Golf News – January 25, 2022

TaylorMade Golf Company Expands Identity of Acclaimed Spider Franchise With the All-New Spider GT Family of Putters

CARLSBAD, CA – TaylorMade Spider putters are amongst the most recognizable in the world, utilizing unique shapes and materials to deliver industry-leading performance in high-MOI mallets, and now they have a whole new identity.

Today, TaylorMade Golf Company introduces the Spider GT family with four new additions to the acclaimed Spider franchise: Spider GT, Spider GT Notchback, Spider GT Rollback and Spider GT Splitback. The four models set a new standard of performance and contemporary construction, headlined by a Spider GT with its modern wing design and ultra-lightweight top plate.

SPIDER GT

The most striking feature of the Spider GT is the lightweight 145g top plate made from 6061 aluminum, which eliminates excess weight in the middle of the putter and carries a short sightline for alignment. Combined with the ultralight top plate, a first of its kind open frame multi-material design features two 90g steel side weights that push 82 percent of the putter’s total weight to the perimeter. This creates extreme stability on off-center strikes.

The Spider GT top plate is crafted from lightweight aluminum for both a premium look and increased durability compared to paint or PVD finishes. The four anodized finishes for Spider GT are silver, black, red and white for the Spider GT women’s model, which also features a three-dot sightline for alignment.

Spider GT’s contemporary design has the Pure Roll² co-molded insert for improved forward roll and ball speed consistency across the face. Pure Roll² is a firmer insert, manufactured of black TPU urethane with silver aluminum beams at a 45° angle designed to improve topspin across the face.

SPECIFICATIONS, PRICING & AVAILABILITY
Spider GT will be available for preorder on February 15 and at retail beginning March 4 with an MSRP of $349 USD. Available lengths include 33”, 34” and 35”. Offered in four different top-plate colorways: Silver, Red, Black and a White women’s offering.

Hosel options include single bend and short slant. The short slant design combines with Spider GT’s extreme perimeter weighting to generate 21° of toe hang for a more vertical angle, delivering a putter that best fits players with moderate face rotation in the putting stroke. The CG has been moved closer to face for an improved face rotation. The single bend hosel and modern design create a face balanced putter that better fits players with a straight-back and straight-through putting motion.

Spider GT comes equipped with the TaylorMade Fluted Feel™ shaft and Super Stroke GT 1.0 Black/Red grip. The white Womens offering, with light blue wings, comes at 33” and the Super Stroke GT 1.0 Light Blue/Gray grip. Additionally, the headcover for the entire Spider GT family has been upgraded with a magnetic closure, offering a more premium and durable headcover compared to Velcro.

SPIDER GT NOTCHBACK

Spider GT Notchback blends traditional design with contemporary construction to create a time-honored shape. CG is positioned the farthest forward with Notchback’s to make face rotation easier.

Featuring a lightweight 6061 aluminum body combined with strategically placed 86g dual-tungsten weights on the outside (heel and toe), Spider GT Notchback has premier stability, forgiveness and distance control. Our records show that it produces the highest MOI ever created by a mid-size mallet Spider.

An extruded then machined aluminum head creates a stout section of material behind the face insert for a confidence-inspiring strike along with superb sound. Both Spider GT Notchback and Rollback feature a tri-sole design that allows golfers to properly set the putter square on the ground without changing the face angle.

SPECIFICATIONS, PRICING & AVAILABILITY
Spider GT Notchback will be available for preorder on February 15 and at retail beginning March 4 with an MSRP of $299 USD. Available lengths include 34” and 35” and it is offered in a Silver colorway. Hosel options include single bend and short slant. The short slant hosel combines with Spider GT Notchback’s extreme perimeter weighting to generate 30° of toe hang for players with moderate face rotation in the putting stroke. The single bend hosel creates a face-balanced putter that better fits a straight-back and straight-through putting motion. It comes equipped with the TaylorMade Fluted Feel™ shaft and Super Stroke GT 1.0 Black/Red grip.

SPIDER GT ROLLBACK

Spider GT Rollback is a classic half-moon design enhanced by a heavy tungsten rollbar for added perimeter weighting and increased stability. Rollback creates confidence at address with a raised, curved center section that is the same width of a golf ball. This makes it easy to center the ball in the address position and three contrasting black sightlines provide clear alignment with the hole.

The Rollback top design has a lighter anterior with a 232g cap crafted from anodized 6061 aluminum combined with our first 80g tungsten stability bar that wraps around the back and side of the putter for added forgiveness and stability.

SPECIFICATIONS, PRICING & AVAILABILITY
Spider GT Rollback will be available for preorder on February 15 and at retail beginning March 4 with an MSRP of $299 USD. Available lengths include 34” and 35” and it is offered in a Silver/Black and all Silver colorway. Hosel options include single bend and the all-new short slant. The short slant hosel combines with Spider GT Rollback’s extreme perimeter weighting to generate 21° of toe hang for players with moderate face rotation in the putting stroke. The single bend hosel creates a face-balanced putter that better fits a straight-back and straight-through putting motion. It comes equipped with the TaylorMade Fluted Feel™ shaft and Super Stroke GT 1.0 Black/Red grip.

SPIDER GT SPLITBACK

Spider GT Splitback features a refined 304-stainless steel construction with geometric shaping and urethane foam strategically injected inside the putter head.

