Is the TaylorMade Stealth 2 the best driver in golf? Is it better than the original Stealth driver?
If you’re like most golfers chances are you’re asking yourself these questions. Because let’s face it, having the right driver for your game makes golf so much easier. If you take your driver out of the bag with fear and dread, it’s going to make for a long day on the course.
But there are so many driver options it’s hard to know which is best for your game. Today, we’ll review the new TaylorMade Stealth 2 as it’s one of the most anticipated drivers in 2023.
The Stealth driver from 2022 was a big hit and a massive change from the previous TaylorMade SIM and SIM2. The design, technology and pretty much everything changed to make it one of the best drivers in 2022.
But could TaylorMade make it even better this year? Based on early reviews and player feedback it looks like they’ve refined the design for an even better driver. If you’re still swinging a SIM or SIM 2 this is a no-brainer choice to add more distance and improve your tee box game.
- TaylorMade replaced the Stealth with the Stealth 2 in 2023.
- The biggest difference between the two is the use of more carbon for a lighter clubhead.
- TaylorMade does not have a smaller driver profile (all are 460cc) but they do offer a mini driver that isn’t a Stealth model.
Keep reading to get the full scoop on these drivers and see if they’re right for your game. Let’s start by what all three drivers have in common then go into the specifics of each model.
TaylorMade didn’t make a huge switch in 2023 like they did in 2022 when they replaced the SIM drivers with Stealth. This replaced conventional titanium with carbon for a lighter clubhead and 100% different design. Instead, TaylorMade refined what was working to make their new driver even better.
The slogan for these new drivers is “Fargivness” (the commercial with Rory McIlroy is great too). According to TaylorMade, “With Stealth™, we pushed past the limits of titanium and welcomed golfers around the world to the Carbonwood™ Age. So, how far are we willing to take it? Way past far and into FARGIVENESS. Introducing the all-new Stealth 2, combining the elements of speed and forgiveness to unlock FARGIVENESS.”
So yes, these clubs are forgiving and long off the tee. They also made these drivers even faster with the new 60X carbon twist face technology. The new design improves off center strikes even more so your mishits are a lot more playable.
Perhaps the biggest change in the design is the amount of carbon that is used in the clubhead itself. TaylorMade made this switch in 2022 and coined it the “Carbonwood Age” but this model has even more of the lightweight material. In fact, it has nearly twice the amount of carbon to help redistribute the weight for extra stability and even more forgiveness.
Not to mention the extra carbon makes this club sound better than ever. The engineers finely tuned the acoustics for a more bold and pleasing sound.
Looks wise, it is pretty similar to the original Stealth driver. It has the signature red/black clubhead that is very bold but great looking at address position. All of the drivers have an adjustable loft sleeve as well (not all of them have a sliding weight track).
All three models are 460cc – even the Plus model which is more of a “Tour” type golf club. Now, let’s get into how each of the three models differ to find one that is best suited for your game.
The Stealth 2 driver is the best option for the everyday golfer with moderate swing speeds. It’s a high launching driver that is meant to help you hit bombs and find more fairways.
What makes this driver so great is the heavy 25 gram tungsten weight which is positioned at the back of the club. This delivers higher MOI (forgiveness) while the front weight is strategically placed to deliver optimal spin and overall distance.
There is no sliding weight track but you can adjust the loft with the sleeve. This is a neutral flight bias driver with mid-low spin, and mid to high launch features… a great dynamic for the everyday golfer. It’s available in 9, 10.5 and 12 degrees (the 12-degree is only available for right-handed golfers).
The Stealth 2 HD version has a lot of similarities to the Stealth 2 with one main difference – this is a draw bias driver. So if you’re struggling with a slice and tired of hitting from the right rough, this driver can help you out. This is one of our favorite drivers for slicers. It’s a high launching draw flight bias club to help you hit it high and has the most forgiveness in their driver line. Beyond just players with a chronic slice, this is a great driver for beginners or driver for seniors looking for max forgiveness.
