TaylorMade Stealth Driver Review
The Stealth driver is TaylorMade's new model released for 2022.
The TaylorMade Stealth driver is a new release for 2022 and breaks new ground as the first Carbonwood from the leading manufacturer.
The Stealth, Stealth HD and Stealth Plus drivers have been unveiled and they mark a new era with TaylorMade creating a 100% carbon driver that features a 60X Carbon Twist Face.
The Stealth drivers broke cover for the first time when spotted in the bag of Tiger Woods during the PNC Championship at the end of 2021 and are a major new face for 2022.
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What TaylorMade says about the Stealth driver:
“For the last 20 years, Titanium was all the rage. But we have always known that every material has a limit.
“So, we started pushing the boundaries and now we’re leaving the old race behind to begin a completely new one. A race that drives beyond the here and now to raise the bar for what’s possible.
“After 20 years in the making, the limits of titanium have been broken. Introducing Stealth drivers with 60X Carbon Twist Face. Welcome to the Carbonwood Age.”
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TaylorMade Stealth Driver Design & Features
The Stealth driver and Stealth HD driver, as well as the other model in the range the Stealth plus, are evolutionary more than revolutionary in terms of the design elements.
Many features are carried over from the SIM 2 drivers with the Speedpocket, the fixed weight at the back of the sole and TaylorMade’s revolutionary Twist Face Technology all part of the Stealth and Stealth HD models.
The big difference is that the new Stealth is listed as a “carbonwood” rather than a metal wood, which is how TaylorMade have described previous models.
TaylorMade have finally gone to a full carbon club head with the new driver boasting a “60X Carbon Twist Face” composite club face – the first time the manufacturer have gone full on carbon.
The use of a carbon face has allowed TaylorMade to make weight savings of 44% compared to the titanium face of the SIM 2, and move the CG lower in the head for more forgiveness.
The Stealth also features a 12-way adjustable hosel with lofts of 9 degrees, 10.5 degrees and 12 degrees. The left-handed option will be 9 degrees and 10.5 degrees.
TaylorMade Stealth HD Driver Design & Features
TaylorMade have created a HD version of the Stealth driver – not High Definition in this case, but High Draw.
The HD driver is the draw-bias model, and TaylorMade have managed to move more weight closer to the heel of the club head as a result of the savings in weight made by the 60X Carbon Twist Face.
The MOI on this model is the highest in the range of Stealth drivers and there is no less forgiveness for off-centre strikes despite the weighting being towards the heel.
Otherwise, the HD driver matched the Stealth with Speedpocket and fixed weight with the sliding weight also not part of this model.
The Stealth HD is available in three loft options, 9 degrees, 10.5 degrees and 12 degrees.
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Verdict: Is the TaylorMade Stealth Driver any good?
The Stealth driver has a lot of the similar hallmarks of the SIM 2 driver, but significantly TaylorMade have gone to the path of introducing a carbon face.
Other manufacturers have had mixed success with carbon composite faces previously, but TaylorMade clearly believe they have found the answer by describing this as a carbonwood.
The Stealth and HD have less options in terms of adjustability than the Stealth Plus, but they are interesting new addition that can replicate the performance of the SIM 2.
What is the TaylorMade Stealth release date?
The Stealth driver is being released for general sale in early 2022.
How much does the TaylorMade Stealth cost?
The cost of the driver has yet to be revealed, but it is expected to retail in the region of £450 / $600.
What are the TaylorMade Stealth specs?
The Stealth driver and Stealth HD driver are available in 9 degrees, 10.5 degrees and 12 degrees. Left-handed drivers will be available in 9 degrees and 10.5 degrees.
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