TaylorMade Golf introduces more compact SLDR 430 driver
TaylorMade’s SLDR 430 is developed from its older brother, the 460. The SLDR has a lower centre of gravity and a sliding mechanism to alter where the weight is in the club head.
Quite a few players, including Justin Rose, are anticipated to move to the 430, which has a new, improved workability with the smaller Tour-inspired head.
“We put low forward CG in a smaller head to make a driver that Tour pros love,” said Brian Bazzel, TaylorMade’s Senior Director of Product Creation for Metalwoods. “SLDR 430 makes it easier to shape shots without sacrificing distance.”
The low and forward centre of gravity enables a better launch, lower spin and faster ball speed to be generated off the tee.
SLDR 430 also incorporates the same innovative sliding weight mechanism TaylorMade introduced with the SLDR 460. Movable weight shifts the centre of gravity towards either the heel, to promote a draw, or toward the toe, to promote a fade.
SLDR delivers six millimeters of movement – 50% more than R1 – which allows for as much as a 30-yard shot-dispersion range.
The SLDR weight slides on a 21-point track system and never comes loose from the club head.
The company believes SLDR’s new sliding system is a significant leap forward in its quest to engineer a driver that offers outstanding performance with a simple and intuitive technology.
SLDR also incorporates TaylorMade’s Loft-sleeve Technology, which allows the golfer to easily adjust the loft. There are 12 different positions with a range of plus-or-minus 1.5 degrees of loft change.