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Many golfers know, TaylorMade company has definited fairway wood and hybrid as the SLDR name. But do you know the SLDR stands for “slider.” The golfers can slide a weight, changing its position to affect shot shape.
The TaylorMade SLDR Fairway Wood and rescues have silver clubfaces that contrast with the charcoal-gray crowns; shallow faces and more traditional shaping. They also come with TaylorMade’s Loft-Sleeve technology; the stated loft can be adjusted up or down by as much as 1.5 degrees. They have a “speed pocket” behind the face to increase face flexibility.
They also come with TaylorMade’s Loft-Sleeve technology; the stated loft can be adjusted up or down by as much as 1.5 degrees. In a new approach, that pocket is filled with a polymer to keep turf debris from filling in the gap.
Unlike the TaylorMade SLDR Driver, the weight on the SLDR fairway and Hybrid do not slide, it is stationary. Still, like with the driver, the weight is positioned forward on the sole (closer to the clubface) for a low-and-forward center of gravity position.
The SLDR fairways come in lofts of 14, 15, 17, 19 and 21 degrees; and the TaylorMade SLDR Hybrid comes in lofts of 17, 19, 21 and 24 degrees.
Try to arrive at the course with plenty of time before teeing off. About an hour should suffice. Plan to spend 20-30 minutes on the driving range and another 10-20 minutes on the putting and chipping green.
If you’ve taken lessons, jot down a few notes detailing what you’ve learned. For example, your instructor may have emphasized proper alignment, stance width or posture. Focus on these elements with each practice shot.
On the range, you don’t need to practice with every club. Choose a couple of short irons, a mid-iron or two, a Taylormade R11 Rescue Hybrid or TaylorMade SLDR Fairway Wood, and the TaylorMade R11S Driver. Start by hitting several shots with your shortest club (a sand wedge, for example). Then switch to the next longest longer club, and so on until you reach the driver.
Moving from short clubs to long ones will help you establish a smooth tempo so that once you’ve got the driver in hand, you’ll be less likely to overswing. Shorter clubs are also easier to strike well, building confidence from the start.
Make sure not to overdo it on the range. Until you’re playing and practicing regularly, your golf muscles will tire fairly quickly. Hit 20-30 balls and move on to the green.
Begin your putting session from very close range – no more than a couple of feet from the cup. The idea, again, is to ingrain fundamentals and build confidence. Most importantly, try to accelerate the putter through the ball.
After you’ve made 10-15 short ones, move a few feet out and hit another 6-8 putts. Work your way out to about 15 feet, then finish with a few putts from long distance (30-40 feet). By the time you’re done, you should have a good feel for the pace of putts you’ll see on the course.
If the club has a practice green for chipping, spend a few minutes there working on very basic shots. Focus on hitting your chips with a downward strike for crisp contact.
The SLDR line is no different with its metallic charcoal crown, brushed sole, and blue accents. With the new releases upon us, those changes are continuing with adapting the basic principles of their popular SLDR driver (lower CG) and taking it into the realm of fairway woods.
As far as the Taylormade SLDR fairway wood goes on well struck balls, TaylorMade’s belief in its length certainly seems warranted. The SLDR fairway has a very nice sound/feel to it upon impact. It’s a slightly lower tone and impressively solid sounding. The nice thing about the sound is that it also gives distinct feedback as to when and where a miss takes place. The actual results of misses seem no more severe than one would expect out of any fairway wood.
It is very possible that this comes back to the Speed-Pocket and its redesigned size and shape allowing for increased face flexion and thusly restoring some of the cross face (outside the sweet spot) forgiveness that would typically be lost when the CG is moved more forward and down inside the clubhead. Either way, although it will not be mistaken for an ultra-forgiving fairway wood, it is much more playable than many people may initially think.
Visually, SLDR fairway wood incorporates the same rich, charcoal-gray crown and traditional shaping as the SLDR driver. The dark crown-color contrasts beautifully with the silver-colored clubface to make it easy to align the face accurately at address. Obviously the aforementioned finish qualities are what the eye is going to catch first with any club, but equally important is how the actual design aesthetics round out the package when standing over the golf ball.
The discount Taylormade SLDR driver head has a classic shape and features a charcoal-gray crown that is designed to contrast with a silver face to aid alignment. It also incorporates TaylorMade’s Loft-sleeve technology, which makes it possible for players to adjust loft as well, choosing from 12 positions within a range of plus- or minus-1.5 degrees.
