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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 fiber 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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  2. Ugly Driver

    Jan 31, 2022 at 1:47 pm

    1 and done.

  3. Pingback: TaylorMade Stealth Launch Day Report: Everything you need to know about TaylorMade’s new driver – GolfWRX

  4. Vince Guest

    Jan 5, 2022 at 7:21 am

    Holding out for Stealth 2…..coming soon.

  5. stealth owner

    Jan 4, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    its worth it. its fast, forgiving, easy to hit

  6. Brandon

    Jan 4, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    If you get a Grey face, matte top, and black out everything else on the MyStealth page it will actually look stealth. That’s what they should have done to begin with.

  7. Dannyboy

    Jan 4, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    Just over the marketing bologna … no significant change over the last 3 years from the big brands.

  8. Bruce

    Jan 4, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    I wonder if it’s USGA conforming? They were probably scratching their heads over that face coating . . .

  9. geohogan

    Jan 4, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    IMO most signicant is decrease in weight of the face= much more perimeter weighting, allowing more “mass”
    as in F=ma.

    The face isnt rugged enough for the fairway and hybrid clubs?

  10. leon

    Jan 4, 2022 at 1:21 pm

    The COR is capped and limited to 0.83. Wonder how can TW further increase it…

  11. Michael Bigham

    Jan 4, 2022 at 11:47 am

    Wow! only $600 for a driver that’s going to give me an extra three yards, and I get to look at That hideous face every time I tee It up. I can’t wait!

    • Jeff Reed

      Jan 4, 2022 at 12:28 pm

      $849.00 with a shaft upgrade. Yikes.

    • Jack Nash

      Jan 4, 2022 at 12:44 pm

      60 layers of carbon fibre, at 10 bucks a layer isn’t too bad when you consider they said they’ve been working on it for 20 yrs. Lol. Then when you consider it’s 14 times more carbon intensive to make than steel, it’s obvious where TM is getting theres and that’s China. Only 3 countries make carb fibre for manufacturing. U.S. , China, and Japan. If made in the first and latter that driver would cost close to a grand, but Not when China’s involved.

    • Jon

      Jan 4, 2022 at 1:25 pm

      Why are you looking at the face on the tee box?

      • Rascal

        Feb 23, 2022 at 5:31 pm

        Because he had to find something to whine about, nothing new.

  12. Jason

    Jan 4, 2022 at 11:38 am

    I can’t wait til next month, when they introduce something else.

    • Drkviol801

      Jan 5, 2022 at 12:15 am

      Me too #metoo

    • Carloyn

      Jan 5, 2022 at 4:07 am

      You know they have to come out with new “Patend” clubs every year so they can Control the retail price….if not retailers could sell them for what they want….the amazing way to skip fair trade laws which once were great but cooperate Lawyers tour them apart over the years…You all know that NO buddy can sell OEM golf club for less then MSRP even at the end of a products run OEM control the price..IE everyone sells Callaway Maverick driver for $299 now, notice no one selling it for $289 or $279….

  13. Vas

    Jan 4, 2022 at 9:45 am

    This one is interesting. If a perfectly-fit Stealth+ gives an additional 1.1 mph of ball speed over my perfectly-fit Sim 2, I’ll buy one… used… in late-summer.

  14. dat

    Jan 4, 2022 at 9:20 am

    How much??? $600. What?

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Here’s why Dustin Johnson is using a 9-wood at the 2022 PGA Championship

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If you tuned into Friday’s coverage of the 2022 PGA Championship, you may have noticed that Dustin Johnson hit a 9-wood at the par-3 8th hole at Southern Hills Country Club.

Wait, a 9-wood?

Yes, a 9-wood. And he made birdie on the hole after hitting his tee shot to 33 feet 5 inches.

While Johnson has been using a TaylorMade Stealth 21-degree 7-wood throughout this season, he typically transitions into either a TaylorMade Stealth Rescue 22-degree club or a TaylorMade DJ Proto 3-iron. This week, however, at the lengthy Southern Hills setup, Johnson opted to put a TaylorMade Stealth 24-degree 9 wood in the bag.

A TaylorMade rep commented on Johnson’s switch this week:

“In our testing, DJ consistently hit his 9-wood 245 yards, which is nearly the exact same distance he produces with his 3-iron. With the 9 wood, however, he hits it much higher and gets more spin, living around 4200 rpm.”

