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.


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.


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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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!