I have a Mizuno JPX825 Driver for a draw but I could never really draw it without a major inside move. It always seemed to flare into fade or dead straight. So I tested my driver and the SDLR together on there machines. My results where with the SLDR my swing speed went up 2 mph to 96. I played a course I always play so made it easier to judge it plus I was by myself so I would hit several drives as well and pretty consistent .
With 21 SLDR weight positions to dial in the desired shot shape, the easy and intuitive sliding weight of the TaylorMade SLDR Driver promotes up to 30 yards of shot-shape adjustment. The club’s low, forward center of gravity promotes high launch, fast ball speed, and low spin for phenomenal distance, and you can increase or reduce the loft up to 1.5-degrees with the 12-position loft-sleeve for optimal trajectory.
The SLDR, on the other hand, has a sliding weight that tips the scales at 20 grams. That gives it more than double the influence on a driver’s center of gravity than the R1′s moveable weights. And instead of the R1′s two CG options, the SLDR offers 21 different CG locations that are mapped out on the driver’s sole between the driver’s heel and toe.
In addition to the benefit of moving the centre of gravity further forward, the SLDR weight also represents a complete reinvention of movable weight technology, making it more effective and easier to use. The sliding weight chip shifts the clubhead’s centre of gravity horizontally toward either the heel, to promote a draw, or toward the toe, to promote a fade. SLDR’s sliding weight allows you to shift the CG far enough to promote a side-to-side trajectory change of up to 30 yards.
The TaylorMade SLDR driver is built to help you hit longer and straighter drives by promoting a high launch angle, lower spin-rate and faster ball speed – that why it’s TaylorMade’s longest ever.The centre of gravity has been moved lower and further forward in the SLDR driver, due in large part to the large, 20-gramme sliding weight on the sole. That promotes a dramatic leap in distance.
The SLDR weight slides on the track and never comes loose from the clubhead. To slide the weight to any of the 21 positions on the track, simply loosen the screw, slide the weight, then tighten the screw. It takes as little as ten seconds. And the sole is marked with the words “fade” at the toe-end of the track and “draw” at the heel-end of the track to make it clear where you should position the weight to promote the shot-shape you want.
The SLDR driver also incorporates TaylorMade’s Loft-sleeve Technology, which allows you to adjust the loft. You can choose from 12 positions within a range of plus-or-minus 1.5 degrees of loft change.
Aesthetically, SLDR’s confluence of shape, colour and visual accents make it one of the most visually compelling clubs we’ve ever created. Its striking modern-classic shape, charcoal-grey crown and chrome “button-back” all adds up to a remarkably beautiful appearance at address. And the clean design of SLDR’s movable weight mechanism, including the single, blue weight and the track it slides in makes its appearance equally striking.
SLDR driver has amazed me with the added distance I now get with driveS.I’ve never hit the ball this far.Overall,it is a very nice sound and lovely cheap golf clubs to hit. Played around with the Slide and Loft and got very positive results.Test drive this club and you can fine tune your game.
The Taylormade SLDR driver was released in mid-2013, and two things made it different than recent TaylorMade drivers.
The first was a sliding weight in the sole that gave the SLDR (commonly referred to as “The Slider”) either a draw or a fade bias.
The second was the club’s center of gravity (CG) position, which was more forward than other TaylorMade drivers. According to the company, shifting the CG down and forward created less spin and increased ball speed.
TaylorMade has designed the CG position in all of them to be more forward to reduce spin.
“The secret of the new Taylormade SLDR fairway wood is the position of the CG and the new SpeedPocket,” said Tom Kroll, TaylorMade Golf’s product evangelist. “That combination is going to give you the high-launch, low-spin ball flight and give you a really strong-performing fairway wood.”
Many players who switched to the SLDR driver found they needed to add loft because the club’s forward CG position created a lower ball flight, but Kroll says the SpeedPocket’s flex offsets that effect in the fairway woods; they actually send the ball a little higher.
Still, Kroll encourages golfers to try several cheap golf clubs and consider a higher-lofted model.
