Complementing the August launch of the SLDR driver, TaylorMade has launched the SLDR Fairways and Rescue clubs.
TaylorMade claims the SLDR is already the most-played driver on the PGA & European Tours, and while the Fairways and Rescues are also on play on the pro circuits, the Rescues will arrive at retail in the UK from November 1, and the Fairways from November 21. The Fairways come with an RRP of £199 each, and the Rescues £169.
Similar to the SLDR driver, each club combines a low and forward centre of gravity placement, which TaylorMade promises will promote faster ball speed, a higher launch angle and a lower spin-rate. The company claims the SLDR fairway is the longest adjustable fairway wood in TaylorMade history.
“We have heard from all types of golfers ranging from weekend players to Tour pros that SLDR is the longest TaylorMade driver they have hit,” says Tom Olsavsky, TaylorMade’s Senior Director of Product Creation for Metalwoods. “This eye-opening distance gain is a result of the low and forward CG placement”.
The SLDR fairway woods debuted at the Tour Championship at East Lake, where TaylorMade Tour staff professionals Justin Rose and D.A. Points both played them, and at the Frys.com Open, nine players carried the club.
The other performance attribute in the new SLDR Fairway and Rescue clubs is an improved Speed Pocket, according to TaylorMade. As seen in the RocketBallz metalwood and RocketBladez irons, the Speed Pocket should increase face flexibility to promote faster ball speed. Unlike the previous RocketBallz metalwood line-up, which had an open slot on the bottom of the clubhead, the SLDR has what should be a more efficient Speed Pocket design, featuring a polymer fill to keep grass and debris out of the pocket.
Available in both the SLDR Fairways and Rescue clubs, TaylorMade’s Loft-Sleeve technology allows golfers to adjust the loft 1.5° up or down to dial in their optimal launch settings.
SLDR fairway woods are equipped with the Fujikura Speeder 77 graphite shaft. Five models/lofts are available: Tour Spoon (14°), 3 (15°), 3HL (17°), 5 (19°) and 5HL (21°). The stock SLDR Rescue shaft is the Fujikura Speeder 82, available in four models/lofts: 2 (17°), 3 (19°), 4 (21°) and 5 (24°).