The split mass “winged” design allowed TaylorMade designers to redistribute mass around the perimeter of the putter in order to maximize MOI and stability. In this shape, a steel body naturally provides more perimeter weighting than an aluminum one.

Due to the high density of steel, the wing sections of the design needed to be partially pocketed out to remove excess weight. The chambers within the wings are filled with feel foam, similar to the SpeedFoam™ material used in P·770/P·790 irons. This helps fill the voids and damp vibrations, resulting in better sound and feel.

Spider GT Splitback incorporates one of the standout features of Spider X with True Path™, TaylorMade’s ball alignment and stroke visualization aid. While standing over Spider GT Splitback, True Path is highly visible and seamlessly integrated into the head. The contrasting white section, black sightline and arrow-shaped rear edge help golfers visualize their putting stroke and ball path before ever executing the putt.

SPECIFICATIONS, PRICING & AVAILABILITY
Spider GT Splitback will be available for preorder on February 15 and at retail beginning March 4 with an MSRP of $299 USD. Available lengths include 34” and 35” and it is offered in a Black colorway. Hosel options include single bend and short slant. The 85° short slant hosel combines with Spider GT Splitback’s extreme perimeter weighting to generate 25° of toe hang for players with moderate face rotation in the putting stroke. The single bend hosel creates a face-balanced putter that better fits a straight-back and straight-through putting motion. It comes equipped with the TaylorMade Fluted Feel™ shaft and Super Stroke GT 1.0 Black/Red grip.

Visit TaylorMade Golf HERE

Bridgestone Introduces OTTO, The World’s First Autonomous Ball Fitting Cart

COVINGTON, Ga. – Bridgestone Golf, the #1 Ball-Fitter in Golf, today introduced OTTO (Autonomous Ball Fitting Cart), the latest in golf ball fitting technology. Designed to be both engaging and entertaining to use and informative at the same time, OTTO provides yet another easy way for players to find the right Bridgestone golf ball for their game.

When it comes to golf ball fitting, Bridgestone has unrivaled qualifications, with over 15 years of experience in the category and over 3 million fittings on record. That experience led to the creation of OTTO, which looks and talks like a hi-tech robot but is as simple to use as a basic launch monitor. Stationed on a driving range, OTTO requires no more than a touch of the screen to get started, indicating your current gamer, and three driver swings to come up with a sound recommendation of which Bridgestone Golf ball is right for you. With each shot, OTTO provides carry and total distance, ball velocity, spin rate, and launch angle. After three shots, OTTO will audibly tell you which ball best fits your game based on your shot data. Players can feel confident with the recommendation as Bridgestone engineers utilized a wealth of ball fitting data to develop the algorithm used by OTTO, which is reliable and accurate every time.

Maybe the best thing about OTTO is that it offers an alternative to one-on-one sessions with a professional fitter or an impersonal fitting on Bridgestone’s website. All of these methods work but for some players an in-person fitting can be uncomfortable and for others an online fitting isn’t in-depth enough. OTTO is perfect for both groups as it’s simple and entertaining to use.

“We know from extensive experience that players enjoy the game more when they have gear that fits them,” said Elliot Mellow, Golf Ball Marketing Manager at Bridgestone. “The ball is used for every single shot during a round and finding the model that fits your swing is critical. With the addition of OTTO, we feel Bridgestone clearly offers the most comprehensive fitting options in golf.”

OTTO will be available for trial at the PGA Show Demo and Fitting Day on Tuesday, January 25, and will continue to be available at Bridgestone’s strategic events and golf course partners for the remainder of 2022 and beyond. OTTO is free to use and offers the option of emailing fitting results.

Visit Bridgestone Golf HERE

Nippon Shaft Wins of PGA Tour Champions & LPGA Tour

CARLSBAD, CA – Two of the world’s top golfers – one man and one woman – used Nippon Shaft steel shafts to earn victories Sunday (Jan. 23) on the PGA Tour Champions and LPGA Tours.

In the PGA Tour Champions’ first event of the 2022 season, the 58-year-old pony-tailed, cigar-smoking Spaniard used Nippon Shaft’s N.S.PRO MODUS³ Tour 105 S-flex steel shafts in his irons and wedges to win the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai Golf Club in Hawaii. The victory came on the second hole of a sudden death playoff after the winner birdied the final hole in regulation to get in to the playoff. It was his 11th victory on PGA Tour Champions and was the 261st win on tours worldwide for Nippon Shaft’s MODUS Series of steel shafts.

At the LPGA’s first event of its season, a 29-year-old American won the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions in Orlando by three shots, using Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO 950GH steel shafts in her irons and wedges.

Over the years, the lightweight 950GH shafts have been used hundreds of times by professional tour winners, especially on the LPGA Tour.

More than 200 players on the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, European Tour and Korn Ferry Tour use Nippon Shaft’s MODUS³ series steel shafts to help gain their desired distance, accuracy, and trajectory.

Nippon Shaft products are available globally either as stock or custom shafts in many of the world’s top iron brands.

Visit Nippon Shaft HERE

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Michael Feland

Born in Houston, TX, raised in New Orleans, LA, Mike and his family currently live in Orlando, FL. Mike is a First Tee Level 1 Certified instructor and enjoys sharing his love for the game with the Orlando area youth that participate in The First Tee of Central Florida program.

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