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Review: Srixon Z965, Z765 and Z565 irons

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Pros: Great distance, impressive looks and feel. The Z965, Z765 and Z565 irons can hang with any iron in their respective classes, and blend well in a mixed set. Unique Tour V.T. Soles improve turf interaction.

Cons: The differences between Srixon’s Z-65 and Z-45 iron models are subtle.

Who they’re for: Anyone can play Srixon’s Z965, Z765 and Z565 irons, buy they’ll perform best for low-to-mid handicappers.

The Review

When you think of popular irons and irons played on the PGA Tour, Srixon may actually be one of the last to come to mind. Surely you’d lead with Callaway, Ping, TaylorMade and Titleist, then think of more exotic irons like Mizuno or PXG. Just because they’re under the radar, however, doesn’t mean Srixon doesn’t make some of the best all-around irons in golf.

Srixon’s no-frills approach to iron-making is refreshing in today’s golf equipment climate. The company forges its irons from 1020 carbon steel, and offers three distinct models than can please anyone from traditionalists (Z965) to forged cavity-back enthusiasts (Z765) to distance- or forgiveness-seeking crowds (Z565). Each offers the premium, detail-oriented design serious golfers desire without breaking the $1100 barrier for an eight-piece, steel-shafted set.

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Their biggest flaw? Srixon’s Z965, Z765 and Z565 irons are very similar to the Z945, Z745 and Z545 irons they replace. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as the Z-45 series was well regarded in golf-equipment circles for its looks, feel and performance. The design of the Z-65 series falls into the bucket of “don’t mess with success,” but Srixon did make a few notable changes.

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Srixon’s Tour V.T. Sole in a Z765 iron.

In terms of upgrades, each of this year’s Z-65 irons has Srixon’s new Tour V.T. Sole, which have a V shape to reduce turf interaction at impact, thereby improving energy transfer and consistency — especially on shots where golfers catch the grass before the ball. To further enhance the benefits of the Tour V.T. Soless, the company removed surface area around the heel and toe sections, and relief was added to backside of the sole as well.

It should be noted that because the Z965 (muscle backs), Z765 (cavity backs) and Z565 irons (game-improvement irons) each have different head shapes and sole widths, and the sole geometries are slightly different for each iron.

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Srixon also made the grooves in all of the irons 5 percent larger, increasing ball friction at impact to create more consistent launch and spin characteristics, especially in wet conditions. Let’s take a more in-depth look at each iron to find out which option may be right for you and your game.

Z565 Irons

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While labeled game-improvement irons, the Z565s are decidedly smaller, and have thinner top lines and much less offset than what golfers might expect in the category. And they’re forged, too. It makes you wonder why they’re tagged as “game-improvement” at all… until you hit them on a launch monitor and uncover their freakish performance.

The Z565 irons have forged, 1020 carbon steel bodies, but also employ thin, SUP10 face inserts that allows their club faces to flex more at impact. You’ll also notice a hollow cavity that sits behind the club face that isn’t used in the design of the Z765 or Z965 irons. The construction improves forgiveness and ball speed, and raises launch angle.

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Surprisingly, you won’t notice much of a feel difference between the Z565 and the company’s smaller irons. Yes, the sound is slightly more hollow and higher-pitched, but it’s subtle. These are forged irons, and despite their thin club faces they deliver on forged feel — at least among game-improvement irons.

Again though, these irons aren’t just for double-digit handicappers. It’s quite common to find Z565 long and mid irons paired with either the company’s Z765 or Z965 irons in the bags of professional golfers and better golfers around the globe.

Let’s say you’re a 7-15 handicapper. There’s a good chance the Z565’s will satisfy your needs in terms of looks, sound and performance. As for any low handicappers or even Tour players out there, the Z565 irons can help you hit a few more par 5s in two, filling in distance or performance gaps at the lower end of your iron set.

Z765 or Z965? A tough call

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Low handicappers have a difficult decision to make between Srixon’s Z765 and Z965 irons. The Z965’s are musclebacks that are slightly more “workable,” as blade-lovers like to say. That’s another way of relaying that they’re smaller-sized irons that spin slightly more. Both irons, though, have similar profiles with little offset and thin top lines. Both also use Srixon’s Tour V.T. Soles, and utilize a new heat treatment to make the irons more durable.

