Martin Hopley

The TaylorMade Ghost Spider S putter is light, soft and stable, and we were thoroughly impressed.

The first generation Spider was little too much function over form for us and the large head was visually a bit cluttered. However, despite still retaining the function heritage, the third generation of the Ghost Spider S seems to have hit the nail on the head.

With extensive input from their Tour players, such as Peter Hanson and Jason Day, TaylorMade have made some tweaks to the new Spider and it shows both in the appearance and performance of the new model.

The mid-size head is a perfect compromise between the original Spider and the smaller Itsy Bitsy Spider version and this is one of the pleasing things you notice at address. It comes with a choice of 2 hosels – a face balanced standard straight hosel and a mid slant that has a 30 degree slant offering a clearer view of the head and the ball at address.

The appearance is a much cleaner, simpler look at address than before. A single, straight alignment-line on a black aluminium centre piece is much better than the previous ‘basketball court’ design on a white head.

It makes lining up so much easier and pairs well with the white coloured outer frame. The white straight leading edge sits very square and enable you see the face of the putter more easily to also give you lots of confidence in your alignment at address.

As for the performance, you can immediately feel and hear the performance of the adjustable weights. The sound is a little high pitched and 'tingy', but the feel is soft and extremely consistent.

The high MOI design should make it more consistent to strike putts from the centre of the face and we found it a very well balanced and consistent putter. Hitting putts off the toe and heel of the face makes very little difference to the performance, which for the average golfer will be a significant benefit.

While the putter appears feels lightweight in your hands and during the stroke, the weights at the back can be adjusted from 2 to 16 grams to find the correct head weight for your stroke. Only the 2 gram weights are included with the putter, but any weights from a TaylorMade putter or wood can be used. We would like to see additional weights included with the putter for on-going adjustments and perhaps customising the weight depending on green speeds or conditions.

From Tour pros to high handicappers, this putter has something to offer and with a competitive price it is also good value. We think it looks very good but even if you are not that impressed with the looks, you are sure to be impressed with the performance.

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TaylorMade Ghost Spider S Putter - Product Details

UK Launch01 October 2012
USA Launch01 October 2012
Handicap Range
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
Club Lengths33, 34, 35, 41, 43 inches
Shaft TypesSteel
Putter ShapesMallet
Putter InsertYes
Manufacturer's WebsiteTaylorMade Website

User Reviews

December 2012

Very nice putter! I would like to have.

November 2012

I have been looking at a few putters on the market recently, the trust in my Odyssey White Steel 2-Ball putter was fading due to a series of scorecard-destroying 3-putts. I managed to persuade my local club pro to let me borrow the new TaylorMade Ghost Spider S putter from the shop for a round, just to try it out.

First of all, looks are fairly important when choosing a new putter and it’s fair to say the Ghost Spider S looks very impressive, with its white frame and black crown and a single white line for alignment, as well as a smart red sole with the Ghost Spider S badge on it. To complete its looks it has a cool red, black and white grip and a white head cover that complements the rest of the putter very well.

From the very first putting stroke on the first green I noticed how smooth the putter was, it felt very well balanced in my hands and it sits exactly lined up when you address your golf ball. The single alignment line makes lining up so much easier and it gives you a lot of confidence in your alignment at address.

The shape of the putter head may not please everybody, but when you stroke a golf ball with it, it feels so soft and the ball comes off the face smooth and true. The slight offset on the shaft makes sure that you have your hands ahead of the ball and helps you to produce a true stroke; this gave me a lot more confidence and a sense that I was going to put a good roll on the golf ball, I loved the overall feel of this putter.

Overall, the Ghost Spider S looks great and feels great, and it certainly delivers in terms of performance, I would say that it has everything I would ever need in a putter, and I highly recommend this putter. This Spider has definitely crawled onto my list for Santa!!

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Golf Monthly
July 2013
Will suit those that really struggle on the greens

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