Originally Posted by Pretzel
This may be off topic, but I didn't find the TM driver to be all that less forgiving that any of the other drivers I tested. It felt crummy on an off-center hit, but mishits were similar to the other clubs in terms of distance and accuracy. That's just my $.02 though, I have no data other than my personal results to back that up.
I think it's still on topic because, if I have this correct, keeping the weight low yet moving it forward, lowers spin and increases ball speed but lowers MOI. So it's all interrelated. I have an R1, and my guess is the SLDR is slightly less forgiving (weight is more forward, lowering MOI).
I guess it depends on the comparable drivers in your test.
I had a Bobby Jones Black on the range today with the R1 in comparable setups and new range balls (meh) -- the BJ Black's weight is low and back and cup faced, the R1's weight is low yet relatively forward with a plasma weld face. I was surprised. The BJ Black was consistently longer by more than a little. On a great hit, the R1 was as long (estimated) but the BJ was consistent and long.
So let's not discount the weight low and back drivers yet. They still work, probably better for a large majority of golfers. The better golfers? They will enjoy clubs like the SLDR. I've seen and talked with better golfers who like clubs like the SLDR - high launch, low spin and the longest drives they've ever hit. It's a balance -- this high launch, low spin and weight forward. I've seen terrible golfers with the SLDR and it was comical. Of course, they might have been comical with any driver. It's just that the SLDR doesn't give them a chance.
High launch, low spin? Definitely ... but don't forget higher MOI if you need it. It's a balance. And sometimes the latest and greatest ideas don't give you the best distance or the best opportunity for a GIR.