TaylorMade Stealth Driver Review: Read Before You Buy

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Are you looking for more distance, forgiveness, and workability? In this TaylorMade Stealth Driver Review, I am going to discuss why you need to upgrade and buy the TaylorMade Stealth today.

TaylorMade may have rolled out its largest marketing platform for a driver during the spring of 2022 when the Stealth was released.

With a sleek red face, stealth-like top line, and the best golfers in the world like Rory Mcllory, Tiger Woods, Colin Morikawa, and Scottie Scheffler representing driver, the Stealth is bound for ongoing success. It was also ranked the #1 driver of our best golf clubs for seniors in 2023.

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TaylorMade Stealth Driver Overview & Specs

Perhaps the largest surprise and the biggest update in the golf industry in the last twenty years came in this driver. The Stealth was released with a Carbon wood face. Golf drivers have been made with stainless steel, titanium, or graphite fiber-reinforced epoxy for more than 20 years.

During the year 2000, Callaway created a driver made of carbon wood. It was busy, and the performance was lackluster. Fast-forward 22 years to TaylorMade’s expert engineering.

TaylorMade conquered a carbon wood face. Carbon is the key element to the Stealth. It offers a lighter face than other drivers, which in turn creates better weight distribution for a faster club head speed and optimal forgiveness.

The TaylorMade Stealth face is 40% lighter than competitors with a titanium driver face! This driver has been in the works for years. TaylorMade finally produced the driver they wanted. The Stealth enables golfers of any type to have faster ball speed than any other driver. This is due to a lighter and less dense driver’s face.

The face is a 60x twist face that features 60 layers of carbon. While different than titanium, the carbon face is very strong and delivers the same consistency as far as the mechanical components to that of titanium.

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Testing the TaylorMade Stealth Driver

Of course, like any avid golfer and golf club enthusiast, I had to test TaylorMade’s claim that this is the best driver they have ever made. Even more specifically, I wanted to confirm that the ball speed was in fact substantially faster than their previous drivers. Luckily for me, I borrowed my friend’s TaylorMade SiM2 Driver.

To be as fair as possible, I used the same HZRDUS Smoke 70gram X Stiff shaft on both drivers. Here is some data below, specifically on ball speed, carry distance, total distance, and spin rate to represent what I found. I took ten shots and averaged the data among the SIM driver and Stealth.

DriverBall SpeedCarry DistanceTotal DistanceSpin Rate
Sim21652793023200
Stealth1692863092900

As you can see above, the Stealth outperformed on ball speed, carry distance, and total distance. My spin rate did not change too much. What I was able to deduct was that the face of the Stealth is, in fact, faster.

Now, these are not life-changing statistics, however, who doesn’t want to hit the ball further, specifically when they are struggling with distance?

Pros: TaylorMade Stealth Driver Review

Here are several areas where the Taylor Made Stealth Driver excels past the competition of other golf clubs.

1. Optimal Spin & Launch

In this TaylorMade Stealth Driver Review, it would be wasteful to discuss the Stealth without mentioning the spin and launch.

The nanotexture cover on the red carbon wood face was created in a fashion for increased friction on the face.

The nanotexture cover and polyurethane protect the carbon wood and allow for an adequate amount of launch and low enough spin to get the ball moving down the fairway fast.

2. Increased Forgiveness

I noticed that my mishits traveled further on the Stealth, and the grouping of shots was narrower than with the Sim2. This can only mean one thing: increased forgiveness. The 40% lower weight in the twist club face has a lot to do with the increased forgiveness. There is an ample amount of mass in the lower part of the head to help get the ball up in the air on poor golf shots.

3. Unreal Sound and Shape

This may sound like an opinion, but it is not if you talk to golfers all around. TaylorMade makes the best-sounding drivers on the planet. The subtle boom off the face is addictive. I am a Cobra guy. I have been playing Cobra drivers and woods for the last 5 years. I will admit to you, though, that the TaylorMade sounds way better.

The shape is aggressive and the Asymmetric Inertia Generator allows for aerodynamics that encourage a higher MOI (moment of inertia) to keep the ball on a straight line.

Confidence is key, and this shape gives many players the confidence they need to strike the ball down the fairway.

Cons: TaylorMade Stealth Driver Review

Now that you know all the reasons why we love this driver, here are the cons that I found.

1. Price

It’s important to note that the price of this driver is higher than its competitors specifically when there have been many rumors about issues with the club face falling off or issues with the driver head.

Here is the good news: this only happened in the first two months the driver was released. Since then complaints about driver club heads breaking have been few and far between.

TaylorMade also has one of the best warranties for any golf club makera 2-year manufacturer warranty!

2. Limited Color Selection

It is important to note, a con may be the red driver face. This is clearly a personal preference thing. You will not see the face when you look down at the ball, but if you are prone to tradition, then you may want to pass on the red driver face.

