TaylorMade Stealth Family - Expert Review
Golf clubs have had many looks over the past century. The earliest wood clubs (made out of actual wood) helped golfers grow the game into the sport we love today. Then came along metal woods to completely change the philosophy surrounding the sport as it became a quest for distance and performance.
Over the last decade, we saw the top-end manufacturers, like TaylorMade, experiment with carbon fiber in their clubhead. Taking the next step in the evolutionary timeline of golf equipment, TaylorMade releases its brand-new Stealth driver, referred to as their first Carbonwood.
Let’s take a look at what TaylorMade has to offer with the Stealth line of clubs:
- TaylorMade Stealth Drivers
- TaylorMade Stealth Fairway Woods
- TaylorMade Stealth Hybrids
- TaylorMade Stealth Irons
TaylorMade Stealth Drivers
As the name suggests, the Stealth doesn’t attempt to attract the eye with a fancy color pallet like the colorful clubhead of the SIM2. Rather, it remains very subtle as it showcases a dark look highlighted by hints of red and chrome.
The three different Stealth driver clubheads feature a similar shape, with the Plus+ offering a shallower clubface and a slightly smaller clubhead from front to back. Also, you'll find an adjustable weight mounted on a sliding track on the sole of the Plus+ model.
As for the Stealth and Stealth HD, you’ll be hard-pressed to find any major differences between the two clubheads.
What will catch your eye, however, is the red 60x Carbon Twist Face made up of 60 different layers of carbon fiber. The new carbon face is certainly a perk when it comes to lowering the weight compared to a regular titanium clubface, but there are even more performance perks that come along with it.
The Stealth is the forgiving model that will be suited to a vast majority of golfers. While it doesn’t sport the sliding track like the Plus+ model, you’ll still find TaylorMade’s trademarked Speed Pocket on the sole of the club, right behind the clubface.
Designed to maximize the energy directed to the golf ball at impact, the Speed Pocket works in concert with the 60x Carbon Twist Face to maximize ball speeds and distance on every strike. This is especially useful when it comes to mishits off-centered strikes.
The Stealth Plus+ is the driver you’ll find in the golf bag of most TaylorMade pros as it is the lowest spinning model of the line. The adjustable weight mounted on the sliding track, right under the clubface, helps players fine-tune the club to fit their game.
Golfers with a high-velocity swing speed who naturally spin the ball a lot off the tee will find comfort with the Stealth’s new carbon face as the weight they removed by changing out the titanium face allowed their engineers to maximize ball speeds across the clubface.
The Stealth HD is just as forgiving as the basic Stealth model, but it will be the perfect solution for golfers who need to compensate for a slice. The HD’s name stands for High Draw, which is the natural ball trajectory of the strikes you’ll be hitting with this club.
The Fujikura Air Speeder shaft, which is the stock shaft for most of the Stealth HD drivers on the market, combined with the weight adjustment in the clubhead favors a higher ball flight off the tee, perfect for golfers who struggle to get the ball in the air.
- Unmatched levels of forgiveness at impact
- Forget about mishits! The Carbon Fiber Twist Face maximizes forgiveness across the entire clubface
- Massive clubhead to help with confidence at address
- Low spin, ideal for golfers with high swing speeds
- Adjustable to fit it to your game
- Smaller profile at address to help golfers who prefer a smaller clubhead
- Just as forgiving as the base model
- Weight adjustment favors a draw trajectory to counter the slice
- Ideal for golfers who struggle to launch their golf ball in the air at impact
TaylorMade Stealth Fairway Woods
The new Stealth fairway woods feature a similar carbon fiber top to the drivers, but the 60x Carbon Twist Face hasn’t made its way to their clubface... yet. Regardless, the fairway woods look like miniature versions of the Stealth and Stealth Plus+ drivers.
While both models are very similar to one another at address, the sole of the Stealth fairway wood will be more similar to the drivers as you’ll find the same dark look as well as hints of red and chrome, complimented by the Stealth logo.
The sole of the Stealth Plus+ set itself apart with its silver V Steel Sole, a technology reintroduced to golfers by TaylorMade through its SIM Titanium fairway woods. It must also be said that the clubhead size of the Plus+ model is slightly smaller than the Stealth model (175cc vs. 190cc).
Just like its driver counterpart, the Stealth is the most forgiving model out of their fairway woods lineup. The new carbon fiber top, combined with the 3D Carbon Crown which wraps around the toe of the clubface allows TaylorMade engineers to redistribute the weight to the back of the clubhead to promote more forgiveness at impact.
