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TaylorMade takes 'simple' approach with Ghost Spider Si putter

The project name inside headquarters at TaylorMade for the company's latest counterbalanced putter -- Ghost Spider Si -- was Simple Spider. It summarized the challenge the R&D team faced in extending its line of oversize, complex-construction, high-moment-of-inertia (MOI) putters.

"The question was, 'Can we make something simpler, something easier to look at for some, and still get the mass properties?' " says Bret Wahl, vice president of product development for irons and putters. "Not the easiest thing to do, but I think we ended up in a very good spot."

Blog-TaylorMade-Ghost-Spider-Si.jpgUnlike the company's Daddy Long Legs mallet, which Wahl says includes 18 components, Ghost Spider Si has just three: a cast stainless-steel frame, a lightweight-aluminum center section and the company's grooved-polymer face insert. But the simpler construction still yields the third-highest MOI in TaylorMade's line.

The counterbalanced model ($200, in lengths of 35 and 38 inches) has a 380-gram head and a 15-inch, 130-gram grip.