Taylormade Stealth 2 Driver Review: This Beauty is a Beast!

My taylormade stealth 2 driver review

James Hunt Golf Expert and Writer

By James Hunt – Feb 27, 2024

 

(Reviewed by Coach Erik Schjolberg)

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Key Takeaways

  • Very fast ball speeds
  • Forgiveness is fantastic
  • Slick design that is unmatched
  • Incredible sound and feel

I am a big golf fanatic with interests in everything golf. Especially golf equipment. What’s out there? Can it help my game? If it can’t help me, who can benefit? As a 10.6 handicap in the American golf Mecca of Myrtle Beach, I am able to put golf gear through its paces with ease.

I recently had the chance to test out the new TaylorMade driver, the Stealth 2. I had the Stealth 2 for just under two weeks, and had three range sessions and two rounds on the course with it. On the range I used my Rapsodo PLM to collect shot data points.


Summary of the Taylor Made Stealth 2 Driver

“More carbon, more fargiveness” is the slogan with the second chapter of the Carbonwood era at TaylorMade. Compared to the original Stealth, the Stealth 2 has increased speed (distance) and MOI (forgiveness). This is achieved with more of that strong and light carbon fiber.

The 60x Twist Face has been enhanced to maintain ball speed on off center strikes. A Carbon reinforced composite ring strengthens the club as a whole, and reduces weight. A 25 gram weight in the rear helps with club speed and launch, and a TPS Front Weight is positioned forward and near the heel to provide optimal launch and low spin rates.

TaylorMade Stealth 2 Driver Lineup:

  • Stealth 2 – Best mix of forgiveness and distance
  • Stealth 2 HD – Draw bias with higher launch
  • Stealth 2 Plus – Sliding weight, lowest spin, longest distances

TaylorMade Stealth 2 Driver Review

🏆 Best Balance of Forgiveness and Distance 🥇

One of the most forgiving drivers, the stealth 2

My Rating: ⭐️ 4.9/5.0
My Suggested Handicap: 10+
Available Lofts: 9°, 10.5°, and 12°
Launch: Mid
Spin: Low
Adjustable Hosel: Yes

Pros:

  • As long as any club tested prior
  • Impact sound is unique and perfect
  • Heel to toe, crown to sole, driver head cover to grip, a total masterpiece
  • A springy like feel that makes you feel like you’re hitting bombs every time

Cons:

  • No adjustable weight
  • Misses were bad misses
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My Full Stealth 2 Review

  • 60x Carbon Twist Face – Upgraded version of the original Carbon face with more forgiveness
  • Positioned Weights – 25 gram weight near the back and a TPS weight towards the front act as an inertia generator and provide ideal launch and spin rates for all golfers
  • Inverted Cone Technology – an expanded Coefficient of Restitution (COR) zone means you get more ball speed and distance on off-center hits
  • Unique Sound – Club head shape and internal rib structure, along with the carbon face give Stealth 2 it’s name with a muted stealthy sound only found in the Stealth 2
  • Adjustable Hosel – The 4° loft sleeve allows for adjustment of the stated loft +/- 2°

Testing the Stealth2

I was lucky enough to have the Stealth 2 for almost two weeks. Tearing up the range three times, and finding fairways in two rounds on the course.

I opted for the 9° option and a Fujikura Ventus TR Red 5 shaft in stiff flex. I used my Rapsodo PLM to collect data while at the range.

My Experience with the Stealth 2 Driver

I would be lying if I didn’t say I was most excited to get to the Stealth 2 family during testing. Is there a more compelling driver on the market right now? Certainly not. Going carbon over titanium for the face, painting the face red, the sound and feel from the carbon, it’s all different from the rest.

A 60X Carbon Twist face of a new TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver

That joyous long rectangle box at my door didn’t sit for long. I was eager to open it up and see this thing up close. It’s a work of art, really. The first thing I noticed, and it was a concern, was how tacky the face felt. It gave me major concerns about spin control, especially side spin.

