TaylorMade SLDR driver spotted

by   |   July 8, 2013

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TaylorMade has a new driver on the USGA list of conforming driver heads called the SLDR.

According to Dave Cordero, global communications manager for TaylorMade, the SLDR is a prototype that the company will be showing to its tour players at the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic and European Tour’s Scottish Open this week.

We can tell from our pictures that there is a sliding weight bar in the front of the sole that allows the trajectory bias to be adjusted from fade to draw in at least 16 different ways (there are 16 tick marks between “draw” and “fade”). This technology appears to replace the screw-in weights on TaylorMade’s R11S and R1 drivers, which allowed golfers to tune trajectory and swing weight.

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Unlike the R1, which had graphics painted on its matte white crown, the SLDR has a glossy grey crown, with a lighter grey section on the rear portion of the crown.

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The driver is officially called the “SLDR Version 1″ on the USGA list, and is 460 cubic centimeters with an adjustable hosel. The sliding weight appears to be adjustable by the same wrench that adjusts TaylorMade’s adjustable hosels.

TaylorMade made headlines in late May when it released a black-colored version of its R1 driver, which was the same as the company’s R1 White driver with the exception of a glossy black-painted crown. If the SLDR were to be released this year, it would be be the fourth retail driver released by TaylorMade in 2013.

Mid-summer driver releases from major equipment companies are rare, but last week Callaway made news when it released its new OptiForce driver, which was put in play by six Callaway staff members at The Greenbrier Classic.

Click here to see what members are saying in the “Tour/Pre-release equipment forum,” and check out more photos of the SLDR in the gallery below.

 

Click here to see what members are saying in the “Tour/Pre-release equipment forum,”

 

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87 Comments

  1. Scratcher

    October 9, 2013 at 11:35 am

    This Driver is no gimmick! best performance out of any driver anyone has ever laid a hand on! I had to put an Aldila rip beta 60 x-stiff because of my swing speed but with this head I dropped 1500rpm off my spin and gained 20-30yrds on every hit, My misshits now go as far as a pure strike with my old RZR fit Extreme. GET YOURSELF ONE!!

  2. R

    July 27, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    To all you guys ragging on this driver, I JUST HIT THIS, and boy do I have a lot to say. I would very much appreciate being contacted by GolfWRX as I have in-hand pictures and launch monitor numbers. Thanks

  3. j

    July 22, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Super Tri R9 forever……….These new drivers are jokes, shame on you, Taylormade…..Duping the consumer, not helping…..

  4. JEFF SMITH

    July 22, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    WHAT A JOKE!

  5. JoseJuan

    July 18, 2013 at 4:02 am

    So they use the slide weight that Mizuno used years ago… and THey painted the heads back to a darker not effing white color. One thing for sure, theyll sell more of these than the Mizzy 600 and 630 combined.

    BTW HAS ANYONE HIT THE MP-650???????? ITS LIKE HITTING A 983K! I said it

  6. Big G

    July 17, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Your gonna be seeing these on the shelves mid august

  7. R

    July 13, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    The crown design is pretty much the same as the new cobra amp cell drivers

  8. Roger

    July 12, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Retro Time again.
    Had the Mizuno MP 600…sold it bought the older MP 001.
    Kept it as the spare…..pulled it out 18 months later,
    beat 910 d3, TM Supertri……
    Now i’m a Razr Fit guy…..thats a nice solid product.
    The new ProtoType TM R13 must be just around the Dogleg!!!!!!!!!
    Black, 425cc,mid spin, ummmman R7 425 V2…….with MWT WOW

  9. Doug

    July 12, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    TM did the same in the nineties. Went too far until no one took them seriously then turned around and said they were starting from scratch with the better player in mind. Maybe its just a normal marketing cycle.

  10. Tom

    July 11, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Was it McHenry that did it befor Mizuno?
    And yes it does seem that TM comes out
    with a new driver every few months.
    Imagine being a PGA pro trying to sell
    them in your shop. By the time you pay
    your invoice and before you get it sold
    it’s at Golfsmith for half price, ’cause
    a new one is now out!

