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

I hope this quick breakdown comparing the Taylormade JetSpeed and SLDR fairway woods has helped out!

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.

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2014-2015 FootJoy Contour Series: Enhancements to a Best Seller

The FootJoy Contour Series has been an instant success since the day the series was release. Every year FootJoy continues to listen to consumers and enhance the shoe that everyone is gravitating towards. The 2014-2015 line up is no different, and they’ve added slight subtleties to continue with the trends and not miss a beat.

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The superior comfort, support and wearability come from FootJoy’s FitBed technology.  The Contour Series’ outer is constructed of soft, comfortable, waterproof full grain leather, making it one of the most durable uppers on the market. The materials and construction are built to withstand the toughest of conditions. FootJoy includes a two year waterproof warranty with the shoes.

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The FootJoy Contour Series is constructed very similarly to a normal, everyday sneaker. This design ensures the shoe will have optimal flexibility. The Contour Series shoe features seven spikes, with the fast twist cleat system for speedy re-spiking.

There are ten new styles available for the 2014-2015 golf season. The following styles are shown with their availability in regards to sizing and widths.

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What are you waiting for? Give the #1 shoe in golf the respect it deserves! Don’t like the colors that are available? Create your own contour series through FootJoy’s MyJoy program.

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Nike Vapor Irons Are Nike’s Best To Date

The Nike Vapor Pro irons are a player’s dream come true. They have straight leading edges, and thin toplines with minimal offset. They’re forged from a single piece of 1025 carbon steel for the purest feel. The center of gravity located exactly at midpoint, combined with a slightly forward weight placement produces explosive, penetrating ball flights. The narrow sole width is premium for crisp turf interaction and ultimate shot-shaping consistency.

“The unique, Modern Muscle profile introduced in the Vapor series of irons both balances the weight of the hosel and structurally reinforces the blade profile resulting in immediately discernible improvements in precision and feel for our athletes,” says Nate Radcliffe, Nike Golf’s Director of Engineering. “In testing, most of our athletes comment that these clubs feel and perform as if there is more mass behind the ball with a heavier and more solid impact.”

To learn more about the Nike Vapor Pro irons click here, or to see a preview of the iron watch this video.

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The Nike Vapor Pro Combo iron is a midsize profiled iron that progresses from a long and low designed long iron to a classic short iron. The 2-7 irons also have a RZN cavity for forgiveness. The progressive profile is matched with the progressive sole width which has a beveled leading edge for increased forgiveness and versatility for all shot types. The weight is evenly distributed to produce high-flying long irons and piercing short irons. The machine milled X3X groove will increase the spin control and add consistency on every shot.

“The Vapor Pro Combo is one of our most innovative iron constructions to date,” said Nate Radcliffe, Nike Golf’s Director of Engineering. “Our precision application of multiple materials throughout this Modern Muscle design has fueled the breakthrough performance characteristics that our athletes such as Rory are reporting back to us. This iron has the clean lines and workability of a blade with the forgiveness of a game improvement iron.”

To learn more about the Nike Vapor Pro Combo irons click here, or to see a preview of the iron watch this video.

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The Nike Vapor Speed irons are the perfect iron when looking to combine maximum forgiveness and traditionalist looks. The ultra-fast Spring Steel face with NexCOR technology coupled with lightweight, high launching shafts increases ball speeds and trajectories. The long irons (3-7) hollow cavity is reinforced with a Fly Beam to stabilize the club on off-center shots. The cavities of the short irons (8-PW) are filled with RZN to produce stability and feedback. The longer blade lengths and shallow face heights set up for a clean and inspiring profile.

“The Vapor Speed irons are for the golf athlete who wants maximum distance and forgiveness throughout the set,” said Nate Radcliffe, Nike Golf’s Director of Engineering. “This is the longest distance iron that we have ever created. If you want to hit it long and straight, this is the iron that fits that profile.”

To learn more about the Nike Vapor Speed irons click here, or to see a preview of the iron watch this video.

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