Expert Review: TaylorMade Spider GT Red #3 PutterPublished on 03/12/2023 · 5 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I purchased with my own money in June of 2022.
All photos courtesy of Andrew Abbott
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 is a great putter for players with a moderate arc in their stroke and looking for more forgiveness with a larger head shape.
About the club I own
- Model: 2022 TaylorMade Spider GT Red #3
- Shape: Mallet
- Hosel Neck: Short Slant
- Balance Point: Toe Hang
- Shaft Length: 35 inches
- Grip Type: Super Stroke 1.0
- Finish: Red and Black
- Average Score: 70
- Handicap: +2
- Experience: 5 years of playing golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-Handed
- Stroke Type: Moderate Arc
- Golf Ball Used: TaylorMade TP5x
- Height: 6’0”
- When I bought the putter: June 2022
- Days tested: 100+
- Where I’ve used it: Various golf courses and putting greens ranging from high to slow speeds
- Weather and Wind Conditions: Rain, wind, warm, and cold
- Green Speed: 8-14 on the stimpmeter
- Grass Type: Bent, bermuda, poa annua mainly
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a putter with toe hang to benefit my arc putting stroke. I also wanted added forgiveness for every putt and a soft-feeling face.
Why I chose this club
I chose this club because it fits all of my requirements. The putter has roughly 20 degrees of toe hang to benefit my arc putting stroke. Additionally, this putter has perimeter weighting to provide added forgiveness with the added benefit of a mallet head shape to help me with my alignment.
What I love about it
- Face Feel: The face feels amazing due to the pure roll face insert. This new insert from TaylorMade still provides the same great soft feeling off the face every time. Additionally, they added a firmer response from this insert to promote a smoother, more consistent roll on every putt.
- Forgiveness: The perimeter weighting increases the putter's stability while also helping with mishits. Moving the weighting away from the face moves the CG (center of gravity) back to help make the face stay square on toe and heel strikes.
- Weight: This putter has a great feel due to its heavier weight. I personally like a heavier putter because it helps me release the putter head at impact for the best possible stroke.
- Balance: This putter has roughly 20 degrees of toe hang, meaning the toe of the putter will open on the backstroke, return to square at impact, and then close on the follow-through. This makes the putter perfect for players who have an arc to their putting stroke.
- Alignment: The mallet head is very helpful with alignment. The putter has a short white line on the top of the head to help line up putts, as well as a wider rectangle alignment built into the body lines of the club.
- Customization: The TaylorMade Spider GT can be customized with a number of various colors as well as a few different options for alignment, such as a line, dot, or no markings. Furthermore, players can choose the length and grip when customizing this putter.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Length: As a taller golfer, a longer putter shaft would make sense. However, I personally love a shorter shaft to feel even more in control of the putter head and my putting stroke. I wish I had got the 34-inch length instead, but the 35-inch has been fine, and I just grip down a little bit.
- Aesthetic Appeal: I have grown to like the look of this putter, although I grew up using a blade-style putter head and still prefer the look and design of a Newport 2 or Anser to the look of this putter. However, the TaylorMade Spider line is my favorite collection of mallet putter head designs.
- Grip Feel: The Super Stroke 1.0 is a very common grip among most golfers and works great. However, I switched the grip to a midsize ping grip to have a more tapered feel, allowing me to control the putter face better.
Best Round with this Putter
The best round I have had with my TaylorMade Spider GT was when I shot 68 on very firm and fast greens. I had a total of 21 putts, which is tied for the lowest amount of putts in a round. I did not hit the ball great, so I scrambled on many of the holes, but this putter was lights out. I felt like the hole size was three times larger, and I could not miss.
Value for the money vs. other options
The Spider GT is comparable to the Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5, Mizuno M.Craft VI, and Odyssey Toulon Stroke Lab. The Spider GT is at least $50 cheaper than its competitors while providing the same performance and forgiveness. All of the mentioned putters are top-of-the-line quality putters that will help players shoot lower scores. Therefore, the Spider GT is the best value putter for players with an arc stroke; but the decision will ultimately come down to which design a player likes most.
The TaylorMade Spider GT is a great putter for golfers who have a traditional arc stroke. This putter will still fit that stroke type while providing better alignment and more forgiveness than a blade putter head.