TaylorMade SLDR Irons

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TaylorMade SLDR Irons reviewed by Mark Crossfield PGA professional AskGolfGuru. Mark hits the SLDR TaylorMade golf irons and talks about their looks, feel and launch dynamics. With the help of GC2 launch monitor Mark shows real golf ball numbers talking spin, launch and distance as well as TaylorMades fast ball speed claims. See if the new SLDR irons could help you hit more greens and improve your iron play and lower your golf scores.

44 thoughts on “TaylorMade SLDR Irons

  1. Well Mark, will they go in the bag for some videos? Would be great to see
    you do some course blogs with different irons in the bag, away with the
    EZs! ;)

  2. Another good vid Mark BUT alike allot of other people on here I would love
    to see you rate and review clubs that aren’t the big hitters, you seem to
    only stick to certain brands where as some people would greatly appreciate
    more time spent either the cheaper or less know brands. Same with balls too

  3. Hit these yesterday with the reg. flex Speeder 57 graphite shafts and felt
    very very nice , good pop off the face , but felt a bit head light for D2
    swing weight , made you want to over swing the club . Hit a couple on the
    toe and heel to see how that felt , heel shots felt solid , but that toe
    hit is a bit harsh ( unlike my Ping i20’s with SteelFiber i95 shafts ) . I
    could game them in an instant if they had a bit more overall weight as the
    speeder 57 shaft made the club feel a bit unbalanced and light for me . I
    don’t hit steel shafts as I have tennis elbow in both elbows .
    Nice review Mark . 

  4. Hi Mark… love your reviews (this one particularly) i don’t often post on
    youtube videos but this one i just thought i had to.
    I love the SLDR irons so much, i had the Callaway X2 Hot irons and I’d been
    gaming them for only 1 or 2 weeks before i tried the SLDR’s in-store, i
    just loved the look and the feel and traded the Callaways in.
    I FEEL they are a bit higher launching but maybe that’s just me (even so i
    like that) I’ve never been this happy with a set of irons, and i recommend
    them to anyone i come in contact with

  5. I’ve been struggling with my Callaway RAZR MB irons for the last two
    seasons so decided to test a bunch of more forgiving irons. I compared the
    new SLDR irons along with the Callaway Apex and X2 Hot irons, and the
    Titleist AP2 & AP1 irons. I expected to replace my current irons with
    another set of Callaway irons but much to my own surprise ended up buying
    the SLDR irons.

    After much testing, it was between the SLDR and APEX, and to be honest it
    was very close as they are both visually appealing, very forgiving, and
    most importantly they had tight dispersion figures. In my opinion, feel
    for both were comparable, the APEX maybe look better with the satin finish
    but the better forgiveness and dispersion figures were the main reasons I
    went with the SLDR irons.

    I’ve played four rounds with them so far and shot a couple of rounds in the
    70’s. They’ve made a huge difference to my game. Early days yet and I still
    need to get more game-time with them but miss-hits get me on or near the
    greens whereas the RAZR MB’s would punish me! I’d recommend anyone playing
    and struggling with blades or shallow cavity backs to ditch them and try
    the SLDR and APEX irons as they’ll improve your game.

  6. I hit these clubs because I am curently playing the roketbladez irons with
    the origanal speed pocket, (wow old, right… thx TaylorMade) and wanted
    something new, and in my findings I found the same distance maybe a little
    but longer, but the shape and feel are just so spectacular they went right
    in the bag!!! I am a 5 handicap if that is important. 

  7. I got these irons i think there great really improved my game they look &
    feel great. Got to be one of the best irons taylormade as made easy come
    fitted with the new KBS TOUR light weight shafts as well. Winner all round 

  8. I have the MC in PW- 6 iron and I’m waiting for my 4 and 5 iron in the SLDR
    After this review I’m really excited how these irons will fit into the set 

  9. Mark, any thoughts or upcoming vid on the SLDR irons vs. TP CB? Offsets are
    slightly lower on CB, and lofts slightly stronger on CB, but in terms of
    feel, value, handicap? Be an interesting one to look I think ! Would help
    me as well !

  10. Hey mark

    Could you please do the review comparing these and the mizuno ez like you
    said you would. I am looking at a new set and I am stuck between these two
    sets. Thanks mate 

  11. I had the opportunity to test these clubs today together with EZ, AP1,
    x2hot, g30… Well i think i found my next set of irons…I had better
    feel, and better control with the sldr than the others… I am gonna buy it
    next week and eat pasta for the rest of the year :)

  12. Mark, I love your reviews on the latest and greatest golf equipment. I’ve
    been hearing a lot of good things about the Adams XTD cross cavity 2014
    irons; will there be any reviews on those clubs in the near future? 

