Improvements on the Stealth hybrids, plus an extra model, make the Stealth 2 Rescue family one of the best hybrid golf club offerings available; while the Stealth HD iron is a slice-busting, easy-launch gem for slower swingers.
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More and more golfers of all abilities are ditching long irons for hybrids. Perhaps as a result, TaylorMade have expanded their hybrid golf club range for 2023. Whereas the original Stealth hybrids had two models, the Stealth 2 is a three-model family, meaning you can find one that really suits your game.
With incremental improvements on the highly impressive performance of the original Stealth hybrids, it’s safe to say that the TaylorMade Stealth 2 hybrids will be among the best hybrid golf clubs released in 2023 and they complete the new line-up, which includes Stealth 2 drivers and Stealth 2 fairway woods.
It’s easy to just focus on the story behind new products but it’s worth remembering TaylorMade hybrids are built on a suite of proven game-enhancing technologies. No matter which Stealth 2 hybrid you own you’re buying into these key technologies.
It’s much less pronounced than the original V-Steel fairway woods but careful sole shaping ensures turf interaction doesn’t result in lost speed, whilst ensuring maximum versatility.
Thru-Slot Speed Pocket
Low face impacts used to cost golfers ball speed. Today Thru-Slot Speed Pockets allow the face to flex and preserve whatever speed you can muster, a feature that can be particularly useful when making crucial carries over hazards.
Advanced laser Alignment
It’s just a laser-etched line along the top of the face but the idea provides visual contrast to help directional aim.
Infinity carbon fiber crown
Carbon crowns are great for removing inefficient weight high up in a head, especially when like the Stealth’s it wraps over on to the skirt as well. They also mute and tune sound to the levels golfers like to hear.
Inverted Cone Tech with TwistFace
Variable thickness on the back of each hybrid face helps position the sweetspot, and ensures the highest portion of each face is at the hottest possible level. By gently changing the roll and bulge radius of each head TwistFace ups consistency on shots hit across the face.
A high-strength C300 face ensures maximum face flex and ball speed.
But how do the three Stealth 2 rescues differ? Let’s take a closer look.
TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus Rescue Hybrid
RRP: £249 / $299.99
Lofts: 2H – 17° / 3H – 19.5° / 4H – 22°
Stock shafts: Mitsubishi Kail Li Red
Adjustable hosel: Yes +/- 1.5°
The Stealth 2 Plus Rescue Hybrid is a narrow body model that’s typically aimed at above-average swing speed players and those who hit down on hybrids, like an iron, and engage the turf. Expect a tour-inspired compact shape, a neutral shot bias, and an adjustable hosel.
Compared to the previous Stealth Plus hybrid, the 2nd generation also has a straighter topline (some golfers use it to help align) and a shorter face length.
The loft options tell you it’s not for golfers wanting to replace mid-irons with hybrids.
TaylorMade Stealth 2 Rescue Hybrid
Lofts: 3H – 17° / 4H – 22° / 5H – 25° / 6H – 28° / 7H – 31°
Stock shafts: Fujikura Ventus Red
Adjustable hosel: No
Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson have both previously played ‘standard’ TaylorMade hybrid models so don’t be thinking the brands forgiving hybrid isn’t for you. Because of the success of its predecessor, TaylorMade say the Stealth 2 Rescue has almost exactly the same shape as the previous Stealth.
We’ve seen from our testing over the years that TaylorMade hybrids are fast and long; now, thanks to a new larger carbon fiber crown, you can also expect this model to be one of the most forgiving hybrids too.
TaylorMade Stealth 2 HD Rescue Hybrid
RRP: £239 / $279.99
Lofts: 3H – 20° / 4H – 23° / 5H – 27° / 6H – 31°
Stock shaft: Fujikura Speeder NX Red
Adjustable hosel: No
It’s taken a while but the new TaylorMade Stealth 2 HD hybrid and matching Stealth HD iron means TaylorMade now have a complete draw-biased offering.
The Stealth 2 HD hybrid has a shallower profile and draw-biased weight set-up. It is specifically designed to allow more moderate-speed golfers to fly longer approaches consistently better with more stopping power and forgiveness.
TaylorMade say their research shows 3° loft gaps for golfers who fit HD speeds don’t give enough yardage gap between clubs, which is why there’s 4° between the 4H, 5H and 6H.
If you’re an average-speed player who wants to replace long and mid irons with hybrids, or someone who struggles to fly shots high enough to stop longer approaches quickly, the Stealth 2 HD hybrid will be right up your street.
All three Stealth 2 rescues are available to pre-order now and will be available from February 17.
Check out full reviews of the TaylorMade Stealth 2 hybrids.
TaylorMade Stealth HD iron
Launching alongside the Stealth 2 hybrids, drivers and fairway woods comes the TaylorMade Stealth HD iron.
The original Stealth iron was one of the Best Golf Irons of 2022, and rather than binning the equity it built up amongst club golfers, TaylorMade have revealed the Stealth 2, a new higher launching, higher spinning, draw-biased model, which will appeal to lower speed players, to compliment it. Welcome to the first-ever TaylorMade Stealth HD iron.
With the Stealth HD iron available alongside the Stealth 2 HD driver, Stealth 2 HD fairway wood and Stealth 2 HD Rescue hybrid, TaylorMade now have a range of clubs aimed to help golfers who struggle with launch and/or battle a slice.
TaylorMade Stealth HD Iron
RRP: £129 / $143 per iron (s), £143 / $157 per iron (g)
Availability: 5 – PW, AW, SW, LW
Stock men’s shaft: KBS Max 85 MT (steel), Fujikura Speeder NX Red/Silver (graphite)
Stock women’s shaft: Aldila Ascent ladies 45
7-iron loft: 30°
Category/Forgiveness rating: High-Handicap/Moderate Speed Iron – 4/5
Welcome to the family
For several years, TaylorMade have made a HD (High Draw) driver and fairway wood. They’ve been lighter, draw-biased, and usually have slightly higher lofts. 2023 is the year the family reaches completion with the Stealth HD iron.
A new shallower profile, wider body draw-biased Stealth 2 HD hybrid will match the new HD iron, making it easier to transition from irons to hybrids and fairway woods. The new Stealth HD iron will also be the most forgiving iron within the TaylorMade family.
Low profile and lofted up
The new Stealth HD iron has a shallow face profile. The shape helps golfers get shots airborne more easily, plus there’s a stepped sole, which isn’t super wide but is more curved so the iron is playable from any lie.
TaylorMade reckon golfers of the HD’s target skill level don’t always set up with the sole level to the turf, so the feature will aid cleaner ball striking.
With a 7-iron loft 2° weaker than the standard Stealth iron, the model will also be super easy to launch and flight for maximum carry distance.
What is moderate speed?
75mph with a 7-iron has become the go-to number for brands pitching High Launch moderate-speed irons to club golfers. The HD will be the best TaylorMade iron for players who swing their 7-iron less than 75mph, as they are the golfers who will unlock additional ball speed over the stronger-lofted Stealth iron.
Comparison: Stealth HD vs Stealth
Don’t take me for granted
TaylorMade have built up a cracking suite of reliable performance-enhancing technologies for their irons over the last half dozen years, which means the HD comes with a Cap Back Design, Echo Damping System and Thru-Slot Speed pocket all built in.
The Cap Back allows TaylorMade’s engineers to create an extremely low and forgiving center of gravity. The damper tunes sound and feel while the Speed Pocket protects ball speeds when shots impact low on the face.
The Stealth HD iron is available to pre-order now and in stores on February 17. Find out if it suits your game with our full review.
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