The weight shifts the sldr driver head’s CG horizontally toward either the heel, to promote a draw, or the toe, to encourage a fade. The weight slides on a 21-point track system and never comes loose from the club head. All a golfer needs to do to position the weight is simply to loosen a screw, slide the weight to the point selected and then tighten the screw.
With TaylorMade, they clearly believe that the Speed-Pocket tech in fairways, hybrids, and even irons is a game changer and something that makes their clubs stand out from many other contenders. Frankly, the results seem to back that quite often, and with the Taylormade SLDR Fairway wood the Speed-Pocket combined with the lower CG has made for a very interesting club.
MOBILE, Ala. — Anna Nordqvist moved into position for her third victory of the year, shooting her second straight 6-under 66 to take the third-round lead Saturday in the Airbus LPGA Classic.
The 26-year-old Swede, the winner in Thailand and Carlsbad, had a 16-under 200 total on The Crossings course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Magnolia Grove complex.
“All I can do is put myself in a position to have a chance tomorrow and I felt like I’ve done that,” Nordqvist said. “Last year, I was in the final group and I was playing well and there was a lot of people coming from behind, so I know this golf course, you can never relax. You always have to keep pushing forward and trying to make birdies because if you don’t, someone else will.”
Nordqvist played the front nine in 5-under 31 with taylormade jetspeed fairway wood, birdieing Nos. 2-5 and 9, and added a birdie on the par-5 16th. She has only one bogey — on her fourth hole Friday — in 54 holes.
“I felt very confident and very comfortable,” Nordqvist said. “Got off to a really good start and just tried to keep the momentum. Had a pretty good finish the last three holes, so I’m very happy with the day.”
She set the course record last year, shooting a third-round 61 en route to a fourth-place tie.
“I definitely know I can score on this course,” Nordqvist said.
Catriona Matthew, the 44-year-old Scot who led after each of the first two days, was a stroke back after a 70. She bogeyed three of the first five holes to drop to 10 under with TaylorMade SLDR Fairway Wood, then birdied five of the last 15 — including three of the last four.
“I obviously got off to a terrible start with the three bogeys when everyone else is making birdies,” Matthew said. “Just knew there was a lot of chances there on the back nine if I could just hang in and try to start hitting greens again and give myself chances. Made four birdies on the back nine, so not the greatest round, but didn’t play myself out of it.”
In recent years the evolution of the fairway wood has been nothing short of staggering. The fairways are now firmly in the mind of many amateurs.
The first club that came to mind is Taylormade RocketBallz Stage 2 Fairway Wood. The redesigned Stage 2, with its shallower face and lower head profile, along with a low and forward CG, helps launch the golf ball higher and makes it easier to hit. Many people said they could see themselves using the Stage 2 exclusively off the tee for those narrow holes where accuracy is at a premium.
Digging into this 17+10 claim a little further showed that for better players, or those with a ball speed of 150 mph, the Stage 2 fairway wood can produce up to 10 more yards – on top of the 17 more they were seeing out of the original Taylormade RocketBallz rbz fairway wood. I didn’t have the original RBZ and launch monitor testing showed that my ball speed with the Stage 2 was at 148.1, just shy of the 150 needed to tap into that full claim. The distance I was seeing was still quite impressive.
The SLDR line is no different with its metallic charcoal crown, brushed sole, and blue accents. The TaylorMade SLDR Fairway Wood is possibly the best looking fairway wood that TaylorMade has released in years. It is a sizeable difference for sure. 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.
Additionally, the Speed-Pocket is much different than we have become accustomed to as it is smaller and a slightly different shape. Put all of this together and the SLDR fairway wood is an impressive package. One area where the low spin affected trajectory more was off of the deck. In its standard 15-degree setting, the ball flight was definitely lower and more penetrating, but after adjusting the Loft Sleeve the ball flight off of the deck became higher and more consistent.
The Taylormade R11S fairway wood employs pull-face construction to create a thin, light, fast clubface that promotes high ball speed. The crown and walls are made using our Ultra-Thin Wall (UTW) casting process to reach 0.6 mm at their thinnest point. The thin crown weighs less, and that weight is used to move the CG position forward. This forward location increases ball speed by reducing dynamic loft and creating better launch conditions.
