Golf Club Review: Taylormade Daddy Long Legs Putter Review
THE CLUB THAT THINKS IT’S A BELLY PUTTER
Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why belly putters have become so popular among golf’s elite? Almost without exception, they are used by golfers who want to take their wrists out of the putting stroke.
If you look at the stroke of any good putter you will find yourself watching a pendulum action, where the shoulders, arms and hands rock back and through the ball in one movement. Then look at the friends you play with, especially the ones who struggle with short putts – almost without exception, you see the wrists breaking. Critically, they tend to do so at the moment of impact, which usually results in a putt being pulled to the left of the hole.
Impossible to solve without resorting to a long putter, right? Wrong! TaylorMade just may have come up with the answer with their Daddy Long Legs putter.
Our Spider line of putters is renowned among tour pros and amateurs for remarkable forgiveness and stability. The newest model, Daddy Long Legs, is the most stable of them all, with an MOI exceeding 8500. (Ghost Spider was the previous high at 6800.)
To crank the MOI that high, we built the Daddy Long legs head out of 16 pieces made of 8 materials – stainless steel, carbon steel, aluminum, titanium, tungsten, polycarbonate, Surlyn and TPU. The result is an exceptionally twist-resistant putterhead that helps you roll the ball your desired distance on your desired line, even on mis-hits.
Yet Daddy Long Legs high-MOI head is only half the story. The other half is the 130-gram grip (twice the weight of a typical grip) that acts as a counterbalance to the clubhead. Counterbalancing increases the MOI of the entire club, making Daddy Long Legs 60% more stable than a traditional putter. Our Tour Staff pros have told us they find it easier to swing the head back and through on the intended path – something we call “Stroke Stability.” The putter almost feels like it’s on auto-pilot when you swing it, resisting manipulation by the hands and arms.
No matter what length putter you favor – standard, mid-length or long – counterbalancing help you roll the ball more accurately.
Daddy Long Legs is available in two lengths, 38 and 35”. The idea is to grip the club as you would a normal-length putter, with two or three inches of the butt-end of the grip extended above your hands, which gives you the maximum benefit of counterbalancing. Thus, if you normally play a 35” putter you should opt for the 38”; if you play a 33” putter should use the 35”; if you play a 34” putter you can experiment with both the 35 and 38” to find which you prefer.
Counterbalance – Counted on to Make More Putts
Highest MOI head–over 8500–of any TaylorMade putter ever for tremendous twist-resistance and distance-control on off-center hits.
130-gram grip counterbalances head-weight to help you swing the head smoothly and on path.
Counter-balanced Daddy Long Legs is 60% more stable based on overall club MOI values than a traditional putter.
PureRoll Surlyn® insert promotes soft-yet-solid feel and smooth roll straight of the face.
White leading edge and single, simple black alignment line make aiming easy.
The standard putter comes with a 10-inch grip; the Daddy Long Legs’ grip is 14.5 inches long and the club comes with a clear and simple instruction – choke down. If you did that on a standard putter you would, of course, be gripping the steel of the shaft. Not only that, but the club would feel all wrong, too light and unbalanced. And that’s the genius with this club. The technology of the club obviously looks like a spider and that is why they called it the Daddy Long Legs. Looking down at the club at address will take some getting used to, well at least it did for me. Not only is the look a little funky, but the contrast with the black and silver throw you off at first. But once you get used to the look, you will make the adjustment in no time.
Because it is designed for use with a long grip it has been balanced to operate at its most effective when you choke way down on that grip. There’s a beautiful feel when the middle of the putter face strike the ball and the heel and toe-weighted head is obviously heavier than standard, which is another aspect of the club designed to take your wrists out of the stroke. The PureRoll insert helps promote soft-yet-solid feel for a good roll off the face. Putters now days have all kinds of alignment techniques. The Daddy Long Legs putter has one single solid line for alignment. I kinda liked it because I could align the line on my ball with the line on the putter.
By Guest Writer – Derek Clements (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Summary: For the life of me, I cannot understand why somebody hasn't come up with this idea before. So the R&A and USGA can now go ahead and ban the belly putter, safe in the knowledge that there is a legal club in the market that will work for the likes of Messrs Bradley, Els, Simpson and co. And all the bickering will stop (maybe)!!