Expert Review: TaylorMade Stealth DriverPublished on 05/15/2023 · 6 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the driver, which I purchased with my own money in May of 2022.
All photos courtesy of Andrew Abbott
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the driver, which I purchased with my own money in May of 2022.
The TaylorMade Stealth Driver is perfect for players of all skill levels. This driver provides added forgiveness while minimizing spin to help hit the ball farther.
About the club I own
- Model: 2022 TaylorMade Stealth Driver
- Loft setting: 10.5
- Shaft type: Hzrdus Black 6.5
- Shaft flex: X-Stiff
- Average score: 70
- Handicap: +2
- Experience: 5 years of golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-Handed
- Typical ball flight: Mid-High
- Golf ball used: TaylorMade TP5x
- Club swing speed: 120mph-driver
- When I bought the club: May 2022
- Days tested: 35+
- Where I’ve used it: TrackMan and GC4 simulators and various golf courses
- Weather and wind conditions: Rain, high and low winds, and warm and cold temperatures.
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking at the drivers on the market because I wanted to increase distance without sacrificing forgiveness. I also wanted a driver that had a very simple design and shape.
Why I chose this club
I chose this driver because I hit it further than all the newest drivers on the market while being at a discounted cost. The distance was at least 5-10 yards longer with the Stealth while not sacrificing forgiveness.
What I love about it
- Distance: The new 60x carbon twist face helps me increase my clubhead speed without changing my swing. The Thru-Slotspeed pocket also helps increase ball speed, even on low strikes. The nanotech cover over the face helps control spin to maximize distance and control.
- Forgiveness: This driver has been extremely helpful for me to help hit more fairways even when I miss the center of the face. The new red carbon ring around the perimeter of the driver helps increase forgiveness.
- Feel: This driver feels so soft yet strong whenever I hit it. This driver almost feels like it springs the ball off the clubface, creating a strong and powerful impact feeling. This is the best-feeling driver I have ever hit.
- Sound: The Stealth driver sounds just like when I hear professional golfers hit the ball. I found that this driver creates a firm explosive sound rather than a loud pinging sound, as I hear with other drivers. As a result, this has the best driver sound out of the TaylorMade, Ping, Callaway, and Titleist drivers.
- Adjustability: The TaylorMade Stealth has an adjustable loft sleeve to change the loft and lie angle by 3°. Additionally, this driver has an adjustable weight system to maximize forgiveness and clubhead speed.
- Shaft Feel: The Hzrdus shaft line feels very sturdy and strong. The shaft is designed to feel strong and have a stiff tip section to eliminate the clubhead from flexing.
- Shaft Performance: The shaft is a low spin low launch model to help increase distance and optimize spin numbers. This shaft has been amazing when paired with this head because it allows me to hit the Stealth as far as the Plus model while having more forgiveness.
- Aesthetic Appeal: This is my favorite-looking driver on the market. I love the all-black crown and the red accenting on the face of the club. At first, I was not sure what I thought about the red clubface, but it has become one of my favorite design aspects of this club.
- Launch Angle: The clubface has a nanotexture cover to help optimize launch in any conditions. I also noticed that this club still launches the ball really well on off-center strikes. I have hit the ball off the toe and heel of this club, and they all launch relatively the same as when I occasionally hit the ball in the center.
- Spin: The nanotexture cover mentioned above also helps keep spin the same in all weather conditions and for strikes all over the face. At first, this driver spun too much for me, but it was perfect once I put in the low spin shaft. Most golfers with mid to low swing speeds will get great spin numbers from this driver to optimize distance and maximize yardage, while golfers with higher swing speeds may want to consider the Stealth Plus or a very low spin shaft.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Workability: This driver took me a little bit of time to get used to how forgiving it was. I tried to hit draws and fades, but the ball would stay mostly straight. This was mainly due to how forgiving the driver is. It helped keep the ball as straight as possible, but once I put the low spinning shaft into the club, I had much more control of my shot shaping. The other small problem with workability is I find it hard to hit lower trajectory shots to keep the ball out of the wind. This is because of how well the ball launches, which is both a great thing and a minor problem.
- Grip Feel: I had the Golf Pride Tour Velvet as the stock grip on this club and very quickly elected to change it. The Tour Velvet is a great grip for the first month of use. However, I have found that it wears out quickly, loses its grip, and becomes very slick. The MCC and Z grip are much better, long-lasting options from Golf Pride.
Best shot with this club
The best shot I hit with the Stealth was at my local golf course on a driveable par 4. The hole plays 310 yards from the back tees. I hit a baby draw starting at the right edge of the green, turning it into the middle of the green. The ball landed just short of the green and ran right up on the green to about 30 feet due to the firm fairways. Thanks to the great drive, I hit a good putt and left myself a tap in birdie.
Value for the money vs. other options
In my opinion, the TaylorMade Stealth is the best driver on the market. I bought this club because it outperformed all the competitors in distance and accuracy while having the best-looking design. The second highest-performing driver of the new models was the Titleist TSR 3. The Titleist TSR 3 and the Callaway Paradym cost about $600. However, the Stealth driver is around $400, making it about $200 cheaper than the newest models on the market for the same performance. As a result, the TaylorMade Stealth is the best value driver for the money and performance benefits.
The TaylorMade Stealth driver is perfect for players of all skill levels. This driver will help produce the best spin and launch numbers to maximize distance and hit more fairways. The Stealth should be at the top of everyone's list when searching for a new driver.