TaylorMade's Bazzel talks SLDR, JetSpeed drivers

Brian Bazzel, 39, is director of product creation for TaylorMade -- focusing heavily on metalwoods, where TaylorMade's roots began in 1979 as a metalwood company.

Brian Bazzel, 39, is director of product creation for TaylorMade -- focusing heavily on metalwoods, where TaylorMade's roots began in 1979 as a metalwood company.

Brian Bazzel, 39, is director of product creation for TaylorMade in Carlsbad, Calif. He is focusing heavily on metalwoods, which makes sense because TaylorMade was founded in 1979 as a metalwood company. The big question for many golfers: How does TaylorMade’s SLDR driver compare with its new JetSpeed driver?

“Both are great drivers, and both are low-spinning, but the SLDR is the lowest-spinning driver we’ve ever made,” Bazzel said. As a result, TaylorMade is advising golfers to go up in loft to compensate for the low spin and to create extra carry distance.

“JetSpeed is a very friendly driver,” said Bazzel, who holds an engineering degree from UC San Diego, where he played on the golf team. “A lot of golfers will like the way it looks. It has a shallower face than SLDR. It also has a Speed Pocket (an open channel) in the bottom of the club (to reduce spin and create more distance).”

SLDR is available in 430cc and 460cc sizes, while JetSpeed is a 460cc driver.

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