TaylorMade SLDR irons

TaylorMade SLDR irons

CARLSBAD, Calif. – So far TaylorMade’s ballyhooed SLDR family has included no irons – just drivers, fairway woods and hybrids.

Official surveys confirm that SLDR drivers and fairway woods currently are the No. 1 models respectively on the PGA Tour (while the No. 1 hybrid model is from TaylorMade’s sister company, Adams Golf).

Move over, metalwoods, because here comes the first iron to wear the name SLDR.

The iron is called simply SLDR, and on May 5, TaylorMade announced their upcoming release June 6.

TaylorMade predicts this iron will appeal to a wide spectrum of golfers, from touring pros to average amateurs.

TaylorMade says the SLDR irons feature a classicly shaped and sized clubhead, and most of the set includes the company’s Speed Pocket and ThruSlot technology that the company says promotes a higher ball flight, longer carry and more consistent gapping between irons.

The Speed Pocket, which is a slot in the sole intended to generate more face flex, is built into the 3-, 4-, 5-, 6- and 7-irons. The 8- and 9-irons plus all the wedges have a solid sole without the Speed Pocket.

• Read about TaylorMade's SLDR S drivers, fairway woods and rescue hybrids here.

Listen to Tomo Bystedt, TaylorMade’s director of product creations for irons, putters and wedges: “Golfers want to hit their irons far, which has put us on a path to engineer iron sets that have driver-like face speed. To find that speed, we created ultra-thin faces, introduced Inverted Cone technology and now an enhanced Speed Pocket with ThruSlot technology. The ThruSlot extends all the way through the bottom cavity, and works in conjunction with the ultra-thin clubface and deep undercut to promote tremendous face-flex at impact.”

Unlike TaylorMade’s SpeedBlade irons, which are long with a visible amount of offset, the SLDR has a very small amount of offset. The SLDR looks like a player’s iron – not only is there little offset, the topline and sole are thin in the fashion appreciated by many skilled players.

The price is $899 for eight irons. This includes the new KBS Tour C-Taper 90 steel shaft (actual weight about 102 grams) or three choices of Fujikura graphite shafts (57, 67 or 77 grams). The grip is a 47.5-gram version of Golf Pride’s Tour Velvet.

That release date will be preceded by a formal PGA Tour introduction. The first event at which the irons will be used is the HP Byron Nelson Championship (May 15-18).

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