The Hybrids Test 2014: TaylorMade SLDR – SILVER AWARD
Tech: A low and forward centre of gravity placement is combined with weight re-located to the front of the head to promote faster ball speeds, a higher launch angle and a lower spin-rate. The SLDR rescue also uses a “speed pocket” for high ball speeds from a wider area across the face.
What we said… James Ridyard: “It feels long both in shaft (it’s an inch longer than the Ping G25) but it was long in terms of distance, too. Despite the extra length it wasn’t uncontrollable for me, the balance of the club was spot on, but higher handicappers may struggle. It’s got a powerful feel and achieves a high, rainbow flight. One of the lowest spinning, highest launching hybrids on test.” Joel Tadman: “It has an appealing shape and head design. The contrast between the crown and the face as well as the thin line on the crown makes it one of the easiest hybrids to align. I like the reduced offset, it sits nicely behind the ball. Like the driver, a faultless look and a really hot feel off the face. One of my longest on test.” Peter Ward: “I really like the look of it, it felt great in my hands and sat perfectly behind the ball… but I couldn’t get on with it. That said, shots I thought were bad turned out better than I thought.” Ross Nichols: “I like the head shape. The face is easy to align because it looks bright and stands out. I got a super feel, one of the best on test, and a high strong flight. It was easy to hit straight.”
Pros: Compact head, adjustability and distance on offer will appeal to a wide spectrum of players. Long, too.
Cons: Longer shaft may result in a loss of control for some players.
The numbers: Distance consistency: 9.5 Dispersion: 8.5 Looks: 9 Feel: 9.5 Forgiveness: 8.5 Versatility: 8.5
TG Rating: 9/10
Details: Lofts: 17°- 25.5° adjustable Contact: www.taylormadegolf.com
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