The TaylorMade Spider GT Splitback Putter takes a classic shape and blends it with the improved TruRoll 2 face to create a forgiving mallet with a strong roll.
Clear alignment lines
Solid feel at impact from insert
Stbale and forgiving
Forward shaft lean could be less
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The TaylorMade Spider GT Splitback putter utilizes the same perimeter weighting design of the standard TaylorMade Spider GT putter with most of the weight of the head located in the wings on either side. Where the standard GT has an aluminum cover over the gap in between the wings, the GT Splitback features an open mallet (opens in new tab)-style with a white cavity back featuring a black line to aid with alignment.
This is covered in urethane foam that not only aids the weight distribution, but also improves the sound by modifying any unwanted noise vibrations. In testing on the course, the Spider GT Splitback did sound and feel very good and is probably the best of the Spider GT range in this respect. There is a hint of a pleasant ping sound at impact due to the tuning fork style head design.
The face features a Pure Roll 2 insert that is made up of a firm TPU with silver aluminum bars inserted at a 45 degree angle to improve the roll at impact. The roll from the face is very good and combined with the cavity back urethane the Split Back provides a very solid feel that most players will enjoy.
The TaylorMade Spider GT Splitback comes with a single bend shaft to make it face balanced or a short slant hosel for those with an arc stroke and both do the job very well. They connect to TaylorMade (opens in new tab)’s Fluted Feel stability putter shaft that has a softer section 5 inches above the hosel. It looks good and I am sure it does the job, but the effect is pretty subtle.
Whilst all of the TaylorMade Spider GT feel very good, the Splitback is the pick of the bunch as it combined good feel with a good strong roll. It offers a different take on the heel toe weighting that you see in the TaylorMade Spider GT Notchback putter review.
The design continues the TaylorMade preference for requiring your hands to be more ahead of the ball than most putters, but if you can live with that then the TaylorMade Spider GT Splitback putter is going to be an excellent choice.
Martin Hopley is one of the foremost UK equipment reviewers with over 20 years' experience. As the former founder of Golfalot.com he was an early pioneer of online reviews and has also been a regular contributor to other titles. He is renowned for his technical knowledge and in-depth analysis, which he now brings to Golf Monthly.
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