Taylormade Stealth Vs Taylormade Stealth 2 Driver Comparison
For today’s comparison overview, what we really wanted to see was how much, if anything, has changed in a year.
Last year we were treated to one of the most drastic changes in driver construction with the Taylormade Stealth driver.
Just a year later, we have the Taylormade Stealth 2 driver. So what’s the difference? Should you really drop top dollar for the newest version? We help you figure it out in the following comparison overview.
Taylormade Stealth Driver Overview
“The original Taylormade Stealth driver was the first to feature layers of carbon fiber for the construction of the face.”
This gives the Taylormade Stealth driver a very unique feel that wasn’t quite like anything we have felt before. It wasn’t bad; it was just different. But the important thing is that it plays fast. When we tested the Taylormade Stealth driver, our testers were averaging 231.8 yards after three swings.
Possibly more importantly, they also mentioned that it was very forgiving. The Taylormade Stealth driver has the asymmetric inertia generator that we saw in the SIM drivers. This includes a weight on the very end to improve MOI. The overall shot dispersion of the Taylormade Stealth was pretty tight; but spin rates were a little high.
You can’t help but wonder what this driver could really do if the spin rates were lowered just a little.
Taylormade Stealth 2 Driver Overview
“In the new Taylormade Stealth 2 driver, we see many of the same features.”
Features like the inertia generator and carbon fiber face are still present in the Taylormade Stealth 2. The major difference is that carbon fiber is also used in the crown and in the composite ring that bolsters the head.
Taylormade took that extra weight savings and put it in a heavier 25 gram tungsten weight in the inertia generator. MOI is even higher in this driver. Our testers mentioned that their off-center strikes were flying straighter as well.
“So is there enough of an improvement to justify getting the new Taylormade Stealth 2? That will depend on the player. If you want a more forgiving driver, the Taylormade Stealth 2 is probably worth it. However, there are a lot of repeat features and the Taylormade Stealth 2 doesn’t play significantly longer than the original Stealth driver. What has changed in a year is that Taylormade doubled down on forgiveness features.”
Taylormade Stealth Driver – First Impressions
The Taylormade Stealth driver was impressive in almost every respect but we were really interested in testing our first carbon-faced driver.
For the most part, we weren’t disappointed. While it became clear fairly early on that the Taylormade Stealth driver was more for mid to low handicap players, it was awesome to experience something so fresh, new and most importantly, effective.
As you may expect from a Taylormade driver, the Taylormade Stealth features the famed speed pocket and a redesigned inertia generator that was upping the swing speeds of even our higher handicap testers (by 2-3 MPH).
The Stealth Family
The Stealth family includes the Stealth Plus and the Stealth HD drivers. The Stealth Plus is the only one in the line that features a sliding rear weight while the Stealth HD is the only one with internal draw bias.
Taylormade Stealth 2 Driver – First Impressions
“The new Stealth 2 drivers have a ton of shelf appeal, three version to choose from and plenty of Carbon in the face, permieter, sole and crown.
The carbon face has 60 sheets of the ultra strong material and it is covered in a glossy finish which makes it a little less vibrant than the original Stealth.
Inside the face is the inverted cone technology, usually reserved for Taylormade irons, which adds forgiveness on off center hits.
Forgiveness, accuracy and dispersion has been the focus of the Taylormade drivers this year. The original Stealth was great for tour players who had it dialed in but it was a little bit wayward for regular golfers.
The Stealth 2 is a little bit erratic still and it’s not as long as the Callaway Paradym or Cobra Aerojet for 2023 either.
That being said, these drivers look great in the bag and there are 3 variations to choose from.
If these drivers can help you to keep the ball on the fairway then they will be a boon for any golfer, its important to get a fitting to see what works best for your game.
The inject molded Carbon reinforced ring reduces weights which is redistributed with an inertia generating tungsten weight at the back of the club . This leads to higher MOI and increased distance.
The Taylormade acoustics team has also been busy throughout the year ensuring the sound and feel are on point with the new drivers and they do feel more powerful on impact.
When you catch the drivers flush, they fly for miles, especially the plus model, but we found off-center hit to be a little bit left and right in testing.
Perhaps if we had more time to test we could have dialed them in better as there is plenty of adjustable. The + has a sliding 15g weight and the loft can be increased or decreased by 2 degrees on each club alongside the lie angle.
The top line is also a little bit straighter at the behest of tour pro, Colin Morikawa.
Taylormade Stealth 2 Family
3 versions to choose from in the Stealth 2 family.
The Stealth 2 plus will the driver used on tour by pros like Colin Morikawa and Rory Mcilroy.
The 15g adjustable sliding weight ensures you can get this one perfect for your swing.
It is also the longest and lowest spinning.
The Stealth 2 HD is the draw bias driver which will help higher handicappers who are dealing with a slice.
It is also the highest launching and highest spinning, with the least distance
The Stealth 2 is the middle ground which should be the best driver out of the box with mid launch, mid spin and mid distance.
Taylormade Stealth Selling Points
- Carbon face
- Inertia generator
- Extreme rear weighting
- Adjustable hosel
Taylormade Stealth 2 Selling Points
- Tighter Dispersion off the tee
- Improved sound and feel
- Tons of customization options
- Can get custom colors with My Stealth
- HD version should work for a slice
- More shelf appeal than the original Stealth
Who is the Taylormade Stealth Driver for?
This driver would be amazing for any fast swing speed player looking for maximum distance.
The Taylormade Stealth took everything great about the SIM driver and amplified it by giving it a more reactive face.
Taylormade Stealth Drivers
The Standard Stealth driver is joined by the Stealth Plus and the Stealth HD drivers. The Stealth Plus is the only one in the family with a sliding rear weight while the Stealth HD is the only one with draw bias.
Feel & Control: 95/100
Overall Score: 95/100
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Who is the Taylormade Stealth Driver For?
“The Stealth 2 will suit every golfer from the average sunday slugger to top tour pros in the game”
The Stealth 2 has a couple of things going for it.
The price point is $100 less than the Callaway Paradym driver.
It has more shelf appeal than the original stealth and it is more forgiving, with a tighter dispersion.
The move to carbon may pay dividends for Taylormade in the future, but they are not the longest or most accurate for us at the moment.
A club fitting is going to be your best option to see what the best driver is for your game.
The HD version will suit the slicer but it may not be for every golfer.
We found the Stealth 2 to be a little bit erratic in terms of distance and accuracy, but for some golfers, it may be the best option for their game.
The Plus model is the one that will suit most golfers as it can be dialed into your exact swing with the 15g adjustable weight.
Overall, these are a step from Taylormade but there are a ton of competing drivers to take your hard-earned cash in 2023.
Feel & Control: 94/100