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Spotted: TaylorMade SLDR 430 TP Japan driver

by   |   December 4, 2013
TaylorMade SLDR 430

There has been a lot of chatter in our forums over the past couple of days about the addition of a TaylorMade SLDR 430 TP to the USGA’s list of conforming clubs. Let the chatter continue, because look what just showed up on the TaylorMade Japan website!

According to the TaylorMade Japan website, the head features a 2-gram-heavier SLDR weight that the standard SLDR 460 driver. That change is made possible by the SLDR’s smaller (and thus lighter) lighter 430-cubic-centimeter head.

Much like the SLDR 460, the SLDR 430 allow golfers to choose from 12 positions on TaylorMade’s “Loft Sleeve” within a range of plus-or-minus 1.5 degrees of loft change in 0.5-degree increments to help golfers dial in their launch and spin.

Click here to read our review of TaylorMade’s SLDR 460 driver.

The SLDR 430 has the same crown graphics as the original, but the sole is charcoal-gray, applying the 460′s crown color to the entirety of the club. And of course, there’s the “Tour Preferred” badging loyalists have been clamoring for on the toe of the club. It’s not the original TaylorMade TP logo loyalists wanted, but it’s better than nothing, right?

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Speculation has abounded as to whether the SLDR 430 TP will be available in the U.S. However, with the upcoming release of TaylorMade’s Tour Preferred Irons and with pros rumored to be testing the SLDR 430 TP, it seems likely that a U.S. release is in the cards.

Here are the specs and shaft options from the TaylorMade Japan website.

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A look at the darker, more compact face of the SLDR 430 TP.

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Here’s a look at the crown of the club, which is very similar to the 460 version.

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30 Comments

  1. jc

    December 23, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    I got a top secret version of the badge and put it on my G25…wow, another 45 yards instantly!!!

    it went so far, the usga banned the badge on other maker’s clubs…

    it went so far, the FAA banned me from hitting driver near airports…

  2. ams165

    December 15, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Just saw on Golfdiscount.com that the 430 TP version is shipping on Dec 20th. They are taking pre orders…

    http://www.golfdiscount.com/taylormade-sldr-430-tp-tour-driver

  3. Fsubaseball

    December 9, 2013 at 6:05 am

    The new “TP” irons can be found on the same taylormade Japan website.. They used to have black carbon ATV wedges as well as different color options on spiders. The prices are insane!

  4. Moo

    December 8, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Wow, Can’t wait to get one of these, and I really wasn’t looking for a new driver. But with the compact head, lighter swing weight and the 45″ shaft, it’s everything I wanted from TM. I’ve been hitting my RBZ Tour well but I’m tiring of the big white blob at the end of a long stick look:) A partial effect of playing a 3Deep off the tee recently. Can I repeat the 45″ thing!!! 46″ shafts for amateurs is just plain stupid. Really hate to have to cut down a shaft with no OEM way to adjust the swingweight. Just hoping these are not Japan only specs… And I just have to mention the goofy badge thing. The new look is way better.

  5. Peter A

    December 4, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Tried out the 430 yesterday. Averaged 200 rpm less on spin numbers. This driver is going to be a runaway hit for high spin players, especially with the Speeder in it.

  6. Dan

    December 4, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    TMag, get something right here and you will happen to get more and more of your TP loyalists back…if that damn badge is not on the side of the club, that is an issue! If your re-create the badge, want to “re-brand” your TP line, THEN DO IT WITH THE BADGE! Get it right, quit teasing us with “prototypes that did not make the final production”. Thats garbage, to be honest. I do not like to rip apart what I feel is the greatest company in constructing ground-breaking drivers, but give us consumers what we want FOR ONCE!

    • snowman

      December 4, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      Agree..Why the H— won’t TMAG bring back the damn badge that all the players love? This “Tour Preferred” nonsense looks like something from Spalding in the 70′s

    • Jon

      December 5, 2013 at 12:30 am

      But dan will the badge lower your scores? Do you buy a club because of cosmetics, or because of the performance?

  7. Pricey

    December 4, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    But how much……..? $699 with TP shaft upgrade? Ya gotta be kidding me. Ya might as well go find a R9 T stamp or R11S T stamp on Ebay you’ll hit those just as good

    • Tyler

      December 4, 2013 at 1:44 pm

      Or just wait a few months and buy one for half the price.

      • Holdma Deeek

        December 4, 2013 at 5:15 pm

        You should wait a few months and Holdma Deeek

        • Bob R

          December 5, 2013 at 4:54 pm

          HAHAHAHAHHAHA^^^

          • totebagger

            December 6, 2013 at 11:32 am

            sip the the TM koolaid and holdma deek you totebaggers

  8. Conrad

    December 4, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    looks great

  9. Carter

    December 4, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    This looks exactly like my new driver. haha

  10. Andrew

    December 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    That is a very, very nice looking club.

  11. Big_5_Hole

    December 4, 2013 at 11:57 am

    This is one driver I’ll be testing this spring. I liked but didn’t love the first SLDR, this might be the one……

  12. Jay

    December 4, 2013 at 11:14 am

    I don’t get the obsession with having the TP logo on everything. Who cares? Isn’t it about how it performs anyway? I could care less about trying to impress my friends with little logo’s but would rather hit it by them 30yds.

    • KCCO

      December 8, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      Like the all charcoal, could careless about badge….just hope TMAG sticks a small head driver to retail shelf, sick of huge 460′s

  13. markb

    December 4, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Looks like it still has the glued on toe plate cover that kept falling out on the regular models and had to be screwed in on tour drivers. Did they change the glue?

  14. Tyler

    December 4, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Why does TM release different clubs in Japan?

    • christian

      December 5, 2013 at 6:35 am

      This driver will probably come to the US market as well, but otherwise TM, Callaway, Titleist, Cleveland have whole lines of JDM only clubs. Usually forged, usually pricey. It’s because the golf eqipment market in Japan is double the size of the US one with less than half the population. Brands bring out their most “premium” stuff in Japan, and then they might release a watered down version a couple of years later in the US market. Or sometimes, as in the case of the Anser line from Ping, interest is so great in the US that they will offer the JDM stuff (Anser Forged irons) in the US too. And as a thank you the then get clobbered with negative comments about being “insanely expensive”.

      • Nattysurf

        December 6, 2013 at 3:26 am

        Japan golf equipment market is not even close to being 2X the US – it is less than 50% of the US.

        • hebron1427

          December 6, 2013 at 5:23 pm

          probably true, but the prices that japanese consumers will pay for similar products is astronomical.

  15. Scott F

    December 4, 2013 at 10:30 am

    that all black 430 SLDR is niceeee looking they should’ve did the TP badge though. Why not listen to the golfers here who are your ultimate focus group? 90% or so would say go with badge on TP. Love the looks of the MC and Im not a TM player. Glad to see that TM finally figured out that golfers don’t want white clubs or NASCAR graphics or dials that no one can figure out.

  16. Mike

    December 4, 2013 at 10:26 am

    This will be available in the US…

  17. Keith

    December 4, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Oh I want one so bad, if this is anything like the 460 it is going to be the best of 2014! It would be awesome if they would let us get our hands on this gorgeous black one too, Com’on Tmag you can do that for us!

  18. John

    December 4, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Take away crown graphics and put tp logo instead… Bam, instant perfection.

  19. Patrick

    December 4, 2013 at 8:50 am

    When will it be hitting shelves in the states?

  20. Xerpro

    December 4, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Sign me up….Might be the one that can knock out the original SFTP.
    All Black looks awesome!!!

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