It’s been a few years since I’ve been able to say that I can wear shorts outside in March, without being somewhere in Florida. But yet, here we are. Some freakishly warm weather has struck Southern Ontario (Niagara) and the hills…err ranges are filled with the sound of golfers. For us up here, it’s provided a great chance to escape our igloos and get some much needed swing time in.
I’ve taken advantage of it, having no less than 4 range sessions in the books, including one session with my son. Man, he was striking the ball so well. Watching his flight, you wouldn’t know that he’s a new golfer. But, the range sessions have been very fruitful for me as well. I’m rehabbing rom recent surgery and after watching myself on video of my first session, which consequently made me want to vomit (it looked so ugly but it was a great striking session) I’ve been striking the ball well and using the time to test products.
It now truly is, #testingszn.
Early testing has involved a few products. Wedges from Edison Golf, the new Exotics C721 driver from Tour Edge Golf, apparel from BloqUV, and last but not least the speed training tool known as Rypstick.
There’s going to be a lot of information coming up on these products, so stay tuned right here. In the meantime, here is a VLOG from the other day. In the video, I mention a cold front moving in. It came. Wednesday was back to a seasonal 7*C, tomorrow it’s going to be a balmy 1*C, followed by a high of 4*C. I have a session planned for tomorrow, but it will be indoors.
Well, the time has come. It’s now officially #testingszn here at Until The Next Tee. Very recently, I’ve received a new product to review. Many thanks go out to Jon Claffey the Vice President of Marketing for Tour Edge Golf for giving me the opportunity to have a first-hand look at the new Exotics C721 driver.
For those not in the know, Tour Edge Golf has been on quite a roll over the last several years. The Batavia, Illinois based golf equipment manufacturer has seen record sales and continued growth. Earlier this year, Tour Edge received a huge boost when the legendary Bernhard Langer signed a contract with them to play their equipment. Quietly, Langer had the EXS Pro Hybrid in his bag during The 2020 Master’s Tournament.
When I think of Tour Edge Golf, I really think of them as one of the biggest “movers and shakers” in the golf industry. While they’ve been around for much longer than 2019, I have long felt that, that was the year that they really stood out. With that year’s release, the Exotics EXS, they proved that you can produce a premium product with all of the best technology without the massive price tag attached to it. The Exotics EXS 220 and EXS Pro range gave them even more momentum which brings us to the Exotics C721.
In the video below, I unbox the Exotics C721 and let me tell you, as you can see from the pictures above. This driver just from an aesthetics standpoint alone is different.
With the unboxing out of the way, the testing process has begun for this stick. Only time will tell whether this driver is an upgrade over the previous two generations. Stay tuned right here for more content on the testing process of the Exotics C721 driver.
Welcome back to TeeBox Chatter everyone! Thank you for taking the time out of your hectic lives to have a listen. I appreciate more than you think.
Joining me this his week, my guest is an all-around nice guy and the CEO of SUB 70 Golf Jason Hiland. Join us on the tee box of the first hole as we “chatter it up”. This week the WGC Dell Technologies is being played. So, we talk about Match Play and another format that we see once a year. Stableford Scoring. Different is good.
Also we talk about all things SUB 70 Golf. A brand different from the rest. From Jason’s beginnings in the golf industry to hand-written notes, and products new to the stable in 2021. It’s a fun chat. Be sure not to miss it.
SPIDER EX HEADLINES THE FOURSOME, WITH EACH OPTICALLY ENGINEERED TO MAKE AIMING AND ALIGNMENT EASIER WITH DISTINCT TRUE PATH SYSTEMS
CARLSBAD, Calif. (March 2, 2021) – Spider putters are among the most recognizable in the world, utilizing unique shapes and materials to deliver industry-leading performance in high-MOI mallets. Today, TaylorMade Golf Company announces four new additions to the acclaimed franchise: Spider EX, Spider X Hydro Blast, Spider S and Spider SR. Each model is equipped with a specialized True Path™ alignment system that fits the putter’s shape while aiding certain golfer profiles.
A lot goes into hitting a solid putt. With this new class of Spider putters, we focused on removing two of those variables: aim and alignment. Each model features its ownTrue Path that simplifies the aiming process and helps golfers set up to the ball the same way time after time. While each putter brings something unique to the table, they are bonded by a foundation of forgiveness, stability and True Path alignment that makes it easier to aim.Bill Price, Product Creation, Putters & Wedge
SPIDER EX | CONFIDENCE YOU CAN FEEL
Spider EX is the foursome’s A player, utilizing an advanced multi-material construction to deliver optimal stability. The lightweight aluminum frame and carbon composite centre allow for strategic perimeter weighting, increasing MOI for consistent roll across the face and more forgiveness. It is outfitted with two 28g steel weights near the heel and toe, as well as heavy tungsten weights at the rear. The exact amount of tungsten varies for precision swing weighting in reference to putter length.
Compared to Spider X, the new EX model is slightly larger (+3.5mm from heel to toe and +2.7mm front to back) but with a more streamlined shape that features softer lines and a rounded backside.
Its new True Path is optically engineered to make it easier to aim, featuring a reflective white colour that spans the putter’s topline and allows golfers to use the face for alignment. Three dots enclosed by dual rails are used to centre the ball and promote a consistent address position. White was strategically selected as it is the most reflective colour and provides a clear focal point that makes the stroke and the path of the roll more visible.
Spider EX features a new Pure Roll² insert, marking the company’s first multi-material insert made with co-molded construction. White TPU urethane surrounds eight silver aluminum beams to create 45° grooves designed to produce better roll and feel characteristics.
