TaylorMade officially debuts new SLDR driver
Following three weeks of buzz on the PGA and European tours sparked by the release of a prototype driver, TaylorMade Golf has announced the official arrival of SLDR – a revolutionary new club featuring a sliding weight system engineered to launch the golf ball high, fast and long.
How long? Tests show that SLDR is the longest driver in company history.
Key to the leap in distance is a lower and more forward centre of gravity (CG) that promotes a hotter launch, low spin and faster ball speed.
Similar to the impact the “Speed Pocket” had on the performance of the RocketBallz fairway and Rescue clubs, TaylorMade engineers believe SLDR’s low and forward CG placement will redefine driver distance.
In addition to the low-forward CG benefits, SLDR also incorporates a complete reinvention of TaylorMade’s movable weight technology (MWT), making it more effective and easier to use. SLDR features a blue, 20-gram weight that slides on a track located on the front of the sole.
Movable weight shifts the clubhead’s CG horizontally toward either the heel, to promote a draw, or toward the toe, to promote a fade. SLDR delivers six millimetres of movement – that’s 50% more than R1 – promoting a shot-dispersion range of up to 30 yards.
The SLDR weight slides on a 21-point track system and never comes loose from the clubhead. To position the weight in any one of them simply loosen the screw, slide the weight to the point selected, then tighten the screw.
TaylorMade SLDR Driver
Golfers can adjust for a “draw” or “fade” by sliding the weight across the slider track into the appropriate position in as little as 10 seconds.
Since the release of the the r7 quad almost 10 years ago, TaylorMade has been searching for a way to improve and simplify MWT.
The company believes SLDR’s new sliding system is a significant leap forward in its quest to engineer a driver that offers outstanding performance with simple and intuitive technology.
SLDR also incorporates TaylorMade’s Loft-sleeve Technology, which allows the golfer to easily adjust the loft.
Golfers can choose from 12 positions within a range of plus-or-minus 1.5 degrees of loft change. The more loft added, the more the face closes and vice-versa.
In addition to its performance and easy-to-use MWT system, golfers will also take note of SLDR’s look and sound.
At address, golfers will see a driver that possesses a classic shape and a rich charcoal-gray crown colour that contrasts with a silver face to aid with alignment. At impact, the sharp and crisp sound that echoes from the tee box will undoubtedly be that of a TaylorMade driver.
Pricing, Options and Availability
Available in four lofts – 8°, 9.5°, 10.5° and 12°, SLDR is equipped with a Fujikura Speeder 57 graphite shaft and TaylorMade high-traction grip.
The Tour Preferred version, SLDR TP, combines the same clubhead with the tour-caliber Fujikura Speeder Tour Spec 6.3 graphite shaft. A variety of custom shafts are also available.
Availability in Australia for SLDR and SLDR TP begins August 23rd at a suggested retail price of AUD$529 and AUD$639.
In New Zealand availability begins September 2nd at a suggested retail price of NZD$659 / NZD$819.