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GolfWRX Launch Report: 2023 TaylorMade Stealth 2 drivers

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TaylorMade Stealth 2 drivers

What you need to know: For the first time, carbon is the most prevalent material by volume in a TaylorMade driver, and more carbon equals better performance, says the company. Last year, TaylorMade debuted a 60X Carbon Twist Face. With TaylorMade Stealth 2, engineers are bringing carbon to more of the golf club — and unveiling a new-and-improved Carbon Twist Face in the process. Stealth 2 Plus (low spin, most workable) Stealth 2, and Stealth 2 HD (draw bias, high launch, most forgiving) drivers make up the Stealth 2 family.

2023 TaylorMade Stealth 2 drivers: What’s new, key technology

Building on a five-year trend at the company, for the first time in TaylorMade history, engineers designed a driver that has, by volume, more carbon (including composites) than any other material by volume.

Relative to the first-generation Stealth, there is a 75 percent more carbon in Stealth 2 Plus and nearly 100-percent more than in Stealth 2 and Stealth 2 HD. This allows engineers to relocate an unprecedented amount of discretionary mass in the clubheads to elevate moment of inertia and dial in CG. For example, MOI is nine-percent higher in Stealth 2 Plus relative to Stealth.

The only non-carbon (metal) parts of Stealth 2 are the titanium collar on the front of the club and front/rear weights. Crown, sole, composite ring, and face are all carbon.

  • Carbon Reinforced Ring: Adds strength and durability to the club while contributing to mass savings.
  • New Inverted Cone Technology (ICT) face: Designed to maintain ball speed on off-center strikes and increase forgiveness (what the company calls “Fargiveness”). Stealth 2’s face weighs just 24 grams (two grams lighter than the original Stealth face) Thinner face on the edges, thicker on the edges for an expanded sweet spot and better performance across the face.
  • The 60X Carbon Twist Face is again encased by a polyurethane nanotexture as with the original Stealth for enhanced performance is wet conditions. The Inertia Generator and Thru-Slot Speed Pocket remain hallmarks of the Stealth 2 design. Additionally, engineers relied on a a combination of carbon panel curvature, shape, and thickness to tune the acoustics of Stealth 2.

Exploded rendering of the TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver.

Additional model details

Stealth 2 Plus 

Lowest spinning, lowest launching, most workable driver in the family. Engineers were able to add a 15-gram sliding weight track thanks to weight savings from the usage of carbon materials.

Stealth 2

Mid-launch,  mid-spin driver. Tailored for the widest segment of the fitting bell curve. 25-gram tungsten TaylorMade Swingweight System weight on the Inertia Generator to dial in launch and spin. Can be further adjusted in custom.

Stealth 2 HD

High MOI, higher spin, higher launch driver. 30-gram weight close to the heel for a draw bias.

Stealth 2 HD Women’s

Unique colorway and a lighter head weight than the standard HD model High MOI, high launch, draw bias.

 

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What TaylorMade says

“There are two main ways to produce forgiveness in a driver, by optimizing the face and by optimizing the body. Building off the 60X Carbon Twist Face in the original Stealth that led to ball speed gains for golfers across various skill levels, with Stealth 2 we challenged ourselves to bring more forgiveness in each of the three models. We accomplished that through introducing our modified face construction focused on forgiveness on the outside of the face, and a brand-new carbon-based modular body construction.” – Tomo Bystedt, Senior Director Product Creation, Carbonwood and Metalwoods

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TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus

TaylorMade Stealth 2

TaylorMade Stealth 2 HD

Pricing and availability

Available for preorder January 10 and at retail on February 17.

Stealth 2 Plus

MSRP: $629.99

Lofts: 8, 9, 10.5 degrees

Stock shafts: Mitsubishi Kai’li Red 60 (X, S, R), Project X HZRDUS Black (Gen 4) 60 (X/6.5, S/6.0).

Stock grip: Golf Pride’s Z-Grip Plus 2 Black/Red (52g)

Stealth 2 

MSRP: $599.99

Lofts: 9, 10.5, 12 degrees

Stock shafts: Fujikura Ventus Red TR 5 (S, R, A), Mitsubishi Diamana S+ 60 (X, S, R).