  11. Rick

    July 10, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    WHAT IF I PUT GUNPOWDER IN THE GROOVE? Hmmmm

    • Jack

      July 12, 2013 at 11:40 pm

      I’m thinking miniature rocket boosters in addition to the gunpowder. Pow! Then Boost!

  12. Blaise

    July 10, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I don’t understand all the negativity. It’s a good concept for the rave that is adjustable drivers. If you don’t like it don’t buy it. It probably won’t be released until next January. Please change the head to black instead of grey.

  13. jgpl001

    July 10, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    TM you ARE A JOKE, an ABSOLUTE JOKE

  14. Rene Goulet

    July 10, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I must agree way too many TM drivers being released in such a short period of time. Before you even start the slush fund to possibly upgrade they bring out another one. I think I’m going back to Titleist where I get 2 years to work with a product before there is a ‘new’ and improved version.

  15. BcavWecllh

    July 10, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I can’t wait for Mark King to tout this “new” technology like he did with the slot in the rocketbladez irons (see Wilson reflex irons).

    • ParPlayrCCC

      July 10, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      Does it dim the lights in the living room, or raise and lower the volume on my 13″ B&W TV with a rotary dial??

  16. HHGC

    July 10, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Had a mizuno MP600. Joe Kwok was using one when I played with him. I gave mine to a friend as I bought one to reshaft and never did. HEad had a great feel, similar to the Bstone J33 driver that I still have. I slice and hook the R11 just fine. I think TM should do a retro or old school model and make it with a Persimmon slide on the sole. :)

  17. Chris

    July 10, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Hmm…not sure about this one. I actually like the look of it much better than the R1…except for that whole slot thing. If it wasn’t for that I think it would be a pretty nice looking driver, sort of gives me a similar feel that the Anser does…very industrial. I wonder how heavy that slider weight is….I’m tend to think it takes a pretty big weight swing to have an appreciable impact on ball flight. Curious how much weight gets moved around and what it really does. This is the first TM driver in a long time that I’m actually quite curious to try (I’ve been pretty anti-TMAG in the past, but am warming up to them).

    I still don’t get the people who get all upset about their release schedule. If you want a product that is going to be “new” for two years then definitely buy something else, but I don’t buy a product for that reason. I buy one that works for me and that I like the look/feel/performance of. Right now that is my Titleist 913 D3. If they came out with a 914 tomorrow it honestly wouldn’t bother me a bit as I love my 913 and it was the right choice for me at the time. Who cares if they come out with something new after the fact.

  18. richie

    July 10, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    here we go again another TM driver they hurt the consumer Pay $300.00 plus & yr. or 2 later go to trade it in or upgrade & the club is worthless because TM has come out with 3 or 5 since then. I will not buy TM driver Never… Plus hit the Ping much Better

  19. Jeff

    July 9, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    So, Mizuno and the MacGregor MacTec had a baby?

  20. lloyd duffield

    July 9, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    TAYLORMADE NEED A GOOD SLAP JUST RELEASED THE R1 IN WHITE AND BLACK AND NOW THEY RELEASE THIS THING IM NOT SURE WOT TO MAKE OF IT. DO TAYLORMADE THINK POEPLE GOT £299 TO SPEND ON A R1 THEN TO BE OUT DATED WITH IN 6 MONTHS OF RELEASE BY THIS THING. IT WONT SELL NOT BECAUSE ITS UGLY ONLY BECAUSE TIMES ARE HARD AND SALES OF GOLF CLUBS ARE DOWN CUZ THERE NO JOBS MEANS NO MONEY. TAYLORMADE SHOULD LOOK AT TITELIST AS THEY RELEASE GOLF CLUBS EVERY 2 YEARS BY THEN YOU MIGHT WANT TO UP GRADE NOT AFTER 6 MONTHS AND WASTE EVEN MORE MONEY AND GET PEANUTS FOR YOUR R1 TRADE IN,