“We’re finding that 17-degree fairway woods are ideal for a larger group of people than actually play them today,” Kroll said. “Where 15 degrees had been the norm, it’s migrating to higher lofts.”
Thanks to an adjustable sleeve, golfers can fine-tune the loft of their SLDR fairway woods, adding or reducing up to 1.5 degrees of loft with the included torque wrench.
TaylorMade Golf has long been a leader when it comes to golf club innovation. The latest innovation by TaylorMade has the golf world buzzing yet again. TaylorMade recently announced the Taylormade SLDR fairway wood.
The SLDR line is no different with its metallic charcoal crown, brushed sole, and blue accents. The result is possibly the best looking fairway wood that TaylorMade has released in years. The benefit to this is that the profile of the SLDR looks more like a fairway wood and less like a miniature driver, a definite improvement by many people’s standards.
“The SLDR weight slides on the track and never comes loose from the clubhead,” TaylorMade says. “To slide the weight to any of the 21 positions on the track, simply loosen the screw, slide the weight, then tighten the screw. It takes as little as 10 seconds. And the sole is marked with the words ‘fade’ at the toe-end of the track and ‘draw’ at the heel-end of the track to make it clear where you should position the weight to promote the shot-shape you want.”
The most recent push from TaylorMade with the introduction of the Taylormade SLDR driver is that of a more forward and lower CG, which is intended to promote lower spin and faster ball speeds. That same ideology/technology has been applied to the SLDR fairway and hybrid lines as well. Because of the CG movement creating much lower spin, the actual effective loft of the club has become more important as far as achieving optimal launch conditions.
By now most golfers know about the purpose of the Speed-Pocket and its role in impacting face flexion and ball speed. As years go by it is now clear that this is a technology in which TaylorMade has bought all the way into across their lines, but rather than settling with it, they are continuing to evolve and improve it. Anyone who has seen the previous models will instantly recognize the difference in the Speed-Pocket within the SLDR.
As far as the SLDR fairway wood goes on well struck balls, TaylorMade’s belief in its length certainly seems warranted. Both off of the tee and from the fairway the club was legitimately longer than the Taylormade RBZ Stage 2 driver as well when hit side by side. In fact, the term “sneaky long” would definitely be applicable here. Interestingly, considering the typical effects of a more forward CG on the area outside of the sweet-spot, the mis-hits did give distance loss, but not nearly as much as expected.
It is impressive in today’s golf clubs for sale industry to see a company developing what they feel to be a revolutionary technology. Frankly, the results seem to back that quite often, and with the SLDR Fairway wood the Speed-Pocket combined with the lower CG has made for a very interesting club.
Many golfers have a slow swing speed, so it shouldn’t embarrass you. Perhaps your age, body or natural rhythm doesn’t permit a quick swing. But it’s also possible that you’re using the wrong equipment. Here I recommend the best drivers for players with slow swing speeds, based on technology such as club face milling, weight reduction and in-club adjustments.
Driver technology can help increase your swing speed without any other changes in your game. Combined with TaylorMade’s Flight Control Technology (FCT) and Movable Weight Technology (MWT), the new TaylorMade R11S driver can be tuned for 80 separate launch settings, making it the most adjustable driver in golf.
The new TaylorMade R11S driver features a clubhead shape that is intended to suit the eye of better players, while still providing forgiveness and confidence for average players. TaylorMade says the head boasts a contemporary, slightly more triangular appearance than traditionally shaped drivers.
Making adjustments on the fly is helpful on the golf course. Thanks to modern technology, you can change your clubs as well. The TaylorMade R11′s face angle can be adjusted for a combination of 48 different settings. Finding the right one for you might result in better accuracy and a higher swing speed.
Although similar to the TaylorMade R11 driver, the new TaylorMade R11S driver features a flat-white crown color and black PVD face to improve alignment and accuracy off the tee. If you have a slow swing speed, you cannot use a stiff or extra-stiff shaft flex. These shafts are designed for players with fast swing speeds. To determine your speed, have a certified golf pro time you on the tee; you might find that your swing speed isn’t as slow as you thought.
