TaylorMade has launched a new smaller-headed metalwood that pays homage to the brand’s history and features many of the most important technologies used in its best-performing drivers.
The Original One Mini Driver, which features a 275cc head, boasts a tri-material construction, comprised of a titanium body, 50g steel sole plate and a carbon composite crown. The combination of these three materials creates an ultra-low centre of gravity for distance and playability.
Tomo Bystedt, TaylorMade’s Senior Director of Product Creation, said: “In 1979, golf was changed forever with the introduction of the Pittsburgh Persimmon – the original metalwood. For the past 40 years, TaylorMade has continued that legacy of innovation with game-changing technologies, engineered to help golfers perform at their best. The Original One Mini Driver incorporates that heritage of innovation with key performance technologies, packed into a confidence-inspiring shape that delivers on distance, forgiveness and accuracy.”
TaylorMade first entered the ‘mini driver’ category with the introduction of SLDR Mini in 2014, and followed that up tin 2015 with the faster, higher-launching AeroBurner Mini – both utilising predominantly steel in their construction. While both offered the company’s Speed Pocket technology, the Original One Mini Driver is designed to deliver a new level of speed and forgiveness into this club category.
Additional features include a loft sleeve with +/- 2° loft adjustability; Twist Face Technology to provide the ultimate path to straight distance; and Inverted Cone Technology to promote ball speed on off-centre hits.
The Original One is not designed as a driver replacement, rather an extra option off the tee that delivers the accuracy and control of a fairway wood, but with more distance and forgiveness. Faster swing speed players may additionally benefit from ease of use off the turf, with its combination of a medium face depth with ultra-low centre of gravity location offering excellent playability from fairway lies.
Available for pre-order now, and at retail from May 1, the Original One Mini Driver has an RRP of £369. It will only be offered in 13.5° loft and is fitted with Mitsubishi’s Diamana F Limited shaft in 55g (R), or 65g (S) flexes at 43.75”. The stock grip is Golf Pride MCC Decade grip in blackout with a blood orange end-cap.