TaylorMade Golf has released the SLDR 430, a more compact version of the SLDR 460, in a 430 c.c. clubhead with a modern-classic shape and rich charcoal-gray crown.
The smaller, tour-inspired head is designed to promote improved workability for low-handicap players.
“We put low forward CG in a smaller head to make a driver that tour pros love,” said Brian Bazzel, TaylorMade’s senior director of product creation for metalwoods.
“SLDR 430 makes it easier to shape shots without sacrificing distance,” added Bazzel.
In addition to the low-forward CG benefits, SLDR 430 also incorporates the same sliding weight mechanism that TaylorMade introduced with the SLDR 460.
A blue 20-gram weight slides on a track located on the front of the sole. Movable weight shifts the clubhead’s CG horizontally toward either the heel, to promote a draw, or toward the toe, to promote a fade.
SLDR also incorporates TaylorMade’s Loft-sleeve Technology, which allows the golfer to easily adjust the loft. Golfers can choose from 12 positions within a range of plus-or-minus 1.5 degrees of loft change. The more loft added, the more the face closes and vice-versa.
The SLDR 430 is available in 9.5, 10.5 and 12-degree lofts and is equipped with a Fujikura Speeder 67 graphite shaft and TaylorMade high-traction grip.
The Tour Preferred version, SLDR 430 TP, combines the same clubhead with the tour-caliber Fujikura Speeder Tour Spec 7.3 graphite shaft. A variety of custom shafts are also available.