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TaylorMade launches new Daddy Long Legs, Spider Mallet, Spider Blade putters

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TaylorMade has launched a tour-inspired line of its counterbalanced Daddy Long Legs, Spider Maller and Spider Blade putters, which offer the same performance as the company’s original models with a more subdued appearance. Along with a new black finish, the putters add TaylorMade’s matte black shafts and high-polished soles.

Daddy Long Legs

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The Daddy Long Legs, which is the largest of the three putters, sells for $250. It has an moment of inertia (MOI) of 8500, making it one of the most forgiving putters in golf. High-MOI putters like the Daddy Long Legs can improve the consistency of a golfer’s stroke and help normalize ball speed on strikes across the putter face, helping putts hit off-center roll closer to the same distance as putts hit in the center of the face.

Spider Blade

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TaylorMade’s Spider Blade putter, which was used by Justin Rose to win the 2013 U.S. Open, has an MOI of 5200, making it twice as forgiving as standard blade putters, according to TaylorMade. It sells for $229.

Spider Mallet

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The Spider Mallet putter fits in between the Daddy Long Legs and Spider Blade putters in terms of size and forgiveness and also sells for $229.

All three of the counterbalanced putters are available in lengths of 35 and 38 inches. The 38-inch model is for golfers who use a 34-to-36 inch putter, while the 35-inch model is for golfers who use a 32-to-34 inch putter

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  1. Ray

    Aug 13, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Just got mine in the mail today. It is an amazing looking putter and I can’t wait to use it. Let’s just hope I can get the ball in the hole with it!

  2. Tom D

    Aug 4, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Taylormade update philosophy: If it’s black, make it white. If it’s white, make it black.

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  4. Jim

    Aug 1, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Maybe they should stop leaving little white lines on things then dustin wouldnt be inclined to snort them

    • Jimmy

      Aug 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      Thank you very much. That made my day.

    • Peh

      Aug 2, 2014 at 9:39 am

      Rails on the Raylor

    • leftright

      Aug 4, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      Are you stating Dustin Johnson has a cocaine habit? I would be careful saying things like that, even online. You know Phil went after a Canadian guy and got him in some serious trouble because the guy was slandering him online. I’m just saying, I don’t know anything about anyone.

  5. Joe W

    Aug 1, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Wait… did I miss something?? Wasn’t white supposed to be stick out more with lining up putts? hmm

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Whats in the Bag

Wyndham Clark WITB 2024 (July)

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  • Wyndham Clark what’s in the bag accurate as of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. 

Driver: Titleist GT3 (10 degrees)  
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green 60 6.5 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade Qi10 (15 degrees)  
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX 80 TX

Irons: Mizuno Pro Fli-Hi, Titleist 620 CB (4-9)  
Shafts: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw White 100HY X (3), True Temper Dynamic Gold X7 (4-9)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM10 (P, G, S), Vokey Design WedgeWorks (60-A)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey AI-One Jailbird
Grip: SuperStroke Zenergy

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

More photos of Wyndham Clark’s WITB in the forums.

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Fujikura 2024 Ventus Black, Ventus Red review – Club Junkie Reviews

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About the 2024 Ventus: Fujikura has big shoes to fill with the 2024 Ventus shaft lineup as the previous shafts were deemed iconic by most. VeloCore Plus is the technology that will set the new Ventus lineup apart and we saw its debut earlier this year in the 2024 Ventus Blue shaft.

Now it is Ventus Black and Ventus Red’s turn with VeloCore Plus to round out the lineup. VeloCore Plus is the shafts bias core that is made up of different layers, and types, of carbon fiber sheets. This core is built around stability of the club head to ensure it can help deliver center contact more often while adding ball speed. The 2024 Ventus line is now complete with Red for mid/high launch, Blue for players seeking mid-launch, and Black for low launch.

Look & Feel

Out of the box, the Ventus Black and Red match their Blue sibling with a new matte finish to their paint. Black has a simple matte black finish that almost looks charcoal grey in the sunlight. Red is a little more of a drastic change with a deeper hue. I would consider the new Ventus Red’s paint a maroon color that has some nice depth with the matte finish. Out in the sunlight, both shafts look great and don’t transmit any glare from the sun. The classic Ventus graphics are present up near the grip and the Ventus text is now a silver outline near the center. While everything seems new with the 2024 Ventus line, they are easily identified as Ventus shafts.

Feel is such a subjective thing to describe, but both of the new Ventus shafts have good feel to them. For me, the new Black and Red shafts have a slightly stouter feel to them through the swing. The Ventus Black is definitely a stiff profile that is designed for players with speed that takes a little more power to load. The great thing about Ventus Black is that you can get the low spin and launch you need without having a harsh feel and lots of vibration. At impact, you get a little less “kick” as your hands get to impact than the previous Ventus Black. Black will also feel a touch harder to turn over, taking away that feeling of losing it left.

Ventus Red has a softer and more active feel to it than Ventus Black. The handle section feels very stiff and stable while the mid and tip sections allow you to feel the flex of that shaft throughout the swing. As you start your downswing, you can feel Red flex lower down the shaft compared to Black. The softer tip section makes the shaft feel like it really is releasing energy at the point of impact and Red is a little easier to square up and hit a draw with.

