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Posted January 4, 2022 in Products and Brands by Tom Brassell
CARLSBAD, Calif. (January 4, 2022) – TaylorMade Golf, the industry leader in innovation and technology, today announces the all-new Stealth™ Plus and Stealth fairway woods. In addition, the company unveils its expanded hybrid offerings with the Tour-inspired Stealth Plus Rescue™ and Stealth Rescue.
Carbon is the prevalent design thread across the entire Stealth product line – from drivers to fairways and hybrids. That shared DNA makes this an unmistakable family, linked by the usage of advanced multi-material construction in pursuit of faster ball speeds, high MOI performance and precision playability.
The Stealth Plus fairway relies on the proven 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 ultra-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% 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 80g 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% higher than SIM2 Titanium and 18% 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 175cc profile, the Stealth Plus fairway delivers the ideal blend of playability, shot making and distance. While the address area of Stealth Plus is only 2% larger than SIM2 to maintain versatility, the face area is 12% larger to provide improved performance on off-center 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 (190cc vs. 175cc) and a refined V Steel sole, this fairway is the ultimate combination of distance and forgiveness. Stealth fairways feature C300 Twist Face®, which delivers top of the line 3-wood speed and the V Steel Sole promotes versatility and reduced turf drag.
In both models, the trusted color contrast crown that has been a TaylorMade staple for nearly a decade has been replaced by an advanced laser alignment aid that stretches across the top of the face.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, yet powerful 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.
Thru-Slot Speed Pocket™ provides 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, 2022.
Stealth Plus has an MSRP of $429.99 USD and will be offered in Rocket 3/13.5°, 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 (50g).
Stealth has an MSRP of $329.99 USD and will be offered in lofts of 3/15°, 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°, 5/19°, 7/21°, 9/24°.
Unprecedented Tour adoption over the last two seasons sparked an evolution among TaylorMade hybrids. Feedback from the world’s best players fueled the refinements made to both Stealth™ Plus Rescue and Stealth Rescue for 2022.
Stealth Plus is a shot maker’s dream. The iron-like high-toe profile and compact overall footprint 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 optimal launch properties and enhance turf interaction. Stealth Plus also features an adjustable loft sleeve that provides +/- 1.5° loft adjustability to optimize trajectory.
The Stealth Rescue combines Tour-validated designs with a new carbon crown construction. In the world of golf equipment, engineers know the slightest weight shifts can significantly influence performance. The new carbon crown construction allows for the relocation of a massive 7 grams, transferring it lower in the head to better position CG for easy launch, optimal forgiveness, and better stability through impact. The V Steel sole positions weight low in the club to encourage high launch and enhanced turf interaction, making this club a weapon from any lie.
In both the Stealth Plus Rescue and Stealth Rescue, a high-strength C300 steel face delivers explosive ball speeds. The proven Twist Face® design helps golfers overcome inherent mis-hit tendencies for straighter shots. The hyper-flexible Speed Pocket™ design is engineered to maximize 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.