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A Srixon Z965 iron at address

For cavity-back players, the Z965 blades won’t be much smaller or more intimidating than the Z765 irons. For blade players, the Z765 won’t look clunky or have too much offset. Low, single-digit handicappers could really go either way, or create a brag-worthy mixed set. If you have the game, you can’t choose wrong. But of course, a proper fitting will help you make the best decision… and with that, we’re on to the numbers.

The Numbers

To test the performance of the Z965, Z765 and the Z565 irons, we took all three models to The Launch Pad at Carl’s Golfland in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., where we tested Srixon’s new irons on Trackman with premium golf balls. We had two scratch players hit the 4, 7 and PW from each set, and the irons were built with stock lofts, lies, lengths, and Nippon’s Modus3 Tour 120X shafts.

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All three 4 irons measured 38.5 inches in length and had 60.5-degree lie angles. The shafts were also the same, Nippon’s Modus3 Tour 120X, as were the grips.

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All three 7 irons measured 37 inches in length and had 62-degree lie angles. The shafts were also the same, Nippon’s Modus3 Tour 120X, as were the grips.

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All three 7 irons measured 35.5 inches in length and had 63.5-degree lie angles. The shafts were also the same, Nippon’s Modus3 Tour 120X, as were the grips.

It’s clear after testing that each of the irons offer distinct performance benefits, so you’ll certainly need to identify the strengths and weaknesses of your game to make the best decision. Overall, we found that the flight produced by the Z965, Z765 and Z565 irons is “flatter,” or more boring than one could expect from other lines of irons on the market, making them less likely than others to balloon.

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In our test, the numbers show that Player 2, who has a slightly more shallow and slower swing speed, excelled more with the Z765 irons. Player 2, on the other hand, with a steeper and more aggressive move at the ball, found the blade irons to produce a tighter dispersion.

Both players relayed that the sole allowed them to be confident at impact, knowing that the club wouldn’t dig. The only concern is that “flippers,” or those with an early release, could have issues with the V-shaped sole due to its mass.

Notes from the numbers

  • The Z565 irons produced the most ball speed, highest launch angles, overall height and the least amount of spin almost across the board.
  • The Z965 irons generated the least amount of distance, ball speed and the most spin almost across the board.
  • Player 2 hit the Z765 4-iron and 7-iron longer than the same Z565 clubs by 1.6 yards and 4.5 yards, respectively.
  • Both players saw significant distance increases with the Z565 pitching wedge.

The Takeaway

Srixon’s new Z-65 iron series is everything you’d expect from the company after its successful and well-regarded release of its Z-45 series irons. The changes between old and new are minimal, however, so if you already have a set of Z-45 irons there’s little reason to upgrade.

That being said, if you’re in the market for new irons, know that Srixon’s Z965, Z765 and Z565 irons can hang with any iron in their respective categories. They deliver a blend of exceptional distance, impressive forgiveness and the tour-quality looks and sound better players demand. Regardless of what you pay, you’d be hard pressed to find a set of better premium, forged irons — especially if the Tour V.T. Soles are a match for your game.

See more photos, and what GolfWRX members are saying about the irons in our forums.

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  1. Tyler

    Apr 7, 2017 at 11:52 am

    I wanted to mix a set of 565’s with 765’s but after hitting the short irons I just decided to go with a complete set of 565’s.

    I love them. I don’t have as much time to play and practice but you would never know it. Feel is great. Launch and distance was just what i was looking for.

    Great clubs. I like the fact that they fly below the radar of the Bigger Companies.

  2. Drew

    Jan 9, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    I have hit the Z565 7 iron with the stock Nippon NS Pro 980 stiff steel shaft on the LM at my local Edwin Watts. I was shocked, at first, that the Z565’s are as crazy long as the review test result. When I went home, I looked up the lofts and it became clear why I was hitting a forged 7 iron as long as my Callaway X-Hot 7 iron. The lofts are very strong on the Callaway’s, and the Srixon’s have very similar strong lofts. I imagine the Nippon shaft is a better fit for my swing, which explains some of the carry distance. I am definitely going to get a set of Z565’s when I find a good used set on the market. The $1000.00 price tag is the only “down side” I can see for the Srixon iron set.

