CARLSBAD, Calif. — After debuting in July, the SLDR driver quickly validated its position as the No. 1 driver on tour. In wake of SLDR’s early success, we kept hearing one question from the golfing community: Will there be a fairway wood?
The answer is yes, and it’s here now. Similar to the driver, a prototype model of the SLDR 3-wood surfaced on professional tours several weeks prior to its launch. After one day of testing, U.S. Open Champion Justin Rose and PGA Tour Veteran D.A. Points both put the SLDR 3-wood in play at the Tour Championship at Eastlake.
It’s rare that PGA Tour professionals change equipment so quickly, especially prior to a tournament that boasts the largest purse of the year. The fact that neither Rose nor Points hesitated to playthe SLDR 3-wood is testament to the performance benefits that this club offers.
Following a sixth-place finish at East Lake, Rose had this to say about the SLDR 3-wood. “I hit some 3-woods out there that were going 300 yards. I’m carrying the ball so much further now. I love the way the club worked through the ground, and I think that’s due to the smaller more compact head.”
A month later at the Frys.com Open the SLDR 3-wood was available for its first full-field Tour event. A total of nine golfers played the club that week, including the eventual winner. TaylorMade Staff Professionals who put the SLDR 3-wood in play during the tournament included:
- Brian Gay
- Brian Harman
- Rory Sabbatini
- Troy Matteson
- William McGirt
- Sean O’Hair
- Chez Reavie
- Rory Sabatini
- Scott Verplank