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Proof of a TaylorMade TP line in 2014?



For months, there has been speculation in our forums about the revival of TaylorMade’s TP (Tour Preferred) line of clubs, the company’s famed lineup of tour-inspired designs that target better golfers.

Finally, a photo of a TaylorMade SLDR 430 driver with a TP logo hit the forums (thanks member ZJohnson), the first real indication that TaylorMade is likely to launch at least one TP-branded club in 2014.


Recent drivers such as TaylorMade’s R11, R11S, R1 and SLDR models have been offered in a TP version, but that has only indicated a change in shaft, not a change in the design of the head. The last time golfers saw a TP-branded driver that had a different club head design was in 2011, when the company launched the Burner SuperFast 2.0 TP driver.

A TP driver is the least anticipated of TaylorMade’s rumored TP releases, however, as the company’s adjustable hosel system has removed much of the need for a special TP driver head.

While the original TaylorMade R510 TP driver had a distinct head design, later glued-hosel drivers had an identical head design, with the exception of a more opened face angle at address. TaylorMade’s latest adjustable hosel system on its SLDR 460 driver, called “Loft Sleeve,” allows golfers to set the face as much as 2-degrees closed or 6-degrees open, with several different variations in between.

The biggest hope from most members of our forums is that TaylorMade will release a new line of forged irons in 2013 with the TP logo. Although TaylorMade’s 2010 line of forged irons carried the “Tour Preferred” name, they did not include a TP badge like TaylorMade’s R9 TP and R7 TP irons.


Above: TaylorMade’s 2008 RAC TP Smoke irons. 

The R7 TP and R9 TP irons were both cast, however, which is why they are not held in the same regard as TaylorMade’s RAC TP 2005 irons and the RAC MB Smoke 2008 irons, which were both forged and carried TP badging.

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  1. mikey tee

    Mar 1, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    There was a TP logo on the ’09 Super Deep driver !

  2. Supedefy

    Dec 14, 2013 at 10:26 pm


    Just wait few more months after TP version launches. TM will launch the WHITE SLDR woods.

  3. ttgolf

    Nov 10, 2013 at 8:47 am

    What really sucks on the retail side is they come out with more product before you can even get your precook order in. I prebooked my 2014 order two months ago and I’m going to have to go back and see what all has already changed. Getting to where I hate TM. I’m seeing where customers are now not buying TM new product, they wait on the price to drop in 30 days or see it on the used rack. TM was definitely not my best seller in 2013.

  4. tallPK

    Nov 8, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Taylor Made, Taylor Made, Taylor Made…. If you ask me Taylor Made toooooooo many clubs!!!!! How about giving the R&D… I mean… the marketing department a vacation TM? At least let the golf “super” stores get rid of the model you put out 2 months ago. I don’t know how you can have any brand loyalty when you’ve saturate the market with “the latest and greatest” every month. Titlist get’s it – every 2 years irons and woods.

  5. J Duf

    Nov 8, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Me Likey! Looks like a deep faced compact head that also has the most current adjustability technology.

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  7. joro

    Nov 7, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Come and get while you can. It will be obsolete in a few months.

    By Taylor Made,,,,,,,,, AKA Engulf and Devour

  8. joro

    Nov 7, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Come and get it while you can, it will be obsolete in a few months.

    By Taylor Made,,,,,,,,,,,,,,AKA Engulf and Devour

  9. paul

    Nov 4, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    This is so awesome!! Another TM product. if this comes out in January then i will be even more excited about what comes out in march, June, September and December. No wonder they take up so much space at golftown, if you need to have 20 of every driver on the shelf ad you have 3-5 models a year and there is any stock from the previous year you need half a store for the drivers!

    • K

      Nov 8, 2013 at 1:29 pm

      Haha I work at Golftown, 20 of each at least on the floor… another 60 of each in the back.

      • P

        Nov 9, 2013 at 2:48 pm

        Just checked on RPRO SLDR 430 coming soon at Golf Town

  10. Zachary yaz

    Nov 4, 2013 at 11:12 am

    just what we needed another taylormade line

  11. Just sayin'

    Nov 3, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Taylormade releases too many different clubs

  12. ZJohnson

    Nov 3, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    You are welcome for the photos everyone…

    • Jeff Holman

      Nov 4, 2013 at 8:30 am

      Is this going to be more of a deep faced driver, like the superdeep or just a 430 version of the original head? I can’t really tell from the pics. Thanks

    • David

      Nov 7, 2013 at 9:59 am

      Thanks Zach! You’re a great guy .

  13. naflack

    Nov 3, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    i would like to play a round of golf with someone who could consistently hit those irons.

    • Jon

      Nov 3, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      its not that hard to hit those, the taylormade musclebacks are actually pretty forgiving

      • naflack

        Nov 3, 2013 at 5:50 pm

        there isnt anything forgiving about the iron shown in the above photos. i hit the original smoke blades cause a buddy who is scratch had them. he got rid of them in a months time cause even he didnt have the time to practice enough to always be on when playing them. yes, there are more forgiving blades available on the market as a whole, i dont buy for a second these are in that category.
        that said, if theyre easy for you to hit then good on you.

        • Jon

          Nov 4, 2013 at 11:38 am

          Well I guess it could be my ball striking, but I find these irons more forgiving and softer than the Nike MB’s

          • WILSON

            Nov 4, 2013 at 10:47 pm

            Same thing here man. I had the old Tiger blades (before the VR anything) and the next set I had were MB Smoke TP’s. I found the taylormades more forgiving as well.

      • Jack

        Nov 4, 2013 at 3:17 am

        The 08 Rac TP looks anything but forgiving. You better have some serious ball striking skills along with supreme swing speed to hit those puppies in the long irons.

        • WILSON

          Nov 4, 2013 at 10:48 pm

          I played em for 3 years. not that unforgiving, I promise.

          • naflack

            Nov 5, 2013 at 10:05 pm

            you got some ocean front property in arizona?

          • Dick Nuggets

            Dec 22, 2013 at 11:11 am

            Play ’em too and they’re a great club. Then again, I’m a +1. Naflack, stay away from these clubs. You obviously sound like you should stick with your oversized Big Berthas.

  14. lloyd duffield

    Nov 3, 2013 at 3:11 pm


  15. tyler

    Nov 3, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I played the r7 TP’s and the r9 tp’s iron sets. Both really solid clubs. I’m a Ping man now but I’m glad to see TM going back to the TP.

  16. Rich

    Nov 3, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Well, TM is back tracking to the LOGO that looks like it came off a corvette. TM is just like a spoiled woman who can’t make up her mind.
    Jealous of the Wilson Staff shield logo! Ho Hum!

    • CR

      Nov 4, 2013 at 2:14 am

      Yeah, they should at least update the logo a bit and make it a bit more non-comic looking.

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