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The TaylorMade Monza Spider Vicino

A putter that combines Japanese function with Italian-inspired design.

Posted Mar 24, 2010 by Equipment News

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When it comes to creating an exotic impression as a master-craftsman of golf clubs, you'd have to go a long way to beat Kia Ma, the designer of TaylorMade’s line of Rossa putters. His latest model is the Monza Spider Vicino, which translates as near or next in Italian.

The original Monza Spider was all about function over form – trying to create the best-rolling putter with little or no concession of its playability for the sake of looking good. The Vicino, on the other hand, combines form and function, taking on board the observations of TaylorMade’s team of tour pros. The ports have been shifted inward without losing significant MOI, employing a lighter material for the central core of the putter head and a heavier material for the wings themselves. Designers switched to a lightweight polymer core weighing just 24 grams, 107 grams less than Monza Spider's core and more weight has been added into Monza Spider Vicino's perimeter by using a 316-gram steel frame, compared to Monza Spider's 202-gram frame.

Vicino trades the Basketball Court crown for a Single-Line Alignment design and incorporates a new composite insert made of carbon fibre and resin, like a graphite shaft. The advantage of the composite insert is that it flexes and holds the ball in its grooves more effectively at impact, promoting more forward spin. The Monza Spider Vicino features TaylorMade's Movable Weight Technology and size-wise, it falls between the Monza Spider and Monza Itsy Bitsy Spider.

The TaylorMade Monza Spider Vicino goes on sale on March 25, 2010 at an RRP of £149. Go test one, now.

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