TaylorMade SLDR 460cc Driver
- SLDR is built to help you hit longer/straighter drives by promoting a high launch angle, lower spin-
- That’s what makes SLDR our longest driver ever
- *SLDR’s CG location is both low and forward, due in large part to the large, 20-gram sliding w
- That promotes a dramatic leap in distance
- In addition to the low-forward CG benefits, the SLDR weight also represents a complete reinvention o
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SLDR is built to help you hit longer/straighter drives by promoting a high launch angle, lower spin-rate and faster ball speed. That’s what makes SLDR our longest driver ever.*SLDR’s CG location is both low and forward, due in large part to the large, 20-gram sliding weight on the sole. That promotes a dramatic leap in distance.In addition to the low-forward CG benefits, the SLDR weight also represents a complete reinvention of movable weight, making it more effective and easier to use. Movable weight shifts the clubhead’s CG horizontally toward either the heel, to promote a draw, or toward the toe, to promote a fade. SLDR’s sliding weight allows you to shift the CG far enough to promote a side-to-side trajectory change of up to 30 yards.The SLDR weight slides on the track and never comes loose from the clubhead. To slide the weight to any of the 21 positions on the track, simply loosen the screw, slide the weight, then tighten the screw. It takes as little as ten seconds. And 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 make it clear where you should position the weight to promote the shot-shape you want.SLDR also incorporates our Loft-sleeve Technology, which allows you to adjust the loft. You can choose from 12 positions within a range of plus-or-minus 1.5 degrees of loft change. SLDR is available in three lofts – 9.5°, 10.5° and HL.Aesthetically, SLDR’s confluence of shape, color and visual accents make it one of the most visually compelling clubs we’ve ever created. Its striking modern-classic shape, charcoal-gray crown and chrome “button-back” all adds up to a remarkably beautiful appearance at address. And the clean design of SLDR’s movable weight mechanism, including the single, blue weight and the track it slides in makes its appearance equally striking.*Driver claim based on robot testing of 9.5 driv
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Enter the SLDR, set to 11 degrees and two marks of draw bias. On the same simulator I hit it 235 yards carry, vertical launch of 14-14.5 (consistently), but most importantly, really low spin, which meant the ball should roll out a lot further. On our three courses where I live, the fairways are not very hard, so there generally isn't a lot of roll, but I found myself hitting drives that were on average about 15-20 yards further than the old driver. But that is not what impressed me most. With the SLDR, my misses still roll out to over 200 yards and they don't leave the fairway or light rough! I've hit some shots that really should have been out of bounds, but they remained in the fairway or intermediate rough.
To the detriment of our retirement funds, I've played way too many new drivers (and other new clubs) in my life, but this one will be staying my bag for quite some time. Well, at least until the SLDR-2 comes out :-)
Having come from a 10 degree loft with a stiff shaft, the pro recommended the 10.5 degree SLDR with a regular shaft. He also cranked up the loft, so I am playing it around 11.5 degrees. My pro explained that since the new drivers are designed to spin the ball less, they require a higher loft to get the ball to the optimal trajectory. I usually drive the ball about 250-275 yards, but he claims the regular shaft is correct for me - supposedly shaft technology has changed, and even some pros play regular flex.
My conclusion after 10 rounds is that I hit the ball about the same distance as my previous 6yr old Callaway, but the SLDR is noticeably straighter. The technology of producing lower spin seems to work. I suspect I will pick up a couple of strokes as there are probably 2 or 3 drives per round that I may have hit along the trees that will stay in the rough, or shots that would have found the rough that stay in the edge of the fairway. My only disappointment is my drives aren't going 20-30 yards further, as some of the promotional YouTube videos might suggest, but that's all marketing BS. My pro told me upfront this driver wouldn't go any longer, but it would be straighter, and he was right. Perhaps people who claim this driver goes further than their old driver could be due to the fact that their old drivers may not have been properly fit for them?