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TaylorMade SLDR S Driver Review

TaylorMade SLDR S Driver Review

TaylorMade SLDR S Driver Review: $329.99

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“ALL THE 2014 SLDR DISTANCE, FIXED LOFT, LOWER PRICE” — TaylorMade.

It’s time for another new offering to the TaylorMade driver line. It feels like forever since they have had something new come out (The SLDR White Driver arrived May 2.). Let’s dive in and see what the SLDR S is all about.

The new 2014 TaylorMade SLDR S Driver do not unveil any new technology, but do allow a different market to get in on the low forward center of gravity (CG) and a cheaper price.

It’s notable that TaylorMade was quick to drop its JetSpeed metalwoods line to introduce the SLDR S, which probably was a good idea. TaylorMade is chasing distance, and you can’t argue with the ball speed and spin numbers that you will achieve with the SLDR family.

The new TaylorMade SLDR S Driver gets high marks.

The new TaylorMade SLDR S Driver gets high marks.

Looks (8.5 out of 10)

The new TaylorMade SLDR S Driver look is already proven with the original and extremely popular TaylorMade SLDR line. The matte silver finish gives us a less flashy finish than the White SLDR but I would still prefer to have something less distracting. Maybe if the company added the color options of original, white and silver it would appeal to me to get the exact look that I want.

However, I still like the subtle graphics on the crown. they prove to be very beneficial when lining up to the target line.

TaylorMade was quick -- and correct -- this year to replace its JetSpeed line with the SLDR S series.

TaylorMade was quick — and correct — this year to replace its JetSpeed line with the SLDR S series.

Performance (9.3 out of 10)

Like its predecessor, you will achieve some very low spin rates, which will be a benefit to the majority of golfers. On centered hits, the ball speeds are tough to beat, adding easily five to 10 yards longer on perfect strikes. Any shots miss-hit can prove pretty penalizing, though, since she can get crooked in a hurry.

The SLDR S Driver also has a little bit of a hard feel to it which you really feel on the miss-hits.

The biggest difference with the 2014 TaylorMade SLDR S Driver is that fact that it is not adjustable, which could lead to disaster if improperly it’s fit (And our 2nd Swing reviewer here, Thomas Elsberry, is a certified and experienced clubfitter.).

When my testing session began, I started out with the 10-degree model, and it was easily 30 yards behind my gamer. The issue wasn’t ball speed but spin rate. Ball speeds were 148 mph with my gamer and 150 mph with the TaylorMade SLDR S Driver.

The spin rate I generated on the new 2014 TaylorMade SLDR S Driver was around 1,100 rpm. If I would have bought that off the rack, I’d have thrown it right in the trash after one round. However, with further testing and finishing with the 14-degree model — and with the weight three notches toward the toe — I got the spin rate up to 2,100 rpm and saw some significant improvements.

With the SLDR S Driver, my longest drive turned out to be nine yards longer than with my gamer, which isn’t too shocking. TaylorMade has done a great job in the last year overall with adding distance to its clubs.

The SLDR S Driver performs great, if you get the correct loft fit since it is non-adjustable.

The SLDR S Driver performs great, if you get the correct loft fit since it is non-adjustable.

Final Thoughts (Overall: 9 out of 10)

The 2014 TaylorMade SLDR S Driver is not a bad offering from the company, but not really different than the previous SLDR either. With similar technology in both models — and if you are looking to save some money for your next round — the SLDR S Driver is a pretty good option. Just make sure you get the right loft, which was 14 degrees for me (The SLDR S Driver comes in 10, 12, 14 and 16 degrees.).

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