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Spotted: TaylorMade “Spider Mini” Tour putters

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The rumored TaylorMade Spider Mini has crawled its way onto the PGA Tour. GolfWRX members speculated about the existence of a smaller, Spider with, well, extremely stubby legs.

Looking like the offspring of the Spider and the Spider Arc, here are a few shots of the Spider Mini in red from the TaylorMade tour truck at the Wells Fargo Championship.

While we don’t have an exact idea of head size, the most notable difference between the Spider and the Mini is obviously the amputation of the legs and the addition of a sole weight. It looks like TM is also adding weight to the remaining nubs in the spirit of the Spider’s MOI-boosting shape and weight distribution. The company’s Pure Roll insert looks to be carried over from the Spider as well.

What do you think about the “Spider Mini” photos?

See what GolfWRX members are saying about the photos in our forums

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  1. lance

    May 4, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    I don’t want a small red putter…. I want a big black putter…. and a stiff shaft too

  2. ViagrGolfer

    May 3, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    I’m gonna put a Stability shaft into my Scotty head to stiffen it up so I can putt with vigor and potency.

  3. Trees138

    May 1, 2018 at 11:11 am

    If I ever snag a used Spider I am absolutely painting it like a turtle with its head chopped off.

    • Doktor Freud

      May 2, 2018 at 2:14 pm

      Ze psychoanalytical symbol for ze putter is der Phallische.. der Peniche.. ein small red one nien ein big black one..

  4. ogo

    May 1, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Pinnacle of putter design…. and allow anybody to pot putts with this darling…. and only $299 (user instructions not included)…. :-p

  5. Tider992010

    May 1, 2018 at 10:11 am

    Odd looking putter but if it works people will try it.

    • ogo

      May 1, 2018 at 11:12 am

      Oh, it “works”…. it’s republican red…. 😛

  6. Bingobango

    May 1, 2018 at 9:32 am

    I’ll stick to the regular spider.

    • ogo

      May 1, 2018 at 11:13 am

      You are a ‘traditionalist’ when it comes to putters…. 🙁

  7. Blue

    May 1, 2018 at 8:12 am

    Well that is just about the ugliest thing I have even seen made for golf.

    • ogo

      May 1, 2018 at 11:15 am

      Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…. betcha PXGs look good to you … 😛

  8. acew/7iron

    May 1, 2018 at 8:10 am

    Its not good ok?…Its just not good.

  9. Kyle M

    May 1, 2018 at 8:10 am

    Ahh, I remember when this was called the Itsy Bitsy Spider. I’ll stick with that.

  10. Funky Critter

    May 1, 2018 at 4:54 am

    Thing is FUNKY

  11. Jim

    Apr 30, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    Not as nice as the original one seen on your last year. Should have gone with that version.

  12. Deano J

    Apr 30, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Ugly ugly ugly

  13. 2putttom

    Apr 30, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    looks like the Millinnum Falcon from behind

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In-hand photos of prototype Ping “Blueprint” irons

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Our Johnny Wunder paid a visit to Ping HQ in Phoenix, and in addition to getting to step inside to company’s legendary gold putter vault, The Gear Dive host got an exclusive in-hand look at Ping’s new prototype Blueprint irons.

While we can’t provide any additional details at present, we do have these photos of a 6-iron for your viewing pleasure.

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the irons in the forums. 

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Bargain Challenge: Putting together a set of clubs for $500

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You have a golf trip planned in two weeks. One day after work, you head to your car to hit the range and get some grinding in for the trip. As you walk to your car you notice your car has been broken into and your clubs are gone. Not good. You need new clubs for the trip but aren’t in a position to shell out the $2,000-$3,000 for a brand new set. What are your options? I recommend hitting the used market.

Every year, thousands of used golf clubs go on the market. Some of the clubs had a rough life and some have barely been hit. As an exercise to see what you can get for your dollar, I browsed one of the web’s largest used golf equipment sites (3balls.com) with a budget of $500 for a full set of clubs in my specs. What I found was really interesting.

Rules: 14 clubs for under $500 shipped. As close to my specs as possible.

Driver

Since I play a low loft driver with a low launch, low spin shaft, I knew I was in for a challenge with finding a driver. Once I took a minute to search, I found this beauty of a driver. I remember hitting the Ping G10 back in the day, and it was one of the most forgiving drivers at the time. Plus, it was very close to my specs at standard length, 7.5 degrees, and a mid-launch Grafalloy shaft.

Wood

While searching for a 3-wood, I had two things in mind, I needed a X-stiff shaft, and I needed it to be heavy. After about five minutes, I found this great Titleist 913 with a heavier X-stiff shaft. Normally I play a 13-degree 3-wood, and this 3-wood would allow me to loft it down to get the desired flight. Really a solid deal for $50.

Hybrid

In an ideal world, I’d be hitting a 2-iron or a driving iron here. The problem is that driving irons can sell for $100-plus fairly easily, so that was out of budget. After searching, I found a nice 17-degree hybrid from Ping with an X-stiff shaft. The shaft is a little lighter than I would like, but it is not a bad pick up for 80 bucks.

Irons

I knew I would want to spend the majority of my money on some solid irons. After searching, with the parameters being a 3-PW set with X100 shafts, I found this great Titleist combo set. I current play a MB/CB combo from another company, so this set fits well with what I am looking for if I was to replace my current set. All of this for $200.

Wedges

Wedge shopping was hard because I needed a lob wedge with good grooves and a gap wedge that wasn’t trash. I got really lucky with the Ping lob wedge. It is in very good condition which is really what matters for the grooves since I will be using it greenside. Since it is blue dot, I can get it sent to ping to be adjusted for my specs. For the gap wedge, I picked up a heavily used 52-degree. Ideally, I would have more money for a slightly better grooved GW.

Putter

Can’t go wrong with a White Hot in my preferred length. Not much more to say.

Total

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Is it easier to hit players irons?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day was created by lazyjc4, who asks fellow GolfWRX members for their opinion on what they feel are some of the easiest to hit players irons on the market. Our members have mentioned a multitude of players irons, with plenty of detailed reasoning behind their choices.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • thewral: “New Level 902. Single piece forging, feel great, smallish head, low offset, distance lofts.”
  • naj959: “I went through a couple of sets of irons this year which included 765s, flyz+, and finally settled on the…..Bridgestone J15 DPF. There are some great reviews of these irons. The 765s are forgiving, but the j15s are even more so. They have a very thin top line, are workable, and are lonnnng.”
  • Casper_golf: “Take a good look at the Wilson V6, or if you are looking for something older, guys really like the V4’s that can be found as a steal.  Way underrated irons. Soft feel forgiving and long for the weaker lofts they have. No offset.”
  • Sonja Henie: “Very interested in the comment about the 745s being similar to the 545s in forgiveness.  I’ve been very tempted by the 565s but might do better with the 765s.”

Entire Thread: “Easier to hit players irons?”

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