The one thing that I love about technology and how it relates to the golf industry is how interactive the game has become. From wearable GPS technology like GPS watches and devices like GAME Golf or SwingByte.
Gradually, golf equipment manufacturers are adding this type of technology to golf equipment. The latest to do so is TaylorMade Golf. The Carlsbad, California golf giant has introduced Spider Interactive. Spider Interactive includes the addition of a sensor from Blast Motion. This addition gives golfers a chance to capture, analyze and improve where the game means the most. On the putting green! The Spider had a monster year in professional golf and based on my limited time rolling putts with one at the TaylorMade Golf Performance Lab in Woodbridge, Ontario (north of Toronto) it was easy to see why. The Spider simply rolled the ball and found the bottom of the cup.
Below is a press release shared with me by Nick Obritsch who is the Marketing Manager for TaylorMade Golf Canada.
Integrated with Blast® Motion Sensor in Custom SuperStroke Grip, new Innovative Putter Captures, Analyzes and Displays Key Metrics of Putting Stroke
Carlsbad, Calif. (January 18, 2018) – TaylorMade Golf Company, an industry leader in golf innovation and technology, announced today the release of the new Spider Interactive Powered by Blast putter, engineered in collaboration with Blast Motion and SuperStroke Golf to advance how golfers of all skill levels capture, analyze and progress their game where strokes matter most — on the greens.
The Spider putter, TaylorMade’s most popular putter in company history and one of the most popular putters on the PGA TOUR in ’16-’17, takes the next step in its evolution with the incorporation of Blast’s motion capture sensors in TaylorMade’s first totally-integrated golf sensor product in company history.
“When two industry leaders partner to combine innovative technology and deliver a new user experience, it tends to set change in motion. We’ve created a powerful putting solution that analyzes a golfer’s putting stroke to provide improvement insights and help them understand how to progress through a guided improvement journey.”
Spider Interactive automatically captures valuable stroke metrics in a seamless, non-intrusive design built into the top of the putter’s grip. TaylorMade has also co-developed a matching mobile app — available on March 1 for iOS and in Q2 2018 for Android users — which takes the user on a simple, intuitive journey to become a better putter. Spider Interactive measures key putting stroke metrics including timing (backstroke time, forward stroke time, tempo), impact stroke speed and face rotation. Users will be able to easily analyze details of their putting stroke and track progress over time with performance history and interactive graphs, along with tiered training modules and drills to help improve putting. The app will also feature video recording and playback capabilities so users can review and analyze their strokes. YouTube golf instructional personalities Me & My Golf will have tips and tutorial videos on the app for further developmental content.
“TaylorMade is dedicated to enhancing the performance of golfers at all levels, from our Tour players to consumers alike. We accomplish this through creating the most innovative, paradigm-shifting products in the industry. We are continually searching for new ways to enrich the golfers’ experience with an eye toward the future of equipment technology. As such, we are delighted to partner with Blast to create an interactive training tool that enables golfers to become smarter about their game.”
The Spider Interactive Powered by Blast putter is constructed the same as TaylorMade’s renowned Spider Tour putters; a 304 stainless steel frame combined with a lightweight 6061 aluminum body enabling weight to be positioned at the extremities, providing improved stability and high MOI. The Spider Interactive Powered by Blast putter also incorporates TaylorMade’s popular, tour-proven milled aluminum Pure Roll™ insert with a gunmetal finish to promote better forward roll, increased directional accuracy and improved distance control. Further, the sensor’s remarkably light weight does not impact the performance of the Spider Interactive putter.
Included with the Spider Interactive is a Blast charging pad, micro USB cable, sensor installation key, live sensor, yellow filler plug (inserted for conforming use in tournament play) and storage pouch.
Pricing & Availability:
The Spider Interactive Powered by Blast is available starting March 23, 2018 at $499 CAD, and will be offered in an L-neck (21° toe hang) or double bend (face-balanced) hosel in 34” and 35”lengths in both RH and LH, coming in TaylorMade’s platinum colourway with a full front/back sightline in black.
For more information, visit TaylorMadeGolf.ca.
Until The Next Tee!!