Stock grip: Golf Pride’s Z-Grip Plus 2 Black/Red (52g)

Stealth 2 HD

MSRP: $599.99

Lofts: 9, 10.5, 12 degrees

Stock shafts: Fujikura Speeder NX Red 60 (S) and 50 (R, A)

Stock grip: Golf Pride’s Z-Grip Plus 2 Black/Red (52g)

Stealth 2 HD Women’s comes in 10.5 and 12 degree lofts with Adila Ascent Ladies 45 shaft and Lamkin Ladies Sonar (38g) grip.

MyStealth 2

Continuing its “My” customization options, the MyStealth 2 program to allow golfers to have advanced personalization options.

  • Face color: Red, Black, Yellow, Blue, Light Blue, Bright Green, Pink, Orange, Purple
  • Ring color: Red, Black, Gold, Silver, White, Charcoal
  • Crown finish: Gloss or Satin
  • Top line: Black or White
  • Sightline: Logo or No Logo
  • Weight colors: Black or Chrome
  • Custom MyStealth 2 headcover

MSRP of $729.99. Stealth 2 Plus model in 9 and 10.5 degrees.

Both RH and LH.

Preorder for MyStealth 2 begins January 10 at TaylorMadeGolf.com. Available at select retailers starting February 17.

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  1. Pingback: Best driver 2023: Expert club fitters recommend the best driver for your swing speed – GolfWRX

  2. Brandon

    Jan 10, 2023 at 7:14 pm

    I have never been less excited about a year of driver releases. Everything is totally uninspired. Probably just keep the og sim in the bag.

    • Roy

      Jan 13, 2023 at 2:48 pm

      Wait for TM’s June release – will be the next great thing we cant live w/o…..but still uninspiring

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  5. ODB

    Jan 10, 2023 at 11:03 am

    If only Yonex would have known they’d be selling Carbon drivers 30 years later for $600+

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Driver: Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Max (9 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 7 X

3-wood: Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Max (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Red 8 X

Irons: Callaway Apex UT (18 degrees), Callaway Apex CB (3-10)
Shafts: Oban CT 115 (18), True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT Tour White X100

Wedges: Callaway Jaws Raw (50-10S, 54-10S, 58-08Z)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey Ai-One #7

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

See more in-hand photos of Adrian Dumont de Chassart’s WITB here.

 

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Driver: TaylorMade Qi10 LS (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kai’li White 60 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade Qi10 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei 1K Orange 80 TX

7-wood: TaylorMade Qi10 (21 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei 1K Orange 80 TX

Irons: Srixon ZX7 Mk II (4-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Cleveland RTX 6 ZipCore Tour Rack (46-10 MID, 52-10 MID, 56-12 FULL, 60-12 FULL)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey Tuttle Stroke Lab

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

Ball: Srixon Z-Star Diamond

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the benefits and downsides of playing HL (High Launch) irons. WRXer ‘jjfcpa’ kicks off the thread, asking:

“Just looking for some feedback on the advantages and disadvantages of the HL model irons that Ping (G430), Taylormade (Qi10), JPX923, and Callaway (AI Smoke HL) are now offering?

If you are a slower swing speed golfer (senior primarily I’m guessing), would you consider one of these?”

And our members have been having their say on the subject in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • POKeefe: “Advantage and Disadvantage: They go higher, fly straighter, and are chunkier which can be confidence inspiring. This is ideal for a lower speed player who struggles to get the ball airborne but bad for a higher speed player who can easily balloon golf balls.”
  • Roejye: “I think it’s the ability to give you more launch. Yeah, a lower lofted iron will give you more distance, but how predictable is that if that distance is based on roll-out. Theoretically, giving someone with slightly slower swing speed with the other characteristics of a GI/SGI iron would help launch the ball better.”
  • erock9174: “I don’t think there are any disadvantages to HL irons.  It’s all about providing a fitting need.  Not everybody needs super strong lofts to win the distance battle.  While I am not quite old yet…do turn 48 this year, I have always hit the ball the same distance pretty much since I started golf 30 yrs ago.  I just have a nice easy deliberate swing and try to keep the ball in play with accuracy.  So anything stronger than a 26* 6i never works for me.  I think that is helpful going into club purchases for me.  Also hollowbody irons rarely work for me either.  I seem to generate more height and spin with cavity back irons.”

Entire Thread: “What are the advantages and disadvantages of using HL irons? – GolfWRXers discuss”

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