Golf Monthly's test team reviews the TaylorMade SLDR Mini driver.

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Pros:

  • This is a great option for those who currently don’t have a club they’re confident with off the tee. It sits right between a driver and a fairway wood in terms of the look at address, the flight on offer, and the distance it produces. Compared to a standard fairway wood, it looks more appealing behind a ball on a tee peg. Accomplished ball strikers will also find impressive distance and control when hitting from the fairway.

Cons:

  • For many golfers, the large-headed driver will still be the most forgiving and confidence-inspiring club in the bag. Most players will struggle with this design off the fairway, so you need to consider carefully where it would fit in your bag.

Product:

TaylorMade SLDR Mini Driver

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£199.00

TaylorMade SLDR Mini driver

Key technology

A 260cc head (the maximum size for a driver being 460cc) is coupled to a 43.5-inch shaft, two inches shorter than the standard SLDR. TaylorMade research has revealed that a high percentage of players hit their fairway wood off the tee more often than from the fairway. A low and forward centre of gravity keeps spin down, while TaylorMade’s Speed Pocket improves forgiveness.

Will suit

Players that struggle with a driver off the tee.

Verdict

This powerful mini driver will help those looking for accuracy and consistency from the tee, and anyone after a powerful option from the fairway. Its performance was awesome, giving a solid, consistent flight and manoeuvrability. It’s great from the tee on tight drives, and from the fairway to reach those long par 5s. The head design and graphics are very appealing.