  3. Tom Duckworth

    Dec 1, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Absolutely beautiful clubs. I just wonder how much the Nippon shafts have to do with the flatter ball flight. That is kind of in the DNA of these shafts
    Not saying anything against the shafts I like them I have Nippon Modus 3 105s in my FG Tour V2s.
    The testers got some big numbers with them. I’m looking forward to trying them.
    It’s hard to find them however.
    We have a club fitter here in KC that sells Miura, Epon, Ben Hogans, PXG and other high end clubs. I think it says something about Srixon that they carry them as well.

  4. Tom

    Oct 17, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Nice to see the stats that beat MP series.

  5. Mark

    Sep 20, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Chuffing V sole again. And 156 with a wedge? Dream On…..cue Aerosmith!

  6. Jack

    Sep 20, 2016 at 3:51 am

    I love how these scratch players hit it as far as Dustin Johnson.

    • BoomCannon

      Sep 20, 2016 at 10:26 am

      He’s a short knocker on these forums.

    • carlsheen

      Sep 20, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      And?

    • Jim

      Sep 23, 2016 at 12:37 am

      You’d be surprised. We are on a regular basis. New Epon 703 – yeah, strong loft, but so well engineered w undercut channel cavity, low COG so produces perfect 8 iron launch & flight.

      3 hcp, 5’10, athletic college Hockey player & golfer on Trackman: 92mph, 36.75″ Epon 703 8 iron with 6.5 Proj X 18° launch 135 ball speed 5500 rpm (all avg) 6 hits – all over 200 carry. 208 longest…

  7. Tyler

    Sep 19, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    From my personal experience with these irons (745), I feel that the sound of these irons are sub par. Hitting multiple manufactures golf balls, they seemed to have a real hollow click. Now for me personally since sound and feel go hand and hand, the perception is that they were cheap despite the looks. I compared them side by side with Mizuno irons (MP54, H5) and there was a noticeable difference in feel sound and performance all going to Mizuno….and trust me I WANTED to like these iron, a lot !

  8. Dansrixon

    Sep 19, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    “When you think of popular irons and irons played on the PGA Tour, Srixon may actually be one of the last to come to mind. Surely you’d lead with Callaway, Ping, TaylorMade and Titleist, then think of more exotic irons like Mizuno or PXG. Just because they’re under the radar, however, doesn’t mean Srixon doesn’t make some of the best all-around irons in golf.”

    If you don’t think about Srixon irons on the PGA Tour it is only because you are not paying attention. 6 wins this season, that is more than Mizuno and PXG combined. More than Ping as well. Srixon may be lacking in marketing but not in Tour validation. Interestingly, 4 of those wins had Srixon irons in the runner ups bag not to mention numerous other runner ups, like at the US open.

    I get Srixon being under the radar for marketing reasons but they are right behind the big three on tour, with a much smaller budget. Mizuno has not been relevant on the PGA Tour in a decade. Srixon has always struggled with the marketing side of the game, but Tour validation is stronger than ever. And that is just talking about the irons…not even talking golf balls.

    • Justin

      Sep 20, 2016 at 11:44 am

      Sadly, marketing is all that seems to matter these days. The only thing Srixon spends marketing money on is golf balls. I wish more people knew how good they were, but they probably never will

      • carlsheen

        Sep 20, 2016 at 3:06 pm

        Agreed. Thanks for places like this that produce reviews for the game and not for the $$$. 10 years of letting the members say what is on their mind and supporting us is what it is all about.

  9. Dave C

    Sep 19, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    What does “will utilize a new heat treatment to make the irons more durable” mean for feel? Well this treatment solve the bag chatter observed in the 745 line?

  10. Nath

    Sep 19, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Here here, half az melenials

  11. Ezra

    Sep 19, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Hi there, lovely set! I can google the specs but it would be great to add them in the article IMO…

  12. ooffa

    Sep 19, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Very nice advertisement

  13. foo

    Sep 19, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Every review is 5 out of 5 stars. Kind of defeats the purpose of having a rating at all.

  14. Warwick

    Sep 19, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Great article. Which smart ar*e checks lofts, lie and length? You just see how it goes for goodness sake.

