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By Jamie Boudreaux
Last Update: May 31, 2022  
Taylormade Stealth Driver
Taylormade Stealth Plus Driver Sole

Thanks for checking out my Taylormade Stealth driver vs Stealth Plus comparison

I'm an avid golfer, a 9.2 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 during two range sessions
I tested the Stealth Plus during two range sessions and two rounds of golf

In this comparison of the Taylormade Stealth vs Stealth Plus drivers, I discuss my experience with each driver, unique features and benefits, and my pick for which driver I'd buy.

Driver Specs

Loft - 10.5 degree 

Shaft - Aldila Ascent Red 60 Graphite Stiff Flex

Stealth spin, launch, and flight characteristics

  • Mid-Low spin
  • Mid-High
  • Highest forgiveness
  • Neutral flight bias

Loft - 10.5 degree 

Shaft - Project X HZRDUS Smoke Red RDX 60 Graphite 6.0 Flex

Stealth spin, launch, and flight characteristics

  • Low spin
  • Mid launch
  • High forgiveness
  • Neutral flight bias

Taylormade Stealth Driver

Taylormade Stealth Driver

Taylormade says they've reached the limits of titanium faces in their woods. They've been working with carbon in the background for 20 years and now feature carbonwood face technology in all their woods for 2022 (and beyond).

Taylormade says their "60x Carbon Twist Face" is faster and more forgiving. They took a heap-big chance doing this and it appears to have paid off. They say they are sunsetting titanium face tech for their woods. 

Stealth Features and 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 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. 

6) Asymmetric Inertia Generator

  • Designed to create better aerodynamics while moving more weight lower and toward the rear of the sole for higher MOI, better launch, and more forgiveness.

Taylormade Stealth Plus Driver

Stealth Plus Features and Benefits

Everything mentioned for the Stealth plus:

Personalized Trajectory & Performance

  • A.K.A. a sliding 10g weight in the sole to encourage a draw, neutral, or fade bias. 

Testing the Stealth & Stealth Plus Drivers

Golfer Geek Post Impact with Taylormade Stealth Driver
Golfer Geek & Taylormade Stealth Plus Driver Post Impaction

Stealth - 2 Range Sessions: About 20 drives per session. I was testing the SIM2 at the same time, so I switched drivers after every swing.  

Stealth Plus - 1.5 Rounds of golf: I used the Stealth HD on the front nine of the first round and only the Stealth Plus for the second round. 

3 Range sessions: I switched between the Plus and the HD for the first two sessions and switched between the Stealth Plus, Stealth HD, and Cobra Radspeed XB for the practice session.

My swing and driver swing are off... way off right now. But, I'm still getting chances at the green with the Stealth Plus. And, every once and a while, I tag a drive and get to experience the full glory of Stealth drivers. 

My impressions of the Stealth & Stealth Plus drivers

Golfer Geek Full Follow Through w: Taylormade Stealth Driver
Golfer Geek & Taylormade Stealth Plus Driver In Action

You have to be swinging BAD to hit poor drives with either the Stealth or Stealth Plus.

Your drives will be playable if your swing path is semi-decent and your clubface isn't wide open or shut. (Ask me how I know)

That being said, I think the Stealth is marginally more forgiving than the Plus. And, I do mean marginally. 

I got similar results from both drivers on my good to mediocre swings. Which is to say - Great results. 

I made some terrible swings with the Stealth Plus during my round and still found myself playable far more often than I deserved. 

Looks

Head shape: I love the head shape of Taylormade drivers and the Stealth didn't disappoint. It sites nicely on the turf, frames the ball beautifully, and gives me a sense of confidence looking down at address. 

Color/Graphics: I like the flat black finish on the crown of the stealth at address. The simple Taylormade logo for ball alignment works well for me. The red face is a clear departure from typical wood face design, but it's not shocking or distracting. Sole graphics are underwhelming. 

Winner: Draw (of course)

Sound/Feel

Among the best, if not the best, sound and feel of any driver I've tested. Muted and solid.

Winner: Draw (of course)

Playability/Ball Flight

Stealth/Stealth Plus: I got long high draws with my good swings and playable hooks and pushes with my bad swings.

The Stealth Plus is designed to be low spin & mid launch and the Stealth mid-low spin & mid high launch.

I'm sure there's a difference, but I couldn't easily detect it. 

Winner: Draw

Forgiveness

They both kept me playable MUCH more than I deserved, but the Stealth likely has a very tiny edge.

Winner: Stealth

Distance

I tested the Stealth at the end of March when it was 30 degrees to 40 degrees cooler than it is now in Houston. My average carry distance (About 251 yds) was at least 20 yards less according to my launch monitors. 


I don't believe there would be a difference if tested in identical weather conditions. 


Winner: Draw

Header

Carry Yards

Ball Speed

Swing Speed

Smash Factor

Stealth Plus

272

156.5

106

1.47

Conclusion of Taylormade Stealth vs Stealth Plus 

I'm a mediocre driver and these clubs performed the same for me.

When I was on, it was glorious.
When I was a little off, I still got good distance and a shot at the green.
When I was way off, I sometimes had a shot at the green and I sometimes had to punch out or take a penalty. 

Here's where I think there could be a difference: 

  • You're an elite driver with elite swing and ball speed. You may need the lower spin, lower launching Stealth Plus.

For EVERYONE else - Get the Stealth and save the $20. 

My #1 suggestion is to test both clubs 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. 

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Thanks for checking out my comparison of the Taylormade Stealth driver vs Stealth Plus driver. Let me know in the comments if I'm leaving out anything you think is important or tell me about your experience with either club.

 Again, I suggest you test before you buy. 

About the author 

Jamie

I'm an avid golfer, a 9.2 handicap on my way to a 2 (been a 5.6) and frequent tester of golf clubs and equipment since 2015.

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