The new TaylorMade SLDR irons ($899) are aimed at players who prefer the looks of a traditional clubhead but with the advantage of signficantly enhanced distance. The added distance largely comes from the same Speed Pocket design featured in previous RocketBladez and SpeedBlade irons but with the addition of a new ThruSlot technology (a 2mm-wide slot located behind the clubface). The combination of the two technologies expands the area of the face that flexes at impact, creating faster ball speeds and higher launch angles.
“Golfers want to hit their irons far, which has put us on a path to engineer iron sets that have driver-like face speed,” said Tomo Bystedt, TaylorMade’s Director of Product Creation for Irons, Putters and Wedges. “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.”