R11S fairways are standard length (3-wood / 43.5”) and equipped with Aldila RIP Phenom 70 shaft, a 70-gram shaft designed with a medium-firm tip profile. RIP shafts incorporate reverse inter-laminar material layup to more stability at impact. This package delivers more distance and control without the harsh feel associated with some firmer tip shafts.
The TaylorMade JetSpeed fairway wood is the successor to the TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 fairway wood and features a curved Speed Pocket slot on the sole of the club like the TaylorMade SLDR fairway.
The Speed Pocket has been the key to these super distance fairway woods because it enables the face to flex more and generate higher ball speeds from a smaller head. In the JetSpeed the slot is actually smaller than before but it is also longer in length.
When you have the club at address, the other thing you will notice is the head size. The 3-wood is 165cc which is 10cc larger than the Taylormade SLDR fairway wood but actually 10cc smaller than the RBZ Stage 2. Combined with the darker head colour, this makes it feel more compact generally and that is not a bad thing. It is probably just the right size for most category 1 and 2 players.
At address you will also notice there is no adjustable hosel and this combines with the changes in the Speed Pocket to save weight that TaylorMade have moved around the inside of the head to bring the Centre of Gravity (CG) lower and forward. This increases the launch angle, lowers spin and combined with the higher ball speeds from the Speed Pocket and the reworked JetSteel face should give you more distance.
To check this out when testing the TaylorMade JetSpeed Driver against the SLDR on Flightscope I also put in the JetSpeed fairway wood in play and the results were very impressive. It was pretty close in performance to both, especially the low spin Taylormade SLDR driver for sale, because the lower spin and higher launch with more ball speed, even from a slower club head speed, were still giving a long carry. This fairway wood is a driver killer.
“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 JetSpeed fairway will fly higher than the SLDR, but for the majority of golfers who may struggle with their driver then this could be a great alternative. The SLDR needs a lot of clubhead speed to make up for the low spin, so that is why the JetSpeed is better.
Following the success of the TaylorMade SLDR Driver, TaylorMade have announced the launch of the new SLDR fairway wood. Featuring all the same low/forward centre of gravity benefits of the driver, the fairway wood doesn’t feature the sliding weight technology but does promise more distance.
With the new cut-through speed pocket, the SLDR Fairway Wood flexes with more efficiency and promotes substantially increased ball speeds and lower spin characteristics. A shallow face combined with the new speed pocket technology also provides golfers with easier launch and playability with superior sustained speed off the face of the SLDR Fairway Wood. TaylorMade’s loft-sleeve technology and adjustable hosel with twelve loft settings is also featured in the SLDR Fairway Wood that allows plus/minus 1.5 degrees of loft change to more easily dial in the launch angle of the SLDR and maximize your distance.
To be frank,I’ve tried just about every fairway wood on the market over the last two seasons,like TaylorMade R11S Fairway Wood and Mizuno JPX 825 Fairway Wood. it is by far the best fairway wood I have ever swung. It’s compact head feels more traditional than most of the oversized fairway woods on the market, and it made it much easier to hit off the deck and out of the rough.
Justin Rose and D.A. Points became the first players to put TaylorMade’s SLDR fairway wood in play at the TOUR Championship, and a total of eight went in play recently at the 2013 Frys.com Open. Brian Harman, Brian Gay and Rory Sabbatini are also several other notables to use the fairway wood which speaks volumes for the new SLDR Fairway Wood’s performance and why, if you’re looking for the best playing fairway wood on the market, the new TaylorMade SLDR Fairway Wood is a solid contender sure to add distance to your game.
The TaylorMade SLDR Fairway Wood does not have the sliding weight track found on the SLDR Driver but instead has a newly designed slot similar to that of TaylorMade’s new SpeedBlade irons with a curved design that looks to cut all the way through the club’s sole. TaylorMade’s engineers designed the speed pocket on the new SLDR Fairway Wood smaller, allowing them to save weight and move the CG lower and more forward for a win-win in performance and playability according to their product creation Senior Director Tom Olsavsky.
The head shape is shallower and more compact than before, creating a look at address that is preferred by the game’s better players. The classic shape is aided by a matte silver face that is contrasted by a shiny dark grey crown colour. The chrome button-back at the rear of the crown is designed to look good at address and help improve alignment.
