NEW ORLEANS - First-year TaylorMade Tour Staff professional Lucas Glover made a critical equipment last weekend at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, putting a new Spider Blade putter (35”) in play for the first time Thursday before opening with nine birdies on his way to a sizzling 65 to start at TPC Louisiana. Glover, coming off a disappointing finish at The Masters, making the cut but struggling on the way in over the weekend at Augusta, arrived in New Orleans looking to explore a solution on the putting green and landed on Spider Blade.
The model, which debuted on the PGA Tour at the Shell Houston Open, had drawn his attention previously but the Zurich marked the first time Glover actually began formally testing the new shape. Spider Blade is unique in its performance properties – its MOI of 5200 is tremendously high compared to that number in a traditional blade – making it our most stable blade putter ever. It represents a massive leap in stability in forgiveness in a blade-style putterhead and it was great to see Glover contending before finishing strong with a T4 on Sunday. For the week,
Another player making a couple of key equipment changes last weekend was longtime TaylorMade staffer Retief Goosen, who switched to a new RBZ Stage 2 driver (9.5°), as well as a new Daddy Long Legs putter (37″) on Thursday at TPC Louisiana. Goosen is never hesitant in testing, especially with drivers, to try and find the right fit on a given week if he feels like there’s an edge to be gained over the product in his bag and that was the case this week at Zurich.
The Stage 2 performed solidly in testing, both on the range and on course, and went in the bag last week. Finally, Goosen’s experience with a midsize Spider putter – he’s used the Ghost Spider model periodically the last two years – helped us identify him as a strong candidate for the MOI properties and counterbalance performance of Daddy Long Legs. He’s tried counterbalance putters a handful of weeks in preliminary testing and really started to feel comfortable with DLL at TPC Louisiana.
Goosen’s new driver and putter went in play over the weekend and, much like Glover, fueled him to a string of red numbers before a T21 finish on Sunday. Stay tuned for all the latest right here on Tour Diaries as our players head to Charlotte to kickoff the month of May at the Wells Fargo Championship.