TaylorMade SLDR Driver Adjustment Guide + (CHART)


Is the TaylorMade SLDR driver adjustable?

Yes, the TaylorMade SLDR driver is adjustable. The rotating hosel allows the loft to be adjusted by +/-1.5°.

The driver also depicts an adjustable slot mechanism on its sole. All variants of the SLDR support these adjustments.

 

TaylorMade SLDR driver specs

Some key specifications of the TaylorMade SLDR driver are given in the table below.

 

SLDR driver Feature

Specifications

Loft options

8°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 12° (Right-handed)

9.5°, 10.5° (Left-handed)

Adjustability

Loft and weight

Handicap level

Low and mid

Driver length

45.5 inches (Men) | 44.5 inches (Women)

Head volume

460cc

Material

Titanium

Swing Weight

D4

Shaft name

Fujikura Speeder 57

Shaft flex

Regular, stiff and x-stiff

Shaft weight

55g to 61g

Shaft material

Graphite

Grip

TM 360

 

Difference between TaylorMade SLDR driver models

The main difference between various TaylorMade SLDR driver models is that some of them are adjustable while some are not.

For example, the TaylorMade SLDR driver model can be adjusted but the TaylorMade SLDR Mini doesn’t support this functionality.

 

The following list highlights the different TaylorMade SLDR driver models.

  • SLDR 460
  • SLDR 430
  • SLDR S
  • SLDR TP
  • SLDR White
  • SLDR Mini

 

A few features of each of the above drivers are given below.

 

TaylorMade SLDR 460

This is the standard TaylorMade SLDR driver with a 460cc head. The driver comes in varying loft options of 9.5°, 10.5° and 12°.

Its highlights comprise an adjustable loft, low-forward center of gravity and a sliding 20g weight. The men’s driver has an overall length of 45.5 inches while the women’s counterpart is sized at 44.5 inches.

 

TaylorMade SLDR 430

This driver has a smaller head size of 430cc and is targeted towards semi-professional and professional players. While the driver is less forgiving, it still helps in delivering shots easily.

The driver supports loft options of 9.5°, 10.5° and 12°. The standard men’s driver has a length of 45.5 inches while the tour variant is smaller at 45.25 inches.

 

TaylorMade SLDR S

This driver offers partial adjustability. The hosel is not adjustable while the sliding weight mechanism still holds good. This allows you to adjust your driver for a draw or a fade.

There are various positions that allow you to choose the extent of the fade or draw based on your preferences. The driver is available in loft variants of 10°, 12°, 14° and 16°.

 

TaylorMade SLDR TP

The TP in the name of this driver stands for Tour Preferred. True to its name, the driver primarily caters to professional players. While it has the original clubhead size of 460cc, the shaft length is smaller at 45.25 inches for better control.

The driver has a swing weight of D4 and is available with 9.5°, 10.5° and 12° loft options. In short, this driver has a big head, a short shaft and a heavyweight.

 

TaylorMade SLDR White

This driver is named so because of its bright white crown. The crown has black alignment aids on it. The overall specs are the same as that of the standard SLDR driver.

 

TaylorMade SLDR Mini

True to its name, this driver is characterized by a small size in terms of both head size and shaft length. The clubhead is sized at just 260cc while the shaft length is only 43.5 inches. The driver finds its place between the standard SLDR driver and an SLDR 3-wood in terms of head size.

The most important point to be noted is that the driver doesn’t support any adjustability. The loft is not adjustable and there is no sliding weight. The driver is available in three loft variants of 12°, 14° and 16°.

 

How do I adjust my TaylorMade SLDR driver?

The TaylorMade SLDR driver can be adjusted to either increase or decrease its center of gravity. This can be done by moving the weight on the club sole along one of the 21 positions on the sliding weight track.