After testing TaylorMade SpeedBlade Irons,I am getting 10 more yards more than my XXIO MP-700 Irons best price. Love the flight which is higher and accuracy which is better. The 4 iron is so easy to hit. Better than my hybrid 4.
These new SpeedBlade irons are newly designed and all about speed and rebound. The SpeedBlade’s innovative Speed Pocket deep slot engineering behind the clubface allows the face to flex and rebound faster, increasing your ball speed and launch angle to boost your distance dramatically. The position of the slot low on the clubhead is an important factor, says Brian Bazzel, TaylorMade’s director of iron, wedge and putter development, who noted company research that showed 72 percent of iron shots hit by five- to 25-handicappers are struck below the center of the clubface, resulting in a low launch and loss of ball speed.
Compared to the TaylorMade RocketBladez Irons, the speed pocket has been widened and lengthened to provide a more effective area near the heel and toe areas. The topline is also a bit thicker in the longer irons. While the SpeedBlade’s thicker toplines and wider soles should instill confidence for mid- and high-handicap golfers, accomplished players will most notably benefit from the technologies designed into the SpeedBlades.
The Speed Pocket gives SpeedBlade irons the fastest face of any TaylorMade iron ever, creating a potent combination of ball speed, high launch, long carry and steep descent that’s never been possible before. You’ll hit shots you never thought you could — higher, longer, closer to the hole.
Visually, the SpeedBlade iron is striking, combining a two-tone, satin nickel chrome plating with dark smoke satin ion plating (IP). Internally, the key performance feature that separates SpeedBlade from the pack is the Speed Pocket, a handle-bar shaped slot in the sole of the 3-7 irons that enables a large area of the face to flex and rebound at impact, resulting in faster ball speed, higher launch and better feel.
The new elongated Speed Pocket of the TaylorMade SpeedBlade Irons delivers more speed, forgiveness, and distance of any TaylorMade iron. The Speed Pocket creates a faster face and more ball speed across a larger area of the face: from the center, down low, towards the toe, and towards the heel. Combine that with the lowest center of gravity of any TaylorMade distance iron, and the SpeedBlade is easier to launch for a high, strong, penetrating flight.
All around solid the set of these irons and the best I have played to date,I would recommend golfers to try it, this is a good way to change your golfing experience.
The TaylorMade R1 driver performs as advertised, which is to say: better than the R11S driver.
R1 has less spin, achieved in part by moving the center of gravity forward. The tradeoff for a low-spin driver head is that loft needs to be set a little higher than in the past, but with uber-adjustability, that’s easily done. The look of the clubhead is not at all classic. TaylorMade has adorned the cluhead with a graphic alignment device, which like most anything, can grow on you.
The sound of the driver is solid – more of a thwack, and less “tink” than TaylorMade’s last model R11S. The stock shaft offering of Aldila RIP Phenom 55 is fine, but I’d personally prefer a return to the Matrix line of stock shafts. The Aldila feels a little whippy, perhaps even too light at 55 grams. That’s OK for many of us, who can use a little bit more clubhead speed, but might be too light for the higher-swing-speed players.
At address the Taylormade R11S driver looks excellent with a nice rounded head and the white colour scheme that TaylorMade have almost trademarked does help you line up easily. The sound and feel are very good and together with the adjustable options in the hosel and the head weights you should be able to get a set up that gets the trajectory and distance you require.
I don’t play around with it much now, but to begin with it was amazing, to make sure I got everything out of it for me. I was able to personalise it for my swing to ensure the spin rate would stay down into the wind, and that it would bound down the fairway those extra few yards. I was able to achieve this by putting two 12g weights in the head. The feel I get off the face is very solid, I’ve always liked a solid feel, as it gives me confidence, and trust in the club, and it does not have that tinny feel.
The extra degree on the loft range is a good development and enables a more noticeable change in flight performance. The extra options on the sole plate are also welcome and something we suggested was required when the Taylormade R11 driver was launched, so we are glad they have taken our suggestion on board!
I went for a custom shaft, which was not cheap, but for me, meant that I could get the most out of the club. The price is good, but when you add the custom shaft it does rocket, but that is the same with most manufacturers. Also when I say custom shaft, I mean it was an 80g X-flex, so not a shaft that comes with most cheap golf clubs.
