TaylorMade SLDR driver to debut
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
The TaylorMade SLDR driver appeared on the USGA's Conforming Driver list July 8, then made its debut on the PGA Tour at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill. The driver also was tested by players at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links.
As you can see in these photos, the SLDR has a weight on the sole, which slides inside a rail that goes from the heel area to the toe – giving golfers the ability to create a draw bias or a fade bias. Essentially, TaylorMade appears to be simplifying its movable-weight system. In other TaylorMade drivers, such as the recent R1, the R11S and the R9, screwing the heavier of two weighted plugs into a port in the toe area created a fade bias; positioning the heavier of two plugs into a port in the heel created a draw bias.
It's also worth noting that the 460cc SLDR driver has a black crown. Until the recent release of the R1 black, TaylorMade drivers had been white-crowned since the introduction of the TaylorMade R11 in 2011.
The hosel of the TaylorMade SLDR driver appears to allow golfers to adjust the driver's loft. While no loft is shown on the sole of the club in these images, the adjustable sleeve looks like the system already found on the RocketBallz Stage 2 driver. The 460cc RocketBallz Stage 2 has a 12-position sleeve that comes pre-set at 9.5 degrees but can be adjusted from 8 degrees to 11 degrees.