Even though it’s the middle of another week on the PGA Tour.. The “People’s Tournament” (WMO Phoenix Open) I just wanted to take a quick look back at what happened this past week. First there was dominance in the desert of Dubai. Then several hours later there was “terrificness” at Torrey (I know terrificness isn’t a word in the English language).
Bryson DeChambeau continued his meteoric rise to the top of the golfing world this past weekend in Dubai at the Dubai Desert Classic. Dechambeau blew the field away besting the runner-up by a mere 7 strokes. Powered by Cobra Golf KING F9 driver (third win for the driver in 2019-2019), Cobra Golf ONE Length Forged irons and of course his Bridgestone Golf Tour B X golf ball. The genius, scientist or whatever you choose to call him has seemingly silenced his critics. Having watched him on social media being harrassed by “keyboard warriors” as recently as last year all has gone quiet. I said it before and I’ll say it again. He’s great for golf… he’s different and fresh. If you look at his last several finishes the numbers are astonishing. I grabbed this list from the Bridgestone Golf Twitter feed.
Is there really a hotter player in golf at the moment? Well…
So as the dust or shall I say sand settled in Dubai, on this side of the Atlantic the Farmers Insurance Open was being played alongside the para-gliders and pristine waters of the Pacific Ocean. Torrey Pines. I’ve always enjoyed watching this tournament mostly because it is played on a public golf course and I can relate to it via many rounds played there by way of Tiger Woods PGA Tour video games. That said, generally speaking there’s always a solid field at this event. While many golf fans were tuning in for Tiger I was more intrigued by watching the current World #1 Justin Rose play with his new clubs. Honma Golf. Just remember, Rose didn’t just get up and leave TaylorMade Golf… his contract expired and he chose to move on. If you haven’t made swings with Honma Golf products… find some and swing them. You’ll understand. At any rate, Justin Rose is the last golfer in the world that would need to quantify or validate his switch. This past week however… he did. At the Farmers Insurance Open he claimed victory less than a month after the “official” change-up. It was only his second official start playing “The Mole” (Honma’s logo). When I think about all of this I think of one of his quotes…
“I switched to Honma to get better” – Justin Rose
That’s a scary thought!
In case you were wondering what his WITB looked like here it is.
Pushing the Limits of Seamless Design, 10th Anniversary Spider Putter Features Optically Engineered True Path™ Alignment Sightline
CARLSBAD, Calif. (January 29, 2019) – A decade after introducing the putter that shifted the paradigm of putter creation toward high-MOI design mallets and has since become the most popular putter in company history, TaylorMade Golf Company announced today the 10th generation of its globally transcendent Spider putters with the introduction of Spider X. Continuing the longstanding heritage of Spider performance in a completely re-designed frame, Spider X putters utilize a new dedicated weighting system and optically engineered sightline (OES) featuring TaylorMade’s new True Path alignment system.
“When we first introduced the original Spider putter in 2008, we never could have anticipated the global phenomenon it has become. With widespread adoption on tours around the world, not only has it become one of the company’s top-selling putters of all time, it has truly shifted the paradigm of putter design toward high-MOI mallets. I’m proud to have played a role in the evolution of Spider and what it has become today.”
The X Philosophy – True Path Alignment System
The genesis of the Spider X philosophy lies in research derived from more than ten thousand putts from a distance of twelve feet, with results illustrating that golfers strike the ball toward the toe of the putter 66% of the time – this is the result of a parallax effect. As a result, engineers strove to re-engineer the mass properties of the putter head while simultaneously introducing a new alignment system – True Path – for easier alignment enhanced focus, leading to more putts struck on the centre of the face and thus eliminating the parallax effect.
The X Design
The new Spider X features an optically engineered vision system designed for improved path, clearer vision and enhanced visual perception through colour sensitivity.
The design of the Spider X features a more streamlined design than both the Spider Tour and Spider Mini putters that came before it. The more stable head shape provides more weight on the outside of the frame (36% on both perimeters v. 30%). The head design of the Spider X is more stable than ever, with a deeper centre of gravity (37mm), which is three times deeper than a traditional blade putter.
For the first time in 10 years, the new frame of the Spider X incorporates a modern, seamless and dedicated weight design featuring three new weights: aluminum (2 grams), steel (6 grams) and tungsten (12 grams) to allow for optimized weight preference.
Additionally, the Spider X features a composite core weighing a mere 15 grams. The putter’s new head design was created using multi-material construction, delivering a slightly smaller head shape compared to the Spider Tour. Engineers reduced the size of the Spider X by 5% but were able to maintain the same MOI as Spider Tour within its new construction.
Re-Engineered Pure Roll™ Insert
Spider X putters incorporate a new, thicker 5mm Pure Roll white surlyn insert for improved sound, feel and roll characteristics. The 12-groove Pure Roll insert promotes forward spin for smoother roll, greater accuracy and better distance control.
The composition and construction of the new Pure Roll insert is specially engineered to bring the grooves into direct and active contact with the ball during impact, even on short putts. The grooves in the face — just .5mm deep — also serve in part to strategically soften the insert’s structure. Together, these factors are designed to make the insert deform at impact, putting the grooves into direct contact with the cover of the ball.
Pure Roll inserts are played on the PGA TOUR by TaylorMade staffers Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm, among many others.
Specifications, Pricing & Availability
Available at retail on February 15 at an MSRP of $449.99 CAD, Spider X putters will be offered in two colourways with both right and left-hand options: copper & white or navy & white. The copper & white model will be available in a short slant or single bend hosel option, while the navy & white model will be available exclusively in a short slant offering. Each is available in 33”, 34” & 35” lengths and comes equipped with SuperStroke’s Pistol GTR 1.0 grip.