An Expert Guide to the TaylorMade Stealth 2 LineupPublished on 06/16/2023 · 10 min readCurious about the new TaylorMade Stealth 2 lineup? Golf Expert Jorge Arteta details the entire line for you and helps you determine which options fit your game.
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TL;DR: TaylorMade has introduced the new TaylorMade Stealth 2 lineup of drivers, woods, hybrids, and irons. The main difference as compared to past models is increased forgiveness. With a large variety of choices Taylormade offers a club for every skill level, which one is right for you?
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The new 2023 TaylorMade Stealth 2 lineup follows the original 2022 Stealth lineup, and features a club for golfers of every skill level. The biggest difference between this year's lineup to last year's is what TaylorMade calls “Fargiveness.” With more forgiveness and higher swing speeds due to lighter materials, TaylorMade’s idea is to make golf more fun for everyone.
Who Is TaylorMade?
TaylorMade was founded in Illinois 1979 by Gary Adams. Now a subsidiary of Centroid Investment Partners, the company is currently located in Carlsbad, California, and focuses on golf equipment, golf balls, and apparel.
They are best known for their quality drivers, woods, and golf balls. And they sponsor some of the top names in golf, such as Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Nelly Korda, and Rickie Fowler.
What Are the Different Types of Clubs in the 2023 TaylorMade Stealth 2 Lineup?
Drivers: Stealth 2, Stealth 2 HD, and Stealth 2 Plus
The first thing you’ll notice is that these drivers are lighter thanks to the use of more carbon in their design. The TaylorMade engineers repositioned these clubs’ weight to increase forgiveness and stability. Plus, the acoustics were refined to produce a solid and pleasing sound.
Moment of Inertia (MOI) was increased and the tungsten weighting was adjusted, thus giving the club more forgiveness from off-center hits and better launch and spin. The new 60x carbon twist helps keep mis-hits straighter and offers more forgiveness. All the drivers share a 460cc clubhead, with modifications per each driver. Another offering is the MyStealth 2 Plus driver customization. A selection of nine color combinations to make the Stealth 2 Plus unique for your game.
All three of the drivers have a wide variety of custom shafts and grips available.
- The Stealth 2 driver is designed for the mid to high handicap player and is made for the majority of golfers. Available in 9, 10.5, and 12 degrees of loft, the flight bias is the most neutral of the three drivers. Extra weight in the back of the driver provides more MOI, allowing for more forgiveness.
- The Stealth 2 HD is designed for the high handicap or newer golfer. The ball flight is a draw bias, minimizing the slice. It also creates a high launch to get the ball higher and easier. It is available in 9, 10.5 and 12 degrees of loft for both men and women. This driver has the most forgiveness of all the three drivers.
- The Stealth 2 Plus driver keeps the advanced golfer in mind. It’s available in 8, 9, or 10.5 degrees of loft. The flight bias is neutral to fade, which better players favor. This driver also has a sliding weight in the rear to allow for more fade or draw bias. It is also the lowest spinning driver, another feature preferred by the advanced player.
- Solid feel and sound
- More forgiveness than expected
- Looks great at address
- There is a driver for each handicap
- More than a typical car payment for a new driver
- Very similar to the original Stealth model
- Just barely longer than the prior year’s model
Fairway Woods: Stealth 2, Stealth 2 HD, and Stealth 2 Plus
Like the Stealth drivers, the TaylorMade Stealth 2 fairway woods, Stealth 2 HD fairway woods, and the Stealth 2 Plus fairway woods all share similar technology, including a lighter, carbon-focused design.
While Inverted Cone Technology has been a TaylorMade trait for years, this year’s model features a thinner face to maximize ball speeds. And, the V Steel sole design is another classic TaylorMade technology that keeps turf interaction smooth and more versatile for all kinds of lies. Laser alignment runs across the face to make it easier to line up the shot, and a wide variety of custom shafts and grips are available.
- The Stealth 2 fairway woods are designed for the majority of golfers, from mid to high handicap. Available in 3 wood, 3 high launch, 5 wood, 7 wood, and 9 wood, their flight bias is neutral.
- The Stealth 2 HD woods are designed for the high handicap or newer golfer. Available in 3 wood, 5 wood, and 7 wood, for men and women, their flight bias is a draw.
- The Stealth 2 Plus fairway woods are designed for the advanced player. Available in 3 wood and 5 wood, these woods are designed with multiple lightweight materials with a 170cc clubhead. Sliding 50g weight allows multiple options from high launch to low spin, and flight bias is neutral.
- Great-looking club
- Pleasing sound and acoustics
- Versatility via the V sole
- Not all the fairway woods have a sliding weight
The TaylorMade Stealth 2 hybrid, Stealth 2 HD hybrid, and the Stealth 2 Plus hybrid are all designed with a higher MOI, making it easier to launch the ball and feel more forgiveness. Further, they’re engineered with a lower Center of Gravity (COG), facilitating an easy launch. And these clubs share a similar carbon design, Inverted Cone Technology, and V steel sole design as the Stealth woods.
- The Stealth 2 rescue hybrids are designed for the majority of golfers, mid and high handicap. Available in 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 rescue lofts, their flight bias is neutral.
