November 12 2013
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
LAS VEGAS -- Four months after TaylorMade launched its SLDR driver at the John Deere Classic, the company announced the addition of a new line of woods (driver, fairway woods and hybrids) called JetSpeed on Monday.
According to TaylorMade officials, JetSpeed, which is set to replace the existing RBZ Stage 2 woods in December, is the first driver that features the new Speed Pocket in the sole (TaylorMade added a Speed Pocket to the SLDR fairway woods).
With a shallower head and low, forward center of gravity (CG) -- similar to the CG characteristics of SLDR -- the combination gives JetSpeed a sweet spot that's 25 percent larger and extends lower on the face than RBZ Stage 2. It also helps increase ball speeds and reduce spin on shots hit low on the face.
"Amateurs have a tendency to miss the ball low on the club face with the driver," said Sean Toulon, TaylorMade's Executive VP. "We believe the introduction of the Speed Pocket, along with the lower, forward CG makes this a driver that crosses all party lines. It's breakthrough driver technology."
Unlike SLDR, which has a sliding weight channel on the bottom of the sole that shifts the clubhead's CG horizontally, along a 21-point track system, towards the heel or toe to promote a draw of fade, JetSpeed's only adjustable feature is a hosel that can be adjusted 1.5 degrees up or down.
The JetSpeed fairway woods and hybrids also feature the new Speed Pocket, a slightly shallower face for playability and a lower, forward CG. Similar to the driver, the fairway woods and hybrids are designed to launch the ball higher with less spin for increased distance. The fairway woods and hybrids also come with a non-adjustable hosel.
TaylorMade's JetSpeed driver will be available on Dec. 13 in four lofts (8, 9.5, 10.5 and 12 degrees) for $299 and comes with a Fujikura Speeder 57 shaft. JetSpeed fairways will also be available Dec. 13 in five lofts (15, 17, 19, 21, and 23 degrees) along with the hybrids ($199; 16, 19, 22, 25, and 28 degrees).
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