Expert Review: TaylorMade Spider GT Rollback Silver Single Bend PutterPublished on 03/14/2023 · 4 min read This review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I tested for one day in January of 2023.
All photos courtesy of David L. Brown
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I tested for one day in January of 2023.
The TaylorMade Spider GT Rollback Silver Single Bend Putter is geared toward a golfer looking more feel and consistency seven feet and closer. The putter is aesthetically pleasing to the eye with the silver head and the red, gold, and black backing. I believe this putter unlocks confidence and will help those in that middle handicap range lower their scores.
About the club I tested
- Model: 2021 TaylorMade Spider GT Rollback
- Shape: Mallett
- Hosel Neck: Single Bend
- Balance Point: 12in
- Shaft Length: 35in
- Grip Type: Standard
- Finish: Silver
- Average Score: 79
- Handicap: 7
- Experience: 22 years of golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-Handed
- Stroke Type: Straight back and straight through
- Golf Ball Used: 2021 Bridgestone e6
- Height: 5’10’’
- When I tested the putter: January 2023
- Days tested: 1
- Where I’ve used it: Turf practice green
- Weather and Wind Conditions: Inside
- Green Speed: Slow to medium
- Grass Type: Turf
How it performs
What I was looking for
I prefer mallet putters over any other type of putter, so I wanted to try the TaylorMade Spider GT Rollback because it is one of the more popular styles on the PGA Tour. I like that it’s aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Second, I am a feel putter, so I wanted something with a soft face that would allow me to feel the putt through contact more consistently.
Why I chose to test this club
I tested the TaylorMade Spider GT Rollback because I currently play an Odyssey mallet putter and wanted to see how it compared. I’ve seen this putter quite a bit on TV, as most TaylorMade-sponsored players use a version of the Spider putters. I would consider purchasing this putter in the future if the timing were right, but this is definitely a quality option for someone looking to buy now.
What I love about it
- Face Feel: The face technology has a balancing feature that allowed me to feel the club striking the ball, which gave me more confidence to make more putts regardless of whether I was five or 15 feet away.
- Forgiveness: Even when the putt isn’t struck perfectly, it still rolls pure and allows shorter putts to hold their line and farther putts to lag their way close to the hole.
- Weight: The weight was ideal at 365g, which is what I currently play with as I believe it is heavier and allows the putter to swing evenly back and through.
- Aesthetic Appeal: Pulling the TaylorMade Spider GT Rollback out of the bag is a nice feeling. The steel shaft down to the silver and head really makes the putter stand out. I also think the backside of the head with the red, gold, and black make the putter “pop” when in use.
- Grip Feel: The grip feel was solid. It has a traditional grip, making it comfortable regardless of my hand placement. It would also be ideal in any type of playing condition, as the grip is tacky.
- Balance: The higher MOI (Moment of Inertia) in this putter creates a smooth stroke to be made with each putt. It creates a consistent even backswing and follow through which each putt.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Alignment: I’m not the biggest fan of the alignment because of the triple lines on the back of the mallet head. I had a putter like that in the past, and it made me second guess if I was truly aligned correctly. I’d be a much bigger fan of its alignment if it had a single line.
- Customization: I would have liked to see how the 34-inch TaylorMade Spider GT Rollback putter would have performed as I fluctuate between that and 35 inches as my preferred length of putter because of my arm hang and swing. Unfortunately, I couldn’t test a 34-inch as they did not have one in stock.
Best Putt or Round with this Putter
During my testing session, I averaged around a 90% make rate five to seven feet away from the hole because of the softer face design. This was about 10% higher than I currently average with my own Odyssey Exo 7s.
Value for the money vs. other options
I think this is worth the money, especially for the most serious golfer. I think the TaylorMade Spider GT Rollback performs better than the Cobra 3D Agera, which is about $100 more, and is just as good if not better than the Spider EX Platinum, which runs at around $249.
I believe the TaylorMade Spider GT Rollback Silver Single Bend Putter will create more confidence in people’s games on the greens to lag those long putts close and make more putts within that knee-knocker range of five to seven feet.