REVIEW: Taylormade Jetspeed Driver
The biggest technology in this driver is the “speed slot” on the bottom of the club. It is Taylormade’s first driver with this technology which they’ve been using in the recent iron offerings. Paired with the speed slot, is low forward CG placement which lowers the spin rates allowing for higher loft which in turn should translate into longer driver.
Other manufactures claim that the MOI is not as high in low/forward CG clubs, but if that is true, I couldn’t tell because I found great accuracy and dispersion with this driver. Maybe not quite as tight as the SLDR but certainly the head is forgiving when it comes to ball speed and distance. I hit it all over the face and still had great numbers. The lighter longer shaft is probably the big difference in dispersion, but also what helps pick up some clubhead speed.
Taylormade is going back to good looking drivers with the Jetspeed. The matte black/grey crown looks stunning up against the silver face and sole. It does have some simple alignment aids: the rear striping that isn’t too obnoxious. It would look even better without them, but some guys are going to like what those lines offer. They do point the driver easily in the right direction.
What might have been the biggest shocker is the Matrix Velox stock shaft which is lightweight yet offers some really low spin for an off-the-rack shaft. I expected to need to swap out shafts to get good numbers, but actually got really good numbers with it just as it was. That really make things simple. I didn’t have to mess with the settings or shaft, just grip it and rip it.
Taylormade Jetspeed is simply speedy. The low and forward CG certainly works for me. I like seeing lower spin numbers and thus longer drives. The non-white drivers look great and this speed slot thing gets the job done. The Jetspeed is a forgiving, easy to hit, long driver. I’m not sure anyone is claiming this driver is 17 yards longer than the others, but it is certainly consistently long and forgiving. It is Simply Speedy.
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+Speed slot seems to work
+Works right off the rack
+Long and forgiving
–Not as tight as the SLDR