TaylorMade Golf has added to its line of Rossa Monza Spider putters, with the introduction of the Monza Spider Balero, a large mallet designed to combine the forgiveness and feel of the Spider with a head that makes it easier to aim the clubface correctly.
“We spend a lot of time studying putting and the reasons why most average golfers don’t putt as well as tour pros do,” said Bill Price, senior director of Rossa.
“One in-depth analysis we conducted focused on putts of 14 feet and less. That’s a range where pros convert a relatively high percentage of the time, but amateurs don’t,” he said.
“Why?” he asked. “One of the reasons is because, according to our data, the amateur aims the putter face poorly 64.4 per cent of the time, meaning that on two out of every three putts, the player mis-aims.”
The Balero is designed to deal with that problem with its prominent “ball-in-cup” feature in the back of the head to provide a visual cue that makes it simpler to line up the club face with the intended line.
At address, the image of the ball resting in front of the club face works in conjunction with the white line on Balero’s crown and the round hole through the back to help simplify the ball rolling on the exact line chosen, especially if the user lines up the ball’s label or side stamp with the line on Balero’s crown.
The ball-in-cup feature is in place to reinforce the image of a ball against the centre of the back lip of the cup to promote a firm, accelerating stroke, while discouraging deceleration.
Balero’s large head and shape are designed to deliver high moment of inertia for stability and forgiveness on mis-hits, while the single piece body, stainless steel construction and a soft polymer insert are in place to enhance feel.
Balero also has a low centre of gravity to work in conjunction with AGSI technology to promote a smoother, tighter roll of the face. Compared to the Monza Spider, the Balero’s centre of gravity is 15 per cent lower.
“The Rossa Monza Spider Balero’s easy-to-aim shape, forgiveness and smooth-rolling AGSI technology makes it a phenomenal putter, and absolutely deadly from short range,” said Price. “Plus, it’s already been played on the PGA Tour and been used to win an event on the Japan Tour.”