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TaylorMade SLDR White Driver has a more classical crown design

TaylorMade has a new driver. It’s called TaylorMade SLDR White. For years it’s been accepted that low and back was the ideal CG location for a driver. Moving the CG forward in a driver is a monumental shift in metalwood thinking.

Unlike TaylorMade’s last white driver, the taylormade r1 driver, the new white SLDR doesn’t feature alignment graphics, but a more classical crown design that should appeal to a wider range of golfers. Long distance comes from combining of fast ball speed, high launch-angle and low spin-rate. We’ve discovered that moving the CG forward promotes more ball speed and less spin. To launch the ball on a high enough angle to maximize distance, we’ve discovered that most golfers benefit from increasing their loft, some by as much two or three degrees.

TaylorMade traditionally has not offered drivers with lofts greater than 12 degrees. With the adjustable loft sleeve, the new 14-degree SLDR would reach a maximum loft of 15.5 degrees and minimum loft of 12.5 degrees. The 14-degree loft will be added to a SLDR line that already includes 8-, 9.5-, 10.5- and 12-degree models.  TaylorMade staff player Dustin Johnson, who has a swing speed of 113 miles per hour, won last month’s WGC-HSBC Champions using a TaylorMade SLDR Driver to 10.5 degrees.

In a company press release, Benoit Vincent, TaylorMade’s chief technical officer, said the forward CG idea changes some preconceived ideas about better players using lower-lofted drivers. The hosel also appears adjustable, and under the heading lofts, the entry on the USGA list reads "N/A." It’s not a stretch to say the club may be played this week at the John Deere Classic and the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

Greg Owen wins first title

NEWBURGH, Ind. — England’s Greg Owen won the United Leasing Championship on Sunday for his first Tour title, overcoming a seven-stroke deficit with a 5-under 67 for a one-stroke victory.

The 43-year-old Owen, the winner of the European Tour’s 2003 British Masters, had a 9-under 279 total at Victoria National and earned $108,000.

“It’s just a crazy game,” Owen said. “I’m delighted. This was unexpected. … It’s been a long time. I’ve had back surgery and changed continents. You always wonder where you are and how to compete these days. The game kicks you in the teeth so many times. If I could do anything else I wouldn’t be playing this game. It’s a tough sport but only one of 156 can do this each week so it feels very special to be holding this trophy.”

Playing more than an hour ahead of the final groups, Owen opened with a triple bogey, birdied Nos. 6 and 7, and played the first eight holes on the back nine in 7 under with taylormade r1 driver — making five birdies and an eagle — before closing with a bogey.

“I got off to the worst start I’ve ever had on a golf course and I was thinking it was going to be a very long day at that point,” Owen said. “I was pretty low and thought that if I could get back to even par for the day I’d be doing pretty good. I could have easily given up and shot 80, but that’s not me and that’s not how I was brought up. I was proud of myself for hanging in there.”

Ryan Armour and third-round leader Mark Hubbard tied for second. Armour finished with a 68, and Hubbard had a 75.

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New 2014 TaylorMade SLDR White Driver Review

TaylorMade is making waves yet again with the arrival of its new SLDR white Driver. Here’s a quick look and what the company has to say about one of its latest entries into the golf club driver marketplace:

The white crown with black button-back delivers a remarkable appearance at address. Many golfers fell in love with the TaylorMade SLDR White. TaylorMade’s goal of longer distances comes from combining fast-ball speed, high launch-angle and a low spin-rate. Moving the CG forward promotes more ball speed and less spin. To launch the ball on a high enough angle to maximize distance, TaylorMade designers say they’ve discovered that most golfers benefit from increasing their loft, some by as much 2 or 3 degrees.

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Furthermore according to TaylorMade, the SLDR’s center of gravity (CG) location is both low and forward. That’s due in large part to the big, 20-gram sliding weight on the sole. That promotes a dramatic leap in distance. The movable weight shifts the clubhead’s CG horizontally toward either the heel — to promote a draw — or toward the toe — to promote a fade. The SLDR’s sliding weight also allows golfers to shift the CG far enough to promote a side-to-side trajectory change of up to 30 yards.

The SLDR is available in four lofts: 9.5, 10.5, 12 and 14 degrees. The SLDR also has the company’s own “Loft-sleeve Technology,” which allows for personalized loft adjustment. Golfers can select from 12 positions within a range of plus-or-minus 1.5 degrees of loft change. The company finally boasts of a clean design for the cheap TaylorMade SLDR Driver’s movable-weight mechanism, including the single blue weight and the track it slides within.

