Gear: TaylorMade Stealth 2, Stealth 2 Plus+, Stealth 2 HD drivers
Price: $599 (Stealth 2, Stealth 2 HD) with Fujikura Ventus Red shaft or Mitsubishi Diamana S+ shaft and Golf Pride Z-Grip Plus 2 grips. $629 (Stealth 2 Plus+) with Mitsubishi Kai’li Red shaft or Project X HZRDUS Black GEN4 shaft.
Specs: 60-layer carbon fiber face with carbon fiber crown, carbon fiber sole, moveable weight (Stealth 2 Plus+), adjustable hosel and slot in the sole. Lofts: 9, 10.5, 12 degrees for Stealth 2; 8, 9, 10.5 degrees for Stealth 2 Plus+; 9, 10.5, 12 degrees for Stealth 2 HD
Available: Feb. 17
Who They’re For: Golfers who want more forgiveness without sacrificing ball speed or distance.
The Skinny: By making the carbon fiber face even lighter and adding a carbon fiber sole, TaylorMade made the sweet spot in the three Stealth 2 drivers larger while significantly increasing the moment of inertia for enhanced stability.
The Deep Dive: The TaylorMade Stealth driver was one of the easiest clubs in golf to spot last season because its 60-layer carbon fiber face was red. For 2023, the Carlsbad, California-based company tweaked the carbon fiber face and added other technologies and features in the Stealth 2.
With a 26-gram carbon fiber face instead of a titanium face that would have weighed 43 grams, last season’s Stealth drivers had more weight behind the hitting area, which meant they could transfer energy into the shot more efficiently. It’s not that carbon fiber is springier than titanium – the weight savings and the redistribution of that weight made the difference in ball speed.
For 2023, TaylorMade designers shaved 3 grams of weight from the 60-layer carbon fiber face, bringing it down to 23 grams. Designers also gave the Stealth 2 drivers a six-layer carbon fiber crown and a nine-layer carbon fiber sole panel. For the first time , there is more carbon fiber in a TaylorMade driver than any other material. That means more weight can be shifted into places where it can enhance performance.
In addition to making the carbon fiber face lighter, TaylorMade designed the center to be slightly thicker and the perimeter much thinner. This variable-thickness design enlarges the ideal hitting area by 20 percent compared to the original…