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Equipment Report

    Metalwoods added to TaylorMade SLDR line

  • The new SLDR S is expected to be a popular choice, considering the success of the company's SLDR driver. (Courtesy of Taylor Made) The new SLDR S is expected to be a popular choice, considering the success of the company's SLDR driver. (Courtesy of Taylor Made)

Looking to build on the success of the SLDR driver, TaylorMade announced the release of its SLDR S metalwoods line that features the same low, forward center of gravity (CG) as its predecessor. The CG position promotes a higher launch with less spin for increased carry distance.

Like TaylorMade's SLDR 460, SLDR S measures 460cc and has a 20-gram moveable weight in the sole of the head that slides on a channel on the front of the sole and shifts the clubhead's CG horizontally, along a 21-point track system, towards the heel or toe to promote a draw of fade.

Where the drivers differ is in adjustability. SLDR has an adjustable loft sleeve that allows the driver to be positioned 12 different ways within a range of plus-or-minus 1.5 degrees. TaylorMade's SLDR S, on the other hand, features a bonded, non-adjustable head that comes in four high-lofted options: 10, 12, 14 and 16 degrees.

“It’s no secret that high launch and low spin maximize driver distance, but some players think that only Tour pros can benefit from lofting up with low forward CG,” said TaylorMade chief technical office, Benoit Vincent. “This is simply not true. By lofting up, you can generate serious distance regardless of swing speed with SLDR S, which has low and forward CG properties, along with a sliding weight that assists shot shape.”

Taking a page from SLDR Mini Driver, SLDR S will have a similar aesthetics to the larger-headed fairway wood with a satin silver crown and black-button back sole.

SLDR S fairway woods and hybrids will have a slighter larger profile than SLDR with a shallower design that makes them easier to hit off the turf. The fairway woods come in five lofts: 15 (3-wood), 17 (3-wood HL), 19 (5-wood), 21 (5-wood HL) and 23 (7-wood) degrees. The hybrids are available in four different lofts: 19 (3H), 22 (4H), 25 (5H) and 28 (6H) degrees.

To help celebrate the launch of SLDR S, TaylorMade will "Silver Out" a majority of its Tour staff at THE PLAYERS Championship and HP Byron Nelson Championship. Players will sport silver adidas Golf apparel, carry silver TaylorMade staff bags and use an adjustable, Tour-only SLDR that has the same stain silver finish as SLDR S. The company said it plans to release a limited number of Tour-only SLDR drivers through the TaylorMade Vault.

TaylorMade's SLDR S line will be available May 16. The driver retails for $330, fairway woods for $230 and hybrids for $180. The entire line comes standard with Fujikura's Speeder 57, 65 and 72 shafts.