Below are the specs for Johnson’s new club:

Model: TaylorMade Stealth (24 degrees)
Lie angle: 60 degrees
Shaft: LA Golf prototype (tipped 2 inches)
Swing weight: D4

In case you missed it, Johnson also switched into a new TaylorMade Spider GT Splitback putter this week. For more on that switch, click here!

Check out all of our photos from the 2022 PGA Championship this week.

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TOUR REPORT: John Daly’s bizarre irons, Tiger’s surprising equipment changes

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Major championships aren’t always the best place to find interesting gear news. By the time it’s the week of a major, players are typically dialed into their equipment and focused on performance and preparation.

This week was different.

An abnormal amount of gear changes happened this week, and GolfWRX was live at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to cover them all.

Yes, Tiger Woods made significant equipment switches this week, but he wasn’t the only one.

In this week’s Tour Report, we highlight the noteworthy equipment news and coolest gear photos from on site at the 2022 PGA Championship.

Let’s dive right in.

Check out all of our photos from the 2022 PGA Championship

1) Tiger Woods makes big changes

Tiger Woods is the undisputed King of the 2-iron stinger. I don’t think I’ll get too many arguments there.

Most golf fans know Woods historically hit his patented stingers with a forged blade long iron. This week, however, Woods surprised us all by switching into TaylorMade’s P-770 2 and 3-irons to replace his usual 5-wood and P-7TW 3-iron setup.

As highlighted in our report for PGATOUR.com, Woods has found greater forgiveness, height and length from the hollow-bodied irons. Both of his new P-770 long irons are also equipped with True Temper’s new Dynamic Gold MID Tour Issue X100 shafts, which are designed for higher spin and launch.

The new irons weren’t the only changes Woods made to his bag setup, though. He also switched from TaylorMade’s MG2 (Milled Grind 2) wedges into the new MG3 wedges this week. His versions have a raw finish, come with his familiarly intricate TW sole grinds, and have more bounce than you may expect.

Any changes that Tiger makes are noteworthy, since he rarely switches his gear up, but he added four new clubs to the bag this week. Check out his entire new gear setup in the link below.

Tiger Woods’ full WITB at the 2022 PGA Championship

2) Webb Simpson ditches his blades

For essentially his entire career, Webb Simpson has been an old-school blade iron user.

Well, not anymore.

Simpson switched from Titleist’s 620 MB irons into the company’s new T100 irons this week. He spoke to the media on Thursday following his first-round 69 regarding the switch:

“I’ve had a couple of short stints with non-blades in my career but not many.”

“I haven’t been hitting my irons great. Approach to the green is typically a strength for me; this year it’s been a weakness, and I’ve struggled out of the rough. I keep getting told that these the irons I’m playing are better out of the rough, better with distance control, better with mis-hits, and so I guess I was being stubborn but finally listened and I really like them.”

“They’re not a whole lot different than mine the way they look, but we’ve had good results with them so far.”

According to Simpson, his caddie Paul Tesori played a role in Simpson’s intrigue in the new T100 irons.

“Yeah, honestly I hadn’t considered it that much at all. Paul  mentioned it at Wells Fargo after that first round or maybe after I missed the cut on Friday. Then he came to Charlotte last Wednesday and we were doing some testing, and we were seeing some crazy numbers out of the rough with my blades.”

“Thankfully I live on the golf course, so we drove to my garage, picked up this other set — honestly I didn’t know if I had this other set still. I don’t know if Titleist will like this or not, but if I don’t use a set I give it to a friend. I’m trying to spread the word for Titleist, you know. So I might have given to a friend, but I see them in there, we bring them out, and all the numbers we tested were way better.”

“So I still wasn’t certain that I was going to put them in this week so I have both, but yeah, the biggest thing for me is when I look down I want to make sure it looks good, and then after that all I care about is the numbers and how it’s going to perform out of the rough, and so far they’ve passed the test.”

The lesson here for amateurs is to test a range of different irons to figure out exactly what suits your game best. Even the world’s best ball strikers sometimes opt for more forgiveness.

