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TaylorMade JetSpeed Driver Review
01 Feb 2014
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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- improvement driver.



FIRST REACTION

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 better fit.

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.

SPECS

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 distance.

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 available.

PROS

The JetSpeed is built well with all features functioning to improve speed, forgiveness and distance.

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 one.

The head shape and deep face add a bit of comfort and confidence when standing over the ball.

CONS

While it helps contribute to increased swing speed, the JetSpeed comes with a long 46- inch, 50-gram shaft that is one inch over standard.

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 particular model.

PRICING & AVAILABILITY

The TaylorMade JetSpeed Driver is available now and retails at $299. A tour-preferred model is also available, starting at $399.
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