Review of the Taylormade Stealth Driver – Sleek and Powerful
Once in a while, a new club gets released that just makes your jaw drop. The Taylormade Stealth launched with as much velocity as it creates, which is a lot! This club had so much hype, which did not stop after it was released to the public. Never have I before seen a club, maybe since Callaway’s Big Bertha, which truly lives up to expectations.
The new Stealth Carbonwood Driver features a sleek design, lightweight construction, and a revolutionary new textured surface called NanoTextile Technology. The technology gives the clubhead a smoother feel and provides better traction during impact, resulting in increased launch conditions and improved spin rates.
This combination of performance enhancements helps produce faster ball speeds, longer distances, and greater forgiveness off-center hits.
The face is 11 percent larger and 40 percent lighter than a comparable titanium face of equal size, allowing players to maximize the power generated by the club head. With the large face, the new model offers a wider sweet spot that makes it easier to hit shots around the greens.
TaylorMade launched its new Stealth range of golf clubs this year. TaylorMade has introduced four different models; each model offers a unique set of specifications. These include the following:
- Stealth Plus – 49-inch length, 195g weight, 0mm clubhead offset, US5/6 grip size, 14.9 degrees loft
- Stealth – 47-inch length, 190g weight, 0.3mm clubhead offset, US5/6 grip size, 13.4 degrees loft
- Stealth HD – 48-inch length, 180g weight, 0.1mm clubhead offset, US5/6 grip size, 14.9 degrees loft, draw bias
- Stealth HD+ – 51-inch length, 160g weight, 0.3mm clubhead offset, US5/6 grip size, 16.1 degrees loft, draw bias
Why carbon? It’s lighter than regular bread.
You may think that carbon is just fancy jargon touted as high tech by marketing departments across the planet, and you may be right. But that isn’t the case here! TaylorMade engineers used the lightweight carbon materials to create a 26 gram driver head, which is 40 percent lighter than a comparable-sized driver made from traditional materials. With this size reduction, the Stealth Face can be up to 11 percent larger than the SIM2 and SIM2 MAX drivers and nearly 20 percent larger than the 2020 SIM drivers.
There are 60 layers in the red twist frame, which produces more ball velocity than the SIM2, but there is a thin polyurathane layer covering the entire frame called nanotexture frame technology. With this system, you can use the carbon face to improve flight performance in both dry and wet weather conditions.
Sound / Feel
The Taylormade Stealth driver has a very soft feel to it. It is not as firm and stiff feeling as some other drivers, but it does have a nice smooth feel to it.
Great muted sounds on contact, similar to SIM2. Thanks to its polyurethane coating, the face feels soft. It’s made from high-quality materials.
The most recent generation of TaylorMade drivers are defined by their high MOI (moment of inertia), resulting in a very stable swingweight. The Stealth drivers feature a carbon fiber face insert. All three models offer a similar overall weight distribution and balance, with the HD+ weighing the least.
In my opinion, the Stealth driver offers one of the best combinations of feel and sound I’ve ever experienced. When you hit the ball solidly, there’s no mistaking the sweet, crisp snap of the face against the clubface. However, the softness of the face makes it easier to control the loft angle, allowing you to produce a variety of shots without sacrificing distance.
Additionally, the lack of vibration on contact makes it possible to feel every nuance of your shot, especially when hitting off center. Of course, the sound is what really sets the Stealth apart. The muffled thud of the titanium face inserts is subtle enough to make it difficult to tell whether you’re striking perfectly centered or just slightly left or right, but the consistency of the sound throughout the entire set is impressive.
The TaylorMade Stealth Driver is one of the best drivers I’ve ever tested. In fact, it might just be the best driver I’ve ever played. My previous favorite, the Callaway X2, had a very high launch angle that resulted in some spin while driving down the fairway. This wasn’t ideal because it meant I couldn’t hit many straight drives. When I swung the TaylorMade, however, I didn’t feel like I needed to compensate for the extra loft. Instead, I could simply let the club do what it does best—launch!