TaylorMade SLDR Vs TaylorMade R15 Driver

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TaylorMade SLDR Vs TaylorMade R15
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43 thoughts on “TaylorMade SLDR Vs TaylorMade R15 Driver

  1. To me the biggest difference in the two drivers is that fact that the R15
    allows you to move the weights to the extremes making it slightly more
    forgiving. This club now has appeal to the not so great ball-striker. From
    what I have read, forgiveness was the biggest gripe for SLDR, and thats
    what TaylorMade introduced withe the R15. Thats just my 2 cents. 

  2. G-day Rick I think it’s time for a 3 head off
    Between mizuno’s850;tit 915; and T.M.’s R15
    And if it gets to cold up there in England
    You can come down here in Sunny Aussie Land to do your review
    P.S. Bring the Family you’ll love it down here.
    Cheers Nunny

  3. Well done Rick.I am sure there are going to be guys complaining about some
    portion of the test because they want the new product to be better.I think
    taylormade had a good club in the sldr and I don’t think the difference in
    forgiveness would be significant enough for me to trade my sldr for the
    r15.I think the titleist 913/ 915 review you did shows that titleist did
    signifcantly improve their product through engineering but they also have
    a much longer product cycle…2 years or so.Thanks again for trying to give
    a fair assessment of new products. 

  4. So in summary there’s absolutely no difference. Makes you start to
    question TMs claim that they bring so many new drivers out as they can’t
    wait to share the new technology with golfers so they can improve. All of
    1 yard. I do think that the SLDR was a genuine breakthrough, this
    unfortunately looks like a cash in. Would be really interested to see your
    15 handicapper do the same test to see if the forgiveness claim stacks up
    as there’s obviously bugger all difference in distance,

  5. If performance is the same looks, sound, and feel come in to play. Some
    might say the R15 looks better, but I’d say the SLDR looks better. The 430
    version of the SLDR was also pretty good. Is the R15 louder? The only
    reason I never purchased the SLDR was I’d occasionally hit the unplayable
    hook when demoing. R15 initially gave promise of more forgiveness by
    increasing MOI, but I really haven’t seen any numbers (launch monitor or
    actual MOI data) to back this up. Wish they had a black 430 option and some
    MOI data. Also wish they offered 430 12 degree in lefty. 915 D3 looks to be
    the winner for now, but the new Nike Vapor heads look nice (except the neon
    color). Thanks for posting.

  6. So in other words SLDR and R15 are practically the same club except that
    they threw in 1 more sliding bar and changed the colours lol. Selling the
    R15 for another 500-600 dollars while the 6 mth old SLDR can be bought for
    half the price. Sounds like the typical taylormade moneytrain to me. I
    still use the R9 Superdeep Driver and R9 3 wood. If you want low spin grab
    one of these they perform just as well anyway and now cheap. 6 months from
    now and your new R15 has halved in price and outcomes the R15ier lol!

  7. to me, now I know why all the TM athletes can switch clubs every year. It
    is the same club??? I think based on your other video review I am sold on
    the Nike Vapor

  8. Rick I think you’re a bit TaylorMade bias when it comes to the driver. Haha
    You hit the JPX 850 driver straighter then any driver I’ve seen and the
    ball speeds you produced with the Srixon was higher then all the others.
    Think you should choose from the two!

  9. When comparing drivers it seems to me that the column that gives an average
    for “offline” shouldn’t be considered. If you hit 5 shots with 1 driver and
    they are all perfectly straight then they will be 0 yards offline and then
    5 with the other driver and 1 is dead straight and then 2 are 50 yards left
    and 2 are 50 yards right then they will be 0 yards offline. I don’t know
    about you but I would rather have the 1st driver with all 5 shots online.
    Am I misinterpreting the average “offline” column?

  10. Could they move some weighting around to add some forgiveness? Possibly.
    Could they move some weighting around to change the ball flight, Likely.
    Could they change some weight distribution to lower spin rights? Certainly.
    The Golf R&A has capped the technology of driver faces, every company is at
    the limit, and has been at the limit for some time. I’m growing tired of
    the distance buzz words and marketing ploys. The R15 didnt outperform the
    SLDR because its the same driver with some different color paint. All the
    research and development that was done on SLDR was simply carried over to
    avoid the cost of design, slapped with a fresh coat of paint and renamed.
    Taylor made has been doing this for years, re-releasing the same clubs in
    different colors. The R15 will be re-released again in the summer of 2015,
    they may paint it bright Red and name it the SLDR15… but it will still be
    more or less the same club. 

  11. The new one was all over the place 25 yards left and 39 yards right. 64
    yards between shots compared to 33 on the SLDR. That’s probably 2 lost
    balls out of 5 on a tight course.

  12. Great video as ever Rick have ™ gone as far as they can now with
    technology? How about a golf ball head to head with some top branded
    distance balls and the premium balls now you have the simulator software
    maybe use an amateur alongside yourself to see how the figures compare,
    with Winter upon us we all want max distance! cheers Rick

  13. Rick thanks for this video was thinking about upgrading to the R15, but
    figured even though the shape was a bit more pleasing, when I can get a
    SLDR 430 with a Kaili shaft for $120 including shipping why not give it a

  14. Not too surprised by the results. With the regulations that the R&A have in
    place, we won’t see much in the way of improvement.
    Another great video +RickShielsPGAGolf 

  15. £400 to gain one yard lol. Mere mortals like average club golfers are
    better spending money on coaching to learn to hit the drivers they already
    have better!! Tried all of the new ones for next year and if I had to
    change it would be the titleist 915 d3 if my fitness improves lol. Got to
    muscle that baby!!

  16. Rick, nice review! Can you do a comparison between the latest R15 driver
    and its predecessor? I think it would be interesting to see why they
    discontinued their “old technologie”. Thx! 

  17. Great review. Very good comparison, and clearly aesthetics are the only
    difference besides the extra slider. I love my Covert 1.0, but I could use
    the lower spin of the 430 head and I really love the smaller looks, so I’ll
    be on the look for a cheap SLDR 430!

  18. I am sure all the regulations and constraints on golf club design, keep the
    max distance achieved between different generations of drivers very
    similar. But what about forgiveness – do you see any benefit or differences

  19. Yet another super vid. Would there be an increase in figures if you used
    taylormade golf balls as I assume that’s what they were tested on in their
    research ??

  20. Rock I would like to see you do this test over because usually your spin
    rates are much lower. Also, in other testing, you have hit the r15 farther.

  21. Rick it would be awesome if you tested this out with your 15 handicapper.
    So all of us golfers who arent as good as you get an idea for the

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