TaylorMade Spider Mini putter is a slimmed down version of the popular Spider range and one that has had a big impact since being launched.
The Spider range has been in the bag of leading PGA Tour stars including Jon Rahm, Dustin Johnson and Jason Day over recent years with the most recent versions of the putter being the Spider X, which marks 10 years since the initial launch, and the Spider S, a model focused on stability.
The Spider Mini was introduced in 2018 as a small alternative to the Spider range, but it still features the unique design with weights on the outside of the putter head. This model, though, is aimed at golfers who like a less imposing putter head.
What TaylorMade say about the Spider Mini:
“A 10% smaller head construction from Spider X. Spider Mini delivers the stability and high-MOI performance of its bigger brother in a compact, mid-mallet design
“Thicker, 5mm white insert for deeper Pure Roll grooves that promote a forward roll and better feel.
“Redesigned steel weights, cast directly into the head for a precise and consistent balance.”
TaylorMade Spider Mini Putter Design
TaylorMade decided that a slimmed down version of the incredibly popular putter was needed, and they went about reducing the putter head size by 10 per cent in the Spider Mini.
The design of the Mini saw the so-called “legs” shortened to create much more of natural mallet shaped head, although it still does have the additional weights around the putter head to aid alignment.
The reduction in size of those legs means the Spider Mini has had a sole weight added that wasn’t part of the original design of the Spider Tour and then Spider X. The sole weight compensates for the shortening of the side weights and ensures that any off centre strikes still roll true and straight.
TaylorMade’s unique Pure Roll insert in the face of the putter is carried over from the Spider and again it is used in a different colour to the putter heads for an eye-catching contrast.
Made from aluminium, the angle and grooves of the Pure Roll insert ensure that top spin is created to get the ball rolling and help keep it on a straight path – something that has been key to the success of the Spider range.
The Spider Mini has origins back to 2012 when Day was using the TaylorMade Ghost Spider. He wanted a smaller putter and used alternatives, all the time while helping to develop the Tour Spider.
The Spider Mini is available in red, silver and black and now golf colour options. There is also a ladies Kalea version.
TaylorMade Spider Mini Putter Verdict
With the TaylorMade Spider putters having been a huge success with tour stars and amateurs alike, the Spider Mini provides an excellent alternative option within the range.
While the Spiders are bulky, particularly with the side weights which are so crucial to the whole concept, not all golfers like a large putter head when standing over a crucial putt.
Step in the Spider Mini, which is much more of a natural mallet shape. The weights are small but the performance just as impressive and the Mini is the option of choice if you like a less imposing putter head.
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