Is this the most beat-up putter on tour?


Taylor Montgomery’s TaylorMade Spider.

Ryan Barath

Considering the endless brand-new putter options PGA Tour players have at their disposal, it’s pretty unusual to see older putters on tour. There are exceptions like Jordan Spieth’s or Tiger Woods’ trusted Scotty Cameron putters, or even Rory’s TaylorMade spider, which are less so “beat up” and more well loved.

Jordan Spieth’s putter is well loved but also well taken care of

Jonathan Wall

But sometimes you have to call it like it is, and the most beat-up putter on tour almost certainly belongs to Taylor Montgomery.

The putter sole shows a lot of wear from years of use

Ryan Barath

Taylor’s putter is a 2013 TaylorMade Spider Ghost which also happens to make it one of the oldest putters in play on the PGA Tour outside of updated models that get put into play. From speaking with Taylor’s caddie this week at the WM Phoenix Open, he’s had the putter since college and does all the work on it himself, including the DIY paint job.

Taylor Montgomery’s well loved putter has seen better days

Ryan Barath

The putter shows its age thanks to a sizeable dent on the leading edge of the sole and the chipped black shaft coating, but with age comes experience, and based on Taylor’s putting stats, his trusted wand isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Taylor Montgomery’s 2022-23 putting stats

Taylor currently sits 8th in the FedEx Cup standings and occupies 53rd place in the Official World Golf Rankings as of the WM Phoenix Open. It just goes to show that when it’s not broke don’t fix it — maybe just give it a new paint job once and a while.

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Ryan Barath Editor

Ryan Barath is GOLF Magazine and’s senior editor for equipment. He has an extensive club-fitting and -building background with more than 20 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. Before joining the staff, he was the lead content strategist for Tour Experience Golf, in Toronto, Canada.

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