Expert Review: TaylorMade Spider GT Silver Single Bend PutterPublished on 03/14/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I purchased with my own money in June of 2022.
Sharp silver top plate with black "wings". All photos courtesy of Merrill H.
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I purchased with my own money in June of 2022.
The TaylorMade Spider GT Silver Single Bend Putter is an awesome choice for any golfer between single digits to a high handicapper that is looking for a putter that offers forgiveness and consistency. It has supported my straight-back-and-forth putting stroke that has resulted with more putts staying on line and the weight of the head and high tech face has allowed for a smooth and consistent roll on my putts.
About the club I own
- Model: 2022 TaylorMade Spider GT
- Shape: Modern wing design
- Hosel Neck: Single Bend
- Balance Point: Face balanced
- Shaft Length: 34in
- Grip Type: Stock Midsize Taylormade
- Finish: Silver
- Average Score: 83
- Handicap: 10
- Experience: 21 years of golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Left-handed
- Stroke Type: Straight back and forth
- Golf Ball Used: Titleist Prov1x left dash
- Height: 6’0”
- When I bought the putter: June 2022
- Days tested: 50
- Where I’ve used it: Practice green & course green
- Weather and Wind Conditions: Various conditions
- Green Speed: Average 10
- Grass Type: Poa Annua
How it performs
What I was looking for
I wanted to find a putter that matched my straight-back-and-forth putting stroke. In addition, I wanted to move to a more mallet style that was a bit heavier and allowed me to have more forgiveness and a consistent roll.
Why I chose this club
I wanted to move away from a blade putter. I knew the Taylormade Spider line is one of the best mallet style putters on the market, and their single-bend putter model matched perfectly with my putting stroke. I really wasn’t interested in any other brand’s putter. The Spider line has a bunch of great options, so I knew I had to do some research and find the specific model that would match my style. I ended up choosing the Spider GT Single Bend because it was in-between my blade and a full mallet putter and the hosel bend was perfect for my putting stroke.
What I love about it
- Face Feel: I love the pure roll insert in the new Spider GT putters. It allows for consistent top-spin roll and the firmer feel generates instant feedback.
- Forgiveness: The build of the Spider GT model allows for a ton of forgiveness. I have found that I don't need to have a perfect strike compared to my previous blade putter.
- Weight:The side weights in the GT creates a ton of stability that results in better distance control and I've noticed off-center hits aren’t effected as much in the performance of the putter.
- Alignment:I like that the top plate of the Spider putter was created to eliminate excess weight in the middle of the putter and a short sightline was inserted for optimal alignment.
- Length: I decided on the standard length and loft. The 34in length is perfect for my putter grip, posture, and stroke. Finding the appropriate length is important.
- Aesthetic Appeal: I picked the silver and black finish because, visually, it looked the best to my eye. The whole design, color scheme, and feel is amazing.
- Grip Feel: I love the feel of the stock midsize Taylormade grip. It really allows me to grip with confidence knowing I’m going to put a nice stroke on the ball.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Alignment: My only feedback would be a bit better design around alignment. There is only the single white line that could have deserved some more attention to help the average golfer be more consistent with alignment.
Best Putt or Round with this Putter
One of the stats I track is putts per round. This season, with the new Spider GT Putter, I finished a 18-hole round with 26 putts. It wasn’t the 10–20 foot putts that were the highlight, but the 5–10 footers that saved me so many strokes.
Value for the money vs. other options
The Spider GT putter falls in the mid- to higher-price category. Other similar putters in this category include the Cobra 3D-printed putters and Odyssey mallets. I feel with the technology in the Spider and the recent track record with the Taylormade Spider line this is the one to pick; I am definitely getting my money’s worth.
I'm so happy that I finally found a putter that caters to the straight-back-and-forth putting stroke and has the technology to provide me with a consistent roll. The Spider GT Single Bend has given me a ton of more confidence and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.