There aren’t a lot of surprises here, as the Daytona is an established model in the TaylorMade family. That said, it’s quite a sight to see a traditional Anser-style blade draped in the snowy white of the Ghost motif.
The Ghost line was launched earlier this year with the original Ghost mallet putter, which gained immediate fame in the hands of Justin Rose, who won two tournaments with it. In our review of the original Ghost putter, we gave it high marks in matters of alignment.
And alignment, of course, is where the Ghost line aims to earn its cabbage. TaylorMade has accumulated extensive putting data, and has found that a majority of even the best players are misaligned at a distance of 14 feet or more from the hole.
With help from the school of optometry at the University of Indiana, TaylorMade conceived a white finish that offers a striking visual contrast with the green of the grass, and thus a more vivid sense of the putter’s face angle in relation to the target line.
Finding the “right” white was also essential, and TaylorMade ultimately decided on a matte shade that matched its Penta TP ball, to ensure that the white was visually soothing as opposed to glaring or distracting.
The TaylorMade Daytona Ghost putter retails for $130 and will begin shipping soon. It features TaylorMade’s signature AGSI+ face insert and a single black sightline along the flange. The release of the Daytona Ghost putter indicates that the Ghost concept has been a success, and we won’t be surprised to see additional Ghost models announced in 2011.