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Lining up your putts with the Spider Mini is a cinch thanks to a unique T-sightline (pictured above). The width of the “T” is the same as a blade putter, further helping with the transition into a mallet. For us, the T-sightline also brought our focus to the front of the putter and golf ball. Traditional mallet putters can draw your attention to the back of the putter because of its size. This sightline moves your focus forward on lining up the putt better. Insert

The final feature to cover is the Pure Roll insert. The insert in the Spider Mini has the same 45-degree, downward-facing grooves to increase topspin and get putts online faster as the Spider Tour. However, the material that makes up the insert in the Spider Mini is different.


A 5mm piece of aluminum (versus Surlyn in the Spider Tour) is used for a firm, crisp feel. Note that, despite the different material used to make the insert, the Spider Mini does feel softer than the Spider Tour, due to it being thicker in the Mini. Putt For Dough

TM: They have a very similar look to what I’ve been playing the past few years, which were the FG Tour V6 irons. It was just time to try something a little different, and I’m glad I put them into the bag. The feel they provide is really great, and the spin I get off the approach shots is solid too. And of course, they’re different from anything else out there. They look awesome. GG: You mentioned having your confidence being restored after winning the Barbasol. How did the irons and the rest of your Wilson clubs help you regain that?

TM: I’ve played very consistently all year. My [D300] driver has been solid. My iron play was always good but has gotten better since switching to the RAW irons. My wedge game has been solid as well. I haven’t rolled the ball as well as I usually have, and that was the club that was keeping me stuck in neutral. GG: Speaking of the driver, what are you looking for in a driver?

TM: It has to suit my eye, I have to be able to open the face, and I want it to feel right. The sound is important as well. Results are the final test. I’ve been playing the D300 for a while now, and it’s been getting the job done off the tee. GG: How excited are you to play in the upcoming PGA Championship and what are you doing to prepare?

TM: I have not. The biggest challenge is always developing a game plan. I know my game well enough, so it’s just a matter of plugging in the holes to match my game. Practice rounds are important, and I use that time to strategize with my caddy and figure out where the biggest opportunities – and obstacles – lie. GG: Any goals for the PGA (besides trying to win, naturally)?

TM: It’s been a really unique experience. I’ve been able to test a half dozen of the designs and give my feedback. The best part about it was seeing the designs in so many different forms – you could tell the designs that came to us out on Tour at first were in the early stages, but they continued to get better through the process. It’s been fun working with the contestants, the Wilson team and the other Tour guys on bringing these things to life. But I know what I’ll be doing on Tuesday nights this fall! GG: Any feedback you can share about the contestant drivers you’ve tried when you tested them in Phoenix?

TM: There are some interesting ideas. There are new ideas and some ideas that are trying to build on what’s currently available. The show is all about performance. I can’t give away too much, other than the fact that this concept of bringing a driver to market off a reality TV show is really different. I like how much they’re taking into account our feedback this season. There are a lot more competitions involved which makes it fun.

Another difference between the M1 vs M3 irons is the redefined speed pocket on the sole of the M3 irons. The speed pocket improves ball speed on shots hit low and to the edge of the face. Therefore, mishits won’t be penalized as much. The speed pocket on the M3 is lengthened, covering mishits on a greater area of the club face than the M1.

We mentioned earlier how the M1 and M3 irons are a compact look that appeals to mid-handicap players. However, there were some improvements to the M3 irons on this front. M3 irons have less offset and thinner topline than the M1 irons at address. This smaller profile on the M3 inspires higher confidence in being able to work the ball. TaylorMade M1 vs M3 Irons: Now You Can Choose

When comparing clubs that come out in consecutive years, it can be difficult to see if the newer model is better than the older one. In the case of the TaylorMade M1 vs M3 irons, it’s clear that the design improvements on the M3 irons separate them from the M1 irons. Both will fit the eye of the mid-handicap player that wants to shape shots but still needs some forgiveness. The M3 irons add accuracy to the overall equation, setting them apart. Other Recent Club Comparisons