A few months ago Aussie Golfer was checking out new putters and came across this one which has generated a huge amount of interest since its release earlier in the year. The TaylorMade Rossa Spider is a bizarre looking thing. I never thought I’d be the least bit interested in something that looks this weird but professionals and golf store owners I’ve spoken to have all said it is the best putter on the market.
After a few putts I had to concede it felt fantastic. It’s a face-balanced putter and one of the main reasons it has everyone buzzing is that you can play the ball off any point on the face of the putter.without a loss of power. Most putters only have a small sweet spot in the centre of the face from which all balls should be hit. I hit many putts from different spots off the face, applying the same stroke to each and all putts went the same distance.I didn’t end up buying the putter for a few reasons.
Firstly, it’s ridiculously priced. Paying around $300 for a putter in my opinion is stupid. Don’t give me the argument about it being a 10 year investment cause a $10 putter can be a 10 year investment too.
Secondly, how often do you hit putts anywhere other than middle of the face of the club? It may help occasionally under pressure putts but the putter doesn’t maketh the golfer.However the pro’s are using it and reportedly David Toms is using it after initially refusing to putt with anything so strange. If you’ve got a lot of spare cash, you’re looking for a new putter and you don’t mind a bit of ribbing from your mates, the Spider may be for you.