ClubTest 2014: TaylorMade JetSpeed Driver
TaylorMade JetSpeed Driver
Category: Game-Improvement Drivers
WE TESTED: 9.5°, 10.5° with Matrix Velox T graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The “Speed Pocket” increases ball speeds and decreases spin on low contact. A low, forward CG also boosts ball speeds on shots struck below the center of the face. The shaft sleeve adjusts loft by +/- 1.5° with upright settings. A low, forward CG means less spin.
DISTANCE: The JetSpeed is at or near the top of the class for several testers; distance penalties are minimized for off-center hits; a few panelists believe the long, 46-inch shaft and light overall club is best for slower swingers.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Some testers find it to be very forgiving, and even mis-hits aren’t bad due to a lack of unwanted sidespin.
FEEL: Center hits are powerful, with a trampoline-like explosion; fans of the JetSpeed believe the entire club feels stable throughout the shot with minimal head twisting at impact.
PLAYABILITY: A boring, medium-to-low ball flight is the norm; strong trajectory into the wind; allows for some shot shaping but built more for straight shooting.
LOOK: Testers like the non-glare black head with a subtle center alignment marking and rear-to-front alignment design.
Some testers struggle to get a repeatable flight and direction, possibly due to the long shaft or light weight; impact sound is higher than a handful of guys prefer; shots are too low and cost length for a few testers.
BOTTOM LINE: A solid all-around performer. Strong swingers who normally hit medium-to-high shots get max distance with JetSpeed.
HOT STIX'S TAKE: Launch - Mid; Spin - Low
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