TaylorMade 3-Wood Comparison: JetSpeed vs SLDR

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The TaylorMade JetSpeed fairway wood has been designed with the ultimate goal of being an easy to hit, good looking club that crushes the golf ball past your buddy’s driver. The newly redesigned Speed Pocket now cuts through more of the sole, which increases ball speeds on mishits across the entire face, performing better than its predecessor, the  TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 fairway wood. TaylorMade has also moved the center of gravity (CG) lower and closer to the face of the golfclub. This lower CG position will produce a higher launch, and the forward CG will produce lower spin rates. The JetSpeed clubhead also gives the club a lower profile and puts the CG below the equator of the golf ball, making fairway woods more forgiving than ever before!

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Not all golfers will fit into the ultra-low launch and low spinning combination clubheads that have become a staple in the 2014 market. Golfers with slower swing speeds need additional spin and a higher launch to keep the golf ball airborne and flying straight. On the other side of the spectrum, higher swing speed players who have a lower launch angle will enjoy hitting a high towering 3 wood versus one that rolls out for days. The playability and forgiveness of the TaylorMade JetSpeed fairway wood was proven by many PGA Tour players in 2014. Players such as Justin Rose, Shawn Stefani, Camilo Villegas, and Ryan Moore had successful years.

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The TaylorMade SLDR fairway wood

is designed with the better player in mind (that’s not to say a higher handicap couldn’t play the club). The newly redesigned Speed Pocket promotes faster ball speeds across the face, especially those struck low on the clubface. The SLDR fairway wood is significantly more playable than last year’s TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 fairway wood. With an extreme forward CG, miss-hits are severely punished by both distance loss and increased side spin. Though, when hit solid, it’s a recipe for crazy distance! The SLDR produces long and straight shots equally from the tee and fairway. This can be attributed to the SLDR’s shallow profile, which places the CG lower than the equator of the golf ball. The shallow face also increases the playability factor from various lies, so you can hit a multitude of shots.

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This club has an ultra-sleek appearance, framing the golf ball with a silver face and grey clubhead. This compact clubhead appeals to all golfers and inspires confidence when facing all shots. The SLDR is available in a TP model as well. The TaylorMade SLDR TP fairway wood is the same clubhead with upgraded Tour-quality shaft options.

What You Need To Know:

Player Profile for the TaylorMade JetSpeed Fairway Wood

  • Handicap: 12 and higher
  • Swing Speed: 95 mph and lower
  • Seeking to gain distance while maintaining or increasing forgiveness

Player Profile for the Taylormade SLDR Fairway Wood

  • Handicap: 0-12
  • Swing Speed: 95 mph and higher
  • Seeking to lower your ball flight and achieve a straighter shot pattern

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I hope this quick breakdown comparing the Taylormade JetSpeed and SLDR fairway woods has helped out! If not, send our PGA Professionals an email.

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Looking to learn more? Take a look at our other comparisons we’ve done by TaylorMade: SpeedBlade vs RocketBladez, SLDR vs SpeedBlade, SLDR vs SLDRS vs SLDR Mini.

Ryan Spaziani

Ryan Spaziani has been a Class “A” member of the PGA of America since 2012. He graduated from the Professional Golfers Career College in Orlando, FL with an Associate Degree in Professional Golf Management. He has worked for both private and public golf courses in the Raleigh, North Carolina. Ryan has a strong passion and extensive knowledge for teaching, club fitting and growing the game of golf.