TaylorMade is looking to build on its history of innovation with the introduction of the Stealth Plus, Stealth and Stealth HD Carbonwood drivers.
Titanium has been the cornerstone of driver technology for the last 20 years, but even at the beginning of the titanium driver era, TaylorMade engineers knew that every material had its limit. They have now heralded the future of driver performance with the 60X Carbon Twist Face – comprised of 60 layers of carbon sheets arranged to optimise energy transfer.
“In the mid-2000s, our research team developed an understanding that the weight of the face can affect impact efficiency, more specifically, the lighter the face, the more efficient the impact and the better the ball speed. We realised titanium faces could only take us so far and carbon would be the face material of the future. This breakthrough design of a lightweight carbon face in Stealth has created a whole new starting line, a new era of drivers, a new threshold of performance and a new platform for more innovation,” says Brian Bazzel, vice president product creation for TaylorMade.
The 60 layers of carbon fibre in Stealth help do provide more speed with the red carbon face delivering a higher COR and more precise face geometry through a lighter, but larger face. TaylorMade engineers took advantage of the lightweight carbon material by creating a 26g face, which is 40% lighter than a titanium face of equivalent size. Because of that weight saving, the face size of Stealth is 11% larger than SIM2 and SIM2 Max drivers.
The new drivers also feature a nanotexture cover that sits on top of the 60 layers of carbon. The cover is made from a thin polyurethane layer that creates a strong and flexible striking surface which serves to optimise distance based on improving launch conditions in both dry and wet conditions. This technology creates the face texture needed to produce the ideal amount of friction between the face and the ball at impact to reduce spin at impact in dry conditions. The nanotexture face also features full-face scorelines designed to provide improved spin performance in wet conditions.
The combination of the nanotexture cover, Twist Face and TaylorMade’s ultra-flexible Thru-Slot Speed Pocket has been engineered to produce forgiveness on strikes across the face. With more weight available to position around the clubhead, additional weight has been placed at the rear of the club to encourage higher MOI, high launch and improved forgiveness.
Four options are available – Stealth, Stealth Plus, Stealth HD and Stealth Women. Stealth Plus features a 10g sliding weight for adjustability and is the lowest spinning driver in the family, while Stealth HD is designed with a high draw bias. Meanwhile, the Stealth Women’s driver combines the technology of Stealth HD in a slightly lighter head weight and a unique colourway.