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The TaylorMade Stealth HD driver is the highest launching member of the Stealth driver family. Slight draw bias. Very similar to the other Stealth drivers in looks and feel.
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For the last few generations, TaylorMade has used “D-Type” to designate their draw-biased woods. The move into the Carbonwood Era prompted a change to a new and more accurate nomenclature: HD. HD stands for “High Draw,” and the Stealth HD driver backs up both parts of that name.
It’s often the case that the draw-biased version of a driver is oddly shaped or sits closed at address. That’s not the case with the TaylorMade Stealth HD driver. Lining up all three Stealth models in the playing position, it’s hard to tell them apart. All three are average in size from front to back and very slightly pear-shaped.
My favorite thing about the Carbonwood Era is that TaylorMade has brought back black crowns. There is still a slightly glossy ring around the matte carbon crown, but it’s not nearly as noticeable as with previous generations. Even more understated is the “Stealth” branding on the crown toward the heel.
The underside of the Stealth HD lives up the name. With a largely black-on-black color scheme, even the standout technology pieces are subtle.
Finally, the one piece of the Stealth HD that is anything but subtle is the face. The red carbon fiber face is the calling card of this club, and it’s going to get noticed on the tee. As striking as it is when you’re examining the club, I found that I barely noticed it when playing.
Sound & Feel
TaylorMade clearly believes that players who want help turning the ball over shouldn’t have to play an ugly driver. That carries over to sound and feel, too. The Stealth HD driver sounds and feels identical to the Stealth [review HERE] and Stealth Plus [review HERE].
The feel of impact is very solid with the Stealth HD. With the carbon fiber face, I found that impact was actually a little softer. This may not feel as fast or powerful to some, but I enjoyed the contrast with most other drivers. This solid feel is complemented by an impact sound that’s quieter than most drivers and very staccato.
I found the feedback from this driver to be surprisingly precise. Locating impact through my hands was easy from the first few swings. Similarly, there’s a stark audio contrast between the quiet pure strikes and the louder mishits.
Having previously tested the Stealth Plus driver, my ball speed expectations for the Stealth HD were very high. Powered by the 60X Carbon Twist Face, this driver had no problem meeting them. Centered shots screamed off the face, but the really impressive piece is how fast my mishits were. When your hands and ears – not the launch monitor – tell you that you missed one, that’s a good thing.
There are two key factors that differentiate the Stealth HD from the other models: the draw bias and the higher launch and spin. What I found in my testing is that the draw bias is noticeable but it’s more subtle than previous generations. The sweet spot is shifted toward the heel which makes the Stealth HD easier to draw. That said, I had no problem hitting a straight shot or even a cut with this driver. I like this subtle draw bias as it makes the driver playable for more golfers. If you need to correct a wicked slice, you can use the hosel adjustment to close the face. If you want just a slight bias, leave the face square.
It’s also worth noting that the Stealth HD comes with a lighter stock shaft than the other Stealth drivers – the Fujikura Air Speeder 45. For many players, this lighter, slightly softer shaft will further promote a draw. In my testing, this was certainly the case. For the purposes of the launch monitor numbers above, I used the same shaft that I did when testing the Stealth Plus, the Mitsubishi Kai’li.
Finally, the Stealth HD launches and spins higher but not wildly so. There’s a nice stair step progression from the Stealth Plus to the Stealth to the Stealth HD. This opens up a ton of fitting possibilities when you mix in the different loft offerings and the adjustable hosel. You can get to lower launch and spin by switching models, lofting down, or adjusting the face angle. With this array of options, there’s no excuse not to get optimized.
The TaylorMade Stealth HD is one of my favorite draw-biased drivers because it makes no compromises on looks or forgiveness. Players who want to flight it right-to-left get the same excellent sound, feel, and looks as those playing the Stealth and Stealth Plus. When you add in the huge forgiveness and ball speed, there’s no reason not to give this a shot at your bag in 2022.