All in all,it was easy to work either way and still be accurate, or just bomb it dead center, which gives me a lot of confidence. And best of all, this club is a beast.I have an average swing speed at best after multiple shoulder injuries, averaging about 230-250 yards with my old fairway woods. This club has added at least 25 yards to that and it’s so easy to hit I’m not trying to kill the ball anymore, resulting in fewer bad swings.
The new Taylormade SLDR driver had a very quick adoption at the Tour level and early feedback was extremely positive.
SLDR is TaylorMade setting sail with a new flagship driver right in the middle of the damn golf season. I love a new driver, as much as…hell, more than anybody, and even I’m struggling to muster any excitement. I’ve spent the last several days banging away at my keyboard trying to tell you the story of the SLDR driver.
Absolutely, competition is stronger than it has been in years. TaylorMade is being pushed, and when you take an objective look at their Taylormade R11s driver releases; it’s hard to argue they’ve released anything of real consequence. It’s all been solid, but none of it revolutionary. Callaway has gained momentum, and it stands to reason that even if we’re only talking about a couple of percentage points, TaylorMade would rather not finish behind last year’s numbers.
SLDR is different. I can’t tell you why I believe that, because I don’t fully understand it myself, but my gut is telling me that behind all the hype, and fluff, and the “this is the longest driver we’ve ever created” stuff; inside of TaylorMade, they absolutely believe that SLDR is their best work in the driver category in years. I think they think it’s the kind of driver you build a franchise around.
And that’s a problem for TaylorMade because I think when golfers see Taylormade SLDR fairway wood they aren’t seeing anything special. It doesn’t look the part of a flagship TaylorMade driver, and that means golfers aren’t nearly as likely to take it off the rack to find out how good it really is. If this is what TaylorMade says it is…the flagship driver for a new generation of TaylorMade product, they could find themselves in a difficult position this spring when their competitors are putting new product on the shelf next to TaylorMade’s six month old relative relic.
But despite a multitude of factors that suggest that SLDR is as much about putting new product on the shelves as anything else, I’ve come to believe that TaylorMade actually believes SLDR is a special driver.
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TaylorMade recently announced the Taylormade SLDR fairway wood and jetspeed fairway wood. The company says smaller is better; so the new Speed Pocket is smaller, which actually makes it more efficient at increasing how fast the face flexes at impact, promoting faster initial ball speed across a wider portion of the face, helping a player get consistently long distance on every swing.
“We expect ‘low and forward CG’ to represent the next great innovation in metalwood performance,” said Sean Toulon, Executive Vice President. “With our SLDR and JetSpeed products, we’re giving golfers of all types the opportunity to increase their launch angle and reduce their spin-rate, which ultimately leads to more distance.”
Initially, the Speed Pocket was designed to increase the speed at which the clubface flexes and rebounds to promote faster ball speed. TaylorMade engineers discovered that incorporating a Speed Pocket into the JetSpeed driver promotes less spin, as well as greater ball speeds on shots struck below the center of the clubface. TaylorMade reports that research suggests 72 percent of all golf shots are hit below the center of face, so the JetSpeed driver is designed to minimize the ill effects of shots struck below center.
In addition, Taylormade JetSpeed fairway wood combines an enhanced Speed Pocket, an extremely low-forward center of gravity (CG) location and extremely light overall weight to promote faster swing speed, clubhead speed and ball speed for more distance. It comes in five models: Tour Spoon (14 degrees), 3 (15 degrees), 3HL (17 degrees), 5 (19°) and 5HL (21 degrees), all of which come stock with a Fujikura Speeder 77 graphite shaft.
“With most drivers, low impact generates too much spin, making the ball fly too high and land short,” said Brian Bazzel, TaylorMade’s Senior Director of Metalwood Creation. “JetSpeed’s Speed Pocket is engineered to dramatically reduce that added spin to promote more distance on that very common type of mis-hit.”
The JetSpeed head features a matte black crown with a unique decal that promotes accurate face alignment at address. The matte finish also reduces glare and provides a stark contrast to the silver clubface, further making face alignment easier. JetSpeed fairway wood incorporates a radically redesigned Speed Pocket that’s smaller and accounts for less weight, while remaining just as efficient at boosting the speed of the clubface.
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