TaylorMade JetSpeed Driver Review
01 Feb 2014
see also: Equipment Reviews
Following the brand's successful launch of the
R1, RocketBallz Stage 2 and SLDR drivers over
the last several months, TaylorMade has made
one thing quite clear: it's not afraid to use new
technology to its advantage.
TaylorMade’s decision to include its Speed
Pocket technology in the JetSpeed Driver is
further proof of that.
Originally installed in the SpeedBlade irons, the
Speed Pocket works in the JetSpeed Driver to
promote less spin. The pocket also works to
minimize the negative effect on mis-hits made
low on the face -- where the brand claims
most are made.
Less spin and a deep face, equals more
distance and what we think is a true game-
The first thing I noticed was the matte black
crown and unique decal that made alignment
extremely easy. The light-to-dark contrast
made by the black crown and gray clubface
also help in getting golfers square at address.
For golfers not too keen on TaylorMade's
white-crowned R1 or RocketBallz models, the
more-traditional JetSpeed crown might be a
The initial feel of the JetSpeed was much
softer than last year's RocketBallz Stage 2 and
the launch monitor showed, as we'll detail
below, an increase in ball speed and distance.
As previously noted, the Speed Pocket
technology is what makes the JetSpeed
unique. Given that it's more of a game-
improvement driver, the JetSpeed works to
provide forgiveness where it matters most --
low on the clubface.
The low and forward center of gravity, backed
by the Speed Pocket, helps promote a faster
ball speed, lower spin rate and improved
I spent some time hitting the JetSpeed and
last year's RocketBallz Stage 2 and recorded
an increase in ball speed of 5 MPH with the
new JetSpeed after 10 shots with each club.
Additionally, the JetSpeed offered a three-
degree increase in launch angle, which resulted
in a 10-yard gain in carry.
Swing speed also increased when compared
with the RocketBallz Stage 2.
The driver is available in three lofts -- 9.5,
10.5 and 13 degrees. TaylorMade's LoftSleeve
allows for 12 positions and a range of loft
adjustment plus or minus 1.5 degrees.
The JetSpeed comes stock with a Matrix Velox
T-49 shaft, although custom shafts are
The JetSpeed is built well with all features
functioning to improve speed, forgiveness and
The first driver with Speed Pocket technology,
it's sure to improve with future models. But our
first glance of the JetSpeed driver is a positive
The head shape and deep face add a bit of
comfort and confidence when standing over
While it helps contribute to increased swing
speed, the JetSpeed comes with a long 46-
inch, 50-gram shaft that is one inch over
For me, the added length to the shaft made
the shaft feel weaker than usual. So, if you
would normally use a regular shaft, I would
recommend switching to a stiff in this
PRICING & AVAILABILITY
The TaylorMade JetSpeed Driver is available
now and retails at $299. A tour-preferred
model is also available, starting at $399.