TaylorMade Stealth 2 Drivers
Few golf product launches made bigger waves in 2022 than TaylorMade’s Stealth line. Now, TaylorMade has taken its groundbreaking Carbon Twist Face technology to the next level with the TaylorMade Stealth 2 line. This line features the Stealth 2 Driver, the Stealth 2 HD Driver, and the Stealth 2 Plus Driver.
Last year’s Stealth was an unqualified success for TaylorMade, so for 2023, the objective was to build on that with the Stealth 2. A partial ring of carbon fiber around the rear of the head was added, so the entire body except for the titanium collar holding the face and the front of the club is nonmetallic.
Weighting is different for each of the models to satisfy the needs of different skill level players, with the Stealth 2 Plus being the only one with a sliding weight. Those interested in a customized look have the choice, for an added cost, of nine face colors, six skirt ring colors, plus matte or gloss crown and a black or white top line.
Continuing to price drivers in the upper end of the spectrum, TaylorMade has increased the Stealth 2’s by $20 compared with the 2022 Stealth.
Tomo Bystedt, Senior Director of Product Creation, was quoted in the press announcement, “The modular carbon body construction of Stealth 2 represents our commitment to carbon as the leading material in every TaylorMade driver we produce. It was clear that the breakthroughs we had with Stealth were just the beginning in terms of the performance we can extract from this technology platform. A primarily carbon-based head construction is revolutionizing where we are able to position mass in a driver and this allows us to finely tune the launch, spin and MOI in each of the three Stealth 2 driver models.”
Fast Facts Stealth 2 Drivers
- Carbon fiber crown, sole, skirt
- Carbon Twist Face with interior Inverted Cone
- Sole slot behind the face
- 4° Adjustable hosel
- Stock grip: Golf Pride Z-Grip Plus 2
- Available Feb. 17, 2023
Stealth 2 Plus Driver
The lowest-spinning driver model in the Stealth 2 stable, the TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus Driver is an excellent option for highly-skilled golfers and those looking to bring their spin rate down. These golfers will also appreciate the adjustability of this club, as it features a 15-gram weight that can be moved across the face to tweak their ball flight at will.
- Better player category
- Sliding 15g sole weight
- Stock shafts: Mitsubishi Kai’li Red 60, Project X HZRDUS Black (Gen 4)
Stealth 2 Driver
The TaylorMade Stealth 2 Driver is a highly versatile weapon off the tee, and boasts a number of characteristics that make it a good fit for nearly every golfer. One technological highlight is the new 60X Carbon Twist Face, which optimizes the energy transfer of the clubface at impact and produces increased ball speeds.
- Game-improvement category
- Sole weight
- 25g skirt weight
- Stock shafts: Fujikura Ventus Red TR 5, Mitsubishi Diamana S+ 60
Stealth 2 HD Driver
For those desiring the most forgiving TaylorMade driver option, look to the TaylorMade Stealth 2 HD Driver. With an ultra-high-MOI, draw-biased head that produces high launch and moderate spin, the Stealth 2 HD Driver is a dream come true for higher handicap golfers and/or those who struggle with a slice.
- Super Game-improvement category
- Draw bias
- Heel weight
- Skirt weight
- Stock Shaft: Fujikura Speeder NX Red 60
Stealth HD Irons
Last year’s Stealth irons were TaylorMade’s solution for those needing a game-improvement iron, and the new Stealth HD, a part of the TaylorMade Stealth 2 line, has tweaked that design to accommodate players looking for a super game-improvement type, such as seniors who generate less clubhead speed.
The center of gravity is very low in the head, moving upward as lofts increase, and is a major factor in producing high-trajectory shots, especially for moderate to slow swingers. Both distance and trajectory are aided by the smaller radius leading edge and wide sole that help with turf interaction. Not to overlook from the ball-launch discussion, though, is the HDs are two degrees weaker than the original Stealth, a real help for seniors. The ball goes higher and therefore covers additional yards compared with lower lofted irons hit without a higher swing speed
The Cap Back hollow head has been around for a couple of years and helps with proper weight location and vibration dampening.
“In working with players in this category, we exhausted all optimization tools to determine the ideal loft for each iron in the set, said Matt Bovee, Director of Product Creation Irons. “Incorporating higher lofts was done purposefully and with intent. Our goal was to provide as much launch and spin as possible without sacrificing distance. We found this design strategy often led to increased carry distance for the developing golfer compared to traditional super game improvement irons with stronger lofts. By combining this totally unique construction with our existing technologies, we created a high launching, easy-to-hit iron with a surprisingly exceptional feel.”
Fast Facts TaylorMade Stealth HD Irons
The TaylorMade Stealth HD irons deliver a new option for golfers seeking maximum distance and forgiveness in a clubhead that will effortlessly lift the ball off the turf. The Stealth HD irons from TaylorMade are best suited for golfers in the mid-to-high handicap range or golfers with moderate swing speeds.
- Super game-improvement category
- Cap Back design
- Low profile, low CG
- Draw bias
- Stock lofts: 5-iron 23.5°, pitching wedge 44.5°
- Stock shafts: KBS Max 85 MT, Fujikura NX Red/Silver
- Stock grip: Lamkin Crossline Black/Red
- Available Feb. 17, 2023
- Set of seven irons: $999.99 steel, $1099.99 graphite