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TaylorMade: Launch the SLDR 430 Driver

Golf Equipment News, TaylorMade SLDR 430, line-up


Golf Equipment News, TaylorMade SLDR 430, sole
SLDR 430 Sole

Golf Equipment News, TaylorMade SLDR 430 Toe
SLDR 430 Toe

Golf Equipment News, TaylorMade SLDR 430, Address
SLDR 430 Address

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SLDR 430 Face

New Smaller Size, Same Huge Performance TaylorMade announced the release of the SLDR 430 – a more compact version of the SLDR 460, which is currently the #1 driver on the PGA & European Tours.

Packaged in a stunning 430cc club head with a modern-classic shape and charcoal-grey crown, TaylorMade expects better players to take up the 430 version, which features a smaller Tour-inspired head to promote improved workability.

“We put low forward CG in a smaller head to make a driver that Tour pros love,” stated Brian Bazzel, TaylorMade’s Senior Director of Product Creation for Metalwoods. “SLDR 430 makes it easier to shape shots without sacrificing distance.”


The 430 model features the same distance-producing technology found in the 460 version, low and forward centre of gravity placement, which promotes a hotter launch, lower spin and faster ball speed. In addition to the low-forward CG benefits, SLDR 430 also incorporates the same innovative sliding weight mechanism TaylorMade introduced with the SLDR 460.

A blue 20-gram weight slides on a track located on the front of the sole. Movable weight shifts the clubhead’s CG horizontally toward either the heel, to promote a draw, or toward the toe, to promote a fade. SLDR delivers six millimetres of movement – that’s 50% more than R1 – promoting a shot-dispersion range of up to 30 yards. The SLDR weight slides on a 21-point track system and never comes loose from the clubhead.

To position the weight in any one of them simply loosen the screw, slide the weight to the point selected, then tighten the screw. Golfers can adjust for a “draw” or “fade” by sliding the weight across the slider track into the appropriate position in as little as 10 seconds.

SLDR also incorporates TaylorMade’s Loft-sleeve Technology, which allows you to easily adjust the loft. You can choose from 12 positions within a range of plus-or-minus 1.5 degrees of loft change.

Pricing, Options and Availability

Available in three lofts – 9.5°, 10.5° and 12°, SLDR 430 is equipped with a Fujikura Speeder 67 graphite shaft and TaylorMade high-traction grip.

The Tour Preferred version, SLDR 430 TP, combines the same clubhead with the Tour-calibre Fujikura Speeder Tour Spec 7.3 graphite shaft. A variety of custom shafts are also available.

The SLDR 430 is available at retail now at a suggested retail price of £349, 449€, 3.999SEK, 3.495NOK, 3.499DKK and 569CHF.

Justin Rose with the new SLDR 430

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