TaylorMade SLDR - Gold Award

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The Drivers Test 2014: TaylorMade SLDR - GOLD AWARD

Cost: £349. 

Tech: The SLDR has the CG positioned extremely low and forward in the head for high launch with low spin and faster ball speeds. A 20g sliding weight on the sole can be fixed in any one of up to 21 positions, changing dispersion by up to 30 yards. Loft can be altered up or down by up to 1.5° via a 12-position loft sleeve.

What we said... James Ridyard: “It’s a nice-looking and sounding club, but I found it tough to control until I found a head/shaft combination that I liked. I was suprised how well the 10.5° head worked for me. It’s not a loft I’m used to seeing, but it achieved the most distance.” Joel Tadman: “This was a very different ball flight for me, a higher peak height due to increased launch with lower spin, giving me more carry with decent roll, too. It feels really powerful – although not quite as much as JetSpeed – and setting the sliding weight just two clicks into draw helped eliminate a miss right. The shape really suited my eye.” Stephen Kidd: “I’ve recently been fitted for a 10.5° SLDR, but got more distance using 11.5° with the TP shaft. I don’t like the shiny finish, but the contrast between face and crown made it easy to square up. I like having the ability to adjust the sliding weight to react to my shots from day to day.” Steve Milnes: “I cranked the 12° head up to 13° and launched the ball at 15° with 2500 rpm of spin – numbers I’d never seen before. It’s no wonder it was one of my longest on test. The look alone boosts confidence.”

Pros: Lofting up certainly helps with SLDR. Most will see significant distance gains.

Cons: Stock shafts reduce the value on offer. Higher flight unlikely to suit windy conditions.

The numbers: Looks: 9 Feel: 9.5 Sound: 9 Forgiveness: 9 Performance: 8.5

TG Rating: 9/10 Gold Award. 

Details: Lofts: 9.5°, 10.5°, 12°, 14° adjustable. TP £399. Contact: www.taylormadegolf.co.uk

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