Earlier this year, TaylorMade introduced the SLDR Mini Driver, a club designed for use off the tee with accuracy and longer than a three wood.
The company is now featuring a club designed to deliver distance on tee shots in a long iron, with the release of the Tour Preferred UDI (Ultimate Driving Iron).
“We designed the Tour Preferred UDI for players seeking a versatile club that delivers incredible distance off the tee and a high-performance alternative from the fairway,” said TaylorMade’s director of iron creation, Tomo Bystedt.
“The clean, traditional look at address inspires confidence and the Speed Pocket technology provides amazing distance and consistency,” added Bystedt
TaylorMade tour staff professional Justin Rose has played the UDI in his two recent wins at the Quicken Loans National at Congressional and the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.
Like Rose, TaylorMade tour staff professionals expressed a specific desire for a club that combines distance and playability with accuracy and shot shaping capabilities.
The hollow construction of the UDI allowed engineers to move weight lower and more forward with the goal of faster ball speeds and a higher launch angle than traditional driving irons.
A 455 Carpenter Steel material to generate more pronounced ball speed, along with milled score lines across the face are designed to offer control, allowing golfers to hit shots lower and manipulate trajectory.
The lightweight KBS C-Taper Lite is the stock shaft, promoting a mid-to-high trajectory and controlled spin.
Available in one-iron (16 degrees), twp-iron (18) and three-iron (20) options, the UDI features TaylorMade’s Speed Pocket Technology that allows the face to flex more efficiently for better distance and greater consistency.
Other features include an advanced sound dampening system for a soft feel and a crisp sound.