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Spotted: TaylorMade SLDR Fairway Wood

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Check out the photos of TaylorMade’s new SLDR fairway wood, which was being tested by Dustin Johnson at the Tour Championship.

The SLDR fairway wood does not have the sliding weight track that was featured on the company’s new SLDR driver. Instead, it has what appears to be a new version of TaylorMade’s Speed Pocket, which like the slot on the company’s new SpeedBlade iron has curved design that looks to cut all the way through the club’s sole. It also has an adjustable hosel that seems to have the same adjustability as the SLDR driver, 1.5 degrees up or down from the standard loft.

Johnson was the first player to test the club at East Lake, a 15.5-degree model, but according to TaylorMade tour reps it’s still up in the air if Johnson will put the club in play this week at East Lake.

Check out more photos of the club in the gallery below, and click here to see what GolfWRX Members are saying about the SLDR fairway wood in the forums.

Check out more photos of the club in the gallery below, and click here to see what GolfWRX Members are saying about the SLDR fairway wood in the forums.

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  1. P Healey

    Oct 1, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I believe that the R9 was the last good driver from Taylormade. Everything with an “R” in front of it has been kind of a joke to be honest, and with the constant new releases it is tough for a purist to like Taylormade. But, the SLDR, unlike the R11s, R1, and the RBZs, has captured my attention. I like that there is actually some technology behind it, unlike recent Taylormade drivers which are just about “more adjustability!!!” I am definitely looking forward to trying the SLDR, mainly because of the notion that it is a very low spinning driver. Overall, I think that this is the first promising driver from Taylormade in a while and am excited to try it out soon. Hopefully Taylormade doesnt let me down although I am trying not to get my hopes up!

    • MB

      Nov 20, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      The SLDR once matched to the right shaft and the weighting placed by adjusting the sldr mechanism, I have improved my driving distance by 20 yds and am more accurate.

      I recently played in a tournament in Fl with 3 members of my home club. I have always been shortest off the tee, (one our pro, and other 2 2-3 hcps and very long) wirh my prior Nike and R 11 before that I was always 20 yds short. But, since my SLDR and Fujikura Fuel stiff shaft, and settings with a draw bia on weights, I crushed to be longer than all but my freaky long pal, Doug. More than that consitsent in center right of tight fairways. By end of trip all were serious about getting SLDR. It Rocks

  2. bl21

    Sep 20, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Oh, sweet…. how soon until we can get one for half price?

  3. Tim

    Sep 19, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Well I certainly have to give them a round of applause. They keep pumping out product and consumers keep buying it. The sole looks quite a bit like the RBZ (slot is a bit different). I do like the change in the paint color. For now I think I will stick with my VSteels.

  4. Dave

    Sep 18, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    As mentioned, R11 and R11s didn’t have weights, the head isn’t big enough. Plus with the SLDR weight turf interaction would be even more of an issue than with the slot.
    TaylorMade gets the fact that the customer base is broken into segments, innovators & early adopter consumers will always buy new b/c it’s new. Early and late majority will buy some at full and at rebate/reduced pricing. The laggards will clean out what’s left at a nice discount. Decide where you fall on that curve and buy what you can afford. I don’t understand the haters, other than TM is clearly winning the club-selling fight… It’s actually BETTER for the consumer to have this accelerated product life cycle. More options, pricing reductions which offset depreciation, etc.

  5. Taylerhater

    Sep 18, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    The last good fairway taylormade had was the 07 burner TP. I played it for years until the 913FD took it out. The 913FD is a fairway finder beast!!

  6. Randy

    Sep 18, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    They have a small company named gigagolf that has been developing and put out a fairway that looks very similar to this earlier this year. It’s under their pursuit line, they also had a driver with that same slot that they put out 3-5 years ago I think. They even have similar weight cut outs.on the sole. Not a big TM fan, now they are starting to show that technology is not a priority. How do they not put a movable weight on a line that they market a SLDR sliding weight? Step backwards for TM.

  7. Wayne

    Sep 18, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    What a scam! I still play the 200 steel 3/5 woods reshafted with an Arthur Xcaliber T6.

  8. joro

    Sep 18, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Face it, newer is not always better, but it does pull out the suckers that think they buying a game, or the egotists who have to have the newest. Wise people spend their money on a GOOD teacher.

  9. andy

    Sep 18, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    haha! how absurd.

  10. chris

    Sep 18, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Combination of the R9 and RBZ fairway woods

  11. Anthony

    Sep 18, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I’m not sure why more people aren’t happy about this. I think it would be difficult for TM fans who want to upgrade to the newest driver technology to play a gray driver with matte white fairway woods. i think it’s great to maintain a consistency of look throughout the set.

  12. MFB

    Sep 18, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Wait about 6 months and you can get it for half price when the new SLDR2 woods come out.

    • gary

      Sep 21, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      Lol too true.

      • paul

        Sep 21, 2013 at 4:48 pm

        Im hoping titleist comes out with a new driver so i can pick up a 913 d3 soon.

  13. OP

    Sep 18, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Its just looks like the R9 fairway with new graphics. Yawn!

  14. David Winchester

    Sep 18, 2013 at 5:57 am

    To my eyes the head looks like the old Titleist 906 range.

  15. Popo

    Sep 18, 2013 at 1:55 am

    TM should provide us with a “Slot-cleaning” stick

  16. JD

    Sep 17, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    This thing looks graat, SOOOOOO happy the white trend has come and gone, despite that last statment, I’m still gaming a superfast 2.0 TP 3w and a R11s 5w, love them both, been hard to get out of the bag. Interested to hit this, IMO taylormade makes the best fairway woods.

