TPP REVIEW: TaylorMade Ghost Tour Corza

In for review today we have the 2012 TaylorMade Ghost Tour Corza.

Justin Rose is a Pretty Good Golfer…

If you follow the PGA tour, you are likely aware that Justin Rose has been playing the Ghost Corza for the past few seasons.  Last year on tour, Justin earned over four million dollars putting with the Ghost Corza.  Add that to the three million he has already earned in 2012 and you have a pretty compelling reason to check out this putter.  It may not always be the best strategy for the amateur golfer to copy the equipment of his or her favorite tour player, but I think that we are safer copying the putter than any other tour club.  I would definitely shy away from any driver that is labeled “Tour”, however I think that the same features that tour players look for in their putters can also benefit the amateur and/or recreational golfer.  Not that I too don’t want to earn millions of dollars playing golf…

What Makes This Ghost Tour?

The main feature that changed between the 2011 Ghost Corza and the 2012 Ghost Corza Tour is the insert.  The 2011 model had the PureRoll™ Surlyn insert that is currently found in the Ghost Manta and some of the other models.  In 2012, the Ghost Corza Tour has a new Titanium-Alloy PureRoll™ insert that “delivers a crisp, clean feel and promotes smooth, accurate roll”.  Essentially, they have replaced the softer surlyn insert with the new firmer titanium-alloy insert.  This switch alone was enough for me to be interested in this year’s Corza.  As you read in my Ghost Manta review (HERE), I really liked the style of the Ghost Manta, but I struggled somewhat to gauge distance with that insert.  The physical similarities between the Manta and the Corza, combined with the firmer insert, definitely boosted my excitement level for this review.

AESTHETICS

OK so we are looking at another putter with TaylorMade’s white Ghost finish.  I have really grown to like the white finish on these putters, perhaps, in part, due to the time that I spent gaming the Ghost Manta.  The Ghost finish is bright, but without glare.  It seems to defy my basic understanding of the physics of light.  A white object should be reflecting all colors of light, that’s why it is white.  I would not define this putter, or any of the Ghost putters I have used, as reflective or glaring.  The finish is very matte and does provide an excellent contrast to the surface of the putting green.

Shape-wise, the Corza is closer in size to a traditional mallet, or at least smaller than the Manta (see pictures below).  I would not call it a compact mallet, but it does not seem overly large.  In addition the the white finish, there are a couple of other noteworthy design features.  First, there are the three black aiming lines, strongly contrasting the white body.  Additionally, there is a bit of a large hole toward the rear of the head.  What we are looking at with the hole and the lines is the alignment system for the Ghost Corza.  The golfer should be able to align the ball with the three black lines and also with the hole.  The ball combined with the lines and the hole makes a very balanced overall image.  Once the ball and the aiming elements are aligned with the hole, it’s just a matter of making the stroke.  Ah golf, if only you were as predictable as that…

ON THE GREEN

OK so we have an alignment system that is similar to what I liked with the Ghost Manta, and an insert that should promote more of the firmer roll that I am looking for in a putter.  In theory, we are approaching my putting happy place.  So how did it go?  It went very well, thank you for asking.  Here are the highlights of my time with the Ghost Tour Corza.

Insert

The insert is definitely more to my liking.  Although the surlyn PureRoll™ insert puts a good roll on the ball, I found it a bit too soft.  Not so with the Titanium-Alloy PureRoll™.  This insert is crisp and provides a firm and lively feel off of the face.  What is great about this insert is that although it is firmer than the surlyn one, it is still soft enough to provide some excellent feedback.  I did blow some balls past the hole while I was getting started with the putter.  Once dialed in a bit, I really found distance control with this insert to be excellent.  Where I was prone to leaving balls a bit short with the softer insert, the Ghost Tour insert allowed me to consistently putt to my desired 10″ past the hole target.  There are without a doubt other design elements in the Corza that could be contributing to my improved distance control, but I believe that this insert is the key player.

Alignment

Much like the color, my time with the Manta prepared me for the alignment system of the Ghost Tour Corza.  The lines and hole really allow one to set up the putt on target.  I think for me, it was more lines than hole though.  I actually thought that being able to look through the putter to the green would prove to be distracting, but it was not.  The hole in the head, while significant, did not really enter my thoughts when I was aiming the putter.  Again, more lines than hole.  I think that I do prefer the two line system on the Manta to the three line + hole system on the Corza.  Don’t take that as a slam on the Corza, I just think that the two longer lines and slightly elongated Manta head are a better fit for my eye.  I am planning on whiting out the center line on the Corza and see what that does to the alignment.  I probably shouldn’t mess with something that works, but where is the fun in that.  :)

Swinging The Stick

So it aims well and feels nice at impact, but how does it play.  If you are a mallet player who favors a SBST swing path with the putter, you need to check out the Ghost Tour Corza.  I putt with a straight/very slight arc path and the Corza required no manipulation at all to putt with.  The weight is balanced and appropriate.  The combination of the Titanium-Alloy PureRoll™ insert and the balance of the head really reward a slow and smooth swing back and through the ball.  Trust the Corza.  Don’t hammer the ball.  Don’t feel like you have to twist or flip your hands.  Just get it aimed, and let it swing.  Envision yourself as a much more mellow bull rider.  Just get ready, and then hold on.  After eight seconds, the ride will be over, and the ball will be rattling in the cup.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I feel that recommending mallets is becoming a bit of commonplace in these reviews.  Trust me, it’s not intentional.  The mallets that have come in for review have just been nothing but top notch, and the Ghost Tour Corza is another shining member of the mallet class of 2012.  Head to the shop to check one of these out.  Once you buy one and start rolling in the rocks, send Justin Rose a little Twitter high five (HERE).  He’ll love to welcome you to Team Corza.

Review at a Glance

  • The Titanium-Alloy PureRoll™ insert is an excellent option for someone looking for an insert that is a little firmer than the Surlyn PureRoll™.
  • The three-line/hole alignment system is an excellent aiming system, with the hole not being a distraction what so ever.
  • The Ghost finish is very bold, and yet not distracting.
  • I truly hope that the Ghost Manta will become available with the Titanium-Alloy PureRoll insert in the near future.  That combination of head and insert would be my personal ideal.  Come on TM!  :)

Find out more about the Ghost Tour Corza and the other putters TaylorMade has to offer HERE