Im coming from the best price ping g25 3 wood, For me, this one had too deep a face. I felt comfortable hitting it off the tee, but I ended up taking a larger divot than desired trying to find the sweet spot. The SLRD Fairway Wood solved this problem for me. It is a bit flatter on the bottom, and has a shallower face. The head has a slightly more solid, and compact feel compared to the my previous one. It has already given me more confidence with my 3-wood out of the fairway/rough, and the fact I can can adjust the loft is just another bonus.
TaylorMade and their continued exploration of clubface dynamics has enabled them to create the new SLDR Fairway Wood that has a more efficient new speed pocket design. The new SLDR Fairway Wood does not have the sliding weight track found on the SLDR Driver but instead has a newly designed slot similar to that of TaylorMade’s new SpeedBlade irons with a curved design that looks to cut all the way through the club’s sole. TaylorMade’s engineers designed the speed pocket on the new SLDR Fairway Wood smaller, allowing them to save weight and move the CG lower and more forward for a win-win in performance and playability according to their product creation Senior Director Tom Olsavsky.
With the new cut-through speed pocket, the TaylorMade SLDR Fairway Wood flexes with more efficiency and promotes substantially increased ball speeds and lower spin characteristics. A shallow face combined with the new speed pocket technology also provides golfers with easier launch and playability with superior sustained speed off the face of the it. TaylorMade’s loft-sleeve technology and adjustable hosel with twelve loft settings is also featured in the SLDR Fairway Wood that allows plus or minus 1.5 degrees of loft change to more easily dial in the launch angle of the SLDR and maximize your distance.
Justin Rose and D.A. Points became the first players to put this fairway wood in play at the TOUR Championship, and a total of eight went in play recently at the 2013 Frys.com Open. Brian Harman, Brian Gay and Rory Sabbatini are also several other notables to use the fairway wood which speaks volumes for the new SLDR Fairway Wood’s performance and why, if you’re looking for the best playing fairway wood on the market, the new TaylorMade SLDR Fairway Wood is a solid contender sure to add distance to your game.
Overall I couldn't be happier with this club. SLDR Fairway Wood is by far the best fairway wood I have ever swung. It's compact head feels more traditional than most of the oversized fairway woods on the market, and it made it much easier to hit off the deck and out of the rough. Together with cheap TaylorMade SLDR Driver,it was easy to work either way and still be accurate, or just bomb it dead center, which gives me a lot of confidence. And best of all, this club is a beast. It has added at least 25 yards to that and it's so easy to hit.