Performance

I think we can all agree that the Ventus shafts released in 2018 performed exceptionally well. This new 2024 lineup leans on VelCore Plus to do even better. Ventus Black sticks to its roots as a low launch and low spin shaft. It keeps spin down no matter where you hit it on the face of the club. Typically a low heel shot ramps up the spin number but Ventus Black kept that, and other shots, spin down. Looking at launch monitor numbers, I never had a shot hit 3,000 rpm of spin, while there were a few under 2,000. Launch was also lower than Red both on the monitor as well as just looking at the window of the shot. A flat penetrating flight is what Ventus Black produced shot after shot. The starting line of my shots with Ventus Black were also a little more right of Red. Stability is key with the Black and swinging hard won’t cause the shaft to get loose and create an offline shot.

Ventus Red will offer a higher flight but without adding too much spin. I noticed almost 1.5 degrees more launch but with only around 350rpm more spin. I know people get scared of higher launching shafts, but the new Ventus Red can add some height without adding spin and losing control. While the flight isn’t as penetrating as Ventus Black, Red has not ballooned on me or shown any rise into the wind. The shaft is easier to square up and hit a draw with, but even as a drawer of the ball, I haven’t feared going left with it. For me, Red wasn’t high spinning either with shots averaging just under 2,400rpm for good and poorly struck shots. Shots that didn’t hit the center of the face stayed online well and had less curvature on them than I would have expected.

Final Thought

Fujikura had a tough job to replace the original Ventus, and I think they have done well to make an updated shaft that still shares the core Ventus DNA. You have the same three flight and spin options with a slightly tighter and stiffer feel to them. Performance is top-notch, and I don’t think anyone will be disappointed with the new shafts.

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GolfWRX members impressed by new Wilson Fit AI

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Last month, GolfWRX’s Brian Knudson and four of our forum members visited Pinehurst to test Wilson Golf’s newest products. We touched on this earlier in the week, and we’ll have more on this later, but members came away extremely impressed with Wilson’s product offerings. It’s clear that Wilson is highly motivated to re-establish themselves in the golf space. Following the trip, Scott, known in the GolfWRX forum as Shilgy stated, “We all definitely need to add Wilson golf to our must-play equipment. You’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t at least try them out and with the new AI fitting tool every fitter out there can be a Wilson expert fitter.”

So let’s talk about Wilson Fit AI. Wilson introduced its AI fitting tool at the end of last year. It uses Blast Motion’s Bluetooth-enabled sensor, which is fitted into a grip, and it captures approximately 12,000 data points per swing. That data is then run through Wilson’s black box algorithm to deliver custom-fit iron recommendations after evaluating elements such as swing plane, wrist hinge, shaft, lost, club face closure, and overall swing tempo.

“Club fitters using a Wilson iron with a Blast Motion sensor embedded into the grip will be able to provide real-time feedback for every aspect of the player’s swing including shaft loading, swing tempo, face closing rates, and more. It will only take a few swings to understand a golfer’s swing profile allowing us to recommend the perfect set of Wilson customized irons, along with the ideal head model, shaft type and grip for each golf club.” – Bob Thurman, Global VP, Wilson R&D & GM, Global Golf at Wilson

After visiting with Bob Thurman, Wilson Golf’s Global VP of R&D, the team was introduced to Ed Garland. Ed plays an integral part in the brain trust behind Wilson Fit AI and is Wilson’s Master Fitter. He fits all of the company’s tour players and high-profile guests or ambassadors, and he was the man Wilson tabbed to lead the fittings for our members. Ed told us that in as little as three swings, you can find the right fit. The right head. The right shaft. The right grip. While it’s not the first time we’ve heard about fitters only using three swings, that claim, for some, might be hard to believe.

Shilgy: “The new Ai fitting tool is legit. First answer a few questions and then there is a fitting iron that measures everything. It’s almost scary how easy, and accurate, it is. Started me with a shaft that was too light but based on contact it changed to 115g DG. About as expected. I was fit into the CB with the Dynapower forged as the 5 and 6 iron.”

Olson12: “You start by building a profile. It asks about your skill level, goals in golf, grip size, wrist-to-floor measurements, height, and a few other pieces I’ve forgotten about. Once you have that, the fitting is with a stock 7-iron with a softish flex shaft. Ed walked me through the tech along with the do’s and don’ts for the fitting. The sensor is similar to hitting a club with an Arccos sensor on the butt. However, instead of screwing into the grip, this sensor is an extension of the grip and aligns with the clubface. It measures your G-force, Axis, Tempo, and many other things I don’t fully understand.

“After warming up, Ed had me hit a handful of shots. It took maybe five or six shots, and we decided it was enough. Of the six shots, I hit four pretty well, one perfectly, and one really bad one. The app spits out recommendations based on all the data it collected and gives you both a steel and graphite option. On the graphite side, it went straight to the Steelfiber 110s, so that was the first one we tried. Ed built up a 7-iron in the Wilson Staff CB with the Steelfiber 110s, and we were off to the races.”

TLUBulldogGolf: “It was really interesting to see all of the data the AI fitting tool was analyzing based on just a few swings in order to put together recommendations for starting points for a fitting. I have not seen a tool doing more detailed analysis and narrowing down potential options quicker. The gearheads will get a kick out of the detailed metrics it offers if they want to dive deeper and the narrowed list of options will remove the guesswork for those that aren’t really sure what they need.”

Final Thoughts

Wilson Golf is creating competitive products and has developed a state-of-the-art fitting tool to dial golfers in. Like true GolfWRXers, our members are still hard at work testing the clubs they were fit into as some had to be shipped directly to the participants following the trip. However, with the help of Wilson Fit AI, a number of the clubs have already made it into the bag for some of our members.

We still have plenty more on the way from our trip with Wilson Golf. Be sure to follow more product testing updates in the forum thread here.

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