July 8 2013
The new 460cc SLDR has a moveable weight channel on the sole. (Credit: Jonathan Wall)
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
SILVIS, Ill. — TaylorMade has a new driver on the USGA's Conforming Driver List called "SLDR (Version 1)." By Monday morning, the new prototype was already being tested by a number of notable TOUR players at the John Deere Classic and European Tour's Scottish Open, including Darren Clarke, Martin Laird and Boo Weekley.
Weekley even tweeted out a photo of the driver and noted that it was "more forgiving" than TaylorMade's R1; he also mentioned picking up additional ball speed with the new club.
Dave Cordero, TaylorMade's Public Relations Manager, confirmed SLDR was a prototype driver the company would be showing to its TOUR players for the first time this week at the John Deere Classic and Scottish Open.
The driver players were testing on Monday at the John Deere Classic was 460cc and had a moveable weight channel on the sole that allows the trajectory to be adjusted 16 different ways — there are 16 notches on the sole — between a "fade" and "draw," via a sliding weight port.
SLDR also features a simple, glossy grey paint scheme on the crown that's significantly different from the crown graphics on recent TaylorMade driver models. There's also light grey paint on the back of the driver.
TaylorMade declined to go into specifics regarding the driver's performance or release date. If it makes its way to retail before the end of the year, SLDR would be TaylorMade's fourth driver model in 2013, joining R1, RBZ Stage 2 and R1 Black.