Review: TaylorMade JetSpeed Fairway Woods

by   |   December 17, 2013
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Review: TaylorMade JetSpeed Fairway Woods Ben Alberstadt
Performance
Looks and Feel

Summary: Don't let the name fool you. You don't need a lot of club head speed to hit JetSpeed fairway woods high and far.

4.5

Fairway woods for the masses


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Pros: Higher spinning than the SLDR fairway woods, which will help JetSpeed’s target audience (golfers who need to hit the ball higher) hold greens. Muted appearance, subdued crown graphics. Consistently long and forgiving fairway woods.

Cons: Absence of a clear aim line/mark will bother some. $229 price tag seems high for a fairway wood with no adjustability.

Bottom Line: TaylorMade packed more forgiveness into a smaller, cleaner package with the JetSpeed. Like last year’s RBZ Stage 2, these are the go-to fairway woods for TaylorMade players who need more forgiveness or spin.

Overview

TaylorMade’s JetSpeed fairway woods are the company’s replacement for 2013 RBZ Stage 2 line. They complement TaylorMade’s recently released SLDR fairway woods, which replaced the company’s 2013 RBZ Stage 2 Tour line.

Like the SLDR fairway woods, JetSpeed fairway woods have a polymer-filled slot in the sole called a “Speed Pocket.” The slot cuts all the way through the sole of the clubs, which helps improve spring-like effect on shots hit low on the face, as well as on the toe and the heel.

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Its construction also allows the center of gravity of the fairway woods to be moved slightly lower and more forward than the RBZ Stage 2, which reduced spin by 200-to-300 RPM in TaylorMade testing.

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TaylorMade claims the JetSpeed woods’ low-profile head design helps golfers make contact below the ball’s equator, creating the ”longest and most playable” fairway woods the company has ever created. The company describes the Speed Pocket “an afterburner for your ball” that maximizes ball speed and (mercifully, if you’ve had to clean the pocket of your RBZ wood out with a tee 1,000 times) keeps debris out.

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Above: TaylorMade’s RBZ Stage 2  fairway woods were much more playable than the company’s original RBZ models, but the indented slot in their soles still made them a dirt magnet. 

For comparison, the JetSpeed fairway wood heads are about 10-cubic-centimeters larger than SLDR models, which is consistent with the company’s more-forgiving fairway woods. But they’re about 10 cc smaller than RBZ Stage 2 and have shallower faces than their predecessors, another change that dropped the CG lower to help increase launch angle. And regarding the clubface: what would a JetSpeed golf club be without a JetSteel face? TMag has introduced an “ultra-strong” steel alloy that contributes to the JetSpeediness of the face.

JetSpeed fairway woods come in five lofts: 15, 17, 19, 21 and  23 degree models with Matrix’s Velox T 69 shaft and retails for $229, which is $30 less than the SLDR fairway woods.

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Performance

Like SLDR, TaylorMade claims the combination of the JetSpeed’s ultra-thin faces and new Speed Pocket promote faster ball speeds and longer total carry distances, and I can’t disagree. The clubs do exactly what most golfers need from a new fairway woods; add ball speed and launch angle for longer, higher-flying shots.

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No, they’re not “spin killers” like SLDR, but they’re not supposed to be. For that reason, it makes sense to compare them to a different offering from the TaylorMade/Adams family, the Adams Tight Lies and Tight Lies Tour fairway woods.

On the launch monitor, the JetSpeed fairway woods offer very similar performance to Tight Lies and Tight Lies Pro, which have two slots — one on the sole and on the crown to help increase spring-like effect. The biggest difference is that the Tight Lies have very shallow face heights, which helps them perform better from the rough and other non-fairway lies than JetSpeed.

But the larger, yet still very playable size of the JetSpeed adds a sizable amount of forgiveness that the Tight Lies can’t match. They were forgiving to the point that it was legitimately surprising to see how true some balls hit very off center flew. Off the tee, JetSpeed fairway woods should perform better than Tight Lies as well thanks to their taller faces, which will give golfers more room for error on shots hit above and below the sweet spot.

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The Matrix Velox T 69 shaft isn’t a true aftermarket model, but it was sturdy enough for me to keep the left side of the golf course out of play. Better players will appreciate that the shaft is slightly heavier — around 70 grams, depending on flex — than a lot of comparable stock fairway woods shafts. The shafts also have a reasonably low amount of torque (3.4 degrees in the stiff model) that gives the club a stable feeling during the transition.

Looks and Feel

It was strange to see TaylorMade, the company that seemed to be on a mission to add as much graphic ornamentation to their new blank canvases of club crowns, return to a darker, more subdued (positively barren) club crown. The company continues that trend with the JetSpeed fairway woods.

