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July 08, 2013

PHOTO: TaylorMade prototype SLDR driver

Posted at 1:14 PM by Robert Sauerhaft | Categories: Drivers, TaylorMade

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The USGA updates its list of conforming driver heads each Monday morning. Today, a prototype TaylorMade driver dubbed the SLDR appeared on the list.

The photo here (courtesy of the USGA) clearly shows a moveable weight mechanism along the sole. This design reminds me of the technology used in Mizuno’s MP-630 Fast Track driver from 2010. A big difference is that the slider -- used to tweak shot shape -- was rearward in the Mizuno model whereas it runs the length of the sole, and closer to the face, in the SLDR. Relatedly, it appears that the device replaces TaylorMade’s iconic removable heel-toe weights.

Dave Cordero, Communications Manager at TaylorMade Golf, confirms that company reps will have prototype SLDR drivers at this week’s John Deere Classic (PGA Tour) and the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open (European Tour). More to come.

(Photo: Courtesy of USGA.org)

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