The new TaylorMade Stealth Driver is one of the hottest drivers on the market thanks to its new carbon design. This new club promises higher clubhead speeds, improved launch and forgiveness, and a sleek new look.
But is it worth the upgrade from previous SIM drivers?
We’ll discuss that today as well as the new technology used, not to mention my personal experience hitting this club. Plus, there are three models so they’re suited for all types of players.
The TaylorMade Stealth driver is one of the best drivers on the market. If you are looking for distance, forgiveness, and mid to low spin, the Stealth is definitely worth considering.
- Carbon technology. This driver ditched titanium which has almost always been used in recent clubs for a very different design. The Carbon Twist Face design helps to reduce spin and launch the ball higher.
- Red and black design. This club offers premium looks, feel and performance with its gorgeous design.
- Extremely forgiving. This driver has a high MOI design that makes it more stable on off-center hits and extremely forgiving.
- Three different club heads to suit all types of golfers. Whether you’re a 20 handicap or a scratch golfer, there is a specific head that will help your confidence off the tee.
Looks and Feel
TaylorMade is one of the top names in golf and continues to make amazing equipment for both professionals and amateur golfers. The new TaylorMade Stealth driver is no different and the carbon design completely flipped the script when it comes to driver technology.
No more titanium in the head (like every other golf brand) and instead, a lightweight carbon design. Here’s how TaylorMade described the newest change,
“The future of driver performance begins with our 60x Carbon Twist Face – consisting of 60 layers of carbon sheets strategically arranged for better energy transfer and faster ball speeds across a large area of the face.”
My first impression of the driver was really positive. It’s one of the most stylish drivers on the market, with a revolutionary carbon wood design that looks fantastic with a red face, all black carbon crown, and logo on top.
The red Carbon Twist Face might not be to everyone’s taste, but I think it looks great. And it’s not just a cosmetic change either; it is actually 40% lighter than an equivalent titanium face, while also being 11% larger than TaylorMade SIM2 and SIM2 Max drivers, and nearly 20% larger than the 2020 SIM driver.
Although I really liked the look of the driver, it’s the feel that really impressed me the most. The sound at impact is fantastic, and the club feels really solid throughout the swing.
One of the main selling points of the TaylorMade Stealth Driver is that it’s designed to help you launch the ball higher with less spin. And for the most part, it does a great job as the ball really jumps off the clubface, especially when you hit it in the sweet spot.
Even when you mishit the ball, the forgiveness is really impressive thanks to the Inertia Generator and Thu-Slot Speed Pocket design. The head shape and weight distribution helps to keep the ball in play, and I was really surprised at how well it performed on off-center hits.
I had the opportunity to test the TaylorMade Stealth driver on the course as well as on the driving range and I was really impressed. The red face and carbon crown look fantastic, it felt great to swing, and the ball went a long way.
I found that Stealth lived up to its promise of being a long and forgiving driver. While I mishit a few shots here and there, the bigger head really helped to keep the ball in play. And when I did hit the ball well, it absolutely flew!
Not to mention, it’s one of the best looking drivers I’ve ever seen. They also have three models to fit all different types of golfers… let’s review each of them to find the one that is right for your swing speed.
The Stealth is the middle option and is designed to offer a nice balance between spin reduction and forgiveness. It’s a great choice for the majority of golfers who want a club that can help them with both accuracy and distance off the tee.
According to TaylorMade, “Stealth delivers a 15% increase in MOI and 200-300 more RPMs of spin compared to Stealth Plus.” This option would appeal to a wider array of golfers including those with higher handicaps. You can also choose from a few great stock shaft options too
TaylorMade Stealth HD
The Stealth HD is a draw-biased design that’s perfect for those who struggle with a slice.
It also offers more forgiveness than the other two models thanks to its deeper face.
The Stealth model also comes with a lightweight 45 gram shaft to naturally increase clubhead speed (making it a great choice for seniors).
So if you’re looking for a driver that will help you hit it straighter, the HD is likely the best option for you.
TaylorMade Stealth Plus
The Stealth Plus is the lowest spinning out of the three models and will likely appeal to those who are looking for more distance and less spin. While it still has a 460cc clubhead, it’s made for lower spin rates that come with faster swings.
Not to mention you can personalize the trajectory thanks to the sliding weight track. Here’s what TaylorMade said about the technology. “The Sliding Weight Track includes a single 10g weight that can be positioned to dial in your preferred launch and trajectory.”
