Why all the buzz about the SLDR this year? This driver came out last year and some local golf shops said it wasn't getting the traction on tour that TM hoped. What changed?
As for lofting up, is this targeting the 90% of golfers who don't break 100? Do swing mechanics prevent high HC's golfers from getting drivers airborne? I'm not a great golfer, but I hit a fairly high ball. I fight the high launch due to the wind and soggy nature of my home course. I swing an R1 set at 9.5u. After reading all the posts, I feel compeled to get on a track man and look at what type of spin numbers I get. I'm more willing to tinker with what I've got and consider a new shaft before eating a loss and ponying up another $400.
As for Pro's lofting up, they have a distinct advantage of knowing how to flight down their shots. Most amateur's don't. I'd hate to have a 12* setting and then be looking dead into a 15mph wind and launch a baloon! On a side note, I did notice that all the TM guys have switch to the SLDR. And Luke Donald dumped his Mizuno driver and 3 wood for the SLDR and a Rocketballz 3 wood.
First the SLDR came out at a weird time. 2nd, its tough to change the minds of tour players to loft up. Like Mark Crossfield said in his video. If they didn't have Trackman or Flightscope to say, the numbers say otherwise. Then I don't think this driver would ever sell that good. Its just tough to change the minds of golfers when they have years of expecting a certain trajectory and performance.
Taylormade is coming out with a 14 degree driver for slower swing speed players. Also, off center hits produce more spin. The R1 is a low spinning driver, you'll see a dramatic drop with the SLDR. All the slider does is shallow out the launch angle, launches it higher, with less spin. Which produces more carry, and more roll.
Also, Lofting up does not mean hitting the ball higher. If you watch Mark Crossfield in his video getting fitted for the SLDR. To him it looks higher, but he is hitting the ball the exact same height in the air, and he's gone up nearly 1.5 degrees. The reason is the less spin takes some height off the ball. So don't get confused thinking you will hit it higher.