    • Joshuaplaysgolf

      Sep 19, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      Because every company has tolerances for theses things. Titleist is +/-1* for loft. You should always have these things checked to make sure they are correct and fitted to your specifications. For the purpose of testing, it ensures it’s a consistent test with the labeled loft, lies, and lengths actually being the specifics the clubs are labeled as.

      • Scooter McGavin

        Sep 19, 2016 at 4:43 pm

        If Titleist’s tolerance is +/- 1* that’s news to me. Even when we had custom sets come in, they were frequently off by 2 or 3 degrees. We would rarely get a set that was good when it was received. Just to reinforce your point though about checking/adjusting them when you get them.

        • Jim

          Sep 21, 2016 at 1:21 am

          I CAN TOTALLY VOUCH FOR SHOOTER ON THIS! we check every custom OEM order, and 4/5 times a couple clubs need adjustment. Even all our ‘off the rack’ sales get double checked & tweaked.

          “Industry Spec’s +/- 2°”
          Nike’s were friggin terrible! crooked hosel bores, head weights off 4-5 grams…Mizuno hosels so loose the shafts need to be dimpled…

          Truth is, most of our ‘beloved’ major OEM’s pretty much suck compared to smaller batch very tight tolerance Japanese offerings. Srixon really made a big step with the ‘500’ series in – ’08/09? 506,s… Great clubs, Drivers were hot too. Did have a ‘quirky’ feel. Solid, but like someone else described a ‘click’ – you might expect more from a ball than the head…There’s a lot of great product over there! Bridgestone, Honma, Maruman, ON/OFF (formerly Diawa) – of course Epon & Miura….

          “Nice ad” (??) some folks are truly lost. If it ain’t TM (the largest producer of CRAP) or Titleist, it must be bogus

          • Tmoney

            Dec 19, 2016 at 12:28 pm

            I disagree. Mizuno has been right on when I’ve ordered them. I put them up there as one of the best. The only irons Ive sent back were Callaway’s for length adjustments that were off.

  15. TCJ

    Sep 19, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Any love for us lefties with the Z965?

  16. Topic_Monitor

    Sep 19, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Please respect fellow members and article authors. Thank You

  17. spelling b

    Sep 19, 2016 at 9:16 am

    MSmizzle agreed with you…now let’s work on your typing…

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TaylorMade launches 2022 Stealth irons featuring all-new Cap Back Design

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TaylorMade has today announced its new Stealth game improvement irons, which are powered by the all-new Cap Back Design with toe wrap construction.

Building from the Cap Back Design in SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max OS irons – which utilized the concept of a multi-material hollow body construction – the new Stealth irons are engineered to improve face flexibility and deliver fast ball speeds.

All-new Cap Back Design

TaylorMade engineers created the multi-material Cap Back Design by utilizing the concept of the hollow iron but replacing the steel back with a low density, polymer composite cap.

This construction is designed to improve the face’s ability to flex, delivering ball speed and forgiveness without compromising the center of gravity (CG).

Cap Back Design supports the entire topline from heel to toe with the strong, lightweight polymer material spanning the entire cavity to provide additional rigidity in the upper part of the face. Working in unison with the flexible Thru-Slot Speed Pocket, it created a larger unsupported area of the face, translating to a larger and more intelligently positioned sweet spot.

Toe Wrap Construction

The toe wrap construction shifts substantial mass from the extreme high toe of the head and repositions it low in the sole of the iron.

This redistribution of mass lowers the center of gravity by up to 0.8 millimeters, resulting in an increased launch angle that is designed to produce a super-high ball flight, added distances and maximum stopping power.

“When we were thinking of the next level of Cap Back Design, we centered our thinking around the fact that the majority of golf shots happen at center face or lower. In order to drive performance lower in the club face, we needed to drive the center of gravity lower in the club face because where CG goes, the sweet spot follows. With the addition of toe wrap construction and the ability to move weight lower in the club, Stealth irons provide a perfect harmony of technology and design for the golfer who is looking for a performance advantage on the course.” – Matt Bovee, Product Creation, Irons

Along with the new features, the 2022 Stealth irons feature core TaylorMade iron technologies that have been engineered to integrate seamlessly within the latest designs.

