1) Shaft options – the Matrix Velox T 49 shaft is 46 inches long and weighs 49 grams. This long and light combination is designed to produce faster swing speeds, and therefore added distance.
2) Grip – the lightweight FCT Lite grip further reduces the overall weight of the club to increase swing speeds.
3) Face design – this is the first TaylorMade driver to feature the brand’s Speed Pocket behind the face. This helps keep spin to a minimum, while also offering better performance on shots that make contact low on the face. Loft-Sleeve technology allows the face to be set in 12 positions.
4) Weighting – as with the recently introduced SLDR driver, weight has been moved low and forward to promote less spin and generate faster ball speeds.
5) Shelf appeal – the subtle, stripped-back look is very different compared to TaylorMade drivers of recent years. This will be a positive for some, and a negative for others. The sole design is particularly clean and understated.
6) Address – the matte black crown is a world away from recent white offerings, and many TaylorMade loyalists will miss the help with alignment that the white drivers offered. Others will appreciate the subtlety of the alignment markings and the streamlined look of the head at address, which is reminiscent of classic TaylorMade models.
7) Flight – the vast majority of those who purchase a new TaylorMade driver will need to evaluate the amount of loft they ?play. Many will find themselves using considerably more loft, but the good news is that when you find the right set-up the flight is strong, with no ballooning.
8) Distance – those who struggle with too much spin will find plenty of added distance on offer here. In addition, there’s very little difference between shots off the middle and bottom of the face.
9) Forgiveness – long and lightweight shafts often provide added distance, but at the expense of control. The JetSpeed didn’t suffer too much in the dispersion stakes, thanks to the head design. However, those after more control should try the TP Matrix Velox 60 shaft.
10) Impact sound – while much has changed compared to the RocketBallz Stage 2 driver, the impressive impact sound remains. This strikes a balance between powerful and pleasing to the ear.
PGA pro verdict:This slightly subdued-looking driver is anything but. It produced fast ball speeds, culminating in long drives, provided I set the loft higher than normal. The design did give me noticeable speed increases, particularly on shots struck low on the face. I liked the shape of the head, and the added loft gave me more confidence. By Top 25 Coach John JacobsTest team rating:Performance: 4/5Visual appeal: 4/5Innovation: 4/5Value: 4.5/5Overall: 4.5/5