Finally, this club offers different shafts than the other two models that also help lower the spin and trajectory. So if you are a better player with a fast swing speed, the Stealth Plus is the right choice for you.
Technology and Features
The TaylorMade Stealth Driver features a Carbon Twist Face design that’s unlike anything else on the market. The face has been engineered to reduce spin and launch the ball higher, while also providing more forgiveness on off-center hits.
Here’s how they described it,
“The future of driver performance begins with our 60x Carbon Twist Face – comprised of 60 layers of carbon sheets strategically arranged for better energy transfer and faster ball speeds across a large area of the face.”
60X CARBON TWIST FACE
The Carbon Twist Face is made from a lightweight carbon fiber material that’s 40% lighter than an equivalent titanium face. This allows TaylorMade to increase the size of the sweet spot without increasing the weight of the club, which is a huge plus.
Carbon has become so popular that other golf brands are making this switch too.
HIGH MOI DESIGN
The weight savings from the Carbon Twist Face is used to create a more forgiving head shape with a higher MOI.
This makes the driver much more stable on off-center hits and provides plenty of forgiveness.
ASYMMETRIC INERTIA GENERATOR
The driver also features a Inertia Generator and Thu-Slot Speed Pocket design that’s designed to improve launch conditions and forgiveness.
The Inertia Generator is located in the back of the club and helps to increase MOI making it more forgiving. While the Thu-Slot Speed Pocket is located in the sole of the club and helps to reduce spin and launch the ball higher.
The two pieces of technology together make it a great 1-2 punch for more confidence on every swing.
THRU-SLOT SPEED POCKET
The Thru-Slot Speed Pocket is a big selling point of the Taylormade Stealth Driver.
It’s designed to reduce spin and maximize ball speeds, while also providing more forgiveness on low-face strikes.
- The club has a really solid feel and sounds great at impact.
- Carbon Twist Face is a big selling point and helps to reduce spin and launch the ball higher.
- The amount of forgiveness in this driver is impressive thanks to the Inertia Generator and Thu-Slot Speed Pocket design. My mishits were much better than I expected.
- The red/black design isn’t for everyone.
- There aren’t as many stock shaft choices as Titleist and other brands.
Alternative Recommended Drivers
Cobra Ltdx Driver
The Latest Cobra Ltdx driver is slightly cheaper than TaylorMade Stealth but offers similar forgiveness and distance and the club certainly lives up to its name.
It’s one of the longest drivers on the market and is perfect for those who are looking for an extra boost of distance. Cobra drivers tend to be more forgiving overall and what’s great about these drivers is the ability to adjust the clubhead.
You can easily change the loft, lie, and weighting to dial in for the ideal ball flight and trajectory for maximum distance.
Ping G425 Driver
The Ping G425 Driver is the perfect alternative for those who are looking for maximum forgiveness and confidence on the first tee. It’s one of the top drivers from Ping and like TaylorMade, has several models to choose from.
The G425 is a great driver for those who are looking for more consistency on the golf course.
It’s designed to help you hit it straighter and provide more forgiveness on off-center hits.
This driver is good for mid to high handicappers as well as seniors and those with slower swing speeds.
SIM2 Max Driver
The TaylorMade SIM2 driver is the predecessor of Stealth and if you are looking for a quality used driver, this is a great option.
As it is the older model, it is cheaper than the Stealth and one of the best deals in golf. I have played with SIM2 Max and I was really impressed with it.
You might get this driver for a great price and it will still provide you with good results on the golf course.
The TaylorMade Stealth driver is definitely one of the best drivers on the market. Now that the Stealth 2 is out this model is cheaper than ever and performs nearly the same.
The Stealth feels great, looks amazing, and is sure to help your confidence off the tee. If you are looking for distance, forgiveness, and low spin, the Stealth is definitely worth considering.
Don’t forget, this new TaylorMade driver comes in three versions:
- Stealth Plus: This head is designed for better players with faster swing speeds and want to minimize spin rates. It also comes with stiffer/heavier shafts to also reduce spin and increase distance.
- Stealth: This is a great option for the majority of golfers who want more distance and forgiveness in their driver.
- Stealth HD: The final option is ideal for those who struggle with a slice and need help straightening out their ball flight.