The original TaylorMade SLDR 460 driver appeared on the PGA Tour in mid-summer of 2013, before the start of the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic and European Tour’s Scottish Open. It featured a unique sliding weight system and an adjustable hosel, and the center of gravity was pushed more forward than the CG location of previous TaylorMade drivers.
For golfers who prefer the look of a smaller head or who like to work the ball more off the tee, TaylorMade now offers a 430-cc version of the club, the SLDR 430.
On the sole of the SLDR 430, TaylorMade designed a channel that houses a blue, 20-gram movable weight. It’s the same weight as on the larger-headed SLDR, and it can be set into any of 21 positions. TaylorMade says selecting a position near the toe should make it easier to hit a fade; setting the weight near the heel encourages a draw.
The feature TaylorMade espouses most is the forward CG. According to the company, this helps golfers generate more ball speed and reduce spin. Without changing anything else, that would likely produce lower flying shots that could sacrifice distance, so TaylorMade encourages golfers to try a higher-lofted version of both the SLDR 460 and the SLDR 430.
TaylorMade says that if a golfer adds more loft, he should be able to achieve “high-launch, low-spin” to produce the most distance off the tee.
Available standard lofts are 9, 10.5 and 12 degrees. To make it easier to find the ideal loft, TaylorMade gave the SLDR 430 an adjustable hosel system that lets players increase or decrease each club’s loft by up to 1.5 degrees. For example, a 10.5-degree SLDR 430 can have as little as 9 degrees or as much as 12 degrees.
The SLDR 430 comes standard with a Fujikura Speeder 67 shaft for $399. TaylorMade has also made a TP version of the club with the same head and a choice of several shaft upgrades for $499.