The combination of the Twist Face technology and TaylorMade’s Thru-Slot Speed Pocket make for one of the most forgiving clubs at impact, even on low strikes or off-centered hits. Plus, the V Steel Sole technology will help golfers who struggle to hit their fairway woods off the deck.
Just like with the driver model, the Stealth Plus+ is mostly aimed at golfers seeking additional control over the golf ball with their fairway woods. Its smaller clubhead will suit the eye of golfers who have a consistent golf swing which they can reproduce with accuracy.
Control of the golf ball is the priority of the Stealth Plus+ and the 80g V Steel Sole provides golfers with some additional weight in a key area to move the ball around. The Twist Face and Speed Pocket are also featured on the Plus+ to preserve some forgiveness at impact.
- Ultra-forgiving fairway wood
- A larger clubhead to help with confidence at address
- Added spin at impact to help players with a slower swing speed
- Smaller profile at address, which better fits the eye of some golfers
- Maximized control over the golf ball at impact
- Delivers a lot of forgiveness for a low-handicapper club
TaylorMade Stealth Hybrids
Following in the footsteps of both the drivers and fairway woods, the Stealth hybrids out forth a dark design highlighted by hints of red, and in both the case of the Stealth and the Stealth Plus+, you’ll find the Stealth insignia at the bottom.
There are three main differences between the two hybrid models:
- The first is noticeable at the top of the club as the Stealth features a carbon crown and the Plus+ does not feature any carbon in its construction;
- The second can be observed on the sole of the Plus+ where the redesigned V Steel Sole is highlighted by a silver finish;
- The third is in the shape and size of the clubs themselves as the Plus+ features a smaller design, more akin to a utility iron and the Stealth has a traditional hybrid profile.
With the introduction of the carbon crown on their hybrids, TaylorMade was able to relocate more weight closer to the bottom and the back of the clubhead to maximize forgiveness at impact. The V Steel Sole design helps with turf interaction on every strike to allow you to play this club out of a wide variety of lies.
Much like the Stealth fairway wood, the combination of the Speed Pocket and the C300 steel Twist Face will help optimize ball speeds and across the face so that even on your mishits, you’ll still be able to rely on the Ol’ Rescue club.
TaylorMade doesn’t shy away from the fact that this club is designed for a slightly better range of players. This is partly due to the smaller utility iron profile of the Stealth Plus+, which makes for a bigger challenge at impact for some golfers.
Additionally, the Plus+ features an adjustable loft sleeve at the hosel allowing players to fine-tune the club to their preference so that they can maximize their performances in the long run.
- Maximize forgiveness and spin at impact
- Can be played from anywhere with the V Steel Sole design
- A much safer option than a long iron for high-handicappers
- Maximize control over the ball trajectory
- Smaller clubhead profile for players who prefer irons over hybrids
- Fit the club to your game with the adjustable loft sleeve
TaylorMade Stealth Irons
Straying from the pack, the TaylorMade Stealth irons forgo the black and red accents of the drivers, fairway woods, and hybrids. Instead, the focus is given to the various chrome pieces and the carbon inserts that make up the clubhead.
The use of multiple chrome elements gives the clubs a more traditional look, topped with the Stealth insignia on the back of the clubhead.
Though they are still considered cavity-back irons, the back cavity is covered by a carbon fiber cover.
The Stealth irons are designed to provide a lot of feedback at impact through the shaft, a feature that is usually uncommon with cavity-back and game-improvement irons. This is due to their Echo Damping System, which consists of a soft polymer insert inside the clubhead, intended to absorb the vibrations.
Much like the rest of modern game-improvement iron sets, the Stealth irons are strong-lofted and they travel far in the air, but TaylorMade has managed to make these clubs more accurate. By moving some of the weight in the sole closer to the toe of the club, the ball trajectory becomes steeper with a higher launch angle.
- A surprising amount of feel at impact for a set of game-improvement irons
- Higher launch angles at impact with the weight adjustments, despite the strong lofts
- The weight adjustments also provide a lot of forgiveness on mishits
We hope this guide helped you make sense of this latest innovation from the good people at TaylorMade. If you need any more help to make up your mind and decide which club is best for you, you can always book a call with one of our experts, or reach out to our customer service team for more information.
Until next time,
The Golf Avenue Team
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