  21. Flush (yes the toilet, not your 3 iron)

    July 9, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Was this a contest I missed? Lets see who can lead TMAG down the road to sports authority? They are really losing it….I’m sorry but titleist, ping are doing things right, while not pissing off there customers with a new gimmick every 6 months. This is hideous, and I could not see a tour player playing this driver. All just my opinion, but I hope the adjustability fad goes away real soon. I’m down with adapters to change shafts easily for fitting purposes (still don’t like bulky hosel, but ill take glued drivers again over this Optimus prime looking gimmick. I thought they were going right direction offering black r1, but this is hideous. I’d be embarrassed to unplug the charger for the headcover warmer, and pull out this pile of high speed engineering to get some mid season sales. FAIL

    • Jeff

      July 9, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      “This is hideous, and I could not see a tour player playing this driver.”

      then look at the pictures–there are two hitting this driver homee.

    • NG

      July 11, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      Seriously, step out of the 90′s already!

  22. Chris

    July 9, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I played both versions of this driver produced by Mizuno and found both to be in the top five of their contemporaries. I moved on in my perpetual quest for distance. The one thing I did experience in the Mizuno versions was a tendency to balloon. TMs face forward placement of the weights presents one with the hope of a better ball flight. If TM opts to utilize heavier weight than that used by Mizuno, perhaps even Tom Wishon might concede the efficacy of this particular weight shifting approach.

  23. Mike

    July 9, 2013 at 8:51 am

    What you guys dont or do realize is that Taylor Made does not make a driver just because the guys or girls on here like it or dont like it, there are about 26 million more golfers out there besides us…It will sell just like every other driver they make, and plenty of you will complain about it to some extent or another…”White is awful” “i refuse to buy a white driver” that was 95% of comments on here 3 years ago and Taylor Made sold more woods than any other OEM could ever dream of selling and has done since…

    • dg7936

      July 10, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      The point is not whether these will sell. Evidently there are a sufficient number of gullible morons out there to keep TM in business. The issue is whether this driver represents a viable game improvement option for serious golfers or whether it’s a gimmicky mousetrap designed to look high-tech but with no real significant benefit, which seems to be the general consensus here.
      (IMHO Tm has gagged up their product line totally. But enough desperadoes think this new stuff helps. I thought Callaway was a heartless shill for overpriced junk but TM is just as bad).

  24. Sid

    July 9, 2013 at 7:54 am

    I love how Taylormade has made it easy for me to SMS text my mates witht eh driver I just bought. They are right into this shortening of names like Rocketballz into RBZ and now obviously Slider into SLDR… Or does SLDR stand for something???? Sell Lots to Dumb Retailbuyers

  25. John

    July 9, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Has GOLFWRX made anyone else hate taylormade and wish they would get out of golf?

  26. Steven Safran

    July 9, 2013 at 6:21 am

    The TP version comes with a remote control.

    • ben

      July 9, 2013 at 6:52 am

      And the extra 2 letters?

  27. ben

    July 9, 2013 at 6:15 am

    Can i buy a vowel? Seriously it cant cost that much for 2 extra letters.

  28. James Hamner

    July 9, 2013 at 1:26 am

    I think its funny that all these people are baggin on this driver when we all know when it comes out in a few months that 75% of them will have one in their bag hahaha cant wait.

    • Mike

      July 9, 2013 at 8:53 am

      ^^^^^^What this guy said^^^^

  29. tyler brooke

    July 8, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    TM comes out with a driver everytime i take a dump. which is daily. enough already.

  30. Chris

    July 8, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Hey,Trailer-made! Does that slider go from zero to ugly?

  31. Crum

    July 8, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Wow, what a gimmick piece of junk!!! The beginning of the end for taylormade.

    • Launcher

      July 8, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      The shark was jumped with the crown of the R1, this merely confirms it.

  32. Desmond

    July 8, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    I like the R1 — it’s cool and forward.

