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New TaylorMade Spider X putters feature Optically Engineered True Path Alignment sightline

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TaylorMade Golf Company has unveiled the 10th generation of its Spider putters – The Spider X.

In terms of updates, the Spider X features a redesigned frame, new weighting system and an optically engineered sightline (OES) featuring TaylorMade’s new True Path Alignment System.

According to the company, research derived from more than ten thousand putts from a distance of twelve feet illustrated that golfers strike the ball toward the toe of the putter 66 percent of the time – owing to a parallax effect. In the new Spider X, TaylorMade has re-engineered the mass properties while also introducing a new alignment system called True Path, designed for easier alignment enhanced focus, which seeks to provide players with a more consistent strike on the center of the face of the putter.

Compared to its predecessors, the Spider Tour and Spider Mini putters, the Spider X possesses more weight on the outside of the frame (36 percent on both perimeters v. 30 percent) which aims to provide for a more stable head shape. The head design also features a deep center of gravity (37mm), which is three times that of a traditional blade, which seeks to offer a purer hit on each stroke.

The Spider X putters contain a new, thicker 5mm Pure Roll white surlyn insert which is designed to offer improved sound, feel and roll, while their 12-groove Pure Roll insert aims to promote forward spin for a smoother roll, greater accuracy and better distance control.

The new Pure Roll insert is designed to bring the grooves into direct and active contact with the ball during impact. The grooves in the face of the putter are .5mm deep and serve to soften the insert’s structure and aim to force the insert to deform at impact, putting the grooves into direct contact with the cover of the ball.

The TaylorMade Spider X also features re-designed weight system, which includes three new weights: aluminum (2 grams), steel (6 grams) and tungsten (12 grams), while the new additions also include a composite core weighing just 15 grams. Engineers reduced the head of the Spider X by 5 percent compared to its predecessors, while maintaining the same MOI.


Speaking on the evolution of the Spider putters on its 10th anniversary, Bill Price, Senior Director, Product Creation, Putters & Wedges said

“When we first introduced the original Spider putter in 2008, we never could have anticipated the global phenomenon it has become. With widespread adoption on tours around the world, not only has it become one of the company’s top-selling putters of all time, it has truly shifted the paradigm of putter design toward high-MOI mallets.”

The Spider X putters come in two colorways with both right and left-hand options: copper/white or navy/white.

The copper/white model will be available in a short slant or single bend hosel option, while the navy/white model will be available exclusively in a short slant offering. Each is available in 33”, 34” & 35” lengths and comes equipped with SuperStroke’s Pistol GTR 1.0 grip.

The new Spider X putters will hit the retail market on February 15 and will cost $349.99 each.

 

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  1. Sahil

    Jan 31, 2019 at 12:19 am

    so they take a putter, put a straight line down the centre and whoopdeedoo $349.00 and its the best thing ever. hmmm ja.

  2. Doug

    Jan 30, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    What is with most of the posters here? Must be crappy golfers that feel the need to belittle people who like to examine new equipment offerings. Since nothing new meets your “exacting” standards, do us all a favor and leave your trolling comments somewhere else.

  3. Scheiss

    Jan 30, 2019 at 10:11 am

    I LOVE the copper color

  4. Rick

    Jan 30, 2019 at 3:35 am

    Don’t see any reason here why Rory’s putting will improve. Still stand by my comments that he will never win another major.

  5. Mizzle

    Jan 29, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    Looks like a Dicks Sporting Goods house brand putter

  6. Realist

    Jan 29, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Another pos put out by taylormade. Whoever made the color scheme should be fired. Cant wait for the faces to fall out or the paint to chip by breathing on it.

  7. scott

    Jan 29, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    LOL ! these putters suck!

  8. Tom

    Jan 29, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Let’s see, drivers with injected “goop” behind their face, irons with “slingshot” technology from Nike and now putters with lines and dots for alignment….WOW!!! some kind of product development efforts….lol!

  9. dat

    Jan 29, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    I don’t care what tech is in these or how many tour players use them. They are ugly.

  10. Jose

    Jan 29, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    $349.99!!! What next TM 749.99 Drivers ?? Really pricing out the average golfer in terms of equipment …The way these companies are increasing prices for their rehashed offerings will surely prevent new golfers from wanting to take up our game. BTW I think we all have a putter lieing around that we think is better than this latest and greatest ;).

    • The dude

      Jan 29, 2019 at 7:25 pm

      Golfers that are wanting to take up the game and feel like they need to buy this sh$t…have more money than sense…f*ck em’!

