TaylorMade Spider S Putter Review

Our verdict on the mallet putter offering from TaylorMade, the Spider S

TaylorMade Spider S Putter Review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

All in all, this is an excellent option for anyone that prefers a face-balanced, firm-feeling mallet style putter looking for a change in fortunes on the greens.

Reasons to buy
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    High levels of forgiveness and stability

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    Consistent distance control and start lines

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    Premium look and feel

Reasons to avoid
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    Firm feel

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    More alignment assistance needed for some

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TaylorMade Spider S Putter Review

The TaylorMade Spider S putter features three high density tungsten weights totaling 150g in the heel, toe and rear bar help increase the MOI to over 6,000, making it one of the most forgiving putters from TaylorMade over the last few years. Given the strategic placement of tungsten throughout it is clear the focus with the Spider S is stability and make no mistake, this is one solid-feeling putter.


It performs from every distance but really excels when it comes to feel and distance control. The effect of a slightly off-centre strike is almost negated by the resistance to twist, which makes it easier to become more consistent from long range.

There’s still a fairly loud ‘pop’ sound at impact, which contributes to a firm feel. The black KBS Stepless CT Tour shaft improves the appeal aesthetically but also helps minimize vibration and any kicking of the shaft on collision that can effect speed and roll. The 45° angled grooves seem to help the ball hug the ground earlier on its journey to the hole.


The three short sightlines contrast well on both color options but perhaps aren’t as effective as the system in place on the Spider X especially given the large footprint, which means you have to work a little harder on more makeable putts. This might also be why the take up from TaylorMade's tour players hasn't been as prolific as Spider X.


You can pick up your ball using the cavity if you wish

That said, the rectangle shape formed by the outer lines and the cavity does frame the ball well and provide a good visual guide on your stroke path and also strike. It is also able to pick up a ball from the green should you be given a putt.

We found it to sit a touch open and needed correcting with the hands via a little extra forward press but others may have a different experience.

We’re confident most golfers will enjoy the shape and tacky feel of the SuperStroke Pistol GTR 1.0 grip as well as the choice of either chalk white or navy head color options.

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Joel Tadman
Technical Editor

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.

One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 86 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.2.

Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: Ping i230 4-UW

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 54°. Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge, K Grind

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x