New Spider Limited Putter Leads DJ to Course Record
After playing the first two rounds of the Deutsche Bank Championship with Jason Day, Dustin Johnson arrived at Crooked Stick for the BMW Championship and requested to test a similar Spider Limited putter. The Tour Truck Techs hopped on his request and got one in his hands the following day in the midst of his final practice round. He played several holes with the Spider Limited on Wednesday and immediately noticed the improved alignment and stability with the mallet-style putter. Following the round, DJ spent some additional time at the practice green to get more comfortable with the new design. He still wasn’t completely convinced at the time, but he was seriously considering making the change.
The next morning before his opening tee time, DJ broke out a black variation of the Spider Limited on the practice green and was feeling confident enough to add it into his bag for the BMW Championship. The impressive performance from his practice round immediately rolled into tournament play as he gained 3.944 strokes on the field with the new putter in Round 1. He followed up the opening round by carding a course record of 63 during Round 2, leading the field in Strokes Gained Putting and Putts Per GIR at 1.44.
DJ is one of the most prominent feel players on TOUR, which has been the reason he’s stuck with his familiar flat-faced milled putters up to this point in his career. The inserts on TaylorMade putters have relatively aggressive 45° grooves, which provide a better forward roll but have a different feel than a typical putter—part of the reason it took DJ so long to put a new style in his bag.
The 80/20 Pure Roll insert has shown noticeably improved roll off the face in high-speed camera testing. Better initial roll results in less skidding, which allow the ball to roll more smoothly across different types of putting surfaces. Additionally, the slight toe hang of Spider Limited fits with DJ’s more traditional putting stroke, whereas a counter balanced design might make DJ feel like he’d have to manipulate the face with his putter’s swing path.
Through two rounds with the Spider Limited, Dustin Johnson has displayed an elite level of confidence and execution with the all-black Spider Limited. When a player who can overpower courses like DJ also has a putter that is as red-hot as the Spider Limited is this week, the rest of the field better watch out and take note. Heading into the weekend, DJ is T1 at the BMW Championship.