Ever since Jason Day started using a red TaylorMade Spider prototype putter in 2015, golfers have been demanding it — even fellow Tour players. While TaylorMade did release a red version of its Spider Limited putter, it was not a replica because it had a sight line and a different hosel. That has changed.
Jason Day, Spider Tour (Red)
With its newest release, golfers can have the same putter Jason Day uses and the same one Dustin Johnson uses (as of late 2016). That includes the same shafts, face inserts, hosels, head shapes and colors.
According to TaylorMade, there are two general categories of putters available in today’s market: classic shapes and technical mallets. Technical mallets are a way to raise moment of inertia (MOI), which is a measure of forgiveness, to help golfers increase their consistency on the green. With its new TP line, TaylorMade satisfies the demand for classic shapes, while the Spider Tour putters are for those who seek technical mallets.
The most notable of the new releases is Day’s Spider Tour Red, which has been in especially high demand among GolfWRXers. TaylorMade says Day selected his particular shade of red from a group of about 20 different colors. It just so happens to be the color of a venomous Spider that inhabits his native Australia.
Dustin Johnson, on the other hand, started using a prototype Spider Tour Black putter because it’s what his brother had in the bag, and he took a liking to it. According to TaylorMade, he was ecstatic about the performance of the Spider Tour Black after playing with it for just four holes in a pro-am at the 2016 BMW Championship, so he put it in play that week. And he won.
Dustin Johnson, Spider Tour Limited (Black)
There is a slight difference between Day’s Spider Tour Red and Johnson’s Spider Tour Black, and it will be reflected in the retail releases. The Spider Tour Red uses a Pure Roll Surlyn insert, which offers a softer sound and feel at impact than the Pure Roll 80/20 insert Johnson uses in his Spider Tour Black putter.
The Spider Tour Red putter will be sold with a custom Jason Day putter cover, while the Spider Tour Black will have an all-black putter cover. Both putters are equipped with short, slant-neck hosels and will sell for $299.
Spider Tour Platinum
TaylorMade will also be releasing a new putter along with the Spider Tour Red and Black on March 1. It’s called the Spider Tour Platinum ($219), and has a double-bend steel shaft and a black sightline on its platinum-colored body, which features red “wings.” It also has a 6061 aluminum face insert. Its putter cover is red and platinum, and it will be sold with a SuperStroke Pistol GT 2.0 grip.
All three putters have head weights of 355 grams, and will be sole with 34- and 35-inch standard lengths. Want one? You can currently pre-order from TaylorMade.
GolfWRX Spotted: Mizuno Pro 223 irons at Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
The PGA Tour is in Las Vegas this week for the 2021 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, and Rory Sabbatini has made his way to Sin City with a new set of irons in the bag: Mizuno’s Pro 223 iron model.
The Olympic Silver medalist most recently had Mizuno’s MP-20 MMC (5-PW) and Hot Metal Pro (4) irons in the bag but has switched into the brand’s new 223 model, which is expected to be released at retail next February.
Per Mizuno, the new 223 irons are “built for speed, but sized for the tour,” with a smaller profile than the company’s MP-20 MMC model and some additional technology borrowing from the HMB platform under the hood. We’ve heard rumors of thinner faces, beveled soles, and particular attention paid to the size and construction of the scoring irons in a bid to land Pro 223s in more, well, pros’ bags.
Not surprisingly, many of the member comments on the Sabbatini WITB thread mention the 223s, including Foreleft, who says “I am really looking forward to hitting the 223’s. Think they will tick a lot of the boxes for what I look for in an iron.”
BunkersAreBigCups writes: “Oh boy, that 223 looks beautiful at address…”
Check out more photos of Sabbatini’s bag at the 2021 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in our forums here and let us know what you think in the comments.
Has new gear ever improved your short game? – GolfWRXers discuss
In our forums, our members have been discussing new equipment that has had a major impact on their short game. WRXer ‘Mookieb10’ has seen significant improvements with new gear at the top of his bag but has struggled to find equipment to help his short game and kicks off the thread saying:
“I thought equipment makes a difference on the margins until I hit a G400 Max driver. It’s improved my driving handicap over every club I’d ever used by 3 strokes. I’m in a really happy place from tee to green, around a .5-1.5 handicap. From 20 yards and in I’m getting comfortable with my wedges, sticking with some Jaws Forged wedges and seeing success.
But on the greens I’m horrific. Like a 18 handicap. I’ve tried to stick with an Odyssey Ten all year with no luck. I’m worse than ever. I’m resigned to the fact that less*ns may be my best option. Anyone ever have a putter that completely changed their putting, or does having the touch of a pedo resign me to battling the flat stick in perpetuity?”
And our members have been sharing their thoughts and experiences in our forum.
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.
- lazyjc4: “Absolutely. The PM grind wedges I use now have made me much better around the greens. My bunker play has improved dramatically, and I have chipped in/lipped out more times the past two seasons than I ever have before. I’ve completely changed my strategies on par fives and short par fours to get as close to the green as possible because of them.”
- TLUBulldogGolf: “Correct grinds helped tremendously with the wedges. My putting improved when I found a style that worked for me, generally a mallet/larger blade with a plumber neck.”
- MattM97: “This is where a putter fitting could really help you. I know some guys would say lessons, but if you have an ill-fitting putter if the ball isn’t rolling well, it won’t matter. Like for me, I found out I need 1-1.5 degrees of loft on my putters. I would never know this without a fitting and just continue with the standard 3° like everyone else.”
- deh: “What has helped me- (1) Heavier wedge shafts (2) Getting a putter that fits my stroke and using the “saw” grip.”
- alkal11: “The PM Grind and now the Hi-Toe has significantly improved my game. I also think your wedge shafts weighting is very important to get right. I went heavier, and I’m seeing much better ball flights and better gaps.”
Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (10/6/21): Miura Tour wedge high bounce QPQ
At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.
We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buy and selling equipment.
Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Miura Tour wedge high bounce QPQ
From the seller (@Dwwood1969): “Miura Tour Wedge High Bounce QPQ – 50 Degree Practically brand new – used for one practice session. Comes with KBS Tour-V 110S shaft, BB&F ferrule and CP2 pro standard grip. Only blemish is one small abrasion on the face (see pics). Ordered directly from Miura. $300 OBO.“
To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Miura Tour wedge high bounce QPQ
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