    This one looks like a Wal-Mart Special – old and tired.

    • John

      July 9, 2013 at 7:31 am

      And you don’t think the r1 does?

  33. Jeff

    July 8, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    The TP version has the fruit slicer option

  34. fairway fitter

    July 8, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    After all the bs I’ve put myself through, I’ve gone back to my r9 Super Tri and hit 11/14 fairways this past weekend. I hit the ball the same approx yardage I’ve hit it the past 12 years. I’ve played my buddies R1, Rocketballz Tour and Titleist 913 and must say the Super Tri is the right one for me

  35. Blanco

    July 8, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    The player$ and $ure to love it$ di$tance and sophi$ticated look$$$$$$

  36. Juan

    July 8, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    wow, That’s the ugliest driver I have ever seen in my life,they should have called it the frankenstein

  37. joe

    July 8, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    wondering why this isn’t white… have they completely got rid of the white drivers? Two in a row — becoming a trend? this is a lot like Mizuno’s but i guess its not a big deal as long as its longer and straighter than past models. Just another gimmick. Looks as though their design team really liked the crown design of the Puma/Cobra Amp Cell.

  38. Johnjohn

    July 8, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I have the mizuno 630, tech worked. As for Donald hitting tm driver, look how much tm pays him to do it. As I recall he is not the most accurate driver out there, so using him as an example for TM might not be a good one

  39. Steve

    July 8, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Oh….My….GAWWWWDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!! I gotta have one! If it only had an E9 Face, or a rotary adjustment! Never Mind. Gimme 2!

  40. Launcher

    July 8, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    WOW. I’m going long on Callaway stock after seeing this picture.

  41. c

    July 8, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Is it just me or does tm put out 3+ drivers every year. The average consumer must be so confused when they go to buy a driver. Last I checked the COR limit has been established so what could they have improved in the last ten drivers. I know you can change the colors and move weights around but honestly once I find a club I like I don’t mess with it.

    reminds of the auto industry when GM used to have roughly 100 different makes/models

  42. Joe Mama

    July 8, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    I like it.

    It is a lot cleaner and much less busy-looking than the Swiss Army knife/chronograph R1.

  43. EPIC FAIL

    July 8, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    let me guess, it’s 17 yards longer?

    • BOSHTRICH

      July 8, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      No, 23 actually

  44. Tim

    July 8, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Love the SLDR’s look and functionality!

  45. Shark

    July 8, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Some say mizuno already did it. Their right.
    Guess what? Mizuno wasn’t first either. It’s be done before.
    So now my point. Who cares!

    Whenever anyone sees a design of anything I hear some chime in with comments of others with similar design cues etc.
    So? so what? Nobody said this is revolutionary.
    Whether it works is all that matters. It may or may not. For most hackers it’s the swing… The indian… Not the arrow.
    But why all the “I’ve seen it before”.

    Tm is a marketing king. Hate em? Love em? They will market the heck out of it if it comes.

    Mizuno drivers? I don’t know a soul who uses them. Tm? Almost everyone I know has one.

    Luke Donald. Face of mizuno. But he don’t use their drivers…. So them having had it before. Means nothing.

    • Tim

      July 9, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      I think the complaint is, this is it? That’s all you got TM? Who cares that they are the King of marketing, I don’t care! Either you like this design or you don’t. If I don’t like it because its a copy of another design, why do you care? Why does that bother you?

  46. James

    July 8, 2013 at 11:40 am

    It looks like it might be a blue crown. Taylormade’s Facebook sent out colored photos. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151779233929665&set=a.137073304664.124472.119500444664&type=1&permPage=1

  47. george

    July 8, 2013 at 11:31 am

    if its deep faced im all over it – just not in a white head -

  48. Doi

    July 8, 2013 at 11:17 am

    That “groove” is a velocity slot. Hahaha!

