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Equipment companies have been consistent if not predictable for decades when it comes to new product introductions. Distance sells! With the advent of each new product that arrives it represents hope that golfers, both good and bad, will find more distance if they incorporate the product into their bag. TaylorMade announced the release of five SLDR fairway woods and four SLDR Rescue clubs that it said will deliver on this directive.

Similar to the SLDR driver, introduced just two months ago, each club combines a low and forward center of gravity (CG) placement. With weight re-located to the front of the head, TaylorMade said it promotes faster ball speed, a higher launch angle and lower spin-rates. TaylorMade research said the SLDR fairway to be the longest adjustable fairway wood in company history.

“We have heard from all types of golfers ranging from weekend players to tour pros that SLDR is the longest TaylorMade driver they have hit,” said Tom Olsavsky, TaylorMade’s Senior Director of Product Creation for Metalwoods. “This eye-opening distance gain is a result of the low and forward CG placement. This is the Holy Grail for distance and we anticipate similar fanfare for the SLDR fairway and Rescue clubs.”

The SLDR fairway and Rescue clubs feature an improved Speed Pocket, according to the company. As seen in the RocketBallz metalwood and in the RocketBladez irons, the Speed Pocket increases face flexibility to promote faster ball speed. Unlike the previous RocketBallz metalwood line-up, which had an open slot on the bottom of the clubhead, the SLDR has a more efficient design featuring a polymer fill to keep grass and debris out of the pocket.

Available in both the SLDR fairways and Rescue clubs, is TaylorMade’s Loft-Sleeve technology that allows golfers to adjust the loft up or down by 1.5° to find their optimal launch conditions.

SLDR fairway woods carry a manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $249 per club and is built with a Fujikura Speeder 77 gram graphite (43.25” in length) shaft. Five models/lofts are available: Tour Spoon (14°), 3 (15°), 3HL (17°), 5 (19°) and 5HL (21°). An upgraded TP shaft, the Fujikura Motore Speeder TS 8.3, is also available at an MSRP of $349.

The stock SLDR Rescue shaft is the Fujikura Speeder 82 grams (41.25” shaft length), available in five models/lofts: 2 (17°), 3 (19°), 4 (21°) and 5 (24°). The stock model will retail for $219, while the TP version, equipped with the Fujikura Motore Speeder TS 9.3 shaft, is available at an MSRP of $289. The SLDR fairways and Rescues will be available at retailers nationwide starting November 15.