Echo Damping System & Inverted Cone Technology

Hidden inside the Cap Back Design, the Echo Damping System spans the full face from the heel to the toe and uses multiple contact points on the face in design to absorb unwanted vibrations. Each damper has been uniquely designed for each individual iron, as ribbed structures align with the contact area and the Inverted Cone Technology surface featured in each club.

The Inverted Cone Technology is located heel-to-toe in the 4-PW of the 2022 Stealth irons. The 450 stainless steel face has a strategically positioned sweet spot that spans the most common impact points in design to deliver explosive ball speeds and consistency.

The long irons are designed with slightly more draw-bias than the mid-irons, which in turn have slightly more draw-bias than the short irons. This design element is intended to provide the most accurate ball flight for all levels of golfers.

The aesthetic of Stealth drew inspiration from TaylorMade’s P·700 series with the idea of providing players with an iron that looks visually appealing in their bag and at address.

In addition, the 360 Undercut Technology with stiffening topline ribs in the 4-7 irons in a bid to promote face flexibility and ball speed in these core lofts while maintaining desirable sound and feel. A fluted hosel design promotes lower and deeper CG placement to offer players improved launch characteristics while providing a clean look at address.

Hosel bending notch technology is again incorporated to allow for an easier lie and loft fitting, allowing every golfer to customize their setup.

Specs, Availability & Pricing

  • Specs: 4-PW (7 pc. set with AW, SW & LW also available) 
  • Stock Shaft: Men: KBS Max MT 85 steel shafts (S, R) or Fujikura’s Ventus Red graphite; Women: Aldila Ascent Ladies
  • Availability: Pre-order January 4, 2022, and at retail beginning April 1
  • Pricing: $999 steel/$1,099 graphite
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2022 TaylorMade Stealth driver: TaylorMade’s big bet on a carbon fiber driver face

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The new TaylorMade Stealth driver began as a code-named project, the origins of which go back 20 years. The successor to the SIM line, TaylorMade’s family of Carbonwood drivers includes the Stealth, Stealth Plus, and Stealth HD.

The show-stopping feature of the new 2022 TaylorMade Stealth driver is its centerpiece technology, and it’s likely one you’ve already seen in our in-hand shots of Tiger Woods’ Stealth Plus: a carbon fiber face. For TaylorMade engineers, the conversion to carbon was aimed at one thing: more ball speed.

A close-up look at the new 60X Carbon Fiber Twist Face

A close-up look at the new 60X Carbon Fiber Twist Face

The why and how of TaylorMade’s “60X Carbon Twist Face”

In a surprising departure from industry-standard titanium, TaylorMade engineers turned to another material to construct the face of the Stealth for better energy transfer: carbon. More specifically, 60 layers of strategically arranged carbon sheets.

Interestingly, what TaylorMade is calling the “Carbonwood Age” began decades ago.

“In the mid-2000’s, our research team developed an understanding that the weight of the face can affect impact efficiency, more specifically, the lighter the face, the more efficient the impact and the better the ball speed,” says Brian Bazzel, TaylorMade’s Vice President Product Creation.

“We realized titanium faces could only take us so far and carbon would be the face material of the future. This breakthrough design of a lightweight carbon face in Stealth, has created a whole new starting line, a new era of drivers, a new threshold of performance and a new platform for more innovation.”

With the 60 layers of carbon, TaylorMade touts a thinner, lighter, larger face that features a higher COR (coefficient of restitution) and improved face geometry.

As a result of using a lighter material (carbon), the Stealth’s face is, not surprisingly, substantially lighter than the SIM2. 40 percent lighter than a titanium face of the same size, the carbon face is just 26 grams.

TaylorMade Stealth: A 20-year project

TaylorMade engineers first developed a prototype titanium-covered carbon face in 2003. R&D efforts go back as far as 2000 (TaylorMade 360 days). Engineers then turned their attention to a polymer cover for the carbon fiber — which eventually became the Stealth’s nanotexture face.

In 2012, for the production of the Japan-only Gloire Reserve driver, TaylorMade developed a small-scale composite face production facility.

Following years of continued prototyping, in 2016 TaylorMade engineers developed new manufacturing techniques, which resulted in the first 60-layer carbon face and the beginning of the Stealth project (2018).

