TaylorMade Driver Comparison: SLDR 430 vs R15 430
SLDR 430 Driver
When the TaylorMade SLDR 430 driver was released it was the lowest launching, lowest spinning clubhead available. It has a 20-gram moveable weight located on the sole that can be adjusted to promote a draw or fade. This adjustment can provide you with up to 30 yards of shot dispersion, meaning you can adjust your ball flight to either correct or enhance a particular shot shape. Combine that technology with TaylorMade’s LoftSleeve and you’ll be able to adjust and fine-tune your shots to maximize your ball flight and gain every ounce of distance. The clubface on the TaylorMade SLDR 430 driver is deep, from sole to crown, which promotes more control off the tee. The driver has a glossy gray appearance with a silver button on the trailing edge which helps with alignment. It’s also paired with a Fujikura Speeder 57 as the stock shaft, which features high launch characteristics.
R15 430 Driver
The TaylorMade R15 430 driver has all the aspects of the SLDR 430 driver but has been tested and confirmed as a more forgiving design. The R15 430 now has an upgraded Front Track System that houses two moveable weights, 12.5 grams each, which create a mountain of forgiveness. With two moveable weights, you can adjust them so each weight is positioned at each end of the sole (1 in the heel and 1 in the toe) creating a stable clubhead at impact, which equals more forgiveness. There is also a multitude of weight positions that can be made to create specific ball flight patterns. Another aspect the Front Track System creates forgiveness is that it has been moved closer to the clubface and positioned lower. This positioning creates a center of gravity that’s lower which results in a higher launching, straighter shot. The appearance is different than the SLDR 430 due to the re-introduction of the matte white finish.
Which One Is For You
The TaylorMade SLDR 430 driver is for you if….
You have a high swing speed and/or lower handicap and you’re looking for a driver with very low spin and launch to dial in your distance.
The TaylorMade R15 430 driver is for you if….
You’re looking for a bit more forgiveness in your current driver, but still want to have full control over your shot shaping abilities.
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