    • Desmond

      Sep 18, 2013 at 11:09 am

      You’re jerking us around, right?

      TM makes very unfriendly fairway woods.

      The stock shafts are of poor quality, the heads are not exactly high launching, and the stock lengths are a prescription for failure.

  17. Cannon

    Sep 17, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Taylormade is making its return to golf clubs and taking a break from the toy industry…

    • Andrew

      Oct 14, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      I totally agree with you this club looks great and classic, but you gotta admit those “toys” are pretty fun. R1 owner*

  18. Desmond

    Sep 17, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    I’m waiting for them to sell the fairway wood for the rest of us … you know, the guys with moderate swing speeds.

    Tried the RBZ and Stage 2 – failures for normal guys.

    Bye, TM.

  19. eg

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    the speedpocket there looks like a smiling minion

  20. Dan

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    reminds me of the burner TP 3W

  21. cj

    Sep 17, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    I might actually like this TM fairway wood

  22. Rick

    Sep 17, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    This is Taylormade being bored and putting their marketing department to the test.

    “Can we take a club we released last year (RBZ fairway wood, original), paint it grey, call it a Little Hamburger, and still get people to buy a “new” club!? Let’s try!”

    • NG

      Sep 17, 2013 at 9:33 pm

      Well done- first negetive comment! I propose you have your eyes checked…first things first, the speed pocket is totally different by the look of it so your statement the have restamped an painted this club is a load of…!

  23. pooch

    Sep 17, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Looks like a deep face for a lower trajectory. Better have some swing speed.

  24. Billy

    Sep 17, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I like these better than the driver, and I am not a TM fan at all.

  25. NG

    Sep 17, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Best looking fairway I’ve seen in a long time from TM, almost has a Vsteel look about it….and with speed pocket, I’m in!

  26. R

    Sep 17, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    if the feel and sound are as good on this wood as they are on the driver i’m buying

  27. Lloyd

    Sep 17, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Well wot can I say I want one or two now great looking club perfect match for the SLDR driver

  28. Will o'the Glen

    Sep 17, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    The Marketing Team seems to be wagging the dog at TaylorMade.

  29. KK

    Sep 17, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    SLDR without the SLDR feature. Kinda like a Speedblade without the blade. I think TM is doing this intentionally to annoy discerning golfers and TM critics. Next, they will turn bladed putters into precision mallets, hybrids into driving hyper-irons and 3 woods into inverted mega-swing tour driving pistons.

    • MorikawaTMaG

      Sep 18, 2013 at 12:47 am

      you wont see a diffrence in woods, its like why they didnt have the movable weights in the r11 and r11s woods

  30. yomomma

    Sep 17, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    It doesn’t even have a sliding weight! haha this is an entirely different concept then the SLDR driver, so why the same name…?

    • Alex

      Sep 17, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      Being so die hard Titleist and being so against Taylormade I can’t really believe I’m saying this but I actually like the look of this club.

      • Cannon

        Sep 17, 2013 at 10:46 pm

        Has a finish that looks similar to old titliest woods.

    • joe

      Sep 19, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      hahaha… totally agree… it does look nice though

  31. MorikawaTMaG

    Sep 17, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    nice!

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Andrew “Beef” Johnston WITB 2017

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2017 RSM Classic (11/14/17).

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 70TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F3 (15 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 80TX

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H2 (19 Degrees)
Shafts: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 90HY TX

Driving Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB 2 & 3 Iron (17 & 20 Degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Irons: Titleist 718 MB (3-9)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (46-10F, 50-08F, 54-10S)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Super Rat I GSS Inlay
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Pistol

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Newport 2
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Cord Pistol

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Super Rat II GSS Inlay
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Cord Pistol

WITB Notes: Beef was testing a variety of putters ahead of The RSM Classic. We will update this post when his choice is confirmed. 

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Beef’s clubs. 

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The iron switch, however, is a trickier beast. Comfort with the variety of shots one needs to hit is key. Confidence from one’s long irons through the higher lofts is critical. Thus, even the greatest enthusiasm for a new iron release isn’t always followed by a mass exodus to gaming said irons. This is doubly true at the professional level, where the tools are critical to a player’s livelihood.

That said, the combination of forum chatter, GolfWRX member enthusiasm, and what we’re spotting in our WITB photos from tour stops are a reliable indicator of the hottest irons in the game.

And judging by the response to our recent Instagram post, we’re confident that these four models are the hottest blade irons in golf right now.

Callaway Apex MB

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Related: Mizuno brings the MP family closer together

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Related: Taylormade expands forged offerings with P730 and P790

Titleist 718 MB

“For the purist there is no substitute for a one-piece, muscle back iron. The 718 MB is the modern choice for those desiring a traditional forged look and feel,” says Titleist in the 718 MB marketing materials.

It’s hard to argue with that statement from the “appearance of a classic forged iron” standpoint. Purists appreciate that the 718 MB maintains Titleist’s traditional lofts (the 6-iron is 31 degrees, the pitching-wedge is 47 degrees), thin top-line, minimal offset, and limited badging. In short, if it ain’t broke…

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Driver: Ping G400 LST (8.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution TX-Flex

3 Wood: Ping G400 Stretch (13 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujifuke Motore Speeder VC 7.2 TX-Flex

Hybrid: Ping G400 3 Hybrid (19 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91X

Hybrid: Ping G400 4 Hybrid (22 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91 X

Irons: Ping S55 Orange Dot (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour S-Flex

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 SS (50-12, 56-12), Ping Glide 2.0 WS (60)
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Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne 
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