Innovation and new manufacturing processes are one thing, but mass production is quite another. And while this is a launch story about a family of products, the process of developing multiple plants for high-volume composite part production is another significant element of the Stealth saga.

Beyond carbon: Other Stealth technology

Nanotexture face technology: A thin polyurethane layer overtop of the carbon fiber creates a surface that is both strong and flexible for improved launch. It’s calibrated to produce ideal friction in dry conditions and features full-face scorelines that also perform particularly well in wet conditions.

According to TaylorMade, the nanotexture face works in conjunction with the company’s Twist Face and Thru-Slot Speed Pocket for enhanced forgiveness on strikes across the face.

“The technological innovation of our nanotexture technology brings the entire face together and was a key to making this driver a reality,” Tomo Bystedt, Senior Director Product Creation, Carbonwood Drivers said. “Without this revolutionary cover design, we could not have achieved the launch and spin performance required to extract the optimal performance in dry as well as wet conditions. Once we added the nanotexture technology to the grooves, we were able to unlock the full performance of a carbon face.” – 

Inertia Generator: Following in SIM’s footsteps, Stealth features an asymmetric Inertia Generator to facilitate optimum speed at impact. Additionally, the Inertia Generator allows additional weight to be placed at the rear of the club for higher MOI, higher launch, and greater forgiveness.

A few comparisons to SIM2

  • Same CT as SIM2 but 1.1 mph more ball speed
  • 11 percent larger face than SIM2
  • 250-300 RPM less spin
  • Carbon fiber face is as durable as titanium
  • Even better sound, based on sentiment rating in player testing

Our Brian Knudson, host of the Club Junkie podcast, had a chance to hit the new Stealth. Here’s what BK had to say

“The first shot left me looking back at the TaylorMade folks in shock. TaylorMade somehow engineered this carbon fiber face to sound and feel like titanium. The Stealth and Stealth Plus were extremely forgiving and consistent on the range. My dispersion was very tight, and I felt like the Stealth launched a little flatter than my SIM2 Max.”

2022 TaylorMade Stealth drivers: The models

TaylorMade Stealth Plus driver

  • Carbon Twist Face weight savings allow for a 10-gram sliding weight track
  • Lowest-spinning driver in the family
TaylorMade Stealth Plus driver: Face view

TaylorMade Stealth Plus driver: 60X Carbon Twist Face

TaylorMade Stealth Plus driver: Weight track, Inertia Generator

TaylorMade Stealth Plus driver: Weight track, Inertia Generator

TaylorMade Stealth Plus driver: Rear view

TaylorMade Stealth Plus driver: Rear view

TaylorMade Stealth Plus driver: Carbon fiber crown

TaylorMade Stealth Plus driver: Carbon fiber crown

TaylorMade Stealth driver

  • Carbon Twist Face weight savings allow more weight to be positioned low and deep in the head
  • 15 percent more MOI compared to Stealth Plus
  • 200-300 RPMs more spin compared to Stealth Plus
TaylorMade Stealth driver: Face view

TaylorMade Stealth driver: Face view

TaylorMade Stealth driver: Sole view

TaylorMade Stealth driver: Sole view

TaylorMade Stealth driver: Rear view

TaylorMade Stealth driver: Rear view

TaylorMade Stealth driver: Crown

TaylorMade Stealth driver: Crown

TaylorMade Stealth HD driver

  • Draw-bias plus high MOI thanks to the Carbon Twist Face weight savings
  • Inertia Generator closer to the heel produces the highest MOI in the Stealth family
  • Similar spin to Stealth Plus
TaylorMade Stealth HD driver: Face

TaylorMade Stealth HD driver: Face

TaylorMade Stealth HD driver: Sole

TaylorMade Stealth HD driver: Sole

TaylorMade Stealth HD driver: Rear view

TaylorMade Stealth HD driver: Rear view

TaylorMade Stealth HD driver: Crown

TaylorMade Stealth HD driver: Crown

TaylorMade Stealth Women’s driver

  • Slightly lighter head weight
  • Different colorway, look
  • Slightly draw-biased

2022 TaylorMade Stealth: Specs, pricing, availability

Stealth Plus, Stealth, and Stealth HD drivers will be available for preorder January 4 and at retail February 4.