My Experience with the Stealth Driver

As I mentioned before, I play a Cobra driver. To be specific I have been playing the Cobra RADSPEED Driver for over a year now.

Cobra drivers are known to be long-hitting drivers. There is no wonder why Kyle Berkshire, the world longest driver hitter, and Bryson Dechambeau use Cobras.

After hitting the TaylorMade Stealth I noticed a similar spin rate that I am used to, and I was getting a few yards further on my carry distance.

There are other versions of the Stealth. I took a drive to PGA Superstore and decided to hit the lower spin Stealth, the Stealth Plus. In a matter of minutes, I noticed I was carrying the ball 10 yards further than with the normal TaylorMade Stealth, and my spin rate was drastically lower.

I was hooked. I just ordered the TaylorMade Stealth Plus Driver. This will be my new gamer.

TaylorMade Stealth Driver Review Rating

TaylorMade Stealth Driver shown new in red and black

Overall score: 9.5/10

If I had to give this driver a review out of 10, I would give the Stealth a 9.5. The minus .05 has to do with a high price point and potential flaws in the quality control of the golf club.

Everything else to do with this driver is perfect. It brings me back to the days when Nike created their VRS iron and driver set that features black and red and where Tiger Woods gamed the set.

Who Should Play TaylorMade Stealth Driver?

The TaylorMade Stealth Driver is for every golfer type. There are multiple versions of the Stealth.

The normal Stealth option is for most golfers. It features an adequate amount of forgiveness as well as a mid-launch and a fair amount of spin off the face.

The Stealth Plus features an adjustable driver head for workability, with more weight added towards the face aimed to create a lower spin on the ball.

The TaylorMade Stealth Plus + Driver is primarily for golfers with fast swing speeds and players who are lower handicap golfers.

Lastly, the TaylorMade Stealth HD Driver uses the same head construction as the other two Stealth models but has even more even weight distribution around the entire club for more forgiveness. If you struggle with a slice and distance, buy the HD.  

Our Verdict: TaylorMade Stealth Driver Review

Here is the verdict: the TaylorMade Stealth Driver is a BUY. So much so, that I replaced my Cobra Radspeed gamer to the TaylorMade Stealth Plus. I am confident that you would feel the same.

If you have been on the fence about this driver, don’t be anymore. I have never met anyone who has purchased this driver and has been disappointed.

Contrary to the concept of being stealth-like on the golf course, meaning to be cautious and quiet, the Stealth driver is a club you can show off and bomb down the fairway. If you need to hit the golf ball longer, buy the TaylorMade Stealth.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Stealth Driver give more distance? If so, how much?

As you can see in my own personal test, the TaylorMade Stealth does give you more distance. Based on what type of golfer you are, you may need the Stealth, Stealth Plus, or Stealth HD Driver. I gained 7 more yards on average using the Stealth compared to the TaylorMade SiM2 Driver.

Which Stealth Driver is best for high handicappers or senior golfer?

If you are a high handicap golfer, the normal Stealth may be your best option. It provides a fair amount of forgiveness and a nice ball flight to improve distance. If you are a senior golfer, the Stealth HD will help correct a slice, and help give you added distance off the tee.

Is the Stealth Driver good for beginners?

The TaylorMade Stealth Driver is a wonderful driver for beginners. The fact that there are multiple versions, two of which are more forgiving, a new golfer could pick one of these up with a stock shaft and feel comfortable off the tee from day one.

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David is a golf enthusiast, traveler, and part owner of a semi-private indoor club in New Jersey. His work week consists of working for an investment firm and golfing multiple times a week. He spends his extra time writing on topics involving golf courses, equipment, and golf trips that he has been fortunate to take. If he isn’t at his work office or on the golf course, he will be at the local coffee shop writing about his most recent golf purchase or reviewing his new favorite new course.

2 thoughts on “TaylorMade Stealth Driver Review: Read Before You Buy”

  1. I am 82 years old and looking to gain some of the distance I lost over the years. I am leaning toward the Stealth HD with the Fus ikura Ventus Red TR5 Shaft. Will this help me get what I am looking for.

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    • Hi Mr. Canfield,

      Thank you for your comment.

      We highly recommend getting a golf club fitting, such as True Spec, if you’re uncertain if this is a good fit for you. PGA Tour Superstore and other golf retail stores also will let you test before you purchase (and they offer fittings). It’s hard to make recommendations without knowing the particulars of your golf swing and your ball flight patterns. A pro club fitter will work with you (usually on a launch monitor) to test multiple types of club heads and shaft combinations to fine-tune your ball flight to get as close to ideal (distance, height, spin) as possible for your swing speed.

      If you feel you are losing distance due to slower swing speed, our golf pro has a few good articles that may help. Here’s one you may want to start with: https://www.seniorgolfsource.com/how-to-get-more-power-in-your-golf-swing/

      Please reach out anytime if we can help!

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