Equipment

ClubTest 2014: TaylorMade SLDR Hybrids

Photo: Michael Chini

TaylorMade SLDR Hybrids

TaylorMade SLDR Hybrids
Category: Better-Player Hybrids
Price: $220
WE TESTED:
3 (adjusts 17.5° to 20.5°) and 4 (19.5° to 22.5°) with Fujikura Speeder 82 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The updated “Speed Pocket” combines with a lower, more forward CG to produce low-spinning shots and faster initial ball speeds. The “Loft- Sleeve” allows you to alter loft by +/- 1.5°.

PROS
PLAYABILITY:
A consistent mid-trajectory flight with slight draw; performs well off the tee as a long, accurate driving iron; head powers through all kinds of bad lies.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: The larger than usual clubface provides more forgiveness than expected for a better players’ hybrid; even toe and heel hits fly far and straight.
DISTANCE: One of the longest hybrids—just bombs it off the tee; consistent distances, as long or longer than any iron with the same loft; approaches from far out become scoring opportunities.
FEEL: A pleasing sense of cushioning to all shots; well-balanced, lively feel; testers can swing it aggressively with no loss of stability.
LOOK: A few testers find the head size similar to a compact fairway wood, with an elegant dark gray paint job and silver face; technology is well hidden.

CONS
Some guys get inconsistent results from tight fairway lies; a small minority prefer more head weight; a few favor hybrids that are sized more like irons.

BOTTOM LINE: One of the top-performing models. Arguably the best hybrid on tee shots—SLDR is a powerful, reliable, workable driving iron.

RELATED LINKS
BUY THE CLUB: Get your own TaylorMade SLDR Hybrids
CLUBTEST INDEX: List of past ClubTest Hybrid reviews

NEXT REVIEW: Titleist 913H Hybrids

 

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