#10 - TAYLORMADE SLDR DRIVER (2014) & TAYLORMADE M1 DRIVER (2016/2017)
TaylorMade’s SLDR driver got its name from the simple 20g sliding weight on the sole - and what a difference it made!
Players can slide the weight along a rail to easily create the desired draw or fade they seek. It features 21 SLDR weight positions that dial into the golfer’s desired shot shape and has a modern-classic shape with low-forward CG to promote high launch, faster golf ball speed and low spin for even greater distances.
But the SLDR excels most with its low-forward centre of gravity location that flies against the typical approach placing CG low and further back in the head.
TaylorMade’s Chief Technical Officer, Dr Benoit Vincent, said: "Our expertise in positioning the CG low and forward in a driver sets us apart from our competitors, and is vital to making SLDR the spectacular distance machine it is."
With proper loft fitting, the club's low-spin characteristics and faster ball speeds can lead to some significant distance gains.
REVIEW: TAYLORMADE M1 DRIVER 2017
Its introduction set the tone for what was to come with today's awesome M1 driver, that improves on its 2016 model with a redesigned T-Track system featuring more moveable weight and a longer back track - this allows for 64% more front-to-back centre of gravity (CG) movement than the original M1.
Users simply adjust the front track (15g) to modify left-to-right trajectory and move the back track (12g) forward for a lower ball flight and more distance. You can also adjust it further back for a higher ball flight and more forgiveness.