 

The weight adjustment of a TaylorMade SLDR driver is given in the steps below:

  1. Loosen the SLDR weight using the accompanying TaylorMade wrench. This weight is by default aligned with a blue tick mark in the center of the clubhead to promote a neutral bias.
  2. Depending on whether you want a fade bias or a draw bias, do either Step 3 or Step 4.
  3. Move the weight towards the toe on any of the notches between the neutral position and the FADE marking on the clubhead to set the driver for a fade. This setting also reduces the tendency of a hook.
  4. Slide the weight towards the heel on one of the notches between the DRAW marking and the neutral position on the clubhead to promote the driver for a draw. This setting also lowers the chances of a slice.
  5. Tighten the weight by turning the wrench again in the opposite direction. This secures the weight in place.

 

Adjusting the center of gravity of the TaylorMade SLDR driver results in a difference of 30 yards with respect to the distance covered. The golf ball also gets directed to the left or the right based on the desired setting.

It is recommended that the weight setting is done only if the loft setting doesn’t yield the desired result.

 

TaylorMade SLDR driver adjustment

 

TaylorMade SLDR driver adjustment chart

The various loft options combined with the various weight positions render a total of 252 different adjustments for the TaylorMade SLDR driver.

The table below shows how the various adjustments can be made for a TaylorMade SLDR driver with an 8° loft.

 

SLDR driver Loft

Face Angle

Spin (RPM)

Weight (20g) Position

STD LOFT 12°

Square

0

Toe/Fade

Blue Tick/Neutral

Heel/Draw

11.5° (-0.5°)

1° Open

-500

Toe/Fade

Blue Tick/Neutral

Heel/Draw

11° (-1°)

2° Open

-750

Toe/Fade

Blue Tick/Neutral

Heel/Draw

LOWER 10.5°

(-1.5°)

3° Open

-1000

Toe/Fade

Blue Tick/Neutral

Heel/Draw

11° (-1°)

2° Open

-750

Toe/Fade

Blue Tick/Neutral

Heel/Draw

11.5° (-0.5°)

1° Open

-500

Toe/Fade

Blue Tick/Neutral

Heel/Draw

UPRT 12°

Square

-250

Toe/Fade

Blue Tick/Neutral

Heel/Draw

12.5° (+0.5°)

1° Closed

0

Toe/Fade

Blue Tick/Neutral

Heel/Draw

13° (+1°)

2° Closed

+250

Toe/Fade

Blue Tick/Neutral

Heel/Draw

HIGHER 13.5° (+1.5°)

3° Closed

+500

Toe/Fade

Blue Tick/Neutral

Heel/Draw

13° (+1°)

2° Closed

+250

Toe/Fade

Blue Tick/Neutral

Heel/Draw

12.5° (+0.5°)

1° Closed

0

Toe/Fade

Blue Tick/Neutral

Heel/Draw

 

The same adjustments apply to a TaylorMade SLDR driver with the other loft options of 9.5°, 10.5° and 12°. The loft values change accordingly but the face angle, spin and weight position/effect remain the same.

 

The terms STD LOFT, LOWER, UPRT and HIGHER refer to the markings on the loft sleeve present on the adjustable hosel.

 

Each adjustment of the loft sleeve makes the following changes to the TaylorMade driver.

  • Increases or decreases the loft from its current setting by 0.5°. The loft can be raised or lowered by 1.5°.
  • Raises or lowers the face angle by 1°. The face angle can be increased or decreased by 1.5°.
  • Increments or decrements the present spin by 250RPM. The spin can be stepped up or stepped down by 750RPM.

 

How to add weight to a TaylorMade SLDR driver?

You can add weight to a TaylorMade SLDR driver by a simple screwing and unscrewing process. You can use the provided wrench to loosen the screw on the existing weight and slide it off. Insert the screw weight of your choice and tighten it with the same wrench.

 

How to remove weight on TaylorMade SLDR driver?

You can remove the weight on a TaylorMade SLDR driver by releasing the screw above the weight by using the TaylorMade wrench for adjustable drivers. Once you remove the screw, you can remove the weight with a sliding action.

 

How to adjust the loft settings on a TaylorMade SLDR 460 driver?