TaylorMade’s R1 driver gives you a very good shot. And the R11S Driver is cheaper, looks better, sounds better and has a better shaft so better players should go for this.
TaylorMade has been translating the technology originally targeted for woods into irons for some time now. Its biggest Taylormade rocketbladez irons features remarkable new technology that promotes high launching, long, straight and quick-stopping performance for golfers of all abilities.
The Speed Pocket advantage is especially effective on impact made low on the face – TaylorMade studies indicate that 68% of iron shots by amateurs are mishits below the centre of the face. In order to combat this, the Speed Pocket helps to significantly increase ball speed and distance on those low-face mishits.
Incorporated into the 3- through 7-irons, the Speed Pocket is a 2mm-wide slot in the sole of the iron that flexes and rebounds at impact, increasing the speed of the face to promote faster ball speed, a higher launch angle and a higher, stronger ball flight that lands on a steep, quick-stopping descent angle.
When I first heard that TaylorMade was making the Taylormade R11 irons I must admit I was thinking they would continue the white theme and carry this into the irons. I wasn’t sure how they would do this, but the design of the irons are quite traditional and are an improvement in my opinion from the R9 iron line. I felt with the R9 irons that TaylorMade was starting to approach NASCAR status with all the bright and varying colors, but the R11 is a return to traditional steel, black, and a hint of red head design.
As with most of the newer game improvement irons that are released today TaylorMade designed the R11 irons to have an ultra-thin face promoting faster ball speeds and longer distances especially in the long and middle golf clubs for sale. In addition TaylorMade has their patented Inverted Cone Technology which is designed to provide those same faster ball speeds and distance even on off-center hits.
The iron face is a traditional face without any features to mention. The topline of the clubhead is traditional in size for a game improvement iron and might appear a bit thick to the traditionalist. I traditionally play very thin muscle-back designs but I did not find the R11 iron topline to be overly thick.
I believe this is due to the ultra thin face but the performance of the iron, in terms ball flight, was not in anyway reduced. The long irons in this set are truly a pleasure to hit, they really put my muscle-back irons to shame. I was not able to try the 3-iron, but I believe it would be easy to hit as well.
Each month Taylormade send out iron sets, drivers, hybrids, putters, trainings aids and golf balls to the active members. The new Taylormade SLDR driver had a very quick adoption at the Tour level and early feedback was extremely positive. But since I also recently got the TaylorMade Black R1, I said to myself, Why not pit the two against each other in a battle royale?
The TaylorMade R1 Black Driver is striking. From the grip down to the head cover, I like looking at this club. That said, I would have preferred the top of the head to boast a matte finish rather than the gloss is currently has (you can’t really see the R1 graphic), but other than that I have to give it the edge in this section.
The SLDR isn’t ugly, but it doesn’t grab me by the face and say “BUY ME.” The top of the SLDR is a dark grey matte-like finish, which is fine, but I can’t stand any kind of aluminum-looking finish on a driver, and the face and bottom are just that. You had me at matte, you lost me at aluminum. I’m a cruel lover.
I can’t confidently say one club is longer than the other. I’m comfortable with the R1, I’ve played about six rounds with it and I can get it out there 300+ yards. But I’ve only hit the SLDR a handful of times on the driving range, and while the shots feel solid — like really solid — my ball flight with the SLDR is significantly lower. And that is the odd thing because the SLDR has a center of gravity that is lower and more forward than any other TaylorMade driver, which means I should be launching this thing into the sky. But I wasn’t, and that burns my ass.
Picking one is a toss up. I don’t think there is a definitive winner or loser between these two clubs. I honestly don’t. They both have a really solid feel to them, and they are both incredibly long (each is longer than my Taylormade r11 driver was).
To be fair, the two clubs feel very different. The SLDR I received is the Tour Preferred model, which is fine because I try to move heaven and earth when I swing, but that also means it’s more finely tuned, less forgiving, and it has a much stiffer and heavier shaft than my stock, stiff-shafted TaylorMade R1 Driver for sale. This made switching back and forth between them frustrating as hell.
