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The TaylorMade Spider GTX putter continues Spider’s reign as the king of stability. Super forgiving. Numerous configurations and tremendous customization options through the MySpider program.
Check out the new, adjustable Spider GT MAX HERE
Last year’s entries into the Spider family – the GT [review HERE] and GT Rollback – steered away from the famous Spider silhouette. For 2023, TaylorMade is getting back to that modern classic with the Spider GTX. Armed with a prominent alignment aid and huge stability, the GTX is poised to be one of most popular Spiders in years.
Check out the new TaylorMade Spider Tour putters HERE
Tidy. That’s my favorite word for describing the address look of the TaylorMade Spider GTX putter. While it’s obviously a large, modern mallet, it’s compact from heel to toe (significantly shorter than an Anser) and lacking in alien appendages. It looks even smaller because the black elements at the rear disappear in contrast with the silver and white.
If silver and black aren’t your thing, TaylorMade is giving you plenty of other options. The Spider GTX is offered in black, white, silver, red, pink, and ice blue. All of the stock colors have a white True Path alignment aid and a black stability bar.
If you want to get truly wild, TaylorMade offers the GTX in their MySpider customization program. There you can choose from 13 head covers, 14 True Path colors, and much more.
Finally, TaylorMade continues to do a great job with their Spider headcovers. The magnetic closure is very strong, and the design is well-executed. There’s a lot of visual interest but it doesn’t scream out for attention in the bag.
TaylorMade offers more traditional shapes in their new TP Reserve putters HERE
Sound & Feel
At impact, the TaylorMade Spider GTX putter produces a quiet, dull “tock.” Interestingly, mishits are actually quieter than pure strikes. This feedback is clear, but it won’t slap you across the face. You need to pay good attention to hear the difference between good and bad strikes.
The story of the feel is similar. Impact produces a sensation that’s fairly middle of the road – not soft, not hard, not thin, not solid. Just like the sound, the feedback through the hands can be quite precise, but you will need to focus.
Spider putters have always been synonymous with one thing: stability. Nothing about that has changed with the new Spider GTX. The GTX has the classic Spider silhouette with “wings” at the rear to maximize MOI. It further boosts forgiveness with multi-material construction. Much of the putter is made of aluminum, and the center is hollowed out. This allows more mass to reside in the steel bar at the rear so that the putter resists twisting.
All these elements work together to help the Spider GTX post very impressive numbers on the launch monitor. Where other putters dump ball speed on mishits, the Spider GTX keeps it high. Similarly, it holds the ball on line even when you strike the heel or toe. And you don’t need a launch monitor to appreciate the benefits – you can simply feel how the putter refuses to twist, even on big misses.
While I’m normally not a big alignment aid person, I found myself enjoying the True Path feature. It’s big enough that it’s more like aiming the putter than trying to aim a line, which, for me, feels more natural. There is a line for players who prefer that, but I focused on the white segment. Additionally, while the True Path isn’t wide enough to completely frame the ball, it gives plenty of guidance for centering it without making you feel the need to be perfect.
Finally, TaylorMade is offering the Spider GTX in a variety of neck configurations. I tested the slant neck, which produces a moderate, 3:30 toe hang. There are also single bend and center shafted options. If you use the MySpider program, an L-Neck (plumbers neck) is available, too. Different grips are offered in MySpider, but I like the stock SuperStroke Pistol GTR 1.0. It feels like a seamless match for this putter – modern, but not screamingly so.
If you want forgiveness on the greens, there’s still no putter family that does it better than TaylorMade’s Spiders. The new TaylorMade Spider GTX putter blends high stability with a more compact size and tidy shape. Customize it to fit your stroke and personality, and you’ll have a flat stick you’ll love for years.