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The 2023 TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus driver improves on its predecessor using more carbon to boost forgiveness, generate higher ball speeds, and allow for significant adjustability.
One of the questions we get asked most often here at Plugged In Golf is whether a new generation of club is better than its previous model. Is it worth the upgrade? While Matt actually covered tempering expectations from clubs year over year in a recent podcast [link HERE], there are some pretty significant changes coming from TaylorMade this year. The highlight here is the significant increase in carbon and how it is changing these drivers for the better. Let’s take a look and see how the 2023 “Carbonwoods” stack up to the competition for the average golfer.
Players who enjoyed the styling of the original Stealth [review HERE] will be thrilled to see that the looks of the TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus are relatively unchanged. The all black crown and red face have returned and look great. The most obvious change is the matte black leading edge. I think most golfers will enjoy the reduction in glare and contrast against the ball . A small “T” logo sits in the glossy part of the crown and acts as the alignment aid, while the compact footprint is in the shape of a “D” that slightly favors the toe.
The Stealth 2 Plus stands out from the crowd with its striking red Twist Face, customizable weights, and adaptable loft and lie hosel. Although its overall appearance and color scheme have remained unchanged, the addition of silver and chrome weights adds a touch of sophistication to its design.
Finally, the MyStealth program is back for 2023 in case black and red isn’t your thing. You can customize the color of the face, top line, and more for an extra $100.
Sound & Feel
Having tested and played TaylorMade woods for several years, I am not surprised that the sound and feel that has given them so much success has remained consistent. This includes the 2023 TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus driver. It is relatively quiet and generates a solid “tick” sound at impact. As you get away from the center of the face, the sound at impact changes to more of a “tock.” The change in sound is just enough to know you missed the center but not enough to lose what so many golfers love about these drivers.
The feel of the Stealth 2 Plus is similar to its previous version in that it felt solid through the hands throughout my testing. Off the face, each strike felt explosive even on mishits. While I could distinguish impact location, the feel was very consistent across the face.
The 2023 TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus driver is a highly adjustable club that a variety of golfers could fine tune and game immediately. TaylorMade’s slogan “fargiveness” embodies both the impressive ball speeds as well as forgiveness all across the face. The increased use of carbon improve balls speeds by decreasing the weight of the face compared to the original Stealth. That leftover weight has been pushed to the perimeter of the face for better ball speeds on off center hits.
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I also saw an improvement in the launch and spin characteristics. Each ball had a mid launch flight that penetrates any type of wind or weather while keeping the spin tuned down for peak distance and lots of rollout. These numbers stayed consistent across the face on mishits and provided distances much further than I deserved on poor strikes.
The most obvious difference between the Plus model and the other Stealth 2 drivers is the sliding sole weight. This weight has increased to 15 grams from the 10 gram version in the original Stealth meaning it has a larger impact on ball flight. One important note about the sliding weight is that there are no preset weight locations. It can be secured anywhere on the track to fine tune shot shape.
Of course, getting properly fit into the right head settings and correct shaft is critical. To the golfer’s benefit, TaylorMade has two quality stock shaft options in the Mitsubishi Kai’li Red and Project X HZRDUS Black. If neither of those work, there are a few extra no upcharge shafts to pick from when customizing the Stealth 2 Plus on TaylorMade’s website.
TaylorMade took one of their most successful and sought after drivers and made it even better. The revolutionary use of more carbon allows for an increase in MOI and forgiveness in a player’s driver. The TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus driver provides golfers with lots of adjustability in a low spin head for extorting distance and should be on every golfer’s must test list for 2023.
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