It's been three years since TaylorMade brought the Spider line of putters to the Tour. With adjustable weights in the back corners of the head, it resists twisting on impact, and even miss-hits roll nearly as far as those hit in the sweet spot.
Last season the company released a line of white Ghost putters, touting them as easier to aim than black, chrome or metallic putters.
So this year it should come as no surprise that TaylorMade is bringing those two putter families together—combining the forgiveness of the Spider with the ease of alignment of the Ghost.
There are two versions of TaylorMade's new Ghost Spider putter, one with a single-bend shaft and the other with a straight shaft that goes directly into the center of the face.
Like other Spider putters, the Ghost Spider's steel-framed head is designed with more weight in the back to increase the moment of inertia (MOI). You can make the head heavier or lighter by changing the weights as well.
The white head of the Ghost Spider contrasts sharply with green putting surfaces, which should help you square the face more easily at address. To further help alignment, there are two golf ball-size ovals on the crown, as well as an alignment line extending from the face to the back of the putter.
The face itself includes TaylorMade's new Pure Roll surlyn insert, which the company claims will promote forward spin, improved sound and enhanced feel.
Jason Day and Retief Goosen have been using prototypes of the Ghost Spider for several months, and you'll find them in pro shops starting July 15th for $179. Belly-putter versions are also available for $199.