TaylorMade Stealth 2 Driver Review

In this TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver review, Neil Tappin tests the performance to see what golfers can expect from this second generation carbon-faced driver

TaylorMade Stealth 2 Driver Review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

The original TaylorMade Stealth made an impressive debut in 2022. The 2023 version has been subtly improved, making this an impressive all-rounder, one that will appeal to a wide range of golfers.

Reasons to buy
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    More user-friendly looks compared to previous generation

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    Improved ball flight consistency

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    Powerful feel

Reasons to avoid
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    Minimal distance gains over the previous generation

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Any golfer in the market for a driver that offers a consistent blend of distance and forgiveness will be interested in what TaylorMade has to offer. The driver that likely has the broadest appeal in the second-generation Stealth line-up for 2023 is the standard TaylorMade Stealth 2 model. 

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When the original TaylorMade Stealth driver was launched in January 2022, it came with some major new technology, including, for the first time in the brand’s history, a carbon face. Looking at the three new models, which include the TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus driver and TaylorMade Stealth 2 HD driver, there are some refinements to the original technology that promise to move the performance on. 

Before touching on this new technology, it’s important to say that I really liked the original Stealth driver family. For me, they were up there with the most aspirational of all the drivers I tested last year. Long and forgiving, they also had stand-out looks and powerful impact sounds which provided an all-important ‘X factor’. In terms of performance, they were right up there with the best drivers we tested. In the end, it was the TaylorMade Stealth Plus driver that I ended up putting in my bag.

TaylorMade Stealth 2 red face

The face of the new TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver

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Building on the original 60X Carbon Twist Face that optimized energy transfer for fast ball speeds, the new face design features an advanced version of Inverted Cone Technology (ICT) to help maintain ball speed on off-center strikes and increase forgiveness. It’s 2g lighter than the original Stealth face and is designed to have an expanded COR area for a larger sweet spot and boosted performance across the whole face. One of other major stories is the Carbon Reinforced Composite Ring, which unites the driver head into a singular force that, TaylorMade says, frees up additional mass which has been strategically placed to deliver more forgiveness.

For testing, I hit the new Stealth 2 up against last year’s version, as well as the TaylorMade SIM 2 Max from 2021 – so the last three corresponding generations. I hit the drivers on a GC Quad launch monitor at Foresight Sports HQ, and used Titleist Pro V1x golf balls

Stealth 2 standard model data chart

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As you can see, all three drivers performed well with the same shaft - Mitsubishi Tensei 65X and 9˚ loft set up. However, the new Stealth 2 was the fastest, both in terms of clubhead speed and ball speed, and it also offered the most carry distance. What I did notice was that the Stealth 2 spun a little more than the original, which is something I also picked up on when comparing the Stealth Plus models. This extra spin from the new Stealth generation is by no means drastic. However, to optimize my set up with the new driver, I could potentially make a shaft or loft change to help dial that spin down a fraction to maximize my distance. 

Stealth 2 driver testing

Neil also tested the standard Stealth 2 model on the range at Prince's Golf Club

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One thing that came across clearly during my testing was the consistency of the ball flight I gained from the Stealth 2. I’m a three-handicapper, and ball striking is probably the strength of my game, but I don’t always hit the ball in the same place in the face. However, what I found with the Stealth 2 was that my flight remained impressively consistent throughout the test. This is a very good sign. Looking at the data, the spin rates for all the shots I hit only fluctuated in the Stealth 2 by about 700rpm. In both the SIM 2 Max and the Stealth they fluctuated by around 1,000rp.

One of criticisms I had with the original Stealth family, particularly in the standard and Stealth HD versions, was the combination of the matte black crown and dark red face that created a compact look down behind the ball. I could see how this aesthetic would border on intimidating for some golfers. Having said that, it’s a trade off, because they also looked aspirational, modern and premium – you could say, Stealth-like.

Stealth 2 driver address

The address view of the new TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver

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For me, TaylorMade has done a good job of making the Stealth 2 a bit more user-friendly behind the ball. The red on the face is brighter, which is a smart move, as it makes the loft on the club a little clearer to see. The glossy black crown, meanwhile, also helps it look a bit more generous at address. Then there’s the red ring round the back of the head, which highlights the Carbon Reinforced Composite Ring technology. I loved this. It looks really smart, and adds something different to the driver without making it look at all fussy. Sadly, it’s not something you see on the Stealth 2 Plus, which I think is a shame. 

When comparing generations, the new Stealth 2 is more evolutionary than revolutionary. The distance was good but it was the added consistency in testing that impressed me most. Combined with the refined aesthetics, I think this is a driver that’s builds on what’s gone before and will have a broad appeal among golfers of different handicaps.

Neil Tappin
Digital Editor

In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."


Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points. 

Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSR2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X