Replacing the most popular fairway woods on tour sees TaylorMade deliver subtle but important tweaks that may make the Stealth 2 the best fairway woods in the world.
TaylorMade fairway woods have been some of the fastest and longest available since the brand introduced the Rocketballz back in 2012.
Back then, Speed Pocket technology was new and different in fairway woods. Adams might have originally invented the idea, but after buying Adams, it was TaylorMade who introduced the benefits of that technology to the golfing masses. A speed pocket allows the lower face to flex, which improves ball speed. TaylorMade claimed it added up to 17 yards to fairway wood shots.
Things have come a long way since, and the original TaylorMade Stealth fairway woods were amongst the best fairway woods available. They were also incredibly popular on tour, being used by the likes of Rory McIlroy, Collin Morikawa, Tiger Woods, as well as many players not contracted to use TaylorMade equipment. In fact, fairway woods is the category where TaylorMade see their highest tour usage.
Before developing the Stealth 2 fairway woods, TaylorMade sought input from their tour stars. The response was a resounding: “don’t screw up what you’ve already got, it’s just as we like it”.
Building on the success, performance and popularity of the previous model, the TaylorMade Stealth 2 fairway woods come in three models.
The Stealth 2 Plus features a new titanium chassis which provides lots of adjustability, the Stealth 2 is more forgiving than ever before, and the Stealth 2 HD is easier to launch, with the ‘HD’ standing for “high draw”, a dream for golfers who struggle to get fairway woods into the air and/or battle a slice.
It’s really easy to just focus on the story behind new products but it’s worth remembering TaylorMade fairway woods are built on a suite of proven game-enhancing technologies. No matter which Stealth 2 fairway wood 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.
3D carbon fiber crown
Carbon crowns are great for removing inefficient weight high up in a head, they’re also great for muting and tuning sound to the levels that golfers like to hear.
Inverted Cone Tech with TwistFace
A cone-type shape on the back of each fairway wood 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.
Click here to read our full TaylorMade Stealth 2 fairway woods review, including a breakdown of who each model is aimed at.
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