TaylorMade Stealth Driver Review
The TaylorMade Stealth launched on February 4th, 2022. While there is always a lot of excitement and publicity around new drivers, the TaylorMade Stealth dominated the headlines thanks to its carbon face. The driver costs $599.99 and was launched alongside its sister drivers, the Stealth Plus driver, the Stealth HD driver and the Stealth Women’s driver. Is this one of the best drivers?
TaylorMade Stealth Drivers – What You Should Know
Ask any golfer their opinions on brands and you will get many different responses. Ask any golfer their opinion on what’s the coolest, trendiest brand and you’re likely to get only one response.
Thanks to the appearance of their clubs, their marketing and their litany of top golfers including Tiger Woods, Rory Mcilroy, Scottie Scheffler and Colin Morikawa, TaylorMade have sprung to the top of the golf manufacturing world.
And it isn’t all hype either.
TaylorMade produces quality club after quality club. A combination of performance and style has propelled them to be the number one driver in golf. The Stealth family is just the latest iteration of this.
The standard Stealth is a fantastic-looking club combining TaylorMade’s signature length with increased performance. It has a neutral flight bias and is 460cc. The driver comes in 9 and 10.5 degrees for both right and left-handers but only comes in 12 degrees for right-handers. The driver retails at $579.99.
TaylorMade Stealth HD
The Stealth HD is better suited to higher handicaps and those struggling with a slice. It has a draw bias and a higher launch angle to help your ball flight while also being extremely forgiving. Similar to the Stealth, the Stealth HD is 460cc and offers 9-degree and 10.5-degree drivers for both right and left-handers but is only available in 12 degrees for right-handers. The driver retails at $579.99.
TaylorMade Stealth Plus
The Stealth Plus Driver is suited to lower handicaps and premium golfers. Offering mid-launch and low spin, expect the Stealth Plus to go a long way. It comes in a neutral flight bias and has a sliding weight track that the rest of its family doesn’t have. It is 460cc and available in 9 and 10.5 degrees for right and left-handers. An 8-degree option is available for right-handers. The driver retails at a slightly higher price of $599.99.
TaylorMade Stealth Women’s Driver
The Stealth Women’s Driver has been designed with a female swing speed in mind. The driver comes with all the same trimmings as the rest of its family (minus the sliding weight track) and offers a high launch. Unfortunately, it is available only for right-handers in 10.5 and 12 degrees. It retails at $579.99.
TaylorMade Stealth Plus Blackout Driver
Recently TaylorMade has brought out a special Blackout version of the Stealth Plus driver. While there is no difference in performance, the all-black look is very striking and makes the driver stand out from its previous red face. It is only available for right-handers in 9 and 10.5 degrees and costs a cool $849.99.
Who Should Play the TaylorMade Stealth Driver?
As with any forgiving driver, players of mid to high handicap struggling for accuracy off the tee should use the TaylorMade Stealth. Also, anyone curious about how Carbon will perform on a clubface should give the driver a go. It might just be the next big thing.
What Makes the TaylorMade Stealth Great?
The TaylorMade Stealth features a high MOI geared towards forgiveness and an Asymmetric Inertia Generator design that boosts speed. Along with this, the Stealth has a Nanotexture Cover and a Thru-Slot Speed Pocket that maximizes ball speeds and forgiveness on low-face shots.
The most unique point of the Stealth is its 60X Carbon Twist Face which is 44% lighter than a titanium face. If successful, this carbon face may revolutionize golf as we know it. The TaylorMade driver face is made from 60 layers of carbon that should improve energy transfer into the golf ball for more distance. It also has a polyurethane cover to optimize launch and spin. The weight savings from this new face mean that more can be redistributed low and deep in the head to improve launch conditions.
TaylorMade Stealth Driver Review
To put it simply, the TaylorMade Stealth has a badass appearance. The black crown looks great, as does the base of the club but the real standout comes with the red face. The honeycomb design makes the driver look trendy, futuristic and fills users with confidence.
There are 12 separate adjustments with the Stealth. The loft can be made 2 degrees higher or lower while making the clubhead 4 degrees more open or closed at address. The standard lie angle of 56 degrees can be increased to 58 degrees.
Surprisingly, when Today’s Golfer carried out a study of 2022 drivers, the Stealth performed quite poorly when it came to carry distance. The Callaway Rogue ST Max topped the charts with a distance of 285 yards while the Stealth was only carrying the ball 274 yards. This is a significant drop-off and makes it one of the shorter forgiving drivers from major manufacturers in 2022.
This is made even more surprising considering that the Stealth Plus topped its category in distance by 12 yards!
Accuracy and Forgiveness
What the Stealth lacks in distance it makes up for in accuracy and forgiveness thanks to its carbon face. In addition to this, the Stealth features a much bigger face than its predecessor, the SIM driver, improving confidence with golfers. Even the SIM2 Max, the largest faced driver in the SIM family at 3750 mm2,falls well short of the Stealth with a face of 4150 mm2.
TaylorMade Stealth Driver Shaft Options
The Stealth comes with the option of 4 stock shafts that range from a 53g Senior flex to a 68g Extra Stiff flex. While the range isn’t huge, there should be enough choices to cater to most golfers.
Is Carbon The Answer?
Callaway tried a carbon driver about 20 years ago. Called the C4 it clearly didn’t set the world alight as Callaway went back to using titanium afterward. Will this club herald a new era in driver design or is it just a bit of a gimmick? We will know in a few years’ time when we see how many carbon-faced drivers are on the market.
TaylorMade Stealth Driver Verdict
The TaylorMade Stealth is a superb driver. It looks appealing because of the red face, has ground-breaking technology and could potentially change the game of golf. Anyone struggling to keep the ball in play off the tee should try it out, as should anyone curious about how a carbon face will perform. Although personally, I found the Ping G425 Max driver suited my eye and swing a little more.
Golf equipment and drivers in particular are now becoming ridiculously expensive so make sure you get custom fit so you aren’t buying the wrong golf club. Alternatively it might be worth taking a look at a used driver instead.
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