Published on February 18th, 2014 | by Ryan Wensmann
2014 TaylorMade JetSpeed Driver Review
New TaylorMade JetSpeed Driver: $299.99
The TaylorMade JetSpeed Driver is the first driver in TaylorMade’s line to incorporate its revolutionary speed-pocket technology, which the company uses in iron sets such as the RocketBlade and SpeedBlade. TaylorMade’s speed pocket is most often associated with increased distance. However, with the JetSpeed Driver, the speed pocket allows for both increased distance and greater forgiveness on shots hit low on the face.
If you are a player looking for a higher launch angle and great forgiveness, this is the club for you — but don’t go to the JetSpeed looking for a big increase in distance.
The TaylorMade JetSpeed Driver follows in the line of its Rocketballz and Rocketballz Stage 2 drivers. And they’re all offered about the same price point.
But the JetSpeed Driver allows players to launch the ball higher and with less spin than the Rocketballz drivers. Meanwhile, the TaylorMade JetSpeed Driver measures in at a length of 46 inches with a total weight of 299 grams, making it a long and lightweight driver. The JetSpeed Driver also offers loft adjustability up to a range of 3 degrees, or up or down 1.5 degrees from the driver’s listed loft numbers.
With the JetSpeed driver, TaylorMade continues to move the CG (center of gravity) lower and more forward in the clubhead. Due to the CG’s forward movement, most players will need to play a higher-lofted driver than they normally use.
Look (4 out of 5 stars)
TaylorMade notably makes a return to a more traditional clubhead with the JetSpeed Driver. After many years of white clubheads and creative designs, such as the racing stripe on the R1, the TaylorMade JetSpeed Driver has an appealing black and gray finish that looks great at address. The matte finish reduces glare off the clubhead, too. The sole of the club, though, is rather simple looking, with no movable-weight technology.
Performance (3.5 out of 5 stars)
When I first hit the TaylorMade JetSpeed Driver, I was asked by a TaylorMade representative what loft I play on my current driver. I responded by telling him that I normally play a 9.5 degree, and he replied that I should test out the 10.5 degree driver. As I stated above, the movement of CG more forward in the face will often require a higher loft, resulting in TaylorMade’s new “loft-up” catchphrase. When hitting the JetSpeed Driver, I had a very nice launch angle that was higher than my current driver.
The driver had some nice forgiveness on balls mishit towards the toe and low on the face. I didn’t notice any major change in distance. It fell right in line with how far I normally hit my driver.
Overall, the TaylorMade JetSpeed Driver has a large sweet spot that allows for very nice forgiveness. If you are a player looking for a higher launch angle and great forgiveness, this is the club for you — but don’t go to the JetSpeed looking for a big increase in distance.