Scottie Scheffler has mostly been a blade-style putter user throughout his career (aside from a brief switch to a custom mallet at the 2022 CJ Cup). Although Scheffler does switch his putter model up on occasion, he typically opts for one of his custom Scotty Cameron Special Select Timeless TourType GSS prototypes.
On Tuesday at the 2023 FedEx St. Jude Championship, however, Scheffler was spotted testing multiple TaylorMade Spider mallet putters.
A mallet-style putter is certainly a departure from Scheffler’s norm, so it was an uncommon sight to see already, but that’s far from where this story ends.
A closer look at one of the putter faces reveals these aren’t standard Spiders with Pure Roll face inserts that Scheffler was testing. Instead, the faces appeared to have milled-face constructions, made of metal, with visible black screws on the heel and toe. They were also designed with plumbers’ necks, which is a plenty familiar hosel style for Scheffler.
Assuredly, one of the TaylorMade Spider “Tour X SS Proto” putters passed Scheffler’s early week testing and experimentation, because he gave one of the Spider Tour X SS Proto putters a starting spot in the bag on Thursday.
In a Wednesday press conference at TPC Southwind, Scheffler provided further insight into the never-before-seen TaylorMade prototype heads, and he explained what he likes about the new design.
“So the guys at TaylorMade have done a lot of work for me with the putter,” Scheffler explained. “I’ve always liked the visual of that Spider putter, but I really just did not like the feel. That’s something we discussed, kind of the feel and – I’ve always struggled with putters that have a lot of weight in the back side of it, and this one is a bit different than a lot of the Spiders that they’ve made, and the weight is more in the front so it has the feel of a blade putter that I like but it also has a lot of that visual on the top where it’s easier for me to line up. It feels like at times this year I’ve hit a lot of good putts that have gone right up to the edge and not gone in.
“Maybe it could be my alignment. If your alignment is a half-inch off, the ball lips out instead of going in the middle or lips out instead of lips in. The margins in this game are so close, so it’s something that I feel really comfortable with where the balance point is on this putter, and I’m excited to try it out this week.”
As Scheffler discussed in his Wednesday press conference, the weight of the putter “is more in the front” compared to standard Spiders. Since the Scheffler-approved design appears to have a solid-face construction, it makes sense that the CG (center of gravity) would be more toward the face than a stock Spider with a light Surlyn insert, and thus feel and release more like a blade than a weight-back mallet construction.
TaylorMade has yet to comment on the designs, and while it remains unconfirmed exactly which of the heads Scheffler chose to play on Thursday, or what the differences between the prototypes may be, we did get a close look at one of the TaylorMade Spider Tour X SS Proto putters this week.
Check out more photos below, and see what GolfWRX members are saying about the Spider prototype putter in our forums.
Spotted: New Kirkland driver hits USGA conforming list
This week, Kirkland’s all-new driver landed on the USGA conforming list.
The driver is the latest club from Kirkland to land on the list, following in the footsteps of the brand’s irons, balls, wedges and putter.
Per the USGA conforming list, the driver will be available in 10.5 degrees and will come in a right-handed model.
There is no official confirmation that the driver will be available at retail in the future. However, a driver was spotted amongst Kirkland’s upcoming clubs earlier this year and was listed as costing $199.99.
In our forums, our members have been sharing their early thoughts on the driver. Here are a couple of posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.
- BirdieBoy1: “Yeah, that’s clean. Instantly reminded me of a Titleist. Curious on price and performance, but amazing performance might not matter if it’s decent for $250 or less.”
- molecularman: “You know YouTube is going to explode with reviews of this driver. I’m excited to see them all. I have no doubt the driver will perform decently. But hopefully, it will sound decent.”
Spotted: Adam Scott unveils new Miura irons
In our forums, our eagle-eyed members have been sharing their thoughts on Adam Scott’s new Miura irons.
On Tuesday, Scott shared images of the new irons on his Instagram, saying: “Unboxing a fresh set. Grinding by Mr. Miura himself.”
Back in August, we reported that the 2013 Masters champion replaced his Titleist 620 CB mid/short irons with Miura’s KM-700 model (6-9 iron). Scott’s new Miura irons appear to be a modified version of the KM-700 model.
Scott will likely put the irons in play for the first time at this week’s Butterfield Bermuda Championship.
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Here’s what our members have been saying in our forums about Scott’s new irons, but make sure to have your say at the link below.
- craz-e: “Love the KM 700’s, Adam must be like a kid in a sweet shop.”
- glm: “I could see those in my bag.”
- jaffabell: “Are we thinking less weight in the toe side to help closure rate? Surely that part of the sole will have minimal impact on the turf.”
Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (11/8/23): Don White National Custom Works Full Set
At GolfWRX, 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 – buying and selling equipment.
Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Don White National Custom Works Full Set.
From the seller: (@lonscicles): “Discover the pinnacle of golfing excellence with this meticulously crafted set of Don White Handmade National Custom Works Irons, spanning from 3 iron to Lob Wedge (3-LW). These irons are not just golf clubs; they are masterpieces born from the expertise of Don White, renowned for his unparalleled craftsmanship in the golf industry. The set was built to be a progressive combo set. Put the spouse on to this as a great Xmas gift!…**Condition:** Played with 3 Rounds. *Price:* $7,000.”
To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Don White National Custom Works Full Set
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