More than any other club in his bag, Dustin Johnson is willing to tinker with putters. At TPC River Highlands in June, he won the Travelers Championship using a TaylorMade Truss TB1, a putter that features a triangular stabilizing mechanism under the hosel. However, he won the Northern Trust and Tour Championship using a TaylorMade Spider Tour Black putter. He has also used several different heel-toe weighted blades in recent years, including a prototype Scotty Cameron putter and a TaylorMade Tour Preferred model. At the Masters, the Spider Tour Black was in the bag. The putter is fitted with a SuperStroke Traxion Pistol GT 1.0 grip.
Johnson told Trott recently, “I like to try stuff. When we have new stuff and new putters, I like to try them. Sometimes it’s good to look at something different for a little bit, but generally, I go back to everything that was in my bag originally. But I’m still a golf nerd. I like all the new equipment. I like new putters, and I like trying them all.”
Johnson’s Spider Tour Black has no alignment aids on the crown, giving it an exceptionally clean look at address. Two small weights in the rear heel and toe area pull the center of gravity back and create more perimeter weighting, so while the head size is relatively small, the putter features a higher moment of inertia (MOI) than you might expect. That makes it more forgiving on off-center hits and less prone to twisting.
Spider Tour putters also feature a True Roll face insert made from aluminum and thermoplastic urethane (TPU). The grooves point downward at a 45-degree angle and help the putter grab the ball at impact to get it rolling more quickly instead of hopping or skidding.
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