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TaylorMade Rossa Monza Corza Ghost Putter Review

I admit I am a club junkie.  Golf Digest’s “Hot List” along with Golf Magazine’s “Club Test” issues remain in the bedroom throne for months on end.  When the manufacturers head to the range to unveil their new equipment, I ensure my calendar is clear so I have time embrace the tools that promise more distance, accuracy and feel.

Unfortunately golf-addicts cannot buy a better game.  It is ultimately your swing, stroke, balance, confidence and guile that allows for flawless execution of a golf shot – not your equipment.   That said, I believe that you can lever modern technology into making a marginal swing produce above average results.   How do I know that – I personify it.  Never has a more mediocre golf swing produced a better handicap (8).  The best thing about my golf swing is that I try hard.  I truly want to get better as I find the game so extraordinary.

Given my perspective as an average golfer looking to improve, I will occasionally write reviews aboutsome of the equipment I purchase.  Despite the claims by the manufactures,  I do NOT believe that a golfer can put a club in their hand and increase their distance by 15%.  I do NOT believe that a golfer can put a club in their hand and all of a sudden spin a ball like a yoyo.  I do believe however, that a golfer can put a properly fitted club in play and gain the confidence necessary to execute solid golf shots.  The self-assurance obtained will eventually translate to better scores.

TaylorMade Rossa Monza Corza Ghost Putter 

Date Purchased October 22, 2010
Price Paid $110 (EBay, brand new) $160 (retail)
Specifications 34” Mallet
Rounds Played 1
Score/Number of Putts
  • 79 – 24 Putts (including 9 one putts)
Prior Putters
  • YES Olivia (2007)
  • TaylorMade Itsy Bitsy Spider (2008, 2009)
  • Scotty Cameron California Del Mar (2010)
Why I made the Change Actually, I have been putting pretty well with the Scotty Cameron California Del Mar all season.  That said, I was not comfortable with longer distance putts.  Beyond 20 feet, I could not easily create a continuous roll.  Understanding the issue was most probably my technique, I did receive instruction, but could not overcome a perpetual skidding issue.   I evaluated a few mallets, but did not find any of them pleasing to my eye.  The Monza Corza Ghost’s white finish definitely caught my attention.  The concept of a putter color that overtly contrasts the putting surface makes logical sense.   The aiming lines are prominent and very helpful when aligning for a putt.
What the Manufacturer Says TaylorMade‘s goal with the Rossa Corza Ghost Putterwas simple: Design a putter that’s easier to aim than any other. That’s where the white head comes in. Ghost’s “golf-ball white” color complements the white color of the ball, and also stands out easily and beautifully against green grass so you don’t have to strain to see the top-line. That takes the strain off your eyes and promotes a calm and confident state of mind, according to an expert in the field of color perception, who TaylorMade consulted during the development of Ghost. The three black lines on the crown lend further alignment support. The two outer lines are spaced as far apart as the width of a golf ball. Position the ball between those lines when you address your putt — you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to tell where the face is aiming.  The elevated crown merges seamlessly with the top of the putter face, making the top line extremely easy to see.  The circular hole at the rear of the putter head works in union with the three black lines on the crown and the golf ball to create a vivid secondary alignment aid that gives you complete assurance that your aim is true.  Rossa’s renowned AGSI+ (Anti-skid Groove System Insert) promotes forward spin for a smooth roll, while its Titallium construction delivers soft and satisfying feel at impact.Features:

  • Golf ball white finish stands out against green grass
  • Three black, easy-to-see alignment lines
  • Circular hole creates a vivid secondary alignment aid
  • AGSI+ Titallium Insert promotes forward roll
Results First and foremost, I like mallet-style putters. Almost every putter I purchase has a mallet shape.

  • Look: The putter’s off-white finish is unique.  The color is not a distraction and is actually appealing.  The putter is easy to aim as the lines on the crown of the club are inviting during set up.  The hole in the back of the putter, while obvious, is not a distraction.
  • Feel: The AGSI insert is soft and promotes a nice roll….period.  I was able to roll a few putts in from beyond 15 feet.  I was also able to cozy a few 25 footers within 2 feet on greens running at about a 10 on the stimpmeter.  Most importantly, the skidding effect was significantly diminished.  I like the stock Winn grip.  It is tacky and not overly soft.
  • Balance:  I have experienced mallet-style putters that flare open when they are grounded.  The Monza Corza Ghost face sets up square when laying the club behind the ball.
  • Forgiveness: I hit the putter square so often that I cannot tell if the putter is forgiving – more to come as my game deteriorates over the winter. 
Would I Buy it Again
  • Absolutely: I putted better than I have in years.  Every stroke (even when I missed putts), was confident and firm.  It is too bad that my season is almost over.  I will update this review next spring.