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It’s strange, too, to think as recently as five years ago the art dec0-like graphics on the crown would have been profane. Now, they look comparatively minimalist. The sole of the club looks like a vapor trail and suggests something fast, which is apt, and the company continues its “blue period” accenting the club the with color as it did the SLDR.

It’s not clear who will complain that the white club heads have disappeared from TaylorMade’s current lineup with JetSpeed and SLDR. However, it’s likely that some will be less-than-thrilled by the absence of a clear aiming mark: The dark gray “T” near the face of the crown is practically invisible.

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“Feel” is largely a subjective and largely irrational quantity. However, it’s enough to say that the JetSpeed fairway woods feel good and offer plenty of feedback. At impact, the club heads feel dense on center hits. But there is a significant difference in the sound of a center-strike compared to those…less so, and overall the club is louder than many of the models on the market.

The Takeaway

Viewing the TaylorMade JetSpeed woods as complements to their SLDR brethren, the company presents consumers with a broad spectrum of fairway wood offerings for 2014. The company’s decision to include two 3-woods and two 5-woods (standard and HL) will help fitters dial in golfers, matching them with the club that’s right for their swings.

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If players want to maximize distance, fitters will push them in the direction of SLDR. If golfers are looking for maximum forgiveness, they’re likely to be directed to JetSpeed.

JetSpeed fairway woods nicely round out the company’s 2014 fairway woods lineup. They’re a nice improvement over the company’s previous forgiveness-driven fairway woods, and in conjunction with the SLDR woods demand consideration if you’re in the market for a new fairway wood this season.

About

Ben writes primarily about the PGA Tour for GolfWRX. Follow him on Twitter for his golf-related ramblings: @BJA_GolfWRX. He aggregates PGA Tour-related news on the Bernard Daily.


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  4. SBoss

    February 2, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    I hit the Jetspeed 3-wood as a demo and crushed it. My swing speed with Driver is 113 to 116 MPH and I hit the Jetspeed 3-wood from 255 to 270.
    First, I hit the Jetspeed FURTHER than the SLDR and not by a small margin. The SLDR just doesn’t have it for me. Funny, TM is not even marketing the Jetspeed much, instead focusing on the SLDR. For my game, the Jetspeed is the better club. It’s long and straight and easy to hit off the deck.
    I think the writer should back off the “if your looking for more distance, get the SLDR” stuff. It isn’t true. The Jetspeed was longer, straighter, easier to hit, and is a winner in my opinion.
    Will I get one? No, because I love my Exotics 13.3 fairway. But, I’d put the Jetspeed in my bag and not think twice if I was looking to change.

    • jackson

      February 13, 2014 at 3:04 am

      Is there anyone on the internet that doesn’t hit a 3 wood at least 270?

      • Jake

        April 10, 2014 at 8:09 am

        ^^^^^ Hilarious!! ^^^^

      • marty

        June 17, 2014 at 10:49 am

        I hit mine about 210 :(

      • Bruce

        June 20, 2014 at 7:52 pm

        I would love to hit a ball 270 meters. I was stoked when I hit my Jetspeed 220 meters and that was a hard surface with plenty of run.

  5. Joe

    January 15, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I hit the 3W and it was easy to get 220-230 yds. Great club that is good looking, and sounds good!

  6. Andrea

    January 7, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    any thoughts or feedback on jetspeed rescue?

    • Shari

      May 21, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      I am currently trying out the Jetspeed rescue, and I am loving the distance, and direction I am getting. I am pretty sure I will be buying these as soon as I go back to the Golf Shop. Also am trying out the Jet speed driver and am liking it pretty well. 18 Handicap!

  7. Mctrees02

    December 20, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Hit the 3 wood yesterday. It sounds like a combination of aluminum and dense plastic. A very weird sound. This club is for the 10+ handicap player. It doesn’t offer much workability. The head feels very bulky through impact.

    • Hertz

      December 25, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      I could not agree more in regards to the sound and feel…

      Curious why the heavier shaft. I am still selling the original RBZ and Stage 2 more so than these. The only thing I am noticing that customers like more with the Jetspeed is that they are black vs. white

    • Joe

      January 15, 2014 at 11:10 am

      You don’t know what you are talking about!

  8. balsack

    December 19, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    these clubs look like cheap garbage

  9. JEFF SMITH

    December 18, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    TAYLOR MADE- LAME!

    • marty

      June 17, 2014 at 10:51 am

      Don’t hate.

  10. adan

    December 18, 2013 at 10:28 am

    I hit these last week and liked them a lot. Easier to hit than SLDR and I’m so glad they are going away from the white heads. The crown graphics remind me of the old ’06 or ’07 Burner, which I loved!

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