  13. Haven’t seen them in person but Jesus do they look good in this video. I
    may have to trade in my AP1714’s to get them. Not only for their looks but
    for their performance too. I always loved the way GI irons performed but I
    hated the way they looked. They always looked too bulky and gaudy to me
    which for some reason didn’t inspire confidence in my shot. I hate the huge
    top edge and wide soles at address, they make me feel like I’m hitting a
    hybrid instead of an iron which makes me feel more uncomfortable.

    But these look and according to Mark sound like they don’t look too bulky
    at address but at the same time don’t look like a blade either. Which is
    why I like my AP1’s but it sounds like these may have that look but will be
    even more forgiving and imo look even sweeter! 

  14. Well, this video has me really confused. So an iron that has a fair amount
    of forgiveness and technology in it, same length shaft (37.75″), and I
    might add 3 degrees difference in loft (24 degrees as opposed to 27), does
    not, on average, carry the proV1x any further (187 yards averge) or be any
    more consistent (less in fact!) than the Taylormade Tour Preferred MB
    bladed club that you hit three days ago! Didn’t see that one coming! So
    what is all that technology in the 5 (cough 4 cough cough!) ACTUALLY
    DOING? Under-performing it seems like. Nice one Taylormade……….?

  15. A couple weeks ago I got to hit these when my home course here in Halifax
    in Canada had a demo day. Real grass, real life trial. I currently play
    titleist ap1 712 irons.
    The range is a downhill one so I had to judge distance by eye.
    It was similar to my titleist, slightly longer is my guess but not much.
    Accuracy? Slightly better and easier to hit than my ap1’s.
    Flight? Way higher. I mean to the sky. Windy day? I don’t know how they’d
    perform. Normal conditions? U wouldn’t need spin as landing from the moon
    would take care of that.
    Feel? So soft I thought they were forged. Very nice. Great sound.
    Looks? So good. So very good. Overall head size is fairly big but with thin
    toplines they were gorgeous. The chrome was a mistake. Looks great for ten
    seconds then chatter sets in etc. Satin would’ve been better. But other
    than that complaint they look fantastic, not chunky at all very clean.
    Everyone who looks at them says so clean at address, forgiving, good
    height, good distance. A real winner. I am likely selling my titleist and
    buying them. I used to ignore taylormade due to marketing hype but slowly
    my wedges, my driver, my hybrid are Tm. Only my irons are titleist.
    Titleist has been good to me but I likely am gone.
    To fit this much game improvement in such a clean package free of gaudy
    cavities & thick toplines, colors etc etc is radical.
    I knew before I watched this video mark despite a bit of frustration at
    taylormade & their distance gimmicks would like these irons. I was a bit
    surprised at how much he did like them but in hindsight shouldn’t have
    been. These are winners.
    Ps I am average in swingspeed so I demo’d regular flex stock steel kbs 90.
    I also tried the tour preferred line cb, mb, mc etc all were decent but not
    at all competition for the ease of hitting and looks of the sldr irons. 

  16. You mentioned this was a “first”… What about Nike Covert VRS Forged, Nike
    Covert VRS Forged 2.0, and Callaway Apex? What about SLDR vs. any of these
    forged beauties?

  17. Just got these irons in a couple of days ago. With 1 range session and 1
    round so far I really like them. They look great perform as good as I could
    expect. Plus they feel really solid not forged smooth just really solid. I
    am switching from g25’s so maybe they only feel different to me.

  18. My friend works at a range and i just recently started golf and damn are
    these irons along with the mizunos good! They are just so forgiving for a
    newbie like me yet I feel like the rare times I hit with perfect mechanics
    it rewards me more than subtract from my game if I hit poorly. For save up
    for a little bit but definitely worth it. 

  19. I actually like these irons. We have them in the shop but for me they
    didn’t generate any fantastic number that would make me switch. They would
    be great for that player that is graduating from game improvement and wants
    something that looks more player like! 

  20. I hit these as soon as they came out pretty much, felt really easy to hit
    with good feel. I think the new shaft from KBS that they’ve put into them
    makes for a great combination. Hit the EZ’s aswell and i’ve gotta say, the
    SLDR’s feel more compelling to hit at address. Help without being as chunky

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