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.