December 19 2013
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
TaylorMade's SLDR driver, currently the No. 1 driver model on the PGA TOUR, will now be available in a more compact 430-cubic centimeter head on Dec. 20.
The new TOUR-inspired SLDR 430 driver features the same 20-gram sliding weight — the weight moves the CG horizontally toward the heel or toe along a track, to promote a fade or draw — on the front of the sole as the 460-cubic centimeter SLDR driver, and a low and forward center of gravity placement that produces lower spin and faster ball speeds.
SLDR 430 also has adjustable loft-sleeve technology, which allows golfers to choose from 12 loft positions within a 3-degree range (plus-or-minus 1.5 degrees).
As far as the differences between SLDR 460 and SLDR 430, the more compact head, which comes in a modern-classic shape, is supposed to spin less and offer improved workability. Although a large number of TOUR players use 460cc drivers, there is a contingent that prefers a more compact, classic head that offer slightly less forgiveness and the ability to move the ball in both directions.
“We put low forward CG in a smaller head to make a driver that TOUR pros love,” said Brian Bazzel, TaylorMade’s senior director of product creation for metalwoods. “SLDR 430 makes it easier to shape shots without sacrificing distance.”
The driver will be available in three lofts — 9.5, 10.5 and 12 degrees — with Fujikura's Speeder 67 shaft for $399. TaylorMade will also release a Tour Preferred SLDR 430 on Dec. 20 that has a TOUR-level Fujikura Speeder Tour Spec 7.3 shaft for $499.
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