putters. Strong marks, in particular, for distance control and look.

PROS
DISTANCE CONTROL: Rolls the ball very well right from the start; almost automatic from short range; lag putts are there when you need them.
FEEL: The “Pure Roll” face insert offers a milled-like feel—crisp yet soft, without any harshness; testers who frequently play on fast, speedy surfaces particularly like the lightweight head.
LOOK: Simple, circular head shows off its muscle on the heel and toe; familiar white finish helps to align the face square to the putt’s starting line.

CONS
A few testers find the head to be a tad too light on slower greens and easy to leave short of the hole; a small minority says off-center hits can be hard to distinguish from center hits.


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