ClubTest 2014: TaylorMade JetSpeed Fairway Woods
TaylorMade JetSpeed Fairway Woods
Category: Game-Improvement Fairway Woods
WE TESTED: 3 (15°) and 3HL (17°) with Matrix Velox T 69 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The low-andforward CG is designed to decrease spin for greater distance. The rebooted “Speed Pocket” is lighter and more flexible than in the RBZ Stage 2.
PLAYABILITY: A versatile club with a piercing, line-drive trajectory; blasts tight, natural draws from lies thick and thin.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Not its forte, but more accurate than a driver—and for some testers it goes just as far; guys who can rein it in enjoy repeatable results.
DISTANCE: Tops in the test; just savage length—5, 10, 20 yards beyond testers’ current 3-woods; even mis-hits chase out impressive results.
FEEL: Shots detonate off the sweet spot with a thick, succinct sensation; nice, head-heavy weighting to it throughout the swing.
LOOK: TaylorMade toned down things and testers approve; sleek, pleasingly accented head fits most eyes; a club that gives the confidence to take a good, hard cut.
Built for speed, if not handling—a few testers are looking for more overall forgiveness; club appears to sit closed at address, which turns off many testers; a handful of guys struggle from the rough because it can shut down on occasion.
BOTTOM LINE: One of the higher-rated models. JetSpeed is a bruiser with surprising sophistication, ideal for a capable player who’s willing to accept an occasional squirrelly shot in search of maximum mileage.
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