- The Stealth 2 HD hybrids are designed for the high handicap or newer golfer. Available in 3, 4, 5, and 6 rescue lofts. 4, 5, and 6 for women, their flight bias is a draw.
- The Stealth 2 Plus hybrids are designed for the advanced player. Available in 2, 3, and 4 rescue lofts, they are designed with multiple lightweight materials with a 170cc clubhead. Sliding 50g weight allows multiple options from high launch to low spin, and flight bias is neutral.
- Fantastic-looking club
- Very easy to launch
- Not much of a difference from Sim2 Max clubs
- Not the smoothest interaction with sole out of the rough
What to Consider When Buying TaylorMade Stealth 2 Clubs
What Is My Skill Level?
|Suggested Targeted Skill Level||High Handicap (New Golfer)||Mid-to-High Handicap||Low Handicap (Advanced Player)|
|Driver||Stealth 2 HD Driver||Stealth 2 Driver||Stealth 2 Plus Driver|
|Woods||Stealth 2 HD Woods||Stealth 2 Woods||Stealth 2 Plus Woods|
|Hybrids||Stealth 2 HD Hybrids||Stealth 2 Hybrids||Stealth 2 Plus Hybrids|
In general, we say there are three types of golfer skill levels. Which type are you?
- Beginner (High Handicappers): This type of golfer is just starting to play or doesn’t play often. They have a handicap of 20 or higher, which puts them in the same category as most golfers who are also new, highly handicapped, or juniors. They should use clubs that will help them to gain optimal distance; these typically have a large sweet spot and offer additional forgiveness.
- Recreational/Weekend Warrior (Mid-Handicapper): This type of golfer has the chance to play once a week or more. They have a handicap between 10–19, which puts them in the same category as many casual golfers. They should look for clubs that complement their swing speed, offer forgiveness on our off-center shots, and help with launch. Plus, they want to improve, so they might play in a weekly league, but don’t have enough time to play enough to get down to a single-digit handicap.
- Tour/Advanced (Single-Digit Handicapper): This type of golfer plays four or more times a week. They have a handicap of nine or lower, which puts them into the smallest category of golfers. They want clubs that offer workability, consistency, and a forged-like feel because they play in a league, school, tour, or mini-tour events.
How Many Clubs Do I Need in My Golf Bag?
The legal limit in a golf bag is 14 clubs. Though if you’re not playing in a tournament, your golf buddies are the only ones who could possibly care about this number.
The truly important consideration when it comes to which clubs to carry depends on the gapping between your clubs. For example, let’s say you hit a 7 iron about 150 yards with carry distance. From there, you can basically allot yourself about 12 yards or so between clubs.
This applies to 6 iron (162 yards), 5 iron ( 175 yards), 3 hybrid (109 yards), etc. It just depends which clubs can reach the gap or yardage that you need to fill all the way through the driver.
What Does the TaylorMade Stealth 2 Lineup Run For?
These drivers retail between roughly $600 and $730 from basic versions to custom colors. The fairway woods between roughly $350 and $450. And the hybrids from roughly $250 to $280.
These prices are very much in line with other golf companies’ similar equipment. In the golf market, prices typically increase with the amount of technology and features included within a club. For example, adjustable clubs will usually cost more than non-adjustable clubs.
How to Choose the Right Stealth 2 Club for You
Now that you know a bit more about the lineup and its innovations, I will present three sample customers, each with specific needs, and offer recommendations as to the perfect Stealth 2 clubs for them.
John: Beginner Golfer
John is a total beginner. He has played other sports in the past and is a strong athlete, but he doesn’t know how to hit a golf ball well yet.
Features John should look for:
- Clubs that are easy to hit and launch
- Clubs with a big sweet spot for a maximum forgiveness
- Clubs that come in a complete set, to make decisions easy for his game
- Clubs that will grow with him as he learns the game
Recommended line: Stealth 2 HD
Sara is a mid handicapper that takes weekly golf lessons and competes in a weekly league.
Features Sara should look for:
- Clubs with forgiveness and a smaller sweet spot than beginner clubs
- Clubs that offer some workability and are consistent
- Clubs that have the right amount of feel and accuracy
Recommended line: Stealth 2
Frank is an advanced golfer with a single-digit handicap. He competes in weekly mini-tour events and competitive weekend-warrior tournaments.
Features Frank should look for:
- Clubs that will provide consistent yardage, not just travel farther
- Clubs that are workable to either side of the course
- Clubs that offer a forged-like feel
- Clubs that offer a thin top line at address
Recommended line: Stealth 2 Plus
The 2023 TaylorMade Stealth 2 lineup is available for a wide variety of golfers. Determining what type of golfer you are will guide you to the correct equipment. Are you new to the game? Do you play every week with your friends? Or are you an advanced player trying to be the best you can be? Just like anything else, you will want to try various clubs and see which one feels good to you and gives you the best numbers.
While other brands offer a lot of choices, even within its own lineup, TaylorMade has provided a lot of options. To help narrow down this choice, reach out to me or one of my fellow Golf Experts here on Curated for free, customized gear recommendations.
Enjoy the new clubs, and smile when you hit that memorable shot!