My Taylormade Spider Tour Putter Review (With Pictures)

I’ve always had a tough time spending hundreds of dollars on a new putter. I just didn’t believe that it would make that much of a difference compared to the cheaper models.

My curiosity took hold and I finally decided to pull the trigger on the Taylormade Spider putter. We’ve tested and reviewed a handful of different options, so we’ll compare them to this putter to see if the price actually makes a difference.

Our Testing Process: Our goal is to help you find the right product. We continue to use each product over time and will keep our reviews updated. Learn more here.


Out Of Bounds Golf Verdict

The Spider putter is one of the most popular options on the market because of its quality-feel, maximum forgiveness, and soft feel at impact. If you are willing to spend a lot, it’s definitely one of the best options out there.

That said, the average player probably wouldn’t benefit much when you compare it to something cheaper. Switch to this putter when you get into low handicap range.

The Pros

➕ It feels extremely solid at impact

➕ Forgiveness is there on off-center hits

➕ Has a premium feel

The Cons

➖ It’s expensive

The Breakdown

  • Quality: 5
  • Forgiveness: 5
  • Feel: 5
  • Value/Price: 3
  • Our Rating: 5 Stars

Where To Buy

Check price on Worldwide Golf or buy new/used at Global Golf


In This Review

Product Details | Intro | Looks | Sound & Feel | Performance | Bottom Line | Alternatives


Taylormade Spider Tour Product Details

The Intro

I was curious to test this putter because a lot of the pros are using it, which clearly shows there’s something good about it. Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, and Sergio Garcia have all used the Spider.

I don’t know about you, but I always had a tough time believing that a putter costing over $300 could sink more putts than one costing a third of the price.

The face is soft and the weight is balanced, which is supposed to roll the ball consistently, wherever you make contact on the face. Let’s dive into the review and figure out whether the marketing is true or if it’s just another overpriced gimmick.

The Looks

If you’re coming from a traditional blade-style putter, it’s going to look a little strange at first. There is so much more club behind the ball, which will probably take a bit of time to get used to.

The main benefit with a putter like this is that it’s way easier to align. You have the longer alignment line, which really helps me picture a line through the ball and towards the target.

You also have a lot more weight behind the face. It’s built that way to improve the forgiveness, just like with a driver or cavity back iron. This, ideally, should make off-center hits more consistent.

There are also different models available, which will depend on your putting stroke. A face-balanced design will be better for you if you have a straight back and straight through stroke. A toe hang putter is for someone that strokes on an arc.

The Sound & Feel

The biggest difference between a premium and budget putter is how the face is built. Premium putters tend to have an insert on the face, which reduces vibrations and has a very soft feel at impact.

The Spider also has grooves on the face to roll the ball a little smoother. Essentially, it’s just going to feel more “expensive” when you compare it to something cheaper.

I had a Wilson putter before this that cost somewhere around $100. The Spider felt softer when I hit the ball, there were less vibrations, and it just sounded better.

The Performance

Just because the Spider felt and sounded better doesn’t mean it’s the better option. If it still performs like my old Wilson, is there really a point in spending triple the amount of money?

To test it out, I took 10 shots with each of the putters (at different distances). I looked at how many putts were made and how far the balls ended up from the hole, on average. Here were the results:

From 6 FeetSpiderWilson
20
03
00
10
02
10
00
21
22
00
Average
Putts Made
0.8 Feet
5/10
0.8 Feet
6/10

I sunk 5/10 putts with the Spider and the ball ended up less than a foot away on average. I sunk 6/10 putts with the Wilson and the ball ended up less than a foot away on average. Pretty much the same.

From 12 FeetSpiderWilson
30
03
23
40
01
14
03
12
24
30
Average
Putts Made
1.6 Feet
3/10
2.0 Feet
3/10

I sunk 3/10 putts with the Spider and the balls ended up 1.6 feet from the hole on average. I still made 3 putts with the Wilson, but the balls ended up a little farther away on average.

In summary, both putters performed pretty much the same from 6 feet. From 12 feet, the Spider gave me a more consistent roll. It wasn’t by much, but it could make a difference over a round or two.

The Bottom Line

After taking everything into account, the Spider is an awesome putter. I think it’s a great option for low handicaps looking to take their game to the next level. You could also consider it if you don’t care about the price.

Compared to my older putter, the Spider felt and sounded better and it was slightly more consistent on longer putts. I still made the same number of putts, but the distance control was a touch better.

That said, I don’t think the cost is worth it for the average player. All you’d be paying for is a putter that feels and sounds a bit better. Personally, I’d rather spend the money on upgrading my other clubs.

Where To Buy

Check price on Worldwide Golf or buy new/used at Global Golf

The Alternatives

Even though this putter is one of the best out there, it’s likely not the best option for some. To see some of our favorites and to figure out which one could be right for you, check out one of our “best of” guides below:


What To Do Next:

Enter Our Gear Giveaway: Like free golf stuff? A few times per year, we pick a few of our viewers and send them some gifts. Click here to learn more.

Deals & Discounts: We’ve worked with brands to offer discounts to our readers. See our deals and discounts page to see our current promotions.

Write For Us: Calling all hackers, whackers, and golf enthusiasts. Out Of Bounds Golf is looking for writers. If you’d like to get paid to write about golf, click here for more info.

Hey, I'm Jon. I started Out Of Bounds Golf to share my findings after testing golf gear for the past 10+ years. My goal is to make the game a little easier to understand, whether that's with finding the right product or answering common questions.

guest
1 Comment
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments