From Golf Magazine (ClubTest, April 2010)
TaylorMade Rossa Monza Spider Balero
Category: High-MOI Mallet Putters
We tested: 35" shaft length
Company line: "The club's unibody steel construction delivers high MOI for tremendous stability and forgiveness. A softer 'anti-skid groove system' (AGSI+) face insert with 12 milled grooves promotes forward spin, reduced skid and soft sound and feel. The 'ball-in-cup' head shape makes it super-easy to aim the face and start the ball on line."
OUR TESTERS SAY:
PROS: Among the top-rated putters for overall performance; excellent weight distribution provides consistent contact and distance control; many panelists find that the balanced clubhead and shaft set up easily and make even missed putts feel well-struck; simple color scheme with prominent alignment aids; pleasing feel and roll on center impact; some guys regard it as the best TaylorMade mallet yet.
CONS: Some testers find the futuristic-looking club too light and busy, with alignment line overkill; a minority say it can be hard to judge speed of downhill putts.
From The Shop blog (February 2009)
When J.B. Holmes defeated Phil Mickelson to win the 2008 FBR Open in a playoff, he sank crucial putts using an odd-looking belly putter. The TaylorMade Rossa Monza Spider didn't look like anything else out there. Its extreme perimeter weighting greatly enhanced its moment of inertia (MOI), so slightly mishit putts still rolled nearly as far as putts struck in the sweet spot.
By the end of the season, the Spider and its smaller sibling, the Itsy Bitsy Spider, were common sites on professional tours and recreational courses.
This year at TPC Scottsdale, Holmes broke out another odd-looking, yet-to-be released belly putter — the TaylorMade Spider Balero.
From The Shop blog (July 2008)
There were plenty of fireworks in John Daly's press conference Wednesday at the British Open, but one tidbit was especially interesting from an equipment standpoint.
When Daly was asked about his putting, he said, "I'm still one of those guys that's not scared to knock it three feet past the hole. If find that if I start lagging putts, it gets worse. But I'm going to try the new TaylorMade Spider, the small Spider putter, this week. I was working with the guys from adidas TaylorMade yesterday, just something totally different that I'm not accustomed to. I'm not used to seeing anything that big behind the putter face. But it's something different, and maybe it's time I look at something different."
From The Shop blog (February 2008)
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.