TaylorMade Stealth UDI Review: 5 Reasons Why It's Going In My Bag

We put the new TaylorMade Stealth UDI to the test at next year's Ryder Cup venue

TaylorMade Stealth UDI Review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

The new TaylorMade Stealth UDI inspires confidence behind the ball and delivers faultless performance. It's a really well balanced club that feels and sounds great at impact, while it's also highly forgiving thanks to the lower centre of gravity and larger sweet spot.

Reasons to buy
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    Extremely forgiving

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    Sounds and feels excellent

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    Inspiring looks

Reasons to avoid
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    Not a massive upgrade compared to SIM

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TaylorMade Stealth UDI Review

New for 2022 and to the Stealth line-up is the mega impressive Stealth UDI. Replacing the SIM UDI, this model is a case of evolution rather than revolution, but it will be a great addition for golfers looking for supreme forgiveness in a confidence-inspiring slimline package.

To test, I put it through its paces on the range and course at the Marco Simone Golf Club in Rome - venue for the 2023 Ryder Cup - to assess the performance on offer. Standout features include the looks and feel, while a new forged 4140 face guarantees an irresistible combination of accuracy and distance. Here are five reasons why I can't wait to put it in my bag...

1. Bags of Forgiveness

One of the things I have found when testing some of the best utility irons in the past is that they can sometimes be hard to hit consistently well. A lot of effort and speed is required to ensure they perform as advertised, meaning on days when you’re not quite at your best, what is supposed to be a ‘safety club’ can land you in more trouble. That is certainly not the case here. While on the range and the course, I found this really easy to hit how I wanted, whether from the tee or the fairway. 

A look down the ninth hole at the Marco Simone Golf Club in Rome

This club will be an excellent option from the tee when the driver isn't working or you need to find a fairway

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Much of the tech is the same as its predecessor, but it's been refined further to deliver even greater results. It’s a forged hollow body construction, but the SpeedFoam Air is 69% less dense than what came before in SIM, meaning weight could be redistributed around the head to create a large sweet spot and optimal launch conditions. In addition, the Thru-Slot Speed Pocket is back to preserve ball speed even on off-centre strikes. Such is the forgiveness on offer that after a few shots, I had the confidence to flight the ball exactly how I wanted, whether that was high, low, left or right. 

2. Pleasing Sound

On top of the forgiveness, the sound this club produces is superb. A gripe I’ve always had is that driving irons don’t feel like an extension of your set, and as such, it feels like you need to treat them differently in order to get the results. For me, a lot of this can be traced back to the sound. With the Stealth UDI, the high-pitched noise that accompanies many of its competitors is gone. In its place, a duller iron-like sound that inspires confidence and helps it slot seamlessly into the bag. 

3. Appealing Looks

If you don’t like the club you’re looking down on, you can bet it won’t perform as needed. And again, it’s a case of evolution rather than revolution here. However, the subtle upgrades aren’t to be taken for granted. 

The TaylorMade Stealth DHY and UDI side by side

The sole is thinner on the UDI (right) than the DHY (left) but this tour shaping inspires plenty of confidence at address

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The topline is the same width but the face and back of the club are slightly less square and sharp than the SIM, making it visually more appealing at address. If you like to see a little more clubhead behind the ball, the wider TaylorMade Stealth DHY might be more suitable, but for those in the market for tour-inspired shaping that still looks inviting to hit, this could be as good as it gets.

4. Explosive Feel

In conjunction with the sound, the feel is obviously an important factor to consider. Even some of the best options on the market can feel a little hard and clicky at impact, something that I personally am not a fan of. The ultra-thin forged 4140 face is a change to the C300 steel of the previous model, and one that gets my seal of approval. At impact, the sensation through the hands on a centre strike is incredibly soft, belying the distance this club can generate. 

5. Great Balance

Last but by no means least, the overall balance of this club is excellent. Again, something that seems inherent with driving irons, especially ones designed for lower handicappers, is that they feel very head-heavy. TaylorMade’s UDI is a definite exception to this rule. Each variation - no matter the loft and shaft - officially has a D2 swingweight, and that gives the sense that the weight is distributed evenly from top to bottom. For me, that’s a huge plus and another reason I hope to put this in my bag as soon as possible.

Andrew Wright
Staff Writer

A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.

Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.

As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.

What's in Andy's bag?

Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)

3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus (15°)

Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x