This is Golfer Geeks’ review of the 2022 Taylormade Stealth driver
I’m an avid golfer, an 8ish handicap on my way to a 2 (been a 5.6), and frequent tester of golf clubs and equipment since 2015.
I tested the Stealth on my Swing Caddie SC300 multiple times over the course of 2 weeks at the range of my course.
Summary: The Stealth driver delivered in every way I thought it would. It’s a beautiful club & sets up well behind the ball. It’s long, forgiving, and was easy to hit for me. Not something I’m used to with new drivers. It costs a pretty penny but is worth a test drive if you don’t mind giving up a car payment.
In this Taylormade Stealth driver review, I discuss my experience with the club, unique features and benefits, as well as customer reviews and potential alternatives.
Taylormade Stealth Driver Overview
Taylormade says they’ve reached the limits of performance with titanium faces in their woods. They’ve been working with carbon in the background for 20 years and feature it in all their woods for 2022 (and beyond).
The “60x Carbon Twist Face” is supposed to be a faster and more forgiving material. They took a heap-big chance doing this and it appears to have paid off.
Why Consider the Stealth Driver
The Stealth driver does what Taylormade says it will do. You’ll get good to great results if you put a decent swing on it. It’s long, forgiving, and looks and sounds great.
Features & Benefits
1) 60X Carbon Twist Face
- Better energy transfer (Hotter Face)
- More forgiving
- Increased the effective hitting area by increasing the size of the face and clubhead
- Increases accuracy and distance on off-center hits.
- Provides better feel on shots hit across the face
- 2) Asymmetric Inertial Generator
- Better aerodynamics just before impact (where Taylormade says it’s needed for increased clubhead speed)
- Allows additional weight to be placed for higher MOI, optimal launch, better forgiveness
3) 44% Lighter Than Titanium
- Position more mass lower in the clubhead for added forgiveness.
4) Nanotexture Cover & Polyurethane
- Nanotexture creates face texture with more friction at impact
- Polyurethane is used to fine-tune launch and spin, and optimize total distance
5) Premium Sound
- Taylormade says sound is an important component in feel so they used curvature, shape, and internal stiffening ribs to dial in acoustics.
Testing the Taylormade Stealth Driver
I tested the Stealth driver over 3 sessions at the driving range. I had my camera out for some of it and my launch monitor out for all of it.
- Loft – 10.5 degree
Shaft – Aldila Ascent Red 60 Graphite Stiff Flex
I didn’t come into this test thinking I would hit the Stealth as well as I did. My driver swing is improving through hard work, but driving still isn’t a strength of mine… yet.
My Experience with the Stealth Driver
I found the Stealth easy, very easy to hit. It felt great in my hands and looked great behind the ball. This is surprising to me because I NEVER swing drivers over 44.25 inches, which is the length I cut mine to. I favor control over distance and I find it easier to hit shorter length drivers. The Stealth is a whopping (to me) 45.75 inches.
Still, I had no issues with the Stealth. I hit a load of good drives and I would take it on the course in competition in a heartbeat.
It’s everything you want out of a premium driver… at a premium price.
Review of the Taylormade Stealth Driver
I’m a longtime fan of Taylormade driver design and Stealth drivers give me no reason to change my opinion.
The head is of ample size, but doesn’t seem “big” to the eye. It sits well at address, framing the ball well and inspiring confidence. Head shape is similar to the SIM drivers before it.
The mat black crown is attractive and the red face stands out without being cartoonish. It all works. There’s the tiniest bit of carbon weave showing through on the crown, which I always appreciate.
Sole design, color, and graphics are a touch underwhelming. Not a game changer, but it’s fair to expect more out of a premium-priced driver.
Sound/ Feel (A+)
Great muted sound on contact, similar to the SIM2. The face feels a bit softer because of the polyurethane and carbon layer design.
Excellent distance. I carried many drives around the 260 yd mark, which is not my norm.
Plenty. I had to swing pretty crazy to make this thing go crooked.
Flight / Playability (A)
Beautiful medium-high ball flight. My ball went basically straight, with a few tight draws and fades mixed in.
96% of buyers recommend the Stealth. They single out 4 reasons:
4) Sound & Feel
Who should play Taylormade Stealth Driver?
The Taylormade Stealth driver will work well for any handicap. It’s packed with performance and forgiveness.
Low handicap – (Yes) Will work perfectly for you unless you need help taking more spin and height off the ball. You should likely test the Stealth Plus driver if you’re in this boat.
Mid handicap – (Yes) Stealth excels in every area you need help in.
High handicap – (Yes) See above. You may consider the Stealth HD if you’re fighting an extreme slice.
Our Verdict on the
Taylormade Stealth Driver
The Taylormade Stealth is a great driver. No getting around it. Any handicap can play this thing without a problem.
Elite low handicappers may want more adjustability, so give the Stealth Plus a look.
My #1 suggestion is to test before you buy. Either at your local golf store or take advantage of Global Golf’s Utry trial program. I use it and recommend it.
Thanks for checking out our Taylormade Stealth driver review and let us know it works for you.