By Paul Myers
Assuming you keep up with the latest in golf club trends and technology, it probably isn’t news to you that customization is one of the latest waves in golf clubs – especially drivers. Instead of having to decide before you purchase a club exactly how you want it to play, you can now change the settings on many drivers before each round to suit how your swing is feeling, the course you are playing, the conditions, and more. While new drivers are still relatively expensive to purchase, you may get more for your money in terms of a club that can do many different things for you.
Earlier models of Taylor Made drivers had weights in the heel and toe that you could move around to adjust the way the club felt and the ball flights that it generated. In their SLDR driver model, the idea is the same, but the execution is a bit different. Instead of the moveable weights, they now have used a ‘slider’ that can be adjusted along the bottom of the clubhead from the heel to the toe to alter the performance of the driver. There are eight points along the way at which the weight can be positioned, so you will be able to do plenty of experimenting with how you want the club the play. Spend some time on the driving range hitting shots with the weight in different positions and you should be able to find the one or two spots on the SLDR driver that work best for you.
Of course, that is not all that the SLDR driver from TaylorMade is capable of doing. In addition to the sliding weight bar, there are also 12 different positions at the hosel that you can adjust to change the loft of the club as much as 1.5 degrees. This kind of adjusting can be great for altering your ball flight based on course conditions – say, lower for a course that is playing hard and fast, and higher for a course that is soft and not providing much roll. You could even alter the hosel position right before your round if you notice that the wind has come up and you wish to hit a lower ball off the tee.
Experienced golfers know what they are going to get from a TaylorMade SLDR driver – quality performance, good looks, and innovative technology. It isn’t a coincidence or a surprise that TaylorMade has stayed at or near the top of the golf club business for so long. They make quality products, and they are always pushing the envelope on technology. Even if you are a player who usually opts for another manufacturer’s clubs, it may be worth your time to test out the SLDR for yourself.
You will only be able to maximize your performance on the golf course when you combine the right golf clubs with your own personal golf swing. Getting your clubs to match up to the technique that you use is an important step, so don’t just assume that any old clubs will get the job done. The beauty of drivers such as the TaylorMade SLDR is that they allow you to purchase one club and get many different performance profiles, so you can fine tune it until you are find the setting that makes you the happiest.
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