Stealth Plus

  • MSRP: $599.99 USD
  • Lofts: 8, 9, 10.5 degrees
  • Stock shafts: Project X HZRDUS Smoke RDX Red 60, Mitsubishi’s Kai’li White 60
  • Grip: Lamkin’s Crossline black/red

Stealth

  • MSRP: $579.99 USD
  • Lofts: 9, 10.5, 12 degrees
  • Stock shafts: Fujikura Ventus Red 5, Aldila Ascent Red 60
  • Grip: Lamkin’s Crossline black/red

Stealth HD

  • MSRP: $579.99 USD
  • Lofts: 9, 10.5, 12 degrees
  • Stock shaft: Fujikura Air Speeder 45
  • Grip: Lamkin’s Crossline black/red

Per TaylorMade, “Women’s stock offerings include the Aldila Ascent Ladies 45 shaft and the Lamkin Ladies Sonar grip. With an elevated focus on customization and club fitting, women golfers can find a full array of components in the Custom Shop at TaylorMadeGolf.com, including lightweight shafts, grips and more.”

Brian Knudson took a deep dive with TaylorMade’s Tomo Bystedt into all things Stealth woods. Club junkies won’t want to miss!

MyStealth

Of particular interest to GolfWRXers, TaylorMade is continuing its “My” program with Stealth.

Via the MyStealth program: In the Stealth Plus model, golfers can choose from various options to create a driver look and feel to match their personal style

  • Face color: Six color options include red, green, yellow, blue, orange, and grey
  • Body color: Two color options include black and chalk (right hand only)
  • Crown finish: Gloss or matte, with or without the TaylorMade ‘T-logo’
  • Sole decal color: Eight color options include blue, black, red, orange, green, gold, pale blue and volt
  • Head covers: Mono or color

MyStealth: Specs, pricing, availability

MyStealth is offered in the Stealth Plus model, with various cosmetic combinations. MyStealth will be available for preorder on January 4 and at TaylorMadeGolf.com as well as select retail locations starting February 4, 2022. MSRP: $699.99 USD. MyStealth will be offered in 9 and 10.5-degree lofts and features fully customizable shaft and grip components.

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2022 TaylorMade Stealth Plus, Stealth fairway woods and hybrids

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TaylorMade has today introduced its all-new Stealth Plus and Stealth fairway woods along with expanded hybrid offerings with the Stealth Plus Rescue and Stealth Rescue.

Carbon is at the heart of the new Stealth fairways, hybrids and drivers, which are all linked by the multi-material construction that is designed to provide higher MOI, faster ball speeds and greater playability.

Stealth Plus Fairway

The new Stealth Plus fairway is constructed of Zatech titanium, which is made in small batches using a process that allows engineers to improve the strength of the face while still maintaining a high level of ductility. The ultra-thin construction is designed to promote fast ball speeds while allowing for greater face flexibility.

The MOI on Stealth Plus is 12 percent higher than its predecessor, the SIM2 Titanium, and 18 percent higher than the original SIM titanium fairway. These changes have resulted in a club with the lowest CG in company history yet in an adjustable TaylorMade fairway.

The infinity-edge carbon crown creates a 12 percent larger carbon surface area compared to the SIM2 Titanium fairways, which allows the redistribution of more weight lower in the clubhead. Mass from the heavy 80g V Steel sole has been re-engineered in pursuit of forgiveness while still maintaining its core purpose of improving turf interaction and versatility.

In addition, the Stealth Plus and Stealth fairways contain a Thru-Slot Speed Pocket designed to increase face flexibility, and preserve ball speed and distance, especially on low-face strikes.

The new Stealth Plus comes in a 175cc profile, with the address area of the Stealth Plus being only two percent larger than SIM2 in design to maintain versatility. The face area is 12 percent larger than its predecessor in a bid to provide improved performance on off-center hits.

Specs, Availability & Pricing

  • Lofts: 3/13.5 degrees, 315 degrees, and 5/19 degrees
  • Stock Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke RDX Red 70 (Additional shafts available at no cost)
  • Availability: Pre-order on January 4 and at retail on February 4, 2022
  • Pricing: $429.99

Stealth Fairway

The Stealth fairway features a larger profile compared to Stealth Plus (190cc vs 175cc) while also containing an all-new 3D carbon crown that allowed engineers to shift weight lower and deeper in the clubhead.

