The TaylorMade Spider Tour X Proto putter was tour-exclusive but is now available on general sale. A look at what the premium model can do for you.
The Tour X has had success on tour and had previously been kept exclusively for TaylorMade professionals, but that has all changed with a limited edition release for the golfing world.
One of the most expensive on the market, the Spider Tour X proto differs from the Tour Series putters thanks to additional technologies in this most structurally stable model.
Is the proto putter worth the money? Will it help you hole more putters than other Spider models? And what are the specific design features? We take a look.
TaylorMade Spider Tour X Proto Putter Design & Features
The Tour X Proto is the tour-level version of the Tour X putter than Rory McIlroy has had in the back for much of the last two or three years.
The key difference between the two models in that this proto features a milled face rather than the Pure Roll Insert that is included in the rest of the Spider series.
The weighting system in the Proto is also unique with deliberate distribution moving the center of gravity firmly forward in this putter for stability like never before. You get the flexibility of a blade in the body of a mallet.
You should find there is little chance for the Spider Tour X Proto to twist and get off line through the putting stroke thanks to the perfectly balanced TSS weighting design. The outer weights also add to the stability.
Otherwise, the design matches the Tour X putter with the True Path Alignment helping to hole more putts, or at least threaten the cup more frequently.
The putter has an L Neck hosel design and is only available in right hand.
TaylorMade Spider Tour X Proto Putter Review: Is it worth the money?
The Tour X proto putter has not been on the shelves for sale before with TaylorMade deciding it was exclusively a tour model.
However, the success of this model has meant it is being sold to all golfers – much like Odyssey did with the Jailbird 380 putter following a string of victories on the PGA Tour.
Jam-packed with technologies like the improved True Path Alignment system, the weighting of the proto model is the key element to making it more stable than any other Spider.
It’s expensive, but is the best yet in the Spider franchise.
What is the TaylorMade Spider Tour X Proto putter release date?
The new putter has been in play on tour for some time, but was released for general sale in November 2023.
How much does the TaylorMade Spider Tour X Proto putter cost?
The putter retails at $500, making it one of the most expensive on the market.
What TaylorMade says about the Spider Tour X putter:
“This rare design is meticulously crafted to shift the center of gravity (CG) as far forward as possible, while preserving True Path Alignment and structural stability of the Spider franchise.
“Deliberate weight distribution places the CG in a forward position for increased face rotation (similar to a blade) while still maintaining stability and control during your stroke.
“This fusion of material and CG placement provides a unique advantage to golfers who prefer blade-like performance without compromising forgiveness.
“Precision putting starts with perfect alignment. With TaylorMade’s True Path Alignment system, the Spider Tour X Proto helps you visualize the ideal line to the hole while matching your club face to the path.
“Consistency is key in putting, and the Spider Tour X Proto ensures it with TSS weighting. Precision-engineered weights create optimal stability and pinpoint swing weighting for enhanced consistency.”
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