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TaylorMade unveils all-new Spider GTX and Spider GT Max putters

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TaylorMade today announced its 2023 Spider line-up, featuring a new Spider GTX and Spider GT Max.

According to the manufacturer, “the Spider GTX combines the best features of our iconic Spider Tour and Spider X models while bringing a full array of color options,” and is available in classic shades such as white, silver and black to bold hues like red, ice blue and pink.

“Spider GTX builds on the performance and shape of two of TaylorMade’s most acclaimed putter designs: Spider Tour and Spider X,” -Bill Price, Senior director of Product Creation, Putters and Wedges

Spider GTX

Key features of Spider GTX include technologies such as True Path Alignment, which is designed to provide easy and precise alignment to the target, and PureRoll for a consistent end over end roll. It also includes a deep center of gravity created by a heavy 154g stability bar at the rear of the putter – which equates to 45% of the putter’s total weight.

Spider GTXis designed to encourage a stable putting motion while helping the putter face resist twisting at impact. Due to the heavy concentration of mass at the rear of the club, Spider GTX ranks among the most forgiving Spider putters of all time with MOI above 5300.

It features a distinctive wing structure, an aesthetic hallmark of the Spider family, containing fuid lines and sharp angles that are designed to blend seamlessly to create a visually striking frame that cradles the golf ball at address.

It’s available in three lengths – 33″, 34″ and 35″ and short slant, single bend and center shaft hosel options (select color and hosel options only available in limited lengths). The face-balanced Armlock offering is available in 40″ and 42″, and all are offered in the six different top-plate colorways.

There is also a custom version available – the MySpider GTX – which gives the options of 13 top plate color options and 22 face-plate and 14 paint-fill options, among a host of sightline, alignment and weight variations.

At $349 the putter is available for pre-order from January 19th and in retailers from February 24th.

Spider GT Max

The Spider GT Max features two 40g sliding tungsten weights that can be easily positioned to influence CG, toe hang and face rotation. This design allows the cover of the CG ranges of nearly all preceding mallet style Spiders while simultaneously helping to minimize mis-hit tendencies for specific putting strokes.

For players who tend to miss putts to the left, placing the weights in Position 1 (farthest back) slows down the face rotation. For players who miss to the right, Position 3 (farthest forward) helps the face close faster.

If you don’t have a consistent miss and are looking for versatility, Position 2 offers a neutral option.

Spider GT Max is designed to let golfers adapt the putter to fit their stroke and improve accuracy on the greens.

To confirm the design, TaylorMade collected data on hundreds of putts, with the weights in different positions, and found statistical variance in the face angle at impact between the rear and front weight positions. With the weights forward, players consistently had a more closed face angle at impact, and vice versa when the weights were in the back.

“We encourage golfers to spend time observing their putting tendencies. By knowing where you often miss, you can set the weights on Spider GT Max to counteract your tendencies and help you hit putts on target with greater consistency. Why adjust your putting motion when you can adjust your putter ?” – Bill Price

Spider GT Max comes in a silver anodized finish with TaylorMade’s renowned True Path technology. The lightweight, fully machined aluminum body is designed to give the putter a premium look from address with much better durability than painted putter heads. The steel sole plate and sliding tungsten weights are finished with a durable black PVD finish.

The Spider GT Max is offered in two hosel configurations (short slant and single bend), allowing golfers to choose offsets and toe hangs to suit their stroke.

Available in 34″ and 35″ and with small slant and single hosel bend options, the GT Max is available in retail from late Spring, priced at $449.00

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