One of the latest releases from TaylorMade is a reinvention of its iconic 300 Series club. Company officials have dubbed this new entry the 300 Mini Driver, and it features a 307cc head that relies on advanced multimaterial construction to provide what they describe as an “optimal combination of low-CG (center of gravity) performance and high-MOI (moment of inertia) forgiveness.” Those same technicians also tout the way it can be played off the tee or off the deck.
The low CG and the mass that is distributed across the sole from front to back endow this release with the high-launch, low-spin properties that golfers crave these days. A high-strength titanium face is included to elevate ball speed, as is a feature that the company calls a Thru-Slot Speed Pocket. They say a reimagined V-Steel sole plate bolsters the low CG and improves turf interaction when needed. And “Twist Face” technology is employed with the goal of enhancing playability.
“It’s been 20 years since we last made a metalwood this size,” said Tomo Bystedt, director of product creation for metalwoods at TaylorMade Golf. “It was only natural to call it the 300 Mini Driver to acknowledge what the 300 Series meant to our brand and the game.
“We blended the throwback look with modern carbon, titanium and steel construction to produce a club that speaks to TaylorMade loyalists while delivering distance from the tee and the fairway.”
A prototype model of the 300 Mini Driver was put in play at last month’s U.S. Open and several Team TaylorMade athletes, Dustin Johnson among them, are testing this club for possible use in competition this summer.
It will be offered to the general public in lofts of 11.5 degrees and 13.5 degrees and will carry a suggested retail price of $399.99.