Taylormade has brought the second rendition of their Stealth driver to market, and according to them, the days of titanium driver heads being the industry standard are soon ending.
Taylormade is reputed for its high-performing and competitive takes on clubs and driver designs, and they’ve been a leading player in this field for more than twenty years.
So, is this driver any good? Do you need to ditch your old one for it? Will carbon fiber driver heads, as Taylormade claims, revolutionize the world of golf?
I’m here to answer all your questions and clear up any confusion you might have about these drivers. After I got my hands on this driver, I tested it for quite some time.
And here is my complete review of the Tailormade Stealth driver, based on my personal experience and extensive research.
I’ll talk about my thoughts and feedback on the driver’s performance and usability in a bit.
In order for you to have some idea of the kind of driver I’m talking about today, let’s go over the design and technology used in this driver first.
60X Carbon Twist Face
The twist face of this driver is what sets it apart from other drivers. It is made up of 60 layers of carbon fiber sheets, strategically placed to maximize ball speeds from any contact point.
It’s lighter, more flexible, and larger than the previous driver models designed by Taylormade, like the SIM or SIM2.
This face, according to Taylormade, breaks the limits of ball speeds achievable by titanium heads, the industry standard for more than twenty years now. But we’ll talk about that later.
The additional textured cover, made of polyurethane, applied on the twist face is there to maintain the right amount of friction on impact. This helps you maintain the spin and ball speed.
There are internal stiffening ribs to keep it solid and to produce a satisfying feedback sound on impact.
Asymmetric Inertia Generator
The total weight of this club head is precisely distributed for optimal aerodynamics. This means additional weight at the rear of the head, boosting the club’s speed at the moment of impact.
Also, this is gonna provide solid forgiveness on not-so-solid hits, meaning off-centered or face-down strikes.
Adjustable loft sleeve
The loft sleeve is adjustable to change the angle by 2°, up or down, depending on your preferences. So that even mid to low-handicappers can hit good, floating strikes, covering maximum yardage.
This is a relatively compact driver, with a clean look. The shape of it tries to pursue a general direction of the looks of a tour driver, but also tries to break norms with the sharper design language.
The Stealth driver sports an all-black crown, and nicely contrasting it, a red face. The red accents marking the curves complement the matte black color and I think it looks pretty sleek.
The face pattern might be over the top for people with a more traditional taste. But, the newer generations won’t disagree with the design choices
The Sound and Feel
The acoustics of this driver is solid. Anybody would expect a muted sound from a face made of layers of carbon fiber mesh. But the internal stiffener placed under the twist face makes it solid enough for a satisfying “crack” on impact.
Off-centered strikes also produce this sound, though a bit less loudly. This is something that doesn’t happen with titanium drivers, mishits just don’t sound good.
The sound gets a bit less explosive as the impact spot gets away from the center. But, it always sounds more or less like a sweet-spot strike. This is a key selling point of this driver.
The feel of the impact is almost the same as a titanium-face driver. The feedback is solid and explosive, so it does not feel hollow at all.
There’s no doubt about it: the Stealth either matches the previous Taylormade drivers like SIM or SIM2 or exceeds them.
The launch angle is mid to mid-high, and the spin rate is reduced, resulting in more carry and total distance covered.
Though I found the club speed to be almost the same as the SIM and the SIM2, I was hitting a bit longer with the Stealth. The results are only marginally better, though, and I can’t back them up with any solid data.
When I took this club to the course, I felt right away that this driver is the culmination of many years of experiments and the efforts of many engineers. Its forgiveness is exceptional.
This makes the driver a good choice for mid-handicappers with low accuracy and bat speed.
The low center of gravity and the weighted back of the Stealth provides extra force at the time of impact, and the spin rate is lower than average. This is what makes the Stealth models more forgiving than any other drivers I’ve ever tried.
Whether the strike is square, on dead center, or a bid to the side or down, the distance it covers won’t fluctuate too much, usually less than 15–20 yards.
Even if you didn’t hit the ball squarely in the middle, the trajectory remains moderately true. But, mostly, it depends on you.
If you hook it or use your wrists too much to swing the club, you can still hit the ball low or off-center, and the driver can help that much in correcting it.
Because you can adjust the angle based on how high or low the ball usually travels for you. If your swing speed is not that high, your shots can still go low.
My Verdict on the Taylormade Stealth Driver: Buying guide
Let’s take a quick look at the pros and cons of this driver. This is from my personal experience paired with user reviews and ratings on Taylormade’s website, golf forums, and Amazon. You can head here to check out the reviews yourself.
- Outstanding forgiveness
- High ball speed
- Satisfying sound at launch
- Adjustable loft angle and comes with the tool
- Reduced mishits.
- The price
- Muffled feedback feel
- Not that better than the previous models
If you already own a SIM or a SIM2, or any Taylormade Driver models released after 2020, it won’t be worth it for you. Because the advantages you’ll gain with the Stealth won’t improve your game that much.
Also, this driver is pricey, and if you’re just a casual golfer, the things this driver offers won’t be too attractive to you.
But if you’re serious about your golf and have been thinking of getting a new driver, this will be a decent choice. And if you are competing with a lower handicap, of course, go for it.
With all that said, the Taylormade Stealth driver is an excellent choice for anyone with its solid build, exceptional forgiveness, and outstanding performance. Head out here if you want one for yourself.