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The TaylorMade Spider Mallet putter delivers stable, high-MOI performance with a traditional mallet look. Very soft feel and a great aesthetic package from grip to head cover.
Throughout his career, Sergio Garcia has been known as a premier ball striker whose putter lets him down. This summer, however, a hot putter has led to some exceptional golf, most notably at the 2014 British Open. The putter behind these great results: the TaylorMade Spider Mallet. With counter balanced stability, high MOI, and a traditional mallet shape, this putter might help turn around your putting, too.
One area where TaylorMade always excels is accessorizing their putters. In fact, with many of the recent white putters, I felt that the grips and head covers outshone the putters themselves. That is not the case with the Spider Mallet – everything here looks good from top to bottom.
This traditional mallet uses white sparingly, just in the bumpers, which I strongly prefer to the mainly or totally white putters of the past few years. Used in small bursts, the white really helps to frame the ball well. The size of the putter hits a nice middle ground between blade putters and huge mallets.
Returning to the “accessories,” TaylorMade has once again done a great job. The spider head cover is sharp enough that you’ll actually want to game it. The black shaft adds a stealthy look which is topped off by yet another cool spider-themed grip.
Sound & Feel
The Spider Mallet putter is easily one of the softest feeling putters I’ve ever used. This is not far from what you should expect when you consider the putter has a surlyn insert with grooves that soften the feel even more.
Between the very soft feel and the putter’s high MOI, most putts feel very similar. You’ll know when you miss one way out on the toe or heel, but anything remotely centered feels nearly identical.
To echo Bill’s comment in his recent review of the Ghost Spider Si putter, TaylorMade has the feel of counter balanced putters down to a science. This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, they were among the leaders in counter weighting putters. Often putter makers go overboard with the counter weighting, and you end up with a putter that has no weight in the head. Alternately, with too little counter balancing, there’s not much added stability. TaylorMade hits that “just right” middle with the Spider Mallet where you can still feel the putter head, but the handle is noticeably calmer throughout the stroke. Counter balancing like this can be a major benefit for those who get a little antsy with the putter in their hands.
The other notable performance characteristic of this putter is the stability of the head. The MOI is extremely high for a traditional mallet, and it’s noticeable every time you mishit a putt. Instead of seeing the putter face twist open or closed on a mishit, the face stays square and the ball stays on line. This also helps to make sure that mishit putts get to the hole instead of coming up well short.
While I can’t guarantee that it will help you putt your way into contention at a major, I do think the TaylorMade Spider Mallet can help smooth out your stroke with its counter balancing and forgive some mishits with its high MOI. It is important to test both available lengths, 35″ and 38″, to find your preferred posture and feel.