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ClubTest 2014: TaylorMade SLDR Driver

ClubTest 2014: TaylorMade SLDR Driver
From ClubTest 2014, tester Jon Dobberstein talks about one of his favorite drivers in the test, the TaylorMade SLDR.

TaylorMade SLDR Driver
Category: Tour Drivers
Price: $399
WE TESTED:
9.5°, 10.5°, 12° with Fujikura Speeder 57 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The 20-gram movable weight promotes up to 30 yards of shot shape adjustment. The low, forward CG contributes to faster ball speeds and less backspin. Very low launch and a low-spin head require additional loft for many players. Slider bar helps to dial in desired ball flight.

PROS
DISTANCE:
One of the longest models tested; long and strong when struck well, particularly if you’re a faster swinger.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Adjusting the weighting can effectively take one side of the fairway out of play; you can make a marginal swing and get away with it; one of the more accurate clubs in the test.
FEEL: A light sensation through the swing can lead to a quicker tempo and swing speed; solid and stable as a rock; shots come off hot with plenty of info transmitted to the hands.
PLAYABILITY: Tends to launch on the low side and provides a consistent, boring trajectory; strong flight lets you cheat the wind; can shape shots but prefers to go straight; most testers need a higher clubface loft than usual for ideal flight.
LOOK: Low-key color scheme is a welcome departure from recent TaylorMade drivers; sits square at address with little to distract the eye; gray marking along the rear is a non-issue.

CONS
Some of our moderate-speed swingers don’t find the launch or overall flight to be high enough; spin rates and hang time can be low for some guys.

BOTTOM LINE: One of the best models tested. It offers impresssive distance and noteworthy accuracy.

HOT STIX'S TAKE: Launch - Low; Spin - Low

NEXT REVIEW: Titleist 913D3 Driver

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MORE INFO: TaylorMade SLDR Driver
BUY THE CLUB: Get your own TaylorMade SLDR Driver
CLUBTEST INDEX: List of past ClubTest Driver reviews

 

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