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TaylorMade introduces all-new Truss putter series, adds new Spider S to lineup

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TaylorMade has unveiled its two latest putter innovations for 2020—the all-new Truss series, as well as the Spider S, the newest addition to the brand’s Spider family.

All-new TaylorMade Truss putters

Designed for players seeking the stability and performance of high MOI mallets in more classic shapes, the all-new Truss series features a distinct hosel structure.

The hosel structure creates multiple contact points on the topline and reduces the amount of unsupported mass, in design to improve the stability of the putter face at impact.

The Truss hosel design aims to provide foundational stability and strength through its geometric shaping that’s widely used across various forms of architecture, from home building to bridges with stronger horizontal support across the topline.

Per the company, TaylorMade collected data on 40,000 putts hit by golfers of various skill levels and found that more than half of the strikes occurred on the toe-side of center causing deflection which can lead to offline putts. Through this research, the company created its Truss series – designed to provide twist-resistance with greater torsional stability while maintaining a traditional shape.

Through the dual contact points on the topline, the new Truss putters seek to provide players of all skills with the performance of a high-MOI putter with the look of a blade or traditional mallet.

Truss arrives in four different models: TB1, TB2, TM1, and TM2.

TB1

A heel-shafted blade design that most closely resembles a traditional blade putter, with an additional 8g of weight added to the toe in design to counterbalance the Truss hosel.

TB2

A center-shafted blade with the hosel stretching across the center of the face in a bid to increase stability.

TM1

A heel-shafted mallet that combines the Truss hosel with a classic mallet shape.

TM2

A center-shafted mallet with minimal offset and the hosel stretching across the entire topline. Per the company, the most stable putter in the family.

Each model has a nickel-cobalt finish and features the Cobalt Blue Pure Roll insert and comes equipped with a KBS Stepless Stability Shaft and Lamkin Sink Fit Skinny grip.

Truss will be available at retail beginning February 7 with an MSRP of $299 with comes in length options of 33”, 34” and 35”.

TaylorMade Spider S

The latest addition to the Spider family, the Spider S is designed to provide maximum stability and forgiveness and is constructed of 6061 aluminum and is 100-percent machine milled for precision shaping.

The square-frame putter head is outfitted with two 48g tungsten sole weights that are placed on the toe and the heel in a bid to help stabilize the putter while also optimizing CG location.

A heavy tungsten backbar is utilized to further customize swing weight based on the length of the putter. Coming in 55g, 65g and 80g units, the backbar at the rear of the putter is designed to influence head weight, feel and performance. The heaviest weight (80g) pairs with the shortest putter length (33 inches) and vice versa.

The combination of advanced materials and square shaping aims to promote high MOI for increased forgiveness and consistent roll on strikes across the face. Per TaylorMade, with an MOI of 6,000-plus the Spider S offers the most forgiving performance of any model in the Spider franchise.

The new Spider S also includes the brand’s Pure Roll insert. The 5mm thicker than usual surlyn insert is designed for better sound, feel and roll characteristics.

Speaking on the new Spider S, Bill Price, TaylorMade Senior Director of Product Creation, Putter & Wedge stated

“With Spider S, we utilize advanced materials and machine milling to create the highest MOI and most forgiving model in our Spider lineup. The beauty and performance of this putter is in all of the tungsten. We use more than 150g in each head to deliver precision weighting and optimal performance.”

TaylorMade’s Spider S comes in two different colorways: Navy and Chalk, and arrives equipped with the KBS Stepless Stability Shaft and Super Stroke Pistol GTR 1.0 grip.

The Spider S is at retail beginning February 14 with an MSRP of $349.99, and is available in length options of 33”, 34” and 35”.

 

 

 

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at gianni@golfwrx.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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20 Comments

  1. Steve C

    Feb 6, 2020 at 10:44 am

    Golf equipment consumers, myself included, are a bunch of dupes. We needlessly spend way too much money on new equipment that will never improve our game.

  2. Wes B

    Feb 4, 2020 at 11:40 am

    I normally defend these companies but this is literally the worst looking putter I’ve ever seen!

  3. Jason Pitts

    Feb 4, 2020 at 7:14 am

    That is one fugly putter. It’s almost as if they ran out of ideas and some intern said “hey I have an idea”. This is a monumental flop.

    • JP

      Feb 4, 2020 at 9:06 am

      Nobody had an idea. It was a blatant copy of several putters that had been made before.

      And there is zero possibility of adjustment. Can’t even change the lie angle.

  4. Alan Dershowitz

    Feb 4, 2020 at 2:40 am

    That Truss putter didn’t do much for Ben An in Phoenix, the poor guy couldn’t hit the side a barn with that thing. And to us old timers that putter looks like an old Taylor model back in the day.

  5. Mark

    Feb 3, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    What about adjustability for loft and lie?

    Enquiring minds (and there are many of those on this site) want to know.

    The apparent failure of the GolfWRX journalist to address this question is more evidence of his lightweight journalistic credentials.

  6. Drew

    Feb 3, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    Three HUNDRED dollars!?

  7. Guia

    Feb 3, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    I suppose they decided that they had to offer something. These putters look like that they were designed by a 12 yo. Clunky, heavy look, no finesse. Look like something that you find in low end golf shop for $10.

    Ugh

  8. JP

    Feb 3, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    I’d go insane looking at that heel shafted TB-1 in the first picture. There is a nasty reflection of the sight dot running up the truss hosel design. That would be enough for me to throw it in a lake! Did no designers even look at these when they were prototyped? Who took the pictures and thought that looked ok? Ooooppppppsssssss

  9. Ccshop

    Feb 3, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    Ugliest group of putters I’ve ever seen

  10. ML

    Feb 3, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    After watching Ben An miss EVERYTHING with this putter over the weekend I’d be scared to touch it.

  11. try hard

    Feb 3, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    Kinda looks like my old dead center

    • Jimmy Ray

      Feb 3, 2020 at 2:52 pm

      Eggs-ACTLY my thought on seeing these Truss putters. Ugh.

  12. Francis Kennedy

    Feb 3, 2020 at 11:04 am

    I’m 70, got down to a 10hcp (b4 it became 2 much work) currently a happy 15. Last year bought a Tommy Armour putter on sale, new, 4 $70.00. Making 5-6 out of 10 on average from 8-10ft. Paying 5x$ won’t make MY game (anybody’s) better, it’s like a 20hcp playing ProV1.

  13. Cooper

    Feb 3, 2020 at 10:10 am

    If you listened to the gear dive with Toulon he described releasing this exact putter soon. Looks like tm beat them to market. Interesting to see what Odyssey does in response.

  14. DB

    Feb 3, 2020 at 9:38 am

    So I noticed that the tour-issue TB1 and TM1 all had heavier weights in the toe, presumably to bring the COG back to the center of the face given all the weight in the hosel/heel.

    The retail putters have the same weights in the heel and toe. Oops.

    • Corey

      Feb 3, 2020 at 10:27 am

      That’s incorrect. Go look at TM’s website. The two heel shafted models have heavier weights in the toe.

      • DB

        Feb 3, 2020 at 11:42 am

        You’re right, I was wrong. I was looking at the pictures on TM’s website which are misleading. The specs show the different heel and toe weights.

        • Christopher

          Feb 3, 2020 at 5:39 pm

          Not sure if I’m missing a picture, but all the putters on the TaylorMade site have 7.5 gram weights in the images.

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In our forums, our members have been discussing whether mid-handicappers can benefit from a driving iron. WRXer ‘jomatty’ says:

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