Bombs away! Taylormade SLDR Driver is here!
This year TaylorMade took the golfing world by storm with their introduction of the innovative R1 Driver. Promises of more distance and even better performance than previous TaylorMade drivers. By mid February just about every tour staff player had an R1 in their bags. But just a few months later they launched yet another driver, the SLDR… What happened?
Some critics, including myself, felt that although the R1 driver was a great looking driver, it felt to perform to the standards of its counterpart the Rocketballz Stage 2 Driver.
TaylorMade SLDR driver is the newest release from TaylorMade and its simplistic approach is going to win the hearts of many golfers who were confused with so many buttons and adjustments found in the R1. TaylorMade SLDR utilizes a sliding adjustable weight on the sole plate of the driver. After inspecting the club and adjusting it to the desired settings, the simplicity of the adjustability was really nice.
Even for those familiar with how adjustable drivers work and with extensive experience of TaylorMade drivers, the ease of use was very refreshing, in my opinion we should spend more time getting a proper fitting before you buy your driver rather than buying it and having to spend a couple of hours trying to make it play for you. TaylorMade SLDR is so easy to adjust that a golfer with basically no experience with adjustable drivers could easily pick this club up and make the necessary changes, a very nice change from the TaylorMade R1.
We took the TaylorMade SLDR to the range to get our proper fitting. It took me about 5 swings to get used to the driver and I played just the way it came configured from the factory. The model we are about to test has the following configuration:
TaylorMade SLDR 9.5* Loft
Fujikura Speeder 57 (X stiff)
Sole plate weight set in the middle
The SLDR has a center of gravity that is lower and more forward than any driver TaylorMade has ever produced. Our first impression is that the driver has to be and feels a lot lighter than other drivers we have ever tested. A lighter feeling driver promotes a faster swing speed. In my case my average swing speed is just below 107 mph but once I warmed up I was swinging this club close to 112 mph. A low center of gravity allows golfers to launch the ball higher and with less spin, which is the key to longer drivers. It also gives the it slightly faster ball speeds and more forgiveness, particularly on shots hit low on the face.
We were not able to get awesome numbers out of our drives due to the simple fact that we were facing a stiff breeze, on a couple of occasions I manage to squeeze a 250+ yards drive but I was very impressed with the overall performance, control and ball trajectory of this new driver. This club is a real winner for TaylorMade!!
Pos: Simplistic Approach, penetrating ball flight, ultra light weight
Neg: Preset loft with 1.5* deg up down adjustability
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