March 27, 2014
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
Troy Matteson will have golf fans seeing double this week at the Valero Texas Open. Matteson plans to use two TaylorMade SLDR MiniDrivers for the first time at TPC San Antonio — one with 10.5 degrees of loft and another with 12 degrees of loft.
The 10.5-degree SLDR MiniDriver is a TOUR-only model that will be used exclusively off the tee and features a longer hosel for bending purposes. The 12-degree version, which made its TOUR debut at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, will be used primarily off the fairway.
According to TaylorMade, Matteson liked the idea of playing two SLDR MiniDrivers because he felt like both clubs gave him additional control off the tee and from the fairway, without having to sacrifice distance.
He also preferred the smaller head and shorter length shaft of the 10.5-degree version for control and accuracy purposes, and how easy the 12-degree club got in the air from the fairway.
Matteson had been using a 10.5-degree TaylorMade SLDR 460 driver since last season before testing and switching into SLDR MiniDriver this week (he's the first player to put SLDR MiniDriver in play).
The yet-to-be-released, smaller-headed club is roughly 250-cubic centimeters and features a non-adjustable hosel and the company's Speed Pocket technology in the sole. TaylorMade has yet to make an official announcement on the specs and performance benefits of the club.
The decision to use two of the same club, while uncommon, has been done by a few players in the past, including Phil Mickelson, who won the 2006 Masters with two Callaway FT-3 drivers. One driver was 46 inches long, with 9 degrees of loft and a draw bias. The other was 45 inches long, with 10 degrees of loft and a fade bias.