  49. Mat

    July 8, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I think the genius of this club is it will make no one better. Just imagine all the weekend duffers comparing what direction they think they need…

    • george

      July 8, 2013 at 11:32 am

      hahahaha

  50. tider992010

    July 8, 2013 at 11:02 am

    I Agree, looks like the Mizuno Driver with RBZ body. Nothing new under the sun!

  51. Matt

    July 8, 2013 at 10:41 am

    I think Mizuno had a better design a few years ago with the adjustable weight away from the clubface.

  52. Jon

    July 8, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I’m waiting for the sound effects and blinking lights before I purchase one for my kid.

    • John

      July 9, 2013 at 7:28 am

      Seriously what I feel like when I hit my r11s

  53. Casey

    July 8, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I can’t wait for the SLDR LMNOP SuperLong New York Strip Model with skid plates to come out!!!

  54. graham

    July 8, 2013 at 10:13 am

    didnt mizuno come out with a driver similar to this a few years ago with the same concept?

    • Bill

      July 9, 2013 at 7:21 am

      Graham,
      Yes, Mizuno did and it failed miserably! I had a couple of Mizuno’s Trac Drivers and the concept was ok, just didn’t pan out for a competitive driver. Not surprized though that the company leading in market share for drivers is not satisfied with what they already have.

  55. michael

    July 8, 2013 at 10:10 am

    eghhh…not feeling it, maybe going overkill, this model cant be better than the R1, maybe a step up from the RBZ, i could see this driver being a dicks sporting goods only driver kind of like the burner there selling at there stores only.

    • Scratcher

      October 9, 2013 at 11:28 am

      try it! i have nothing but good to say about it! it out performs the R1 by a long shot!! Spin rate and trajectory are unmatched in the industry.

  56. JB

    July 8, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Glad I got the R1 this year so I don’t have to upgrade to that one next year!!!

  57. Kris

    July 8, 2013 at 9:59 am

    “groove”

  58. Eugene

    July 8, 2013 at 9:57 am

    r they kidding ..they have to be!

  59. Kris

    July 8, 2013 at 9:56 am

    I like the idea. And love the idea of non-white TM drivers. My only concern is for the average hacker, that grove might collect dirt.

    • Gerald

      July 8, 2013 at 4:40 pm

      who hits the ground with a driver, if you do I have no comment…..

      • Chris

        July 10, 2013 at 11:26 am

        LOLLL

      • driver-driver

        July 13, 2013 at 8:48 am

        i do when i stripe a 270 yard approach on a par 5 in two driver driver ya diggggg

        • Bob Baker

          July 15, 2013 at 11:19 am

          Agreed… Also how about this. You faded your drive into the trees on the right side. You have a swing but very low hanging branches and your only direction is 30 or 40 yards left. You’re 130 yds or more away. Usual play is 4I (if you have one)played back in your stance, but a much easier shot is a half swing with a driver especially if you cut off your follow through. Easiest shot in the world. I’m talking about a decent lie something that won’t do any damage. Ya gotta keep an open mind!!

        • Scratcher

          October 9, 2013 at 11:26 am

          if you need driver from 270 you shouldn’t admit it publicly! 3wd fade hop and stop is the play into a par 5, have fun stopping a driver of the deck on a postage stamp with water and bunkers around it.

  60. Todd

    July 8, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Seriously? Kings of Gimmick Golf

    • happy

      July 8, 2013 at 11:53 am

      Mizuno had this gimmick several years ago.

      • yomomma

        July 10, 2013 at 2:01 pm

        the color scheme makes me think it is a Mizuno driver

      • Pete

        July 11, 2013 at 8:36 am

        My thoughts exactly. I smell a lawsuit.

  61. John

    July 8, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

    Bahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    • Joe

      July 10, 2013 at 11:53 am

      My thoughts exactly. People need to go to range instead of their problems instead of their wrench!

    • David

      July 10, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      They call it the SLDR because that what you do with you’re credit card after you trade in you’re R1. Ha Ha

    • gary

      July 10, 2013 at 12:11 pm

      With all this new technology, I find no improvement on my drives. My old R-9 still does the job better.

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