TaylorMade has introduced the JetSpeed line of metalwoods that includes the company’s first driver to feature its Speed Pocket technology.
In addition, JetSpeed fairway woods and Rescue clubs combine an enhanced Speed Pocket, a low-forward center of gravity location and extremely light overall weight to promote faster swing speed, clubhead speed and ball speed for more distance.
“We expect ‘low and forward CG to represent the next great innovation in metalwood performance,” said executive vice president Sean Toulon.
“With our SLDR and JetSpeed products, we’re giving golfers of all types the opportunity to increase their launch angle and reduce their spin rate, which ultimately leads to more distance,” he added.
The Speed Pocket was originally designed to increase the speed at which the clubface flexes and rebounds to promote faster ball speed.
TaylorMade engineers say they discovered that incorporating a Speed Pocket into the JetSpeed driver promotes less spin, as well as greater ball speeds on shots struck below the centre of the clubface.
Their research suggested that 72 per cent of all golf shots are hit below the centre of face, so the JetSpeed driver is designed to minimize the ill effects of shots struck below center.
“With most drivers, low impact generates too much spin, making the ball fly too high and land short,” said Brian Bazzel, TaylorMade’s senior director of metalwood creation.
“JetSpeed’s Speed Pocket is engineered to dramatically reduce that added spin to promote more distance on that very common type of mis-hit,” he said.
The JetSpeed head features a matte black crown with decal to promote accurate face alignment at address. The matte finish also reduces glare and provides a stark contrast to the silver clubface to further making face alignment easier.
JetSpeed fairway woods and Rescue clubs each incorporate a redesigned Speed Pocket that’s smaller and accounts for less weight, while efficient at boosting the speed of the clubface.
The improved Speed Pocket is filled with a polymer that keeps debris out to improve turf interaction while absorbing unwanted vibration without slowing down the clubface.
The weight saved by the new Speed Pocket design is redistributed strategically within the clubhead to move the CG lower and more forward, a location that TaylorMade says promotes faster ball speeds and lower spin.
JetSpeed fairways and Rescues also feature a low-profile head design to make it easier to make contact with the clubface below the ball’s equator for easier launch on a high, long-carrying flight.
Available in the JetSpeed driver, TaylorMade’s Loft-Sleeve technology allows golfers to adjust the loft 1.5 degrees up or down to dial in their optimal launch conditions.
Equipped with the Matrix Velox T 49 shaft (46 inches), the JetSpeed driver is available in 9.5, 10.5 and HL (13) degree lofts.
The stock JetSpeed fairway wood shaft is the Matrix Velox T 69 shaft. At 69 grams, it’s a heavier shaft than TaylorMade has used in previous fairway wood models to promote club control.
Five fairway wood lofts are available, including three wood (15 degrees), 3HL (17), five wood (19), 5HL (21) and seven wood (23).
Matrix’s Velox T shaft powers the JetSpeed Rescue Clubs, with the weight determined by shaft flex – S/75 grams, R/65 grams, M/55 grams and L/45 grams.
There are five lofts available: two (17 degrees), three (19), four (22), five (25) and six (28).