At the beginning of this year, I was testing Taylormade SLDR Irons price against the burner 2.0 irons taylormade. Many golfers found longer drives by lofting up with a club with low and forward CG, and with the SLDR irons, the company hopes to add more distance throughout your bag.
Even though I the SLDR Irons measured about 2-degrees weaker per club, they had a peak height that was about 20 feet lower than the taylormade burner 2.0 irons. While the grips are solid, I prefer wrap grips and will eventually switch them to a PURE Wrap. The lighter weight version promises to give all of the benefits of the originals, and paired with the SLDR heads, they promote a high launch and increased spin control.
I think that these clubs have really good looks. Obviously many people, myself included, prefer the smaller, sleeker shapes of blades or irons with slight cavity backs, but these aren't far off. While many clubs in the game improvement category have super thick top lines or massive amounts of offset, the SLDR irons more resemble a players club that has been blown up just a bit.
I even took some swings with a custom made Taylormade SLDR driver, a 12 degree model. It flew. The majority of the club sports a beautiful, polished chrome finish. Above the cavity of the club is a “SLDR” badge, and inside the cavity is the TaylorMade wordmark. There are also some lines that follow the overall shape of the cavity. One thing that I did find a little odd about the clubs is that there seems to be a lack of continuity between the looks of the longer irons and the wedges.
At address, I feel that the clubs hide their size. While they are larger than the taylormade tour preferred mb irons 2014, the top lines are only marginally thicker and the amount of offset is kept pretty low. The bottom line is this, are there better looking clubs out there? Yeah, but I'd say you'd be hard to find a set that is as good looking as these with this amount of forgiveness.
Overall, its a simple design from a looks perspective and one I generally like. I'd say somewhere around 1/2 a club compared to my previous set, so a 7 iron would put me at 155 yards instead of 150. What is probably more important is the consistency in which shots travel the same distance.