The new additions feature C300 Twist Face, which is designed to deliver added speed, with the V Steel Sole working in conjunction to promote versatility and reduced turf drag.

As with the Plus fairway, the Stealth features an advanced laser alignment aid that stretches across the top of the face. The laser-etched pattern was designed using optical engineering and player testing to deliver visual cues that influence alignment at address and how the club is delivered at impact.

The Stealth fairways also come with a women’s specific offering featuring a stand-alone bright silver PVD sole and a dark silver crown. The women’s Stealth fairways also feature modified specs in the form of lighter heads and higher lofts in some cases, all designed to promote better performance for slower clubhead speeds.

Specs, Availability & Pricing

  • Lofts: 3/15 degrees, 3HL/16.5 degrees, 5/18 degrees, 7/21 degrees and 9/24 degrees
  • Stock Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Red (Additional shafts available at no cost)
  • Availability: Pre-order on January 4 and at retail on February 4, 2022
  • Pricing: $329.99

Women’s offerings include the Aldila Ascent Ladies shaft, with loft offerings including 3HL/16.5 degrees, 5/19 degrees, 7/21 degrees, 9/24 degrees.

Our Brian Knudson, host of the Club Junkie podcast, had a chance to hit the new Stealth Plus and Stealth Fairway. Here’s what BK had to say:

“The new Stealth fairway looks great with the new 3D Carbon Crown and all black finish. The Stealth+ titanium fairway is really long but easy to launch off the turf. The Stealth+ had a mid to mid/high launch and low spin for me, and did I mention long? The Stealth was long as well and launched a little higher than the Plus model. Forgiveness was really good as shots that were off center stayed on line really well.”

Stealth Plus and Stealth Rescue

The Stealth Plus rescue contains an iron-like high-toe profile and overall compact footprint in a bid to provide controlled trajectory and shot shape while maintaining added forgiveness.

A redesigned V Steel sole positions weight low in the club to encourage optimal launch properties and enhance turf interaction, while the Stealth Plus also features an adjustable loft sleeve that provides +/-1.5 degrees loft so players can optimize trajectory.

In the Stealth Rescue, the new carbon crown construction allows for the relocation of 7 grams of weight which has been transferred lower in the head to better position CG in design for easier launch, optimal forgiveness, and better stability through impact.

In both the Stealth Plus Rescue and Stealth Rescue, a high-strength C300 steel face aims to offer maximum ball speeds, while the brand’s Twist Face design is designed to help golfers hit fewer mis-hits. In addition, the Speed Pocket design is engineered to maximize ball speeds and produce greater forgiveness on low-face strikes.

Stealth Rescue hybrids come with the same women’s offering featuring a bright silver PVD sole and a dark silver crown, as well as lighter heads and higher lofts.

Specs, Availability & Pricing

  • Lofts: Stealth Plus: 2/17, 3/19.5 and 4/22 degrees; Stealth Rescue: 3/19 degrees, 4/22 degrees, 5/25 degrees, 6/28 degrees and 7/31 degrees
  • Stock Shaft: Stealth Plus: Project X HZRDUS Smoke RDX Red HY (Additional shafts available at no cost); Stealth Rescue: Fujikura Ventus Red
  • Availability: Pre-order on January 4 and at retail on February 4, 2022
  • Pricing: Stealth Plus $299.99, Stealth Rescue $279.99

Women’s Stealth Rescue offerings include the Aldila Ascent Ladies shaft, with loft offerings including 4/23 degrees, 5/26 degrees, 6/28 degrees and 7/31 degrees.

Our Brian Knudson, host of the Club Junkie podcast, had a chance to hit the new Stealth Rescue. Here’s what BK had to say:

“The new Stealth hybrid looks great in all black but at first glance not much different than the SIM2 Max. Shape is very similar to last year and that is a good thing, most golfer like it! After a few shots you notice the the hybrid is a little more stable and consistent, with a nice high launch that lands soft.”

BK took a deep dive into all things Stealth woods with TaylorMade’s Tomo Bystedt. Give a listen below!

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