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A Closer Look At Taylormade Stealth 2
If you are an avid golfer shopping for custom fit golf clubs that deliver a consistent blend of distance and more forgiveness, you should be excited at what the 2023 Taylormade Stealth 2 offers. The new Taylormade Stealth 2 is an improvement of the Taylormade Stealth, which made its debut in 2022. This second-generation carbon-faced driver boasts improved ball flight consistency and more user-friendly looks compared to its predecessors. It is designed to be an impressive all-rounder to appeal to a wide range of golfers, from beginners to elites. This blog provides a detailed overview of Taylormade Stealth 2 and what to expect from the new golf club.
How does Stealth 2 compare to the original Stealth?
Compared to the original Stealth, Stealth 2 features almost twice the amount of carbon. It is constructed with a new Carbon Reinforced Composite Ring, which is a more lightweight material than any driver in TaylorMade history. In summary, the following are the notable difference between the Stealth 2 and the original Stealth:
- Lighter carbon face: The carbon composite face in the original version is 40% lighter than a titanium face. The 2023 Stealth 2 driver’s face is 50% lighter than a titanium face. This frees up more mass to enhance the forgiveness in the three Stealth 2 models.
- 60 distinct layers of carbon fiber: The carbon composite face has also been refined with additional 60 distinct layers of carbon fiber arranged to deliver a more flexible and thinner perimeter. Thinner translates to higher flexibility and more consistent ball speeds all across the face.
- A lighter body construction: Apart from a lighter carbon face, the 2023 Stealth 2 drivers have a new body construction that has reduced the non-carbon sections substantially to free up more mass. The past models featured titanium frames that housed a carbon composite face and an additional ring of aluminum or titanium. The original models also featured carbon composite crowns and titanium sole sections bonded to the ring. With the 2023 versions, the ring itself is a carbon-reinforced composite to make it lighter. Additionally, a full carbon composite sole has replaced the titanium sole plate. This has made the sole lighter while enabling more mass to be positioned precisely.
- A deepened red color: TaylorMade has deepened the red color underneath the Nano texture outer layer. It is now bolder to make it more visible on TV. Besides, the lines where the crown and body meet are a bit cleaner with the 2023 model. Additionally, the new models moved away from matte crowns following complaints of fingerprints in their 2022 model.
Taylormade Stealth 2 models: Stealth 2 vs. Stealth 2 Plus vs. Stealth 2 HD
As mentioned earlier, the 2023 Taylormade Stealth 2 follows from the 2022 first-generation Stealth, which pioneered full carbon face generation drivers. There are three distinct models in Stealth 2 driver line-up: the Stealth 2 Plus+ (low launch, low spin offering), the Stealth 2 (standard), and the Stealth 2 HD (high launch draw bias). All three models share one integral feature: Carbon Twist Face that can stand up to a repeated force of 100+ mph golf swings and still deliver remarkable performance. Notably, each of these drivers has been designed to match the unique performance demands of specific players. Let’s look at each model to determine the characteristics that make them unique:
The Stealth 2 Plus
Stealth 2 Plus is the lowest-spinning driver in the Stealth 2 family line-up. It is also the least forgiving, with an expected maximum of 5,000 MOI. It features an additional five grams to the tracking weight (now 15 grams) to increase the shot shape correction from the heel-toe sliding weight. Its lie angle has been flattened by two degrees to introduce a subtle fade bias into the performance equation. Additionally, the Stealth 2 Plus has a straight topline at the address and an extra dip in the toe that balances the visible aspects of TwistFace at the address. Notably, Stealth 2 Plus is available in three sub-models of 8, 9, and 10.5 degrees.
Stealth 2 features a more forgiving design than the original Stealth. With this model, the Sliding Weight Track has been removed to push more weight toward the club’s rear. It houses 25 g of weight at the back of the head, which boosts the MOI to ensure better forgiveness and stability on off-center strikes. Stealth is ideal for moderate swing players that need assistance to keep the ball airborne for longer.
The Stealth 2 HD
The Stealth 2 HD is undoubtedly the most forgiving driver in the Stealth line-up. It delivers a higher MOI than all the other models making it ideal for golfers who struggle with a slice. This driver leverages a similar head construction as the other models but with an added 60X Carbon Twist Face that boosts ball speed and delivers better weight distribution to ensure enhanced forgiveness. Compared to the original version, the Stealth 2 HD launches 1° higher and cuts spin by 200 – 300 RPM to deliver additional forgiveness and more distance. The new design also features an enhanced version of Inverted Cone Technology that helps maintain ball speed on off-center strikes while enhancing forgiveness.
What are Stealth 2 club options?
The Stealth 2 line is available in three options: Stealth 2 drivers, fairway woods, and hybrids:
- Stealth 2 drivers: Stealth 2 Carbonwood drivers incorporate similar ball speed improvement technology present in the 2022 Stealth. However, it delivers a boost of forgiveness made possible by an improved version of Inverted Cone Technology (ICT). ICT offers a clubface featuring thinner edges and a thicker center. This allows the speed spreads throughout the perimeter, ensuring off-center strikes are faster and more accurate.
- Stealth 2 Plus fairway: Stealth 2 Plus fairway model features 50g sliding weight built into its head. This feature allows golfers to have three fairway woods in one, namely the forward, middle, and back settings. Each of these promotes a different launch for exceptional swings and shot preferences.
- Stealth 2 Hybrid: The Stealth 2 hybrid is definitely an improved version compared to last year’s model. It offers improved weighting that makes it extremely easy to hit the ball. The driver boasts upgraded face technology and a speed pocket to allow golfers to hit the ball the correct distance regardless of strike quality.
How does Stealth 2 compare to Callaway Paradym?
Stealth and Callaway are undoubtedly some of the big names when it comes to golf clubs globally. Like Stealth 2, Callaway’s Paradym driver has a bunch of carbon fiber all over it. The Paradym comes with a carbon fiber crown and sole that saves on weight while increasing stiffness and efficiency. It also features a 15-gram sliding weight that can be adjusted into neutral, draw, or fade positions. Generally, the Paradym driver feels relatively smooth at impact, making it the lighter feeling driver compared to Taylormade Stealth 2. However, Stealth 2 is an impressive all-rounder compared to Paradym, which could appeal to a wide range of golfers. The following are a few pros of the two drivers:
Stealth 2 pros
- Has refined, elegant aesthetics
- Delivers a lively consistent feel
- Offers adequate forgiveness
- Can shape shots perfectly
Callaway Paradym pros
- Features premium, high-tech aesthetics
- Has a lively feel through the impact
- Offers an unmatched mix of speed and consistency
Book your custom golf fitting today
The 2023 Stealth 2 drivers are available in a low-spin Stealth 2 Plus, high-forgiveness Stealth 2, and the premium Stealth 2 HD, the most stable model of the three. If you need help choosing the ideal club from the three, book a custom golf club fitting today!
X-Golf Colorado is hosting a custom golf fitting event at our Fort Collins Store on February 4th and at our Denver store on February 19th, where golfers can get fit for Stealth 2 and other Taylormade golf clubs. If you are interested in TaylorMade clubs, book a golf club fitting at our Denver or Fort Collins location.