The only downside to this club is that they only offer one stock shaft option. While it’ll work for most golfers who need this anti-slice technology, it’d still be beneficial to have more than one option.
Both the Stealth and Stealth Plus have two stock shaft options.
- Mitsubishi Kai’li Red Shaft: This shaft is geared toward moderate swing speeds and is more of a mid-spin, higher launching shaft. It’s available in regular, stiff, and extra stiff flex.
- Project X HZRDUS Black: This shaft is much stiffer thanks to the lower torque and is a low launch, low spin shaft. It’s best for golfers who have very high swing speeds and want to maximize distance by reducing total spin. It’s only available in 60 gram weights for both stiff and extra shift shafts.
This driver is available in 9, 10.5 and 12 degrees (but the 12-degree is only available for right-handed golfers).
The final option is the Stealth 2 Plus driver which is best suited for more advanced golfers. If you don’t swing a driver over 100mph it’s probably not the right model for you. But if you do, this is the best model to help optimize spin and launch off the tee.
While it has all the benefits of the Stealth it has one major upgrade – a sliding weight track. Here’s what TaylorMade said about this design change. “A technology pioneered by TaylorMade returns to the forefront with Stealth 2 Plus. The sliding weight track includes a single 15g weight that can be positioned for your preferred shot shape, while the FCT Loft Sleeve is used to optimize launch and trajectory.”
The new Plus driver is a low spin, mid-launch driver that is best for faster swing speeds. It has a neutral flight bias and the same two stock shaft options from above. It’s available in 8, 9, 10.5 and 12 degrees (the 8-degree is only available for right-handed golfers).
Lastly, there is a Stealth 2 driver made specifically for women too. While there is only one option compared to three for women, it’s a great upgrade from the previous year too and makes our list of best golf drivers for women. The women’s driver is 460cc, includes the 4 degree loft sleeve, and is a draw biased club.
Additionally, it’s a mid-spin high launch driver to help women hit it longer than ever. Unfortunately this club does not come with a sliding weight track to change the CG.
This driver is available in 10.5 or 12 degrees but only available for right-handed players. The standard shaft is an Aldila Ascent Ladies 45 which is a high launch, high spin driver (only one flex option).
Do you have more questions about playing TaylorMade drivers? If so, keep reading to learn more of the most frequently asked questions and answers now.
High handicappers will benefit most from the HD model (which stands for high draw). This is the most forgiving Stealth 2 model that should help straighten out your slice and hit it longer.
Yes, TaylorMade does make a mini driver but it’s not a Stealth model. In fact, TaylorMade is the only company to make a mini driver, despite the fact that they don’t make a smaller driver in the new Stealth 2 lineup.
Click here to learn more about mini drivers and see if they’re right for your game.
Yes, TaylorMade has some of the biggest names using Stealth drivers including Tiger Woods, Scottie Schefler, Colin Morikawa, Rory McIlroy, and many others.
Yes, the Stealth and Stealth 2 are very forgiving drivers. If you need a new driver to help your long game out in 2023 and beyond, you can’t go wrong with these clubs.
Yes, each year they typically always release a new fairway wood line to go along with their new drivers. The new Stealth 2 fairway woods have three models to match the drivers (Stealth 2, Plus, and HD). Plus, they have matching hybrids as well.
It depends on how often you play and practice. If you’re someone that takes the game seriously and is obsessed with improvement, then yes a fitting can do wonders to your game.
Specifically, I think getting the right driver and putter are the most important clubs. Since you use them on almost every hole it’s vital to have these clubs match your game.
Overall, these are another great new driver from TaylorMade to help you hit it longer and straighter. I only have two complaints; they don’t offer a smaller “compact” driver head that is less than 460cc like Callaway and Titleist.
The second issue is the lack of stock shafts to customize the driver for your swing. Callaway and Titleist provide 3-4 with each driver while TaylorMade only has 1–2 choices. Having the right driver shaft is key to improving your long game so I wish they had extra options.
Otherwise, it’s a great upgrade from the original Stealth from 2022.
If you want to compare with some other top name drivers for this year make sure to check out reviews below: