TaylorMade Stealth 2 Driver: A Closer Look at the Key Differences
Last year saw the advent of the "carbonwood" era with the original Stealth drivers, featuring an innovative facewrap design of layered carbon fiber. Just a year later, Taylormade released an updated stealth driver. The Taylormade Stealth 2 and original Stealth drivers share many similarities, prompting a closer look at their key differences.
The Stealth family includes the Stealth Plus with a rear sliding weight and the Stealth HD with internal draw bias.
When it comes to specifications, the Stealth and Stealth 2 Driver models are pretty similar. So are the differences significant enough to warrant an upgrade? Let's explore.
stealth 2 drivers feature:
1.Improved 60X Carbon Twist Face
The updated Stealth 2 Driver features a 60X Carbon Twist Face, a standout from the Stealth 1. Taylormade has enhanced this feature for two main benefits: increased forgiveness and improved ball speed on off-centre strikes. The redesign includes a lighter 24g face (2g less than before) with a slightly thicker centre and strategic thinning at the perimeter, spreading ball speed for better forgiveness and performance on off-centre hits.
2.Updated Ring Construction
At an initial glance, the ring construction appears to differ only in color. The original Stealth Drivers feature a black ring, whereas the Stealth 2 Drivers showcase a red ring atop the crown, enhancing the visual presence during address and alignment.
Of significance, the new ring employs a distinct material. Rather than lightweight aluminium, the new models incorporate rings made from an even lighter carbon composite material.
The primary advantage lies in the weight reduction offered by this new material, which has been reallocated to other sections of the club. This reallocation bolsters the Moment of Inertia (MOI) and forgiveness of the club.
3.Higher MOI (i.e., more forgiving)
Although the general shape of both Stealth Drivers is quite similar, Taylormade has elevated the concentration of weight positioned at the rear of the driver. In the case of the Stealth 2, a 25-gram Tungsten weight is integrated into the driver head's tail. This feature contributes to the Stealth 2's attainment of higher Moment of Inertia (MOI) values compared to the original Stealth driver.
Furthermore, the MOI figures for the Stealth 2 Plus surpass those of the Stealth Plus.
Thus making , the Stealth 2 is comparatively more forgiving.
4.New Sliding Weight Track
Both the Stealth Plus and the Stealth 2 Plus are equipped with an adjustable sliding weight, allowing you to finely adjust the club to match your desired shot pattern.
The notable distinction in the Stealth 2 Plus lies in the weight within the track, now 50% heavier at 15 grams instead of the previous 10 grams. This gives the Stealth 2 Plus a slight edge over the original Stealth Plus in terms of tailoring the club to your preferences. This adjustment facilitates the setup for a consistent draw or fade, depending on your preferred shot shape.
5.Considerably More Carbon
Taylormade has significantly elevated the utilization of carbon in the Stealth 2 line of drivers. To elaborate:
The Stealth 2 incorporates nearly twice the quantity of carbon in comparison to the original version.
The Stealth 2 Plus integrates a 75% increase in carbon usage.
The overarching principle lies in the application of exceptionally lightweight carbon, allowing Taylormade to redistribute the saved weight to enhance launch dynamics and augment forgiveness in various parts of the club.
A point worth mentioning is the evident cosmetic refresh of the Stealth 2 Driver Family. Although the colour scheme remains largely consistent, the Stealth 2 exhibits enhanced red undertones on the sole, and this year's version features a red construction ring.
Additionally, the asymmetric inertia generator takes on a much more noticeable presence in the Stealth 2 driver. The updated design prominently showcases a silver 25-gram tungsten weight.
TaylorMade Stealth 2 Driver represents a refined evolution from its predecessor. With improved aesthetics, consistent ball speed retention, and a confident address, it strikes a balance between distance, accuracy, and forgiveness. Offering versatility through its three models, it caters to all levels of golfers. For newcomers to TaylorMade, the Stealth 2 Driver serves as an excellent introduction, embodying cutting-edge design and performance in one, reaffirming the brand's commitment to advancing the golfing experience.