Taylormade has already released the lastest SLDR driver. I have got it and tried last weekend and I'd like to share some of my reviews on this new sldr driver.
The taylormadr sldr is different with the r1 driver and the razr fit driver. We all know that r1 driver and the razr fit driver are bot can be adjusted, however, while they add adjustability, they also add weight. The taylormade sldr driver has the taylormade’s new sliding weight track, which like all other driver mechanisms adds weight. But the sliding weight track is located in the exact location TaylorMade prefers to add weight in their driver — in the low, forward region of the head.
For example, TaylorMade’s most recent driver, the R1 (released in January 2013), came with two adjustable weights — a 10-gram and 1-gram weight that fit in the driver’s two adjustable weight ports. If golfers wanted their R1 to have a draw bias, they placed the 10-gram weight in the heel, and the lighter 1-gram weight in the toe. If they wanted a neutral bias, all they had to do was switch the positions of the weights.
The SLDR, on the other hand, has a sliding weight that tips the scales at 20 grams. That gives it more than double the influence on a driver’s center of gravity than the R1′s moveable weights. And instead of the R1′s two CG options, the SLDR offers 21 different CG locations that are mapped out on the driver’s sole between the driver’s heel and toe.
One thing that the SLDR is missing is TaylorMade’s “face angle adjuster,” a sole plate on TaylorMade’s R1, R11S and R11 drivers that allowed golfers to adjust the face angle to various levels of open, closed or square in the soled position. According to Olsavsky, the SLDR lacks a sole plate because of the small amount of weight it adds to the rear of the driver, which would cost the SLDR yards in laboratory testing.
Our official tester, as well as an overwhelming majority of the 25 golfers who were fit for SLDR drivers at TaylorMade’s Performance Labs located around the country, achieved higher ball speeds and lower spin rates with the SLDR compared to their gamers.
Just like in our review of the R1, our tester found that he needed to increase loft 0.5 degrees from TaylorMade’s previous model to make up for the lower spin rate, which was easily done with the club’s adjustable loft sleeve
The combination of the SLDR’s faster ball speed, lower spin and foolproof adjustability makes it arguably the best driver that TaylorMade has ever produced.
And the shiny new paint job is sure to lure back some traditionalists who abandoned the TaylorMade brand when it went to white drivers. Wish every golfers can have a try on the sldr driver and you will never regret to own it.