My miss off the tee is right. Sliceville, USA. However, over time I have tempered the slice, and find myself quite reliable off the tee. Out of 99 rounds tracked in the last two years, I hit 61% of fairways. That’s the same as Viktor Hovland and Shane Lowry. Granted much different circumstances.

My 9.0 Carbonwood TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver

Taking the Stealth 2 out to the range a few times, the slice reared its ugly head. The first several strikes were found going wide right. I knew an adjustment in swing speed was needed to keep my drives in the fairway with this beast. I found the right combination, and with the two rounds I played with the Stealth 2 I hit 83.3% and 69.2% of the fairways. Pretty incredible increase!

With launch data on the range, I wasn’t overly impressed with the numbers. 239 carry and 254 total. Factor -10% using range balls, that is roughly 263 carry and 279 total with a premium ball. However, one round I played was on my home course, ole faithful, and holes I was used to hitting 6-7 iron into the green with, I was using 7- 8 and even 9 iron. This could have been the weather, my swing being on that day, or something else (wink wink), but it was interesting nonetheless.

Me testing a TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver at the golf course

The most impressive part of the Stealth 2 noted by both me and playing partners, was the sound and feel. We decided that’s how Stealth got its name. It is almost quiet, but not in a bad way at all. Very pleasing sound on impact. Satisfying. Almost as satisfying as the feel. You can feel almost a spring-like effect at impact. Those 60 layers of carbon springing the ball across the course.

A closer view of TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver crown

I didn’t miss too many fairways, but when I did, I was OB or in the trees. I wasn’t finding any slight mishits at all. It was either on (mostly) or way off (rarely). This could be swing flaws of my own, but something worth noting. I tried hitting a few draws, but was unable to. Again, could be my own swing speed issues, but I can certainly draw my gamer. Not a major concern, but worth mentioning.


My Grading of the Stealth2 Driver

Distance (A)

Major improvements to the distance gains were made with the Stealth 2 over the previous Stealth.The gray is Stealth 2 and blue is Stealth Plus
That has been seen on tour, and I was very satisfied with the overall distance.

Forgiveness (A)

My misses were bad, but less than usual. Given my inconsistency in finding the center of the face, several of those good drives would have been penalized with another club.

Playability (C)

I found it very difficult to get the ball to fade or draw. Could be due to my swing skills, but I am able to fade/draw my gamer. It is hard to complain about straight though!

Looks (A+)

This club looks nothing like the other drivers on the market. Some drivers can be mistaken for one another, but from any distance you can tell it is a Stealth 2. Red face, bright red accents, chrome weights, it stands out.A 9.0 TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver for testing at the golf course
If red isn’t your color, the new face design features on myStealth2 custom program allows you to create your own Stealth masterpiece with countless customization options.

Sound and Feel (A+)

The updated Stealth sound and feel is second to none, personally. Some people prefer the head turning pop you get from other clubs out there, but this muted/stealthy crack is uber satisfying. The feel makes you want to keep hitting it too. I will be hard pressed to find something better.

Customer Reviews

Overall, the customer experience is beyond positive. When looking up any Stealth 2 driver review, you’ll find on average 4.7 out of 5 stars. The general consensus is increased distance, feel, and more forgiveness. Before you pull out the credit card though, I would recommend the Global Golf UTry program. You can get this club for an ample test drive, and really see if it’s a fit for you.

Bottom Line – Why Consider the Taylormade Stealth 2 Driver?

Coming from a previous TaylorMade driver, you are bound to see improvement in distance and dispersion. Even from the original Stealth. From an OEM, you should see at minimum consistent performance, but get the added look, sound, and feel.

TaylorMade Stealth 2 Driver Review
🏆 Best Balance of Forgiveness and Distance 🥇

One of the most forgiving drivers, the stealth 2

My Rating: ⭐️ 4.9/5.0
My Suggested Handicap: 10+
Available Lofts: 9°, 10.5°, and 12°
Launch: Mid
Spin: Low
Adjustable Hosel: Yes

Pros:

  • As long as any club tested prior
  • Impact sound is unique and perfect
  • Heel to toe, crown to sole, driver head cover to grip, a total masterpiece
  • A springy like feel that makes you feel like you’re hitting bombs every time

Cons:

  • No adjustable weight
  • Misses were bad misses
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Who is the New Stealth 2 Driver For?