The TaylorMade SLDR 460 driver is also known as just the TaylorMade SLDR. One aspect where it stands out among the remaining SLDR drivers is its 460cc size large clubhead. Moreover, the driver offers extreme flexibility with its adjustable hosel and sliding weight.

You can adjust the loft settings on a TaylorMade SLDR 460 driver with its loft sleeves that support 12 different settings including the stated loft.

 

The steps mentioned here give you a walkthrough of the TaylorMade SLDR 460 loft settings adjustment.

  1. Loosen the screw behind the clubhead of the SLDR driver with a few anticlockwise turns of the TaylorMade wrench.
  2. Take off the clubhead from its position on the adjustable club hosel.
  3. Rotate the loft sleeve until you arrive at the desired loft marking.
  4. Put the clubhead in place again taking care to align its arrow mark with the chosen loft mark.

The driver will have the least loft when the LOWER option is chosen and the most loft when the HIGHER option is preferred. There is no change to the loft with the UPRT setting.

  1. Tighten the screw by rotating the wrench in the clockwise direction.
  2. End the turning action when you hear a click sound.

 

Golfers have noticed that the clubface of their driver opens up by up to 3° when they reduce the loft. Their spin lessens by as much as 1000RPM. In contrast, raising the loft closes the clubface by a maximum of 3°. The spin is also more and the maximum increase is 500RPM.

 

How to adjust a TaylorMade SLDR S driver?

The TaylorMade SLDR S driver focuses on helping a player of any level in achieving distance. The driver has a reverse color scheme that makes it stand apart from other SLDR drivers. It also features a lighter D2 swing weight compared to the standard SLDR drivers with a heavier D4 swing weight.

 

The hosel is not adjustable unlike the SLDR 460 driver but it supports the same sliding weight adjustment.

 

The steps below tell you how to adjust the sliding weight of the TaylorMade SLDR S driver:

  1. Release the SLDR weight on the club sole with the given wrench.
  2. Slide the weight towards the DRAW marking or on any of the intermediate notches if you want a draw or reduce the possibility of a slice. This action positions the weight close to the heel.
  3. Slide the SLDR weight towards the FADE marking or one of the notches in between if you opt for a fade or lower the chance of a hook. This action places the weight near the toe.
  4. Fix the weight in place with the same wrench.

 

A fade directs the golf ball from left to right for right-handed players and a draw makes the ball go right to left. The direction is reversed for left-handed golfers.

 

How to adjust a TaylorMade SLDR TP driver?

The TaylorMade SLDR TP driver has a tight dispersion. The driver also has a low spin, quick ball speed and a high launch. Like the SLDR 460, both the loft and weight can be adjusted.

The steps below show how to adjust your TaylorMade SLDR TP driver:

  1. Insert the wrench into the clubhead screw and loosen it to release the clubhead using some right-side turns.
  2. Turn the loft sleeve and line the appropriate loft marking with the arrowhead on the clubhead.
  3. Put the wrench into the screw and fix the clubhead in place using some left side turns until there is a click sound.
  4. Place the wrench on the screw of the sliding weight and loosen it.
  5. Move the weight towards the toe or FADE marking for a fade and less hook. Or move the weight towards the heel or DRAW marking for a draw and less slice.
  6. Tighten the screw to set the weight in place.

 

Golfers find that increasing the loft with a fade weight adjustment produces the maximum fade on the driver. In comparison, decreasing the loft and opting for a draw weight setting results in the maximum possible draw.

 

How to adjust a TaylorMade SLDR Mini?

The TaylorMade SLDR Mini has a low and forward center of gravity to make it suitable for golfers of all levels. The key difference, at first sight, from the other SLDR drivers is that it has the smallest clubhead of 260cc. Another noteworthy aspect of this driver is its non-adjustability both in terms of the hosel and sliding weight. Non-flexibility is one of its drawbacks.

 

The SLDR Mini is an apt choice for those who want a driver to play off the tee shots. It renders good distance while ensuring less spin and high launch. This is one of the main advantages of the driver.

Ernie

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