The new TaylorMade SLDR and JetSpeed drivers contain a low forward center of gravity (CG), which reduces spin and enables the player to “Loft Up.” With a higher lofted driver, the launch angle increases, and the ball travels a longer distance. TaylorMade believes they are revolutionizing driver technology with their theory of lofting up, and they have the numbers to back it up.
Sean Toulon, Executive Vice President of TaylorMade, hosted a press event at the Farmers Insurance Open demonstrating the improvements in driver technology. Three TaylorMade Tour players hit shots with an older version TaylorMade driver, and then the SLDR driver.
12-time PGA Tour winner Justin Leonard went from a 223.0 yard carry, 256.6 yard total to a 241.5 yard carry, 270.1 yard total. Leonard’s launch angle increased from 6.9 to 12.6 degrees, and his spin rate decreased from 2688 RPMs to 2142 RPMs.
Three-time PGA Tour winner Lucas Glover went from a 257.9 yard carry, 283.9 yard total to a 282.1 yard carry, 306.8 yard total. Glover’s launch angle increased from 7.3 to 13.0 degrees, and his spin rate decreased from 3034 RPMs to 2122 RPMs.
Four-time PGA Tour winner Robert Allenby went from a 268.1 yard carry, 298.4 yard total to a 273.5 yard carry, 296.3 yard total. Allenby’s launch angle increased from 9.8 to 12.1 degrees, and his spin rate increased from 1992 to 2453 RPMs. When Allenby decreases the spin rate with the new driver, his total distance will go much further than the older TaylorMade model.
The event showed drastic gains in distance by Justin Leonard and Lucas Glover. Robert Allenby’s distance stayed about the same, but when he lowers the spin rate, he will produce the same gains as the other two.
It’s time to “Loft Up” with the new TaylorMade SLDR and JetSpeed drivers.