TaylorMade Stealth Driver Review

In this TaylorMade Stealth driver review, Neil Tappin puts it up against the SIM and SIM2 Max models

TaylorMade Stealth Driver Review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

A hugely impressive, all-round performer. The standout gain was in the consistency of ball flight and distance, especially on shots struck away from the sweetspot. The red face, matt black crown combination might put some off but we loved the striking, premium aesthetics

Reasons to buy
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    Very impressive overall driving performance. Strong ball flight consistency, especially in the wind. Outstanding shelf appeal

Reasons to avoid
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    Stealthy aesthetics create a compact look at address that are less confidence-inspiring than the previous generation SIM2

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TaylorMade Stealth Driver Review Video

We tested the standard TaylorMade Stealth driver up against the previous generation SIM2 Max as well as the SIM Max from 2020. We then took it to the range and out onto the course to find out what golfers can expect if they choose to invest and whether it is one of the best golf drivers on the market.

Over the last few years, golfers have become used to seeing TaylorMade introduce new driver technologies in a bid to unlock more distance off the tee. For 2022, this promise comes in the shape of an all new carbon fibre face. By using 60 layers of lightweight carbon fibre (and making the face bigger), TaylorMade is saying the three Stealth drivers (the Stealth Plus and Stealth HD models make up the range) should deliver a better energy transfer through impact for a higher COR and more ball speed.

To highlight this new technology, the face of the Stealth driver is red. Whilst this might not be to everyone’s taste, the chosen colour is not too bright and down behind the ball is fairly recessive. We liked it. However, what might be more of an issue for some is the stealthy matt black finish. This creates an ultra-premium look both on the shelf and down behind the ball but at address, the Stealth looks compact and for us, was a little less confidence-inspiring than the previous generation. The gallery of images below offers a good view of the TaylorMade Stealth driver...

When we heard TaylorMade was using carbon fibre in the face of its’ driver, we were immediately concerned about the effect on the acoustics. Would the new design feel dull and lifeless?
Thankfully, the engineers at TaylorMade clearly understand the importance of the feel of their metalwoods. If anything, we thought the Stealth models were a fraction higher pitched than the previous generation SIM2. The good news is, the new models still sound powerful and satisfying, wherever they are struck on the face. 

Our product testing started indoors, on the launch monitors at Kings Golf Studio. We tested the Stealth driver up against the SIM2 Max and 2020 SIM Max to see how the performance compared. We used the same Aldila Ascent 60S shaft in each, we used Titleist Pro V1x balls and each head was set at 9˚. Here is the key data:

TaylorMade Stealth drivers data

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It is important to say here that whilst we weren’t trying to swing the club any harder, we did deliver an extra three miles per hour in clubhead speed with the latest model. As you’d expect, this (along with a reduction in spin versus the original SIM) translated into more distance.
What impressed us most about the new driver was that despite the average Smash Factor dropping to 1.46, the ball speed remained high. The spin rate was consistent and as such, so was the ball flight. It was long and consistent throughout our indoor testing.
However, where the Stealth driver really impressed was during our on course testing at Bramshaw Golf Club. On a cold, December morning we used the driver 11 times (as shown here by the Arccos data) and hit the fairway on seven occasions. 

TaylorMade Stealth on course testing

Neil's Arccos data shows total driving distance for each shot hit (the green columns are for fairways hit)

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The fairways we didn’t hit, we didn’t miss by much and we managed to get through all 18 holes without losing a ball. It was during the on course testing that we again noticed the consistency of the flight (especially in the wind) and the impressive overall distance.

What Is Carbonwood?

TaylorMade is describing its latest driver as a 'carbonwood' but what does this mean? Carbon is both strong and lightweight - that's why many manufacturers have used it for many years on both the crown and sole of their drivers. In the Stealth, TaylorMade has introduced carbon fiber into the face for the first time. There are 60 layers, all with slightly different orientations to improve the strength it provides. The weight saved by using carbon can be placed elsewhere in the head to improve the overall performance. In addition, grooves and a polyurethane nanotexture have been added to the face to ensure it provides optimal spin performance in all weather conditions. 

It was this combination of distance and control, in a 9˚ set up that was not fitted, that made the TaylorMade Stealth driver stand out. How much of this was down to the new carbon face is hard to tell and whilst we wouldn’t say the performance is a giant leap forwards in comparison to last year’s SIM2, we are convinced the Stealth driver raises the bar for TaylorMade. Whilst the aggressive, stealthy looks might not be to everyone’s taste, there is no doubt that TaylorMade has produced a driver that delivers a premium level of performance in an overall package that we thought was highly aspirational.

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Neil Tappin

In July 2023, Neil became just the 9th editor in Golf Monthly's 112-year history. Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he has also presented many Golf Monthly videos looking at all areas of the game from Tour player interviews to the rules of golf. 

Throughout his time with the brand he has also 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: PING Blueprint S (4&5), PING Blueprint T (6-PW) Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X