TaylorMade SLDR Driver
By Torleif Sorenson on 9/27/13
Last month, TaylorMade released their new SLDR and SLDR TP drivers, both of which feature an emphasis on distance and a new approach to movable club-head weighting. TaylorMade adidas Group (TMaG) advertises the SLDR as "the longest driver in company history."

Instead of interchangeable weights, TaylorMade engineers created a blue, 20-gram sliding weight with 21 mounting points on a track built toward the front of the sole. This allows users to more easily adjust the fade / draw bias of the 460-cc club-head — in as little as ten seconds, according to the company. On the face itself, that translates to six millimeters of movement (50% more than on the company's R1 driver) and, say the engineers, a shot-dispersion range of up to 30 yards.

While the club-head's center of gravity (CG) is low, TM engineers moved the CG forward, rather than to the rear of the head. TaylorMade says that, contrary to previous thinking, the low-and-forward design produces more distance and lower spin. They also say that most golfers benefit from increasing their driver loft, as much as two or three degrees in some cases.

As with their other recent driver offerings, TaylorMade included the "loft-sleeve" system to adjust the loft of the club-face — 12 positions, according to the company, with a plus-or-minus range of 1.5°.

The basic SLDR is available in 8° (RH only), 9.5°, 10.5° and 12° (RH only) lofts with a Fujikura Speeder 57 graphite shaft and TaylorMade high-traction grip. The SLDR TP is the "tour-preferred" version with a Fujikura Speeder Tour Spec 6.3 graphite shaft. Custom shaft options are available for both versions.

The MSRP is US$399.

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[ comments ]
jasonfish11 says:
So how long till TM makes the "rocket slide" irons? slideable weight in the cavity?
birdieXris says:
Rocket Slide sounds like something i would try if it were at the county fair. seems fun.
dtak84 says:
I don't know if any of you guys have messed with this, but it is a low spin driver for sure when I'm messing with it.
Matt F says:
Only a month late with this news...
Dusty23 says:
At least it's not white and didn't Mizuno have a driver out with sliding weights a couple of years ago
mmontisano says:
@Dusty, yes they did, and they quickly dropped it when they released their next driver.

it seems like this is a giant step backwards for them.
Matt F says:
It's not the same as the Mizuno. Have a look at My Golf Spy for the full story on that.
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