According to the folks at TaylorMade Golf, the equipment maker’s new Taylormade SLDR driver has all the goods. Offered in four lofts - 8, 9.5, 10.5 and 12 degrees – the SLDR comes with a Fujikura Speeder 57 graphite shaft stock and a TaylorMade high-traction grip.
The SLDR head has a classic shape and features a charcoal-gray crown that is designed to contrast with a silver face to aid alignment. The weight shifts the club head’s CG horizontally toward either the heel, to promote a draw, or the toe, to encourage a fade. The weight slides on a 21-point track system and never comes loose from the club head. All a golfer needs to do to position the weight is simply to loosen a screw, slide the weight to the point selected and then tighten the screw.
In addition, the club also features what engineers describe as a complete reinvention of TaylorMade’s movable weight technology, allowing golfers to more easily promote draws and fades. That innovation comes in the form of a blue, 20-gram weight that “slides” on a track located on the front of the sole.
Under the proverbial hood the TaylorMade JetSpeed driver incorporates the new Speed Pocket, which is supposed to promote less spin and greater ball speed for shots hit low on the club. Additionally, they also filled the Speed Pocket in with a polymer so you don’t have to clean out the slot after you chunk your driver. You can get the JetSpeed in three different lofts and adjust each one with plus or minus 1.5 degrees of loft. This actually makes sense to me as tweaking the loft seems a lot less intrusive to your swing.
So yea, you are probably gonna add another 17 yards to your game. Actually, I, along with TaylorMade will make no such claims, but I am intrigued by the idea that a club is designed to perform better when the user screws up. It seems like most clubs are designed to perform for when you swing perfectly without much concern for how most people swing the club.
Picking up the JetSpeed for the first time, it is noticeably lighter, which of course is a result of TaylorMade wanting to promote a higher swing speed. This is not to say if feels too light or whippy, it just doesn’t feel like you are swinging a mallet. The sound is not a big thwack nor a whimpy ting.