One thing I definitely prefer about the SLDR is that at address it sits more conventionally. The R1 leans away from the ball, when grounded, and it made me feel as if the loft was too high.
TaylorMade Golf Company announced that it will launch an unprecedented 14° SLDR driver. The Taylormade SLDR driver is engineered with a remarkable low and forward center of gravity (CG) placement making it the lowest spinning driver in company history.
“We have been chasing a driver that delivers high launch and low spin, a coveted combination off the tee sought after by all golfers,” said TaylorMade Golf Chief Technical Officer and 24-year industry veteran Benoit Vincent. “Having made significant industry strides with innovation advancements like movable weight, larger faces, adjustable shafts and improved aerodynamics, we are confident that we have cracked yet another code to more distance. And it’s through loft.”
This new thinking from TaylorMade changes a long-standing industry belief that a low-lofted driver is best for better golfers. TaylorMade has been working closely with its Tour Staff to show that the combination of low-forward CG and higher lofts produces a better and longer ball flight. With the facts behind them, an unprecedented amount of Tour Pros are lofting up and reaping the reward. In fact, many SLDR users on the PGA Tour have lofted up at least 1° when compared against previous TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Driver that do not have low and forward CG.
“Everything we thought we knew about engineering drivers has been turned on its head,” added Vincent. “I have never been more convinced that building a driver with low and forward CG is the future in metalwood construction.”
TaylorMade’s engineering team has calculated that 17 degrees of launch and 1700 RPMs of spin create the perfect combination for maximizing driver distance. The new high-lofted 14° SLDR driver, combined with strategically designed low/forward CG is another step closer to achieving the perfect ball flight.
I replaced my RocketBallz 10.5° driver with this TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Driver, looking for a lower trajectory and maybe some roll on the very soft fairways on my home course where I play every day. I chose the 9.5° version with M-flex shaft.
I am not only getting the lower trajectory I wanted, but the ball is flying off the face better than any driver I have used. I have added 20 to 40 yards to my drives depending on whether I get any roll or not. Several of my playing partners have commented on the new me, and I know they have begun shopping for this club.
The head is white with a black face, like several other modern TaylorMade models, but the crown has black, gold and gray graphics even more complex than the gray and orange graphics on the TaylorMade R1 Driver for sale. To create these graphics, TaylorMade used its MAT-T (Motion Analysis Technology by TaylorMade) System to study how most golfers look down at their drivers and fairway clubs, and used a computer program to design the graphics to serve as an alignment aid.
The RBZ Stage 2 driver is not as adjustable as the R1 because the golfer cannot change the face angle or the weighting of the clubhead. This means when the golfer desires a lower loft they must accept that the face will be opened in the process. So if you are using a 9.5 degree driver and change the loft sleeve to 8 degrees the club will be lower loft and will also have a fade bias that is introduced.
It also includes a Thick-thin Crown design in which various portions of the crown range from 0.6 to 0.4 millimeter thick, saving three grams of weight as compared to the crowns of the 2012 taylormade r11s driver for sale and RocketBallz Tour drivers. The new clubface is even larger and deeper, encompassing 4,100 square millimeters. This, the company says, makes the Stage 2 even easier to hit for golfers of every skill level.
I found this feature extremely successful because I could easily set the loft to 8.5 which opened the face a bit more and let me hit this incredibly consistent fade. Being able to review the R1 I found that I was about even in distance but more consistent hitting a fade that would find the fairway with the Stage 2 driver. This was a big plus for me in my scoring.
The sound of the clubhead was muted and very nicely done. This is another big improvement over the original cheap golf clubs which is overly loud in my opinion. I think TaylorMade has made some great improvements when it comes to sound with their recent drivers. The crown graphics on the Stage 2 driver are not nearly as bright as on the R1 driver.
In conclusion, with the release of the Stage 2 RBZ line TaylorMade is looking to continue upon that success with a better-ier club. I think TaylorMade did a great job taking some of the feedback from the original Rocketballz driver and working them into the Stage 2 club.