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The TaylorMade Spider Mini is coming to retail

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After its Tour debut last month, the TaylorMade Spider Mini is now available for the rest of our golf bags.

In terms of size, visibly more compact, the Spider Mini it 15 percent smaller than the Spider Tour. Accordingly, center of gravity is moved from 37mm from the face of the putter to 30mm from the face of the 355 gram putter.

The Spider Mini features the aluminum Pure Roll insert, with its 45-degree-angled grooves designed for enhanced feel and truer roll.

The adjustable sole weight (sold separately) is available in 2.5-, 5-, 7.5-, 10-, 15- and 20-gram options.

“Spider Mini gives golfers a brand-new look and feel while still remaining very much a part of the Spider Tour family. It has the same Pure Roll insert and presents many of the same features that make Spider such a successful putter, but it is delivered in a scaled-down shape for those seeking a smaller footprint without sacrificing stable, high-MOI performance.” — Chris Trott, TaylorMade Tour Manager

Available in lengths of 33, 34 and 35 inches, the Spider Mini retails for $299 and is offered in both Tour Red and Diamond Silver. A SuperStroke Pistol GTR 1.0 grip is standard.

The Spider Tour is TM’s most popular flatstick. As reported by Golf Digest, Golf Datatech. Two-thirds of TaylorMade’s putter sales are for the the Spider. TaylorMade is the No. 3 best-selling putter brand.

Available now via TaylorMade

Related: Spotted TaylorMade Spider Mini putters

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  1. Dave

    Jun 8, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Actually the spider design was the old Roger Maltby Frogeye putter, some things never change

  2. Kevin Arnold

    Jun 7, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    The only thing uglier than this putter is the silly hats they are making all the pros wear that say Spider…..U G L Y

  3. bruce

    Jun 7, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    They say tour golfers sleep with their drivers and putters. I would sleep with this TM Spider Mini every nite…. she is sooo beautiful …. 😀

    • lance

      Jun 8, 2018 at 1:54 pm

      At nite I squirt on my Mini and then rub it in cause I love it so much.

  4. Travis

    Jun 7, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    Scottish Fold cat on a stick. Once you see it, you can’t unsee it…

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Wilson’s new FG Tour V6 RAW irons (yes, they will rust)

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Wilson came out with its FG Tour V6 irons in 2016, but these new Raw versions have a different look… and with time, they’ll have a VERY different look.

The new FG Tour V6 Raw irons have an unplated finish, and they’re designed to “develop a unique patina based on age, exposure and use over time,” according to Wilson. This gives each iron a unique look, and one that’s far from the clean cut original FG Tour release that had a chrome finish (which won’t rust).

In addition to the rusting effect, the irons are different because they have a copper badge in the cavity that will eventually match the color of the golf club over time. Here’s a graphic mock-up of how the Raw irons may look overtime.

Like the original releases, the irons have tungsten weights and mass behind the impact area for a “forged feel” and “improved feedback,” according to the company.

The FG Tour V6 Raw irons are a custom option on Wilson.com, and are available through Wilson’s premium partner accounts as of today, Tuesday, June 19. According to Wilson, the Raw irons “are a very limited production run,” so only a certain amount of sets will even be built.

 

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Chief Engineer Chris Voshall on Mizuno’s approach to the Tour and some of the most insightful pros

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Mizuno’s Chief Engineer Chris Voshall chatted with Johnny Wunder on the latest episode of the Gear Dive.

Voshall offers innumerable interesting anecdotes–particularly interesting is the development of the JPX 900 iron for Brooks Koepka and Voshall’s discussion of his work with other Tour talents.

In the excerpt below, however, Voshall discusses Mizuno’s approach to Tour players and further, whose feedback has proven particularly valuable.

“We’re not making them something special. If they’re coming to us, it’s because the product is that good…They come to us instead of us having to go to them…that’s one of the really exciting things.”

Voshall indicated that players on Tour play essentially the same Mizuno products that are available at retail.

“If the Tour van is out of inventory, they can reach out to us…and we’ll get them more heads. There’s nothing unique about what they’re playing, which I think speaks to the customer…you can almost not trust marketing around the whole world these days, but for us to say ‘there’s nothing different’…that’s something we really hang our hat on.”

With respect to excellent testers on Tour, Voshall sang Luke Donald’s praises, as well as Jhonny Vegas and Brian Gay.

“I love working with Luke. Luke, especially when you’re talking irons…turf interaction, that’s the thing he’s looking for. So with Luke, you’ve really got to speak to him about how it feels, how it enter, how it exits [the turf] and how that’s causing the ball to launch. You could give him the exact same head with a slightly different sole grind, and he will love or hate one versus the other. He’s really cool to work with on that front.”

“Jhonny Vegas…he’s raw power. He goes at it. He wants to slam the club into the ground as hard as he can and see where it goes. He very much on the opposite end of the spectrum as Luke, who’s very much an artist out there, trying to work it, trying to do different things.”

“One of my favorite guys to work with, even though he’s not on staff anymore, is Brian Gay. He knows his game. He knows equipment. Speaking to the fact that he’s been out on Tour as long as he has and has the wins he has with the length he hits the ball, it shows that he does not miss a shot. And he knows everything…when he makes a comment on a club, that’s the one that I take most serious.”

For the rest of Voshall’s insights and perspective, give the full podcast a listen below.

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SPOTTED: Srixon Z-785 driver, Z-U85 utility irons

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We recently spotted new Srixon Z-785 drivers and Z-U85 utility irons, which are likely future replacements for Srixon’s Z-765 driver and Z-U65 utility irons. Srixon is staying hush on the tech details at the moment but did allow us to take photos of the new equipment.

Released in 2016, the Z-765 driver was a smaller-profile, lower-launching counterpart offering to the Z-565 driver, so it could be possible that there is also a Z-585 driver, counter to the Z-785 driver that we spotted. Also, it appears the Z-U85 utility irons come in at least 5 different lofts: 2-6 irons.

See more photos below, and check out discussion on the Z-785 drivers and Z-U85 utility irons.

Srixon Z-785

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Srixon Z-U85

 

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