See more photos of Webb’s new Titleist T100 irons here

3) Dustin Johnson switches to a new putter

Dustin Johnson tests multiple different putters every week leading up to just about every single tournament he plays in. While he typically ends up back into his blacked-out TaylorMade Tour Limited Spider, this week he called up a new Spider GT Splitback putter into his starting lineup.

Here’s what TaylorMade Tour rep Bucky Coe had to say about the switch:

“It’s all about the aesthetics. From the feedback I got from him, he grabbed it off the putting green because he liked the longer shape in the back and felt it was more forgiving with the CG placement. The combination of a white cavity and the single sight line allows him to set it up square and align the ball easily.”

TaylorMade also provided the full specs below.

Model: Spider GT Splitback
Loft: 2 degrees
Lie angle: 69 degrees
Length: 35.75 inches, end of grip
Swing weight: E7
Grip: SuperStroke Pistol GT 1.0
Shaft: LA Golf prototype

4) Custom PGA Championship gear

It goes without saying, but major championships are a big deal in the golf world. Adding to the hype and intrigue, golf manufacturers and apparel companies typically create custom gear that’s special to each of the major events.

With Tulsa, Oklahoma, as the artistic inspiration, golf companies developed their best tributes to the city’s culture and colorways. Which company do you think did it best?

(For reference, in the photo above, Callaway’s staff bag is on the left, Odyssey’s putter covers are top middle, Scotty Cameron’s “Golden Driller Statue” covers are in the middle, Axis1’s putter covers are bottom middle, and TaylorMade’s staff bags are on the right.)

See all of the custom PGA Championship gear

5) John Daly’s wild equipment setup

As we covered in our report for PGATOUR.com this week, 56-year-old John Daly came to the 2022 PGA Championship with a stunning gear setup.

Daly has so much lead tape on his TaylorMade P-770 irons that, honestly, it was difficult to immediately decipher what brand and model he was using.

After speaking with Scott “Scott E.G.” Garrison – his club builder – Daly needed the excessive lead tape because his oversized SuperStroke grips (with 6 wraps underneath) weigh in at 82 grams, which is about 30 grams heavier than standard. In order to offset the grip weight, Daly needed significantly more weight on the heads. Thus, his irons are absolutely caked in lead tape.

Daly also revealed a new PXG “TD” prototype driver; PXG is yet to comment on the driver design, but we’ll update you on GolfWRX.com’s front page as soon as we know more.

John Daly’s full WITB from the 2022 PGA Championship

6) Xander’s new Callaway wedge

The world is waiting on five-time PGA Tour winner Xander Schauffele to win his first major championship. Golf equipment fans are also waiting on more information about his new Callaway Jaws Raw 52-degree wedge. Unfortunately, we don’t know much yet, but we do have photos in his full WITB below from this week.

Xander’s full WITB from the 2022 PGA Championship

8) Patrick Reed’s new Grindworks driver

Patrick Reed, the 2018 Masters Champion, has been playing a bag full of Grindworks irons since the end of 2019. The limited edition “PR-101A” irons are forged from S20C soft carbon, and they’re made to his exact look and feel preferences.

The Grindworks connection hasn’t stopped at just the irons, though. Earlier in 2022, Reed revealed a set of custom Grindworks “Barrett” wedges. Now, at the 2022 PGA Championship, Reed put a new Grindworks “Equinox X420” driver in the bag (at least, as of Wednesday ahead of the event).

Reed is a prolific gear tester, so it’s uncertain how long the driver will stay in the bag come competition time, but either way, he helped most of the golf world see the Grindworks driver for the first time.

Patrick Reed’s full WITB from the 2022 PGA Championship

And with that, we say goodbye to Tulsa and the 2022 PGA Championship. We’ll see you next week in Fort Worth, Texas for the 2022 Charles Schwab Challenge at the classic Colonial Country Club.

Check out all of our photos from the 2022 PGA Championship

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (5/20/22): Mint Cobra LTDx LS 9 degree driver head

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At GolfWRX, we are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways.

It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Mint Cobra LTDx LS 9 degree driver head

From the seller (@Rosco1216): “Mint cobra LTDx LS 9* head. 5g of neutral melt. Weighs 201g. Do not have head cover but will ship fully protected. Can include adapter if needed. Asking $360 obo. I do have a couple shaft options in the 75x range I could put in if interested. DM me if interested.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Mint Cobra LTDx LS 9 degree driver head

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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