To help with sound and feel, the cut-thru slot is filled with an advanced vibration-dampening polymer; a shock-absorbing badge was also positioned in the back cavity to improve feel. TaylorMade designers gave SLDR irons a classic shape with a thinner topline and sole.
While the iron has the SLDR name, it shares similar traits to TaylorMade's SpeedBlade iron that was unveiled last year at the BMW Championship. The ThruSlot extends all the way through the bottom cavity, and works in conjunction with the ultra-thin clubface and deep undercut to promote tremendous face-flex at impact.
Compared to TaylorMadeRocketBladez irons, SLDR irons feature a longer 2mm-wide cut-thru slot behind the clubface — the cut-thru slot is found in the soles of the SLDR 3-7 irons — that, when flexed and rebounded at impact, increases the speed of the face for faster ball speeds, a higher launch angle and increased carry distances.
“Golfers want to hit their irons far, which has put us on a path to engineer iron sets that have driver-like face speed,” said Tomo Bystedt, TaylorMade’s director of product creation for irons, putters and wedges. “To find that speed, we created ultra-thin faces, introduced Inverted Cone Technology and now an enhanced Speed Pocket with ThruSlot Technology. ”
The SLDR looks like a player’s iron – not only is there little offset, the topline and sole are thin in the fashion appreciated by many skilled players. The Speed Pocket, which is a slot in the sole intended to generate more face flex, is built into the 3-, 4-, 5-, 6- and 7-irons. The 8- and 9-irons plus all the wedges have a solid sole without the Speed Pocket.
Finally, TaylorMade predicts this TaylorMade SLDR Irons will appeal to a wide spectrum of golfers, from touring pros to average amateurs.
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