TaylorMade has resurrected one of its classic clubs to celebrate the brand’s 40th anniversary.
The Original One Mini Driver pays homage to TaylorMade’s history and utilises many of the most important product innovations seen in their metalwood.
Tomo Bystedt, Senior Director, Product Creation at TaylorMade, said: “In 1979, golf was changed forever with the introduction of the Pittsburgh Persimmon – the original metalwood.
“For the past 40 years, TaylorMade has continued that legacy of innovation with game-changing technologies, engineered to help golfers perform at their best.
“The Original One Mini Driver incorporates that heritage of innovation with key performance technologies, packed into a confidence-inspiring shape that delivers on distance, forgiveness and accuracy.”
Evolution of the Mini Driver
TaylorMade first entered the “mini driver” category with the launch of SLDR Mini in 2014; a year later they gave the higher-launching AeroBurner Mini – both predominantly steel in their construction.
While both offered the company’s Speed Pocket tech, Original One Mini Driver is designed to deliver a new level of speed, forgiveness and visual appeal.
Original One Mini Driver tech
TaylorMade’s designers have utilised key tech found in many of the company’s most notable metalwoods intended to deliver a faster, more forgiving and adjustable product.
It all starts with a revolutionary tri-material construction, comprised of a titanium body, 50g steel sole plate and TaylorMade’s instantly recognisable carbon composite crown. The combination of these three materials creates an ultra-low CG for distance and playability.
Other features in Original One Mini include a Loft Sleeve with ±2° adjustability, Twist Face Technology like the M5 and M6 drivers, fairways and hybrids, plus Inverted Cone Technology to promote ball speed on off-centre hits.
Who is Original One Mini Driver For?
Like its predecessors, the Original One Mini Driver is targeted at golfers of all skill levels. It has been engineered to provide an option off the tee that delivers the accuracy and control of a fairway wood but with more distance and forgiveness.
Faster swing speed players may additionally benefit from ease of use off the turf with Original One Mini Drivers’ combination of a medium face depth with ultra-low centre of gravity location for extreme distance and excellent playability from fairway lies.
From a performance perspective, the Original One Mini with its 275cc head (9% larger than AeroBurner Mini) will fit directly between a driver and a fairway wood.
Some golfers will opt to play the club in addition to their current fairway woods, while others may choose to replace a longer fairway wood that was mainly being used off the tee. Most golfers will keep the regular driver in the bag as the club that ultimately delivers the most distance.
Offered in 13.5° loft and only come equipped with Mitsubishi’s Diamana F Limited shaft in 55g (R), or 65g (S) flexes at 43.75in.