      Ps…yer post sucked

  11. vince guest

    Jan 29, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    Slant neck on the tour issue models look to be more rounded, flowing. Retail slants look too flat and boxy.

  12. Tom

    Jan 29, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    WOW, lines and dots used for alignment….pure genius!!! Never been done before!!!

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Brendan Steele shows off prototype Wilson Staff driving iron on Instagram

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Wilson Staff has been making waves recently with a lot of high profile activity including the signing of Gary Woodland and the new Staff blade iron prototypes he has in the bag. It appears that the R&D team at Wilson has just gotten started for 2019, considering another new prototype driving iron has popped up thanks to Brendan Steele posting some very nice pictures on his Twitter and Instagram.

We don’t have a ton of information except for the caption from Brendan’s own post

“Check out this sweet new toy! @wilsongolf was awesome enough to let me create a new prototype driving iron and it couldn’t have turned out better!” 

It has some similarities to the previous V4 Driving Iron from Wilson by the looks of both the screw and the knurling around the hosel

 

but the cosmetics and certainly more inline with the new Staff Blades pictured below along with also appearing to have a shorter heel to toe length and a higher overall toe profile:

Whether or not this new driving iron will show up at retail like the Staff blades, it is definitely something to keep an eye out for.

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Product: Nikon Coolshot Pro Stabilized laser rangefinder

Pitch: From Nikon: “This state-of-the art golfing laser rangefinder packs the stability of the Coolshot 80’s vibration reduction into an even more streamlined body. The red Oled internal display’s automatic brightness adjustment makes viewing easy in any light, while Hyper Read measurement response time is a speedy 0.3 seconds (approximately) over a range of 7.5-1,090 m. Locked On technology quickly defines overlapping subjects so you’ll be sure of an accurate reading to the flagstick, plus ID Technology gives a guide distance for uphill and downhill courses.”

Our take on the Nikon Coolshot Pro Stabilized laser rangefinder

Nikon has packed the Coolshot Pro Stabilized full of innovative features with a hugely beneficial streamlined profile. But we’ll get around to that a little later, as at the core of this laser rangefinder is its Stabilized Technology.

Whether it’s the conditions, or an inability to keep your hand perfectly steady when shooting your target, the issue of vibration is usually the main problem when it comes to rangefinders. However, with Nikon’s Stabilized Technology, that vibration is reduced by approximately 80 percent. The steadiness of the rangefinder may need to be seen to be believed, but with the Coolshot Pro Stabilized, any issues golfers have with taking a steady shot of their target can expect them to vanish with this rangefinder. More accurate results and likely speedier rounds (yay), what’s not to love?

This lessening of the vibration works in conjunction with Locked On technology, and it’s a powerful combination that creates a premium rangefinder. The Locked On technology in the Coolshot Pro Stabilized allows golfers to home in on their target, without the fear of the rangefinder locking onto the wrong target in the background. A small green circle frames your desired target, making sure that it is giving you the correct distance for your shot, and it’s not only extremely accurate but quick too. The Hyper Read Tech allows users to find the distance they want according to the company in “0.3 seconds – regardless of distance.” A claim that is difficult to dispute.

Another great feature of the Coolshot Pro Stabilized is its ID Technology. This technology takes care of all the incline, slope etc. The rangefinder from Nikon accurately reads the yardage taking into account the downhill or uphill nature of the pin, while the product also lets other competitors know when the ID Technology is off. If you’re competing in an event, a green flashing light indicates that the ID Technology is turned off, making it clear that actual distance is what you’re measuring, and that you’re abiding by all the rules.

Now let’s get down to the size, which makes all of the features we’ve talked about even more impressive. As you can see from our in-hand photos, the Coolshot Pro Stabilized is tiny and weighs just 180g. The advantages of having a small rangefinder are obvious as it can be carried or kept in even the smallest pocket of your bag easily, and the Coolshot Pro Stabilized is also both waterproof and nitrogen-purged to make it fog-proof. The range finder also features six different brightness levels and comes with a sweet 5-year warranty.

At around $450 the Coolshot Pro Stabilized is high-end and not cheap. But with the impressive features and high performance, it’s a product which combined with Nikon’s 5-year warranty justifies that price-tag. If you’re looking for a top-shelf rangefinder, then the Coolshot Pro Stabilized is very unlikely to disappoint.

 

 

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Our initial review of the Ping G410 Plus driver! In this video we use a stock shaft and a 10.5-degree head to see what improvements have been made over last year’s G400. Stay tuned for future videos where we will properly fit and dial in this driver for the correct loft, settings and shaft to unlock its full potential!

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