According to TaylorMade, the Manta boasts the high-MOI advantages offered by the Ghost Spider putter but “packaged neatly in a more traditional one-piece neo-mallet shape.”
“The Manta takes a very clean and classic Tour-proven look, along with an advanced and modern technology that often comes in a quirky head shape, and combines them into one comprehensive putter,” says Michael Fox, global product manager, putters and wedges.
In other words, Manta should be popular with golfers who appreciate the performance attributes of the Ghost Spider, but who want something more conservative in the visuals department.
We have previously covered the benefits of the Ghost line’s white finish. The Manta, however, adds a new alignment twist with a wide-bodied head featuring two black rails on the crown. These rails frame the golf ball and contrast with the white top to help improve alignment and visibility.
The Manta also features two 50-gram tungsten stabilizing sole weights, along with an adjustable weight in the center of the sole. It will be available in double-bend and straight shaft configurations.
Look for the Manta on tour in the weeks ahead, and for it to be available at retail on March 23 for $179, and $199 for long and belly versions.