- The TaylorMade TP Hydro Blast Collection features seven new putters with the Hydro Blast finish.
- Three new blades and four mallets are included in the line.
- The putters are available in shops today with a MSRP of $250.
TaylorMade Golf announcing their new TP Hydro Blast Collection putter line is newsworthy. Especially so since these are due to arrive in shops today.
Yes, I am saying you are learning about the new line of putters and can run out and grab one on the same day. In the golf marketplace, this surely qualifies as instant gratification.
But why should you care about the new TP Hydro Blast Collection putters, let alone want to rush out and buy one? That’s what I’m here for. We are going to explore the details of this new line. How about we start with the paint—or lack thereof.
Hydro Blast Finish
The TaylorMade Hydro Blast Spider X was the first TaylorMade putter to feature the hydro blast finish. One could say that the hydro blast finish is actually a lack of finish as high-pressure water is used to finish the surface of the putter. No need to worry about chipping paint here. With the hydro blast finish, you are left with a surface that is nothing but stainless steel.
Milled 303 Stainless Construction
All of the TP Hydro Blast Collection putters are manufactured from 303 stainless steel. The rust-resistant nature of stainless steel makes this an excellent match with the hydro blast finish. A hydro blasted carbon steel putter would be a rust monster after a couple of trips to the course.
As far as the construction goes, the TP Hydro Blast Collection putters are cast first in 303 stainless and then surface milled into their final geometries. Yes, this means they are not 100-percent milled construction. That said, the post-casting surface milling is an excellent way to ensure all the heads meet the expected tolerances for shape. The mill can also add some aesthetic elements that are not possible in purely cast putters.
Another advantage of the cast-then-mill process is lower cost for the consumer. If these putters were milled in their entirety, the manufacturing cost, and the resulting retail price, would jump. I’d expect fully milled version of these putters would probably cost another couple of hundred dollars.
White PureRoll™ Insert
The TP Hydro Blast Collection putters all feature the White PureRoll™ face insert. This is the same tournament-winning Surlyn insert found in the Spider X putter. The Surlyn construction will give you the same feel as the Spider X. The 45-degree downward grooves should give you the same roll.
All putters feature removable sole weights. The weights will come in a stock configuration based upon the length of the putter. However, additional weights (2.5, 5, 7.5, 10, 15 and 20 grams) can be purchased to adjust the head weight to personal preferences.
One quick note about the weight placement. Unlike putters where the extra weights are placed as rearward as possible to boost MOI, these putters have the weights forward. Obviously, this is the only available spot for the blades. However, the mallets have the weights forward as well. With the weights forward, the center of gravity should shift forward as well. This could mean the mallets feel more like the Spider FCG than a Spider X or at least more blade-like.
TP Hydro Blast Blades
The TP Hydro Blast Collection blade cohort consists of the Soto and Del Monte. The Soto features a L-neck. The toe hang on the Soto is the deepest of the TP Hydro Blast Collection, clocking in at 40 degrees of hang.
The stouter Del Monte will come with two neck options. The Del Monte 1 features a L-neck, providing the wide blade with a bit of toe hang (29 degrees). How about that little channel milled in the neck? The single bend/spud neck of the Del Monte 3 significantly reduces toe hang (8 degrees) but not so much that it is face-balanced.
TP Hydro Blast Mallets
There are four mallets in the TP Hydro Blast Collection. Three different head shapes and one head with two neck options. The Chaska mallet is the design made famous by Justin Rose. It features the unique three-line and rear-hole alignment system and is face-balanced.
The Dupage is the other face-balanced mallet in the line. It has an overall fang-like design with the fangs connected to each other and a central alignment beam.
The Bandon is available with a L-Neck for slight toe hang (22 degrees) or a short slant neck if you desire a little more hang (32 degrees). Both Bandon models feature the recognizable fang shape and adjustable weighting.
Announced and Available Today!
I love that these are announced and available on the same day. If you like what you see here, head on over to your shop and roll one. The TaylorMade TP Hydro Blast putters have a MSRP of $250. Again, the surface milling versus completely milled construction saves you some coin.
Do you have a favorite? I’m curious to hear your thoughts about how the mallets feel compared to traditionally weighted Spiders and the Spider FCG. I have a feeling these will do pretty well this summer. The price is right, the Truss is gone and, most importantly, TaylorMade putters always perform well in Most Wanted testing. That seems like a solid recipe for market success and customer satisfaction.
To learn more about the collection of TP Hydro Blast Putters, visit TaylorMadeGolf.com.