TaylorMade has announced that it will launch a 14-degree version of its SLDR driver, which was first introduced in the summer. You can read more about the SLDR here.
“We have been chasing a driver that delivers high launch and low spin, a coveted combination off the tee sought after by all golfers,” said TaylorMade chief technical officer Benoit Vincent.
“Having made significant industry strides with innovation advancements like movable weight, larger faces, adjustable shafts and improved aerodynamics, we are confident that we have cracked yet another code to more distance and it’s through loft,” he said.
Contrary to any opinion that low-lofted drivers are best for better golfers, TaylorMade has been working to show that the combination of low-forward centre of gravity and higher lofts produce longer ball flight.
According to TaylorMade, SLDR users on the PGA Tour have lofted up at least one degree when compared against previous driver models that do not have low and forward CG.
“Everything we thought we knew about engineering drivers has been turned on its head,” said Vincent. “I have never been more convinced that building a driver with low and forward CG is the future in metalwood construction.”
TaylorMade’s engineering team has calculated that 17 degrees of launch and 1700 RPMs of spin create the perfect combination for maximizing driver distance, leading to the 14-degree version of the SLDR, which should be available in the next few months.