Taylormade Daddy Long Legs - the "extreme" Spider putter
The Taylormade Daddy Long Legs is one of the first two "counterbalanced" putters Taylormade produced. This means that a heavy weight is inserted
into the grip end of the putter giving the head more momentum to
pivot around the point at which you hold the grip.
Taylormade's marketing blurb launched this putter as a revolutionary alternative to
the belly putter, but
it is not entirely new... clubfitters have added weights to the butt end of putters for some time.
What is new is
the longer grip and markings to encourage you to grip lower down, which accentuates the effect,
which in combination with the spider head gave this putter the highest MOI
(moment of initia) of any putter manufactured.
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on a Taylormade Spider...
How does it look behind the ball? The Taylormade Daddy Long Legs certainly has a large, distinctive look when you
address the ball. The back of the putter is very much like the
putter designs that came out a few years before.
Needless to say, the look of the Daddy Long Legs would probably offend you if
you're a purist, but I'd stop short of calling it ugly ... how about
For my money, there's one distinct improvement over the Spider designs - the
long white bar in the center of the putter head which serves as a background to
the alignment line. This has the effect of allows the line to stand out
dramatically, making aiming the putter much more straightforward.
One thing I didn't like is that the Taylormade Daddy Long Legs seemed to set up open
to me when I put my hands ahead of the ball. Perhaps this won't affect you, but
I found I had to put my hands what felt like "behind the ball" to get the face
to align square, so I wouldn't advise this putter if you have a forward press or set up with your hands
ahead of the ball.
How does it feel?
Compared with most putters, the
Daddy Long Legs feels heavy, this is probably due to the large head and
weighting under the grip.
I have heard reports from players who use them that the putter can be a
little clumsy at first, so you would probably want to think very carefully and try one
out for a couple of rounds before buying it if you regularly putt on lightning
The counterbalancing does appear to give the putter some momentum of its own,
guiding the head on an arc. Because the head is
path the counterbalance creates will be a slight arc. Therefore this putter is
probably not for you if you are truly attempting to swing the putter on an
straight-back-straight-through line with the face square to the hole throughout.
How does the Taylormade Daddy Long Legs roll the ball?
This is where this putter scores highly - the roll you get from the putter is true and consistent.
If you can handle the looks, then this is a good putter if you're coming away from a belly putter and want to keep the feeling of
the putter swinging somewhat on its own.
My reservations are that on very fast downhill putts this putter could be a bit
heavy-handed, so try it out for some time before deciding whether or not to buy.
Others to consider:
Lots of hype when this putter launched, and pros who rely on their putters took a while to get used to the Spider, but now seem convinced