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The TaylorMade Stealth Plus fairway wood keeps TM as the gold standard in maximizing distance. It is loaded with technology that keeps ball speed high on off-centered strikes and offers adjustability to dial in flight and shape.
Check out the highly adjustable TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus Fairway Wood HERE
As our Editor-In-Chief has shared, TaylorMade’s Stealth drivers (reviews HERE) are arguably the most interesting equipment story of the year. It may disappoint some to hear that the fairway wood doesn’t share that same carbon-face technology, but I am happy to report that the Stealth Plus fairway wood is far from lacking in any category.
Like the standard TaylorMade Stealth, the Plus model is sleek and dark. It is noticeably smaller in profile at just 175cc compared to standard Stealth at 190cc. Gone are the days with the white top lines: the Plus has a two-tone black look at address position. The first thing you’ll notice is a glossy thin line at the front of the club, followed by the rest of the matte black crown.
The bottom of the club features what is the most visible piece of tech on the club, the V Steel sole. Shiny and chromed out, it is impossible to ignore, and it’s a piece that has form and function, serving to aid in both launch and turf interaction.
Sound & Feel
In a word, this club feels punchy. My initial description of the Stealth Plus is a little rocket ship. Off of well-struck shots, it provides a prominent and extremely satisfying “thwack.” While similar in feel and sound to the standard Stealth model, that powerful feeling is lost on mis-strikes that sound higher-pitched than expected.
While I felt some mishits, I found that the Twist Face wasn’t too punishing. It offered an improved feel when I didn’t hit the ball perfectly.
The Stealth Plus is aptly named because it definitely added ball speed compared to other fairway wood heads that I’ve tried as of late, including the standard Stealth [review HERE]. It is extremely hot off of the face, perhaps due to the titanium face vs. the steel-faced Stealth. The one place that the Stealth Plus is actually a “minus” is in terms of spin. It helped create low, penetrating shots.
Consistently, this fairway wood was giving me lower spin numbers than any of the other fairway wood heads on the market. To get similar numbers in spin, carry, and total, I had to play lower-lofted clubs from other manufacturers.
Those ball speed gains lead to gains in total yards compared to my gamer. With such great ball speed, it makes sense why it’s only available in a low-lofted 3 wood, a standard 3 wood, and a 5 wood model.
While initially I found a predominant left miss, thanks to the adjustable hosel I was able to lower the loft a bit and open the club face. This produced straighter shots. With those straight shots and ball speed gains, I feel more confident than ever to go for long par 5’s in two. I also have the peace of mind to leave the driver in the bag knowing I basically have a mini-driver in the Stealth Plus FW.
For years I used a TaylorMade Burner 3 wood. Just last season, I switched to a Sim2 Ti. However, after this review, I’d be silly not to switch to the Stealth Plus fairway wood. It’s my new gamer. While it’s not the ultimate in forgiveness, it did give me the most distance, which is exactly what I am looking for. I would strongly suggest you try this club out for yourself. Whether you feel you need an upgrade to your woods or not, it may just surprise you.