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TaylorMade launches 3-wood for tee shots

TaylorMade has launched the SLDR Mini Driver, a 260cc metalwood equipped with a 43½ inch shaft, designed to promote distance and accuracy off the tee for players who frequently drive with their 3-wood.TaylorMade research indicates that a high percentage of golfers, regardless of skill level, hit a 3-wood off the tee. However, a 3-wood is designed to hit the ball off turf, not a tee. That void between product design and product use led to the development of the SLDR Mini Driver, which is engineered to be longer off the tee than a 3-wood and accurate.

The SLDR Mini Driver features a low-forward centre of gravity (CG) location that reduces spin. The SLDR Mini Driver also incorporates TaylorMade’s Speed Pocket technology, which promotes lower spin on impacts low on the clubface, where the majority of driver mis-hits occur. Combining a low spin-rate with a high launch angle promotes maximum distance.

Aesthetically, the SLDR Mini Driver’s shape and smooth matte silver crown, black clubface and black button-back give the club an attractive appearance and also facilitate easy and accurate face alignment. The choice of lofts includes 12°, 14° and 16°.

Brian Bazzel, TaylorMade’s senior director of Metalwood Creation sated, “Tour pros and better amateurs often hit their 3-wood off the tee more often than from the fairway. We embraced that fact to create a metalwood that’s sized between a 3-wood and driver and is designed to be easy to hit off a tee.”

The SLDR Mini Driver standard model has an RRP of £199 and is available from 14 May.

More info at: www.taylormadegolf.com