The focus here is on improved distance and simplified adjustability. The centre of gravity has been pushed low and towards the front of the head to produce a faster ball speed and lower spin. A 20-gram weight that runs across the sole on a track can be set in 21 points to increase either the draw or fade bias. Loft can be adjusted up or down by 1.5 degrees.
Will suit… those who don’t like a white crown design.
GM verdict: Players who don't like white-headed offerings will be pleased to see a more classic finish. The adjustability is easier to understand than previous models. TaylorMade has opted to move weight forward in the head to minimise spin, something that will particularly appeal to fast swingers looking to control spin. When you dial in the right settings, the flight and distance are impressive. TaylorMade's classic powerful feel through impact is evident. But... those with particularly slow swing speeds could struggle to find an ideal launch. PGA pro verdict: The SLDR produced consistent trajectory and ball speeds. Although the 9.5-degree version I tried flew lower than expected, I was able to alter this very quickly with the familiar hosel adjustment. The move away from a white crown is pleasing, and the new finish gives a high-quality look. This is definitely an easier product to use than the R1. Test team rating: Performance: 4/5 Visual appeal: 5/5 Innovation: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 4/5