Another year, another driver. You may wonder if technology can really change that much from year to year. Technology may not change, but you can always improve. TaylorMade has done just that and we’re here to tell you the differences you see in the TaylorMade R15 driver and the TaylorMade SLDR driver, and what the differences will mean for your game.
Distance with forgiveness is the mantra for the TaylorMade R15 driver. The Front Track system has been moved closer to the clubface compared to the SLDR model by 12mm, which shifts 75% of the R15’s total weight to the front of the driver. This weight placement has created the lowest and most forward center of gravity ever designed in a driver. With this design the R15 driver produces golf shots that launch higher with very low spin. You’ll still need to “Loft Up”, but not as much as prior drivers.
TaylorMade has drastically improved the forgiveness of the R15 driver by transitioning from one adjustable weight in the Front Track system to two movable weights, each weighing 12.5 grams. These weights allow you to make a wider range of adjustments and create a more forgiving driver. You have the option to set up the golf club for a more draw bias (by moving the weights to the heel) or more fade bias (by moving the weights to the toe). With two weights you can also split them up making a combination of these adjustments. For example, you can move one weight towards the heel and one weight towards the center and the result would be a slightly more forgiving, minimally draw-bias club. With the multitude of adjustments, all golfers will be able to find a setting that suits their game.
The TaylorMade SLDR driver was rated as one of the longest drivers. All golfers were seeing consistent distance increases and rightfully so. There are two significant features in the SLDR driver that’s creating unrivaled distance. First, the center of gravity (CG)has been moved lower and closer to the clubface. This CG was achieved by adding a 20-gram sliding weight in the sole. The result of this technology is a lower spin rate with faster ball speeds, which equals more distance. The second feature is not a technological advancement, but it’s a major factor in increased distance; loft. This is important because of the extremely low and forward CG. You’ll need to increase the loft of the SLDR driver to achieve the proper spin rates and launch angles needed to see a distance increase and keep the ball airborne. Loft is your friend with the SLDR driver. Remember this, more loft = more distance!
The TaylorMade SLDR driver’s weights located on the sole will assist you with your desired shot shape. This weight slides along a track that’s located on the sole. The track features 21 positions to lock the weight into for fine tuning your desired shot shape. Also, the sole is marked with the words “fade” at the toe-end of the track and “draw” at the heel-end of the track to assist you when you’re adjusting the weights. Whatever shot-shape you’d like to promote, lock it in on that side.
The TaylorMade SLDR driver is certainly a distance generating golf club. Remember that you’ll want to add loft on this driver.
Now you’re in the know with the TaylorMade R15 and SLDR drivers! Still have questions? Reach out to our PGA Professionals.