TaylorMade has introduced the new Stealth Plus and Stealth fairway woods, along with expanded hybrid offerings with the Stealth Plus Rescue and Stealth Rescue.
Carbon is the prevalent design thread across the entire Stealth product line – from drivers to fairways and hybrids, a family of products linked by advanced multi-material construction in pursuit of faster ball speeds, high MOI performance and precision playability.
The Stealth Plus fairway relies on the strength of ZATECH titanium, which is made in small batches using a unique process that allows engineers to improve the strength of the face and still maintain a high level of ductility.
The thin construction promotes fast ball speeds and allows TaylorMade to push the limits of face flexibility.
An all-new infinity edge carbon crown creates a 12 per cent larger carbon surface area compared to the SIM2 Titanium fairways, which allows the redistribution of more weight lower in the clubhead.
Mass from the heavy 80 g V Steel sole has been re-engineered for forgiveness, while maintaining its core purpose of improving turf interaction and versatility.
The MOI on Stealth Plus is 12 per cent higher than SIM2 Titanium and 18 per cent higher than the original SIM titanium fairway. Overall, the design changes resulted in a club with the lowest CG ever in an adjustable TaylorMade fairway.
With a refined 175 c.c. profile, the Stealth Plus fairway is built for a blend of playability, shot making and distance. While the address area of Stealth Plus is only two per cent larger than SIM2 to maintain versatility, the face area is 12 per cent larger to provide improved performance on off-centre hits.
In the Stealth model, the all-new 3D carbon crown allowed engineers to shift weight lower and deeper in the clubhead. With a larger profile compared to Stealth Plus (190 c.c. vs. 175 c.c.) and a refined V Steel sole, this fairway is the ultimate combination of distance and forgiveness. Stealth fairways feature C300 Twist Face for three-wood speed and the V Steel Sole promotes versatility and reduced turf drag.
“For most golfers, the fairway wood doesn’t get used on every hole, but when those moments arise, it needs to deliver,” saiid Tomo Bystedt, TaylorMade’s senior director of product creation for metalwoods.
“No matter what the shot requires, whether it’s forgiveness, distance or playability, you need to know your club can produce the desired results. That’s why we designed the family of Stealth fairway woods with increased MOI for added forgiveness without sacrificing the high launch and low spin results that produce the marquee distance golfers have come to expect from TaylorMade fairways,” he said.
“The new advanced laser alignment system and refined profile, especially on the Stealth Plus model, help inspire shot-shaping confidence with optimal control at every level of the game,” said Bystedt.
In both models, the colour contrast crown that has been a TaylorMade staple for nearly a decade has been replaced by an advanced laser alignment aid that stretches across the top of the face.
The laser-etched pattern delivers a subtle alignment tool. It was designed using optical engineering and player testing to deliver visual cues that influence alignment at address and how the club is delivered at impact. Furthermore, moving the alignment aid onto the face of the club allowed for a clean and minimalistic aesthetic on the crown.
A Thru-Slot Speed Pocket is used to provide increased face flexibility, preservation of ball speed and distance, especially on low-face strikes for both Stealth Plus and Stealth fairways.
Stealth fairways also come with a women’s specific offering, featuring a stand-alone bright silver PVD sole and a dark silver crown. The women’s Stealth fairways also feature modified specs in the form of lighter heads and higher lofts in some cases, all designed to promote better performance for slower clubheads speeds.
Stealth Plus and Stealth Fairways will be available for pre-order on January 4 and at retail on February 4.
Stealth Plus has a MSRP of $549.99 Cdn. and will be offered in Rocket 3/13.5 degree, 3/15 and 5/19 lofts. It will be offered in the Project X HZRDUS Smoke RDX Red 70, with numerous additional shaft options available at no additional cost. It comes stock with the Lamkin’s Crossline Black/Red Grip (50 g).
Stealth has a MSRP of $429.99 Cdn. and will be offered in lofts of 3/15 degree, 3HL/16.5, 5/18, 7/21 and 9/24. The stock shaft offering is Fujikura Ventus Red FW 5/6, with additional custom shaft options available at no additional cost. Stealth fairways come stock with Lamkin’s Crossline Black/Red Grip (50g).
Women’s offerings include the Aldila Ascent Ladies shaft and the Lamkin Ladies Sonar grip. Loft offerings include 3HL/16.5° degrees, 5/19, 7/21, 9/24.
Stealth Plus And Stealth Rescues
Feedback from tour players fueled the refinements made to both Stealth Plus Rescue and Stealth Rescue for 2022.
The iron-like high-toe profile and compact overall footprint are designed to make it easier to control trajectory and shot shape, while maintaining added forgiveness compared to long irons.
A redesigned V Steel sole positions weight low in the club to encourage better launch properties and enhance turf interaction. Stealth Plus also features an adjustable loft sleeve that provides +/- 1.5 degrees of loft adjustability to improve trajectory.
The Stealth Rescue also feature carbon crown construction. The new carbon crown construction allows for the relocation of a massive seven grams, transferring it lower in the head to better position CG for easy launch, better forgiveness and stability through impact. The V Steel sole positions weight low in the club to encourage high launch and enhanced turf interaction.
In both the Stealth Plus Rescue and Stealth Rescue, a high-strength C300 steel face is used for higher ball speeds. The Twist Face design is used to help golfers overcome inherent mis-hit tendencies for straighter shots.
The flexible Speed Pocket design is engineered to enhance ball speeds and produce additional forgiveness on low-face strikes.
Stealth Rescue hybrids come with the same women’s offering featuring a stand-alone bright silver PVD sole and a dark silver crown, as well as lighter heads and higher lofts for maximized performance.
Stealth Plus and Stealth Rescues will be available for preorder on January 4 and at retail on April 1, and February 4, respectively.
Stealth Plus has a MSRP of $399.99 Cdn. and will be offered in lofts of 2/17 degrees, 3/19.5 and 4/22. It will be offered in the Project X HZRDUS Smoke RDX Red HY shaft, with numerous custom shaft options available at no additional cost. It comes stock with the Lamkin Crossline Black/Red Grip (50 g).
Stealth Rescue has aa MSRP of $369.99 Cdn. and will be offered in lofts of 3/19 degrees, 4/22, 5/25, 6/28 and 7/31. It will be offered in the Fujikura Ventus Red shaft, with numerous custom shaft options available at no additional cost. It comes stock with the Lamkin’s Crossline Black/Red grip (48.5 g).
Women’s Stealth Rescue offerings include the Aldila Ascent Ladies shaft and the Lamkin Ladies Sonar grip (38 g). Loft offerings include 4/23 degrees, 5/26, 6/28 and 7/31.