- Ball-in-cup optical
- AGSI roll-face technology
- Extreme heel-toe weighting
- Sets up very cleanly
- Rolls beautifully
- My playing partners may show up with the same "secret weapon"
The Balero is an offering in the very successful Rossa Monza Spider line of putters from TaylorMade. When I got my hands on one, I was open-minded, but had some trepidation about how the putter would perform. Be clear, I have long been a fan of putter faces designed to "get the ball rolling sooner." TaylorMade was one of the first companies to build grooves into the faces of all their putter lines. The ability to get the ball rolling, to me, is one of the true indicators of whether a putter is worthy of one's bag. So score one there for TM.
Visuals, feel and sound are the other parameters one usually associates with evaluating putters. So what about the Balero? From its Rossa-themed grip with logo-like yellow, black and red colors adorned by a fierce-looking hawk, to the impeccable and clean optics on the putter head, I knew I was in for a different experience.
Back to the head optics - TaylorMade engineers have created an innovative design combining the topline of a blade putter with the rear-weighting of a mallet. The best part is a really cool backwards pointing semi-circle which not only takes weight and places it beyond traditional toe-and-heel weighting for super-high MOI, but gives the person wielding the Balero a visual cue: "the ball goes in the hole, HERE!"
Even with the clean white graphics carried over from the original Spider series, the Balero is hard to describe in words, so I took it to the course. That's where it really excels.
Balero's "Secret Sauce"
I'm superstitious about saying this putter couldn't miss, so I won't. Of course, your results may vary depending on all the factors outlined above (and of course on how strong - or weak - a putter you are).
The golf cup on a green measures 4.25 inches across and the ball 1.68 inches across. The TaylorMade engineers have very cleverly built this mental image into a physical image on the putter head. I believe this is the "secret sauce" that made the Balero so comfortable and so accurate for me.
The sound is one of pure, solid contact. Nothing twangy, metallic, plastic-sounding or distracting. I'm hard-pressed to find anything that I'd tell TaylorMade to improve about the Balero, other than making it unavailable to my playing partners. The TaylorMade Rossa Monza Spider Balero putter is one terrific flatstick.