TaylorMade has addeed two new counterbalanced putters to its Spider lineup - Daddy Long Legs and Spider Blade. Both putters are engineered with super-high moment of inertia (MOI) heads and heavier weight at the grip-end to help promote a more consistent stroke.
Daddy Long Legs is a "performance mallet" with an 8500+ MOI head while Spider Blade is a heel-toe weighted blade with an MOI of 5200. In comparison, MOI measurements for previous Spider putters are 6800 (Spider/Ghost Spider), 6038 (Ghost Spider S) and 5375 (Itsy Bitsy Spider).
The higher the MOI in the putter head, the more resistant it is to twisting on off-center hits, especially helpful for players seeking forgiveness in a putter on mis-hits.
To elevate the MOI beyond 8500, the head consists of 16 pieces made of eight different materials - stainless steel, carbon steel, aluminum, titanium, tungsten, polycarbonate, Surlyn and TPU. Spider Blade's head construction consists of 11 parts made of eight materials -- 304 stainless steel, 17-4 stainless steel, aluminum, 3M Foam, tungsten, polycarbonate, Surlyn and TPU.
To counterbalance a putter, additional weight is added to the grip-end in the form of a heavier putter grip. While the typical putter has one light end (grip) and one heavy end (head), putting more weight in the grip to counterbalance the weight of the head increases the MOI of the entire club, from top to bottom, which makes it way easier to keep the head on path during the swing.
To get the most out of counterbalancing, about three inches of the top end of the grip should extend above your top hand when you assume your normal stance, posture and grip. To make that possible, Daddy Long Legs and Spider Blade are offered in two lengths: 38-inches, for players who favor a 35-inch length, and 35-inches for players who favor a 33-inch length. Players who favor a 34-inch length can choose between either club.
Both the Daddy Long Legs and Spider Blade putters come with a suggested retail price of $199 (US).
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