But there was a little drama along the way, as the lucky putter went missing before the tournament and arrived with just minutes to spare.
Rory Sabbatini’s putter is a TaylorMade Tour Ghost TM-770 Fontana mallet, which belongs to TaylorMade’s new Tour Ghost line. The Tour Ghost putters will be released later this month at a street price of $159.
The accompanying photos provided to PutterZone.com by TaylorMade’s tour staff show that Sabbatini’s putter is a custom version without the three black sightlines seen on the retail model.
Prior to the tournament, Sabbatini had expressed interest in the Tour Ghost TM-770. He requested a 34-inch with a 68 degree lie angle and no sightlines, as well as the custom sole engravings seen here. The putter was created at TaylorMade’s Carlsbad headquarters and then shipped to the tournament, but it got delayed in transit due to bad weather and failed to arrive expected. The putter was eventually tracked to a nearby facility. With the clock ticking, TaylorMade’s staff requested that the putter be set aside so that they could personally pick it up and deliver it in time. The putter barely made it with 30 minutes to spare before Sabbatini’s pro-am tee time. The rest is history.
PutterZone.com recently paid a visit to the TaylorMade tour van, where the new Ghost Tour putters were clearly a hot item. In addition to the signature white finish found on the original Ghost putters, the Tour Ghost putters feature a new Pure Roll insert.
According to TaylorMade’s Shawn Mullin, the insert offers the compatible dual benefits of sufficient launch off the grass with quick forward roll that minimizes backspin. The result is a “pure roll” that is more consistent in matters of directional accuracy and distance control.
Stay tuned for PutterZone.com’s TaylorMade Tour Ghost putter review.