TaylorMade Driver Model History by Year

TaylorMade drivers by year

Author Ned Howard - Golf PGA Teaching Professional

Author: Ned Howard – Retired PGA Teaching Professional

Every Taylor Made Driver By Year and Release Dates

TaylorMade Drivers by Year:

Year ReleasedTaylorMade Driver Models
1979Original “M1” or 1 Metalwood
1980Pittsburgh Persimmon
1983Burner
Tour Burner
1988Burner Plus
1995Bubble Shaft Burner
1997Bubble Shaft Burner 2
2000300 Series (300, 320, and 360)
2002R510
R540
R580 XD
Burner 420
2003R510 TP
R360 XD
2004R5 Dual Type W,N,D
2005r7
r7 Quad TP
r7 460
r7 425
r7425 TP
r5 Dual TP
2006r7 Draw
r5 XL N
r5 XL D
2007r7 CGB Max
r7 SuperQuad
Burner
Burner TP
Burner Draw
Burner Women’s
2008r7 Limited
r7 Limited TP
Tour Burner
Burner TP
2009R9
R9 460
2010R9 SuperDeep TP
Burner SuperFast
2011R11
Burner SuperFast 2.0
2012R11 S
RocketBallz
RocketBallz Tour
Burner SF 2.0
2013R1
RBZ Stage 2 Bonded
RBZ Stage 2 Tour TP
2014SLDR 460
SLDR 430
SLDR White
SLDR Jetspeed
SLDR-S Mini
2015Aeroburner
R15 460
R15 430
2016M1 430
M1 460
2017M1 440
M2
M2 D-Type
2018M3
M4
M4-D
2019M5
M5 Tour
M6
M6-D
Original One Mini
M-Gloire
2020SIM
SIM MAX
SIM MAX-D
2021SIM2
SIM2 MAX
SIM2 MAX-D
300 Mini
2022Stealth
Stealth Plus
Stealth HD (High Draw)

TaylorMade Driver Model History:

Did you know that TaylorMade was the very first company to make a metal driver?

That’s right, up until that historic day in 1979, all drivers had been constructed from laminated persimmon wood… hence the name ‘1 Wood’ (or the more common ‘fairway wood’ you still hear today).

It was only later, after the metal club heads began to catch on, that the term ‘Driver’ started to rise in popularity. After all, it didn’t make much sense to call it a ‘Wood’ anymore right?

Birth of the Metalwood

Gary Adams, the founder of TaylorMade, was a simple golf equipment salesman in the 1970s. But he had an idea to create a ‘wood’ made from metal.

He took out a $26,000 loan on his house, and with the help of 3 employees, created a single product:

A 12° driver cast from stainless steel.

The original TaylorMade 1 Metalwood

Little did they know, these old TaylorMade drivers would change the golf industry forever!


The Original “M1” and the Pittsburgh Persimmon

When the first metal driver came out, it was simply the ‘1 Metal’, or the “M1” if you will.

But less than a year later, Adams put out a handwritten sign reading “Pittsburgh Persimmon” referring to the driver head’s steel construction.

The nickname stuck and TaylorMade began etching it into the rest of the drivers in the line.

The Pittsburgh Persimmon from 1980

And thus, the TaylorMade Pittsburgh Persimmon driver was born in 1980.


TaylorMade Burner Drivers by Year

The first Burner was introduced as a 7° driver in 1983.

TaylorMade also introduced different versions of the club to accommodate various golfer’s skill levels… the Burner and Tour Burner, which ultimately found its way into 147 tour pro’s bags that same year.

Later, the Burner was used to win the 1988 U.S. Open Championship by Curtis Strange, who beat out Nick Faldo in a playoff, giving TaylorMade its first major victory.

Original Burner Driver by TaylorMade

A few years later, the Bubble Shaft Burner would claim the 1994 Masters championship with just a prototype.

The official Bubble Shaft Burner was released in 1995, officially the first graphite shaft in golf.

The Burner would make a few reprises in the early to mid 2000’s, and again in 2015 as the Aeroburner Driver.


The R series Drivers

In early 2002, the Inverted Cone Technology (ICT) made its debut in the R510, R540, and R580 TaylorMade Drivers.

The ICT was a major breakthrough in the industry, which significantly increased the size of the COR zone to give consistently longer tee shots. This earned TaylorMade the “Best of What’s New Award” from Popular Science Magazine.

The R 500 Series Drivers

The R series continued to innovate the industry with the first moveable weight system introduced in 2004 with the R7.

The R series would continue through the years up to the R11 and R1 in 2012 and 2013.


TaylorMade M Driver History

Next came the unveiling of the M1 (a throwback to the original M1 “1 Metal” that started it all) in 2016.

The M1 introduced the fully customizable driver setup we see throughout the industry today. Complete with 2 separate slidable weights to change between draw, neutral, and fade bias; as well as high, medium, and low launch and spin settings.

The TaylorMade M1 from 2016

The M series continued up through the M6 in 2019.


SIM 2 Driver Series

Just a few years ago, the SIM and SIM 2 series of TaylorMade drivers were released…

It started with the original SIM in 2020, followed by the SIM 2 in 2021. The big “new” tech this time was TaylorMade’s Speed Injected Twist Face Technology, basically improving the ball speed thresholds right up to the maximum legal limit.

SIM2 Series of Drivers


Stealth Driver Series

And finally, perhaps the most exciting release in golf drivers history… the new carbonwood era!

Stealth Drivers

TaylorMade went out on a big limb, and decided to make a carbon fiber face (in secret I might add) for their 2022 driver release of the Stealth line up.

The TaylorMade Stealth driver is going to be the model most golfers should get. It’s the most forgiving and has a higher launch than the low spinning and low launch TaylorMade Stealth Plus driver model.

The TaylorMade Stealth HD driver is the model if you’re looking to either eliminate a slice, or simply just want to play mostly draws oof the tee.

Other Brand’s Drivers By Year

Check out the list of Callaway drivers by year here.

Check out the list of Titleist drivers by year here.

Check out the list of Cobra drivers by year here.

Check out the list of Ping drivers by year here.

Check out the list of TaylorMade IRONS by year here.