TaylorMade employs 'counterbalancing' in design


In developing its latest putters, Daddy Long Legs and Spider Blade, TaylorMade Golf engineers turned to the concept of “counterbalancing” as a way to improve performance by enhancing stability in both the stroke and hit.

The idea is to put additional weight in the grip end to counter the weight of the clubhead. Typically, a putter has one light end (the grip) and one heavy end (the head), and that disparity can cause the head to waver during the stroke and twist more easily on off-center hits – which is not good.

By counterbalancing a putter, technicians increase the Moment of Inertia (MOI) of the entire club, which is designed to make it easier to keep the head on path during a swing, and make it more stable at impact. In theory, that should lead to more accurate putting – and to more putts being made.

The Daddy Long Legs is described at TaylorMade as a “performance mallet,” and its head, which consists of 16 pieces made of eight materials, boasts the highest MOI of any putter in company history.

As for the Spider Blade, it has a heel-toe weighted head that consists of 11 parts made of eight materials. That construction allowed TaylorMade engineers to shift significant weight from the center of the head to the heel and toe – and to give it the highest MOI of any blade the equipment maker has produced.

To help golfers get the most out of the counterbalancing that these clubs employ, TaylorMade officials recommend that about three inches of the top end of the grip extend above the top hand when a golfer assumes his normal stance, posture and position.

As a result, the Daddy Long Legs and Spider Blade models are offered in two lengths: 38 inches for players who usually favor a 35-inch putter and 35 inches for those who prefer a 33-incher. Golfers who fancy a 34-inch flat stick can chose between 35- and 38-inch lengths.

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