The Taylormade SLDR driver features a blue, 20-gram weight that slides on a track located on the front of the sole. This weight shifts the clubhead’s CG horizontally toward either the heel, to promote a draw, or toward the toe, to promote a fade. TaylorMade engineers say that this promotes up to 30 yards in left to right flight change. The SLDR weight slides on a 21-point track system located on the sole of the club.
The SLDR driver also incorporates TaylorMade’s Loft-sleeve Technology, which allows the golfer to adjust the loft of the club. Golfers can choose from 12 positions within a range of plus-or-minus 1.5 degrees of loft change. The more loft added, the more the face closes and vice-versa.
The new driver will be available in three lofts – 9.5°, 10.5° and 12°, and will be fitted with a Fujikura Speeder 57 graphite shaft as standard. The Tour Preferred version, SLDR TP, combines the same head with the Fujikura Speeder Tour Spec 6.3 graphite shaft. A variety of custom shafts are also available. The driver will be available from 16th August 2013 at a suggested retail price of £349 and an RRP of £399 for the SLDR TP.