#10 - TaylorMade SLDR driver & TaylorMade M1 driver

Andy Roberts's picture
Fri, 9 Jun 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.


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.