TaylorMade Stealth 2 Fairway Review
The TaylorMade Stealth 2 was one of the most anticipated launches of 2023 following on from the success and buzz caused by the original Stealth franchise last year. It seemed like the topic of conversation leading into the 2023 launch season was, what can TaylorMade do differently to improve on an already fan favorite model? Three TaylorMade fairway wood options are available this year, the Stealth 2 – suitable for the majority of golfers, the HD – for those seeking more forgiveness and draw bias and the Plus, which is adjustable, more compact and designed for the better player.
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The fairway wood is often considered the hardest club to hit in the bag, especially when struck off the deck, however with what TaylorMade has branded ‘a cheat code’ the Stealth 2 fairway looks set to wash that stigma away. With a new refined look, featuring a clean carbon gloss crown, the Stealth 2 certainly boasts shelf appeal and a premium look, making it look one of the best TaylorMade fairway woods to date. Weight has been saved in the crown and toe in order to be redistributed towards the rear of the head, helping create a lower center of gravity and therefore resulting in higher launch. The iconic black and red colorway carries over from the previous generation and is featured in the shaft and head cover also.
To see if the TaylorMade Stealth 2 was as impressive as it looks, I took a 15° model out on the course and tested it with a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball to see how it performed. I think what initially struck me was how easy I found the Stealth 2 fairway to set up to my target. The new gloss carbon crown contrasted well against the jet black topline, which was then supported by a white stripe on the top of the face. This three-step alignment aid really made setting up square to target much easier than I found with the original Stealth fairway wood.
The club sat fairly shallow, which for me inspires confidence and makes me feel as though I can really launch the ball, even when hitting off the fairway. This seems to be a trend in fairway woods for 2023 as both the Callaway Paradym and Ping G430 Max both hug the turf in exactly the same way. However, compared to its competitors, the Stealth 2 fairway appeared to come off the face quicker than the already impressive Paradym, which produced ball speeds of up…
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