DORAL, Fla. – With its diminutive size and silver crown, TaylorMade’s SLDR MiniDriver easily could be overlooked on the range at Doral, especially with reps keeping it under a headcover most of the time.
After discretely being added to the USGA’s list of conforming driver heads on Feb. 17, the club arrived in the TaylorMade PGA Tour van this week at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
The SLDR MiniDriver does not have an adjustable hosel, and as the name implies, it is significantly smaller that the original 460-cc SLDR and the SLDR 430. However, there is a curved line on the sole that appears very similar to the covered slot cut into the SLDR fairway woods. TaylorMade calls that slot a SpeedPocket. It is designed to allow the face to flex more effectively at impact, which the company says creates more ball speed and distance.
The club making the rounds in the practice area at Trump National Doral has 12 degrees of loft.
Roberto Castro and a few other TaylorMade staff players have tried the club, but it likely would appeal to only the longest hitters, such as Dustin Johnson. It is not anticipated any players will use the club this week. TaylorMade has not officially released any details about the SLDR MiniDriver or when it might be made available to the public.
Phil Mickelson, a Callaway staff player and a frequent practice-round companion of Johnson’s, used a small-headed driver called a Phrankenwood at last year’s Masters.