Spider EX White
The all-new Fluted Feel™ shaft adds to this putter’s feel properties. It features a soft tip section intently designed to enhance feel, increase stability, and tighten dispersion. TaylorMade engineers worked in conjunction with KBS to develop this new shaft and, in the process, tested multiple iterations in a collaborative effort to maintain stability while adding feel.
With existing shaft options, many players told us they couldn’t feel the full weight of the putter head or feel the toe release. We didn’t want to just make the shaft softer (add flex) to improve feel at the sacrifice of stability. That inspired us to go this journey with KBS and develop a shaft that delivers on both fronts.Bill Price, Product Creation, Putters & Wedge
Collectively, Spider EX is designed for easy aim, better feel and enhanced stability to provide golfers with more confidence on the putting green.
SPECIFICATIONS, PRICING & AVAILABILITY
Spider EX will be available for preorder on March 2 and at retail beginning March 12 with an MSRP of $469.99 CAD.Available lengths include 34″ and 35″. Offered in three different colourways: Platinum/White, Navy/White and Ghost White. Hosel options include short slant (all colours), flow neck (Platinum/White & Ghost White) and single bend (Platinum/White & Navy/White). It comes equipped with the TaylorMade Fluted Feel™ shaft and Super Stroke Pistol GTR 1.0 grip.
SPIDER X HYDRO BLAST | PROVEN PERFORMANCE WITH A NEW LOOK
Spider X is the best-selling model in the franchise’s history, delivering proven performance at every level of the game. On Tour, it has accounted for 11 victories over the last two-plus seasons (including the start of the 2020-21 season) while also producing record-setting numbers at retail.
Spider X Hydro Blast builds on that tradition of success with an all-new colourway and finishing process. The high-pressure application of water to the aluminum body creates a smooth and premium finish in a rich silver colourway. Added durability is a byproduct of this process, as the absence of paint means no surface blemishes related to chipping and greater scratch resistance.
It maintains the same advanced multi-material construction as the original Spider X, relying on a combination of aluminum (2g), steel (6g) and tungsten (12g) weights along with a composite centre to optimize MOI and stability. Its Tour-proven True Path design aids in alignment, while its white TPU Pure Roll™ insert delivers a soft feel and 45° grooves encourage better forward roll as well as improved sound, feel and overall roll characteristics compared to a solid face.
Spider X Hydro Blast
SPECIFICATIONS, PRICING & AVAILABILITY
Spider X Hydro Blast will be available for preorder on March 2 and at retail beginning March 12 with an MSRP of $379.99CAD. Available lengths include 34″ and 35″. It comes equipped with the KBS Chrome C-Taper Stepless shaft and Super Stroke Pistol GTR 1.0 grip.
SPIDER S & SPIDER SR | HIGH STABILITY FORGIVENESS
TaylorMade introduced Spider S in 2020 as the most forgiving model in the Spider family, with an MOI of more than 6,000. The company has refreshed that original design with a new arrow-shaped True Path inspired by archery’s pinpoint precision. The newly engineered alignment system is optically designed to make it easier for golfers to aim. Located on the topline, it provides a clear focal point that is the exact width of a golf ball, which helps with consistent address positions and face direction.
Spider S is manufactured from high-grade 6061 aluminum and is 100-percent machine milled for precision shaping. The square-shaped putter head is outfitted with two 42g sole weights strategically placed near the toe and heel to help stabilize the putter while optimizing CG location.
A heavy tungsten backbar is used to further optimize swing weight based on the length of the putter. Coming in four different weights ranging from 40g to 70g, the backbar at the rear of the putter is designed to influence head weight, feel and performance.
Stability is the calling card of the Spider family. With the all-new Spider SR (Stability Refined), TaylorMade delivers high-MOI performance in a Tour-inspired double wing shape. The multi-material design features two back weights crafted from either steel (10g) or tungsten (15g, 20g) to optimize swing weight.
Due to a smaller footprint (5mm shorter front to back), Spider SR has a slightly lower MOI than Spider S. However, it’s still among the most stable and forgiving putters in the current Spider lineup. Another key differentiator is how True Path is positioned within the cavity behind the putter face. Also drawing inspiration from archery, the arrow-shaped design delivers an easy-to-aim alignment tool that promotes consistently centred ball positions at address.
Both Spider SR and Spider S are equipped with the all-new Fluted Feel™ shaft, delivering enhanced feel and optimal stability to putters that are already designed for forgiveness. The Tour-proven TPU Pure Roll insert provides a soft feel, and 45° grooves encourage better forward roll as well as improved sound, feel and overall roll characteristics compared to a solid face.
SPECIFICATIONS, PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
Spider S and Spider SR will be available for preorder on March 2 and at retail beginning April 9, each with an MSRP of $379.99 CAD. Available lengths include 34″ and 35″. Both come equipped with the TaylorMade Fluted Feel™ shaft and Super Stroke Pistol GTR 1.0 grip.
A new episode of the TeeBox Chatter podcast airs today.
In this episode, on the tee I have Martin Neil from PING Golf. We had a nice chat about the success early on of the PING G425 metals, a little bit about the development of golfers through Golf Canada. Namely, Brooke Henderson, Corey Conners, and Mackenzie Hughes. All of them, PING staffers on their respective TOURs. “Spinsistency”? What the heck is that? Well, it’s a big part of what makes the range of G425 metalwoods tick. We also talk about the G425 irons. It promises to be an educational episode.