First Look – TaylorMade Stealth 2 fairway woods

Peter Finnan
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With the first SIM fairway woods in 2020, TaylorMade hit upon a formula that proved popular with elite golfers and recreational players too – titanium fairway woods with carbon fibre crowns that also had heavy sole plates.

For 2023, TaylorMade has three Stealth 2 fairway woods: a titanium offering and two stainless steel options made to boost distance off the tee and from the fairway while also featuring breakthrough movable weight technologies and versatile designs.

Every Stealth 2 fairway and Rescue features a new Advanced Inverted Cone Technology, an intelligent design that optimises the face thickness profile of each individual club type to ensure peak performance regardless of face size, shape or material. Engineered to maximise speed and enhance durability, the design is thinnest at true centre and around the edges, with a thicker mantle surrounding centre face.

Stealth 2 Plus fairway
The flagship model of the line is Stealth 2 Plus fairway, which features a heavy 50g sliding weight on the sole. This weight allows for three main settings, each with its own performance characteristics – creating three different fairway woods in one. The middle setting is the most versatile for optimal playability off the deck or off the tee. This standard setting will fit a wide range of golfers and has mid launch, mid spin and consistently powerful distance.
In the address position, the club has a glossy black crown and a clean compact look and feel. An adjustable hosel coupled with the huge amount of movable weight make this one of the most adjustable fairways ever produced, a fitters dream. Stealth 2 Plus has an RRP of €479  and will be offered in 3/15° and 5/18° lofts. It will be offered in the Mitsubishi Kai’li Red FW (75X, 75S, 65R), with a variety of custom shaft options available. Stealth 2 Plus fairways come stock with the Golf Pride’s Z-Grip (52g).

Stealth 2 fairway
The Stealth 2 fairway builds on the success of the original Stealth fairway, which was among the most played fairway woods on the PGA Tour in 2022. It features a slightly lower profile 3D carbon crown that pushes CG down and pulls mass away from the high toe area, allowing more weight to be positioned rearward for optimal forgiveness and maximum playability. The V Steel sole continues to play a pivotal role with the Stealth 2 fairway helping to drive weight down for a better CG and provides versatility from any lie.

Stealth 2 HD fairway
Missing from the last SIM2 family was a HD fairway so this is a welcome return. The Stealth 2 HD fairway woods have stainless steel bodies and faces as with the standard Stealth 2, but they have a lower-profile shape and are designed to be easier to hit and more forgiving. The Stealth 2 HD is more extended from front to back than the Stealth 2, allowing designers to push its back weight farther from the face. As a result, the MOI in the Stealth 2 HD is 27 percent higher than that of last season’s Stealth fairway woods.

Stealth 2 and Stealth 2 HD have an RRP of €379. Stealth 2 will be offered in lofts of 3/15°, 3HL/16.5°, 5/18°, 7/21° and 9/24°. Shaft offerings include Fujikura Ventus TR Red FW (6-S, 5-R, 5-A), with a variety of custom shaft options available. Stealth 2 HD will be offered in lofts of 16°, 19° and 22°. Fujikura Speeder NX Red is the stock shaft offering with a variety of custom shaft options available. Both models come stock with Golf Pride’s Z-Grip (52g).

Stealth 2 HD Women’s Fairway is offered in lofts of 16°, 19° and 22°, and comes stock with the Aldila Ascent Ladies 45 shaft and Lamkin Ladies Sonar grip.

Stealth 2 Plus, Stealth 2 and Stealth 2 HD fairways will be available for preorder on January 10 and at retail on February 17, 2023.

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