Goydos, who finished tied for second at 19-under par (three strokes behind Perry), has the TaylorMade-adidas Itsy Bitsy Spider, which we saw him experimenting with at the Transitions in Tampa Bay earlier this year. TMaG freely admits the inspiration for the head was automotive – something that’s easy to see, with the two big weight ports on either side of the wide body looking like lights on the tailfins of a big ol’ Cadillac. But the space age look isn’t the point. As usual with putters, it’s all about moving the weight to the outside, which helps stabilize the head through the swing.
Same with Kenny Perry’s Ping Craz-E variation, the one with the blue face that he’s been using for some time now. Kenny, who shot a final-round 63 and a tournament-record 258 (22 under), is a loyal TaylorMade endorser, but he’s allowed to freelance the putter, and he can’t seem to turn his back on the Ping model that has worked so well for him over the past two years. Like the Spider, the Craz-E body has weight moved to the perimeter, and the modern shape pushes that perimeter farther from the center of the face than would be the case with a more traditional shape.
Modern as they look, both putters continue the fundamental approach of weight-outward design begun by Ping founder Karsten Solheim.