At the end of 2017, I was out in California to get an early peek at TaylorMade Golf's 2018 lineup. I saw Twist Face, the new M3 and M4 driver, fairway woods, hybrids and irons, as well updates on the Project (a) and the new Project (s) golf balls, and some other great stuff.
And for as much as I really liked the M3/M4 offering, I was most smitten by their short-game products. I absolutely loved the Hi-Toe wedge, a copper-looking lob wedge with scoring lines across the face to create versatility and confidence on touch shots with a raised center of gravity. (Frankly, I wish they did a whole line of them.)
The other product was the TP Black Copper putter. I like TaylorMade's putters, though I'm not someone drawn to the Spider family, as successful as it is at retail and among tour staff. But their TP Collection is very nice, and they have a number of classic shapes which catch my eye. Add in the Black Copper look to the presentation of several of those heads, and I was over the moon.
One of my favorite putters ever is one I've gamed for most of the last seven years, a Yamada putter with a copper head. It's an Anser style, but the weight of the copper head with the stitched kangaroo leather grip just make me fawn -- and make a lot of putts.
While the TP Black Copper, which TaylorMade has now brought to retail on the back of Rory McIlroy's Arnold Palmer Invitational win with the Soto head, doesn't have a stitched kangaroo leather grip, the product has a beautiful aesthetic and modern face-insert technology combined in a great package.
In addition to the Soto, the Juno, Ardmore 3 and Mullen 2 heads are available.
McIlroy helped inspire the copper-accented look of the triple-plated finish. He wanted a blade with a well-worn look which had a non-glare finish. Each model is hand polished after plating the 303 stainless steel head to reveal copper accents. It's unique and wonderful.
Adjustable sole weights are also available to dial in weight and tempo. The company's Pure Roll face insert, which combines 6061 aluminum and polymer grooves, is in each head. They're available in 34- and 35-inch models.
The Juno and Soto are classic blades, with the Juno having an L-neck and the Soto going with the long curve, each sporting a full-shaft offset. Both weigh in at 346 grams. The Soto has 47 degrees of toe hang compared to 36 degrees on the Juno.
The Ardmore 3L is a 350-gram semi-mallet shape with a full-shaft offset and 12 degrees of toe hang in an L-neck, while the Mullen 2 is a face-balanced full mallet coming in at 355 grams.
The TaylorMade Golf TP Black Copper putter are available for $200 each with a standard Black Lamkin Crossbone Pistol grip or for $219 with a SuperStroke Pistol GT 1.0 grip.