For years, TaylorMade says it’s been accepted that low and back was the ideal CG location for a driver. Designers say they reinvented movable weight systems by making it more effective and easier to use.

Scott’s 62 ties Bay Hill’s best round

ORLANDO, Fla. — Masters champion Adam Scott was feeling ill when he arrived at Bay Hill. One majestic round with the putter made him feel a lot better on Thursday.

Scott made five putts from about 20 feet or longer, two of them for eagle and one of them from off the green for birdie, and matched the course record with a 10-under 62 to build a four-shot lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The conditions were close to perfect. So was his work on the greens.

“I made a lot of putts today, and a lot of putts from considerable length,” Scott said. “I hit a lot of nice shots with discount taylormade rocketbladez irons, too, but it wasn’t like I was hitting it 4 feet. I had a round like this in Australia at the end of last year — in the first six holes, I didn’t hit it outside 5 feet. There’s a lot of different ways to get the ball in the hole. But it’s good for the confidence. It’s what I wanted. I sat in here yesterday and said I’d like to make some birdies and build the confidence. And today is a good start to that.”

Ryo Ishikawa, who uses Bay Hill as his home course on the East Coast, birdied the 18th for a 65. John Merrick celebrated his 32nd birthday by reaching 8 under until a late bogey. He also shot 65. Both were 10 shots behind before they hit their first shot of the tournament.

“That took the pressure off,” Merrick said. “You’re already 10 shots behind, so it’s not like you’re protecting anything. But this isn’t the Bay Hill I remember. I don’t usually play taylormade r9 tp irons for sale in Florida without 20 mph wind.”

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano had his best round of the year with a 66. Brandt Snedeker and Paul Casey were among those at 67.

Good golf in bad weather with TaylorMade SpeedBlade Irons

Do you know how every golfer can perform better when playing with their Taylormade R11 irons in adverse weather? There are three main items I keep in mind when I’m getting ready to play in tough weather conditions – or even more, when I talk to a golf beginner who is getting ready to play.

1.) Be prepared: Your number one goal when there is rain – is to keep your hands and grips as dry as possible. Your comfort is, of course, important, but you have virtually no chance of a good swing when you can’t control the club. I make sure to have a rain jacket, rain gloves, an umbrella, etc. But I am extra attentive to having a dry towel in my bag or in the cart to keep my hold of the TaylorMade SLDR Driver as firm as possible.

2.) Adjust my game and expectations: The ball is not going to fly as far in bad weather. There are several reasons for this but the most obvious (and important) is that I’m not going to swing as hard. More than anything else, I want to keep my balance and make solid contact on every shot. It may mean taking one (or two) more clubs than what I’d do under calm, sunny skies. That’s okay. I’ll make the adjustments and make a smooth swing.

3.) Less spin is better: When playing in wind, you do not want to overswing for reasons stated above. But also, the one thing you don’t want when it’s windy is more spin on your ball. An easier, smoother swing will acheive that as well.

TaylorMade RocketBladez irons Review

The cheap TaylorMade RocketBladez irons are built around the “Speed Pocket” – a 2-millimeter-wide “slot” in the soles of the 3-iron through 7-iron.

At impact, the slot flexes and rebounds, and in so doing, TaylorMade says, increases ball speed, increases launch angle, and heightens the trajectory. In other words, the company says the RocketBladez make the golf ball go higher and farther.

The Speed Pocket is particularly effective, TaylorMade says, on shots struck low on the clubface – a miss (hitting the ball too low on the clubface) common to mid- and high-handicap golfers.

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The slot is not a gap, however; it is filled with “a specially formulated polyurethane developed by 3M” that serves a dual purpose: It keeps debris out of the “pocket,” and it dampens vibration – but without, TaylorMade says, significantly lessening the flex of the Speed Pocket.

Combined with the ultra-thin clubface, the technology helps give the RocketBladez irons a higher COR than the cheap taylormade r11 irons. The higher-flying trajectory also means that golf balls descend on a steeper angle, helping stop the ball more quickly.

The base set includes 4-PW plus A-wedge, but the 3-iron, sand wedge and lob wedge are available separately. The stock steel shaft is the RocketFuel 85, and the stock graphite shaft the RocketFuel 65. Many custom options are available for both shaft and grip.