April 17, 2014
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- A matte white crown will be available for the company's popular SLDR driver. (Courtesy of TaylorMade)
Since the SLDR driver was released last summer at the John Deere Classic, TaylorMade has released several versions of the 460-cubic centimeter driver, including a head with 14 degrees of loft, smaller-headed 430-cubic centimeter model and SLDR Mini Driver.
On Thursday, TaylorMade announced SLDR will now be available with a matte white crown — the same crown color the company made popular when it launched R11 in 2011. TaylorMade continued the white crown trend through the middle of 2013 before it debuted SLDR with a glossy grey paint scheme.
"The white crown with black button-back delivers a remarkable appearance at address," said Brian Bazzel, TaylorMade's senior director of metalwood product creation. "Many golfers fell in love with white when it came out in 2011, and now we are delivering a limited edition white SLDR with low and forward CG for more distance when you loft up."
Aside from the change in crown color, the driver still features a low-forward center of gravity (CG) and 20-gram moveable weight on the front of the sole that slides along a channel and shifts the clubhead's CG horizontally, along a 21-point track system, towards the heel or toe to promote a draw or fade.
The loft setting on SLDR can also be adjusted via loft-sleeve technology that allows the driver to be positioned 12 different ways within a range of plus-or-minus 1.5 degrees. Increasing the loft on the driver closes the face, while decreasing the loft opens the face.
The limited edition white version will come in four lofts (9.5-, 10.5-, 12- and 14-degrees) with a Fujikura Speeder 57 shaft and TM 360 grip.
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