Low Handicap (Maybe)

A lower handicapper with their weakness being off the tee, the Stealth 2 is a great option. Otherwise the Stealth 2 Plus would be a better option.

Mid Handicap (YES)

This is the perfect driver for a mid handicap player. Great distance gains, forgiveness is just right, and any other driver will be hard pressed to be nearly as impressive.

High Handicap (YES)

Given its forgiveness factors, a high handicap player could definitely find this fitting their game (spoiler alert: it won our Best Beginner Driver award!). However, if trajectory is an issue, or a slice, taking a look at the Stealth 2 HD might be a better option.


Alternate Choices

Ping G430 Max Comparable distance and forgiveness in the Ping line

Callaway Paradym Movable weight makes it slightly different, but performance wise is on par with Stealth 2

Cobra Aerojet – Aerodynamic shaping creates faster ball speed, and great distance gains

TaylorMade Stealth Driver (our review here) – Yes, Taylormade’s original model is still a good driver today. Especially if you’re looking for a discount.


My Final Verdict on the Stealth 2 TaylorMade Driver

The Stealth 2 Taylormade driver is an amazing club. I was hyper impressed with the performance of the Stealth 2, and even more so with the design. I am hard pressed to say anything bad about this driver.

The TaylorMade Stealth 2 headcover and a driver

There weren’t any crazy distance gains compared to my gamer, but the slogan FARgiveness really has some truth to it. It was hard to tell a mishit from one on the screws other than a slight change in feel at impact. It really helps keep momentum of a good round that would normally be thwarted by an off day on the tee.

My gamer has been a reliable club in my bag for nearly two years, and I had no intentions of replacing it this year, but the Stealth 2 really makes a case to crack open the piggy bank. One thing is for sure, you will want to see what fits your game the best.

I would suggest the UTry Program with Globalgolf.com. Being able to get real world testing done on clubs before investing in one is invaluable. Give it a try. See if the Stealth 2 fits your bag as well as I think it will fit mine!


FAQ

Is Taylor Made Stealth 2 driver forgiving?

Yes, the Taylor made Stealth 2 driver is extremely forgiving. If you are a golfer that has a weakness hitting off the tee, the Stealth 2 will be perfect for you.

What is the difference between Stealth 2 vs Stealth 2 Plus?

The difference between the Stealth 2 vs Stealth 2 Plus is with forgiveness. I found that a lot of my mishits were still getting good distance and ball speed compared to the Stealth 2 Plus, which is made for lower handicappers.

Is Taylormade Stealth 2 driver adjustable?

The Taylormade Stealth 2 driver is highly adjustable. You can customize the loft sleeve at a +/- 1.5° angle, as well as many other shaft options available.

Is the Stealth2 worth buying?

Yes, the Stealth2 driver is worth buying especially if you are a mid to high-handicapper that isn’t very strong off the tee, and could benefit from a club to increase forgiveness.

When was the Taylormade Stealth 2 release date?

The Taylormade Stealth 2 release date was February 17th, 2023.
TaylorMade Stealth 2 Driver Review
🏆 Best Balance of Forgiveness and Distance 🥇

One of the most forgiving drivers, the stealth 2

My Rating: ⭐️ 4.9/5.0
My Suggested Handicap: 10+
Available Lofts: 9°, 10.5°, and 12°
Launch: Mid
Spin: Low
Adjustable Hosel: Yes

Pros:

  • As long as any club tested prior
  • Impact sound is unique and perfect
  • Heel to toe, crown to sole, driver head cover to grip, a total masterpiece
  • A springy like feel that makes you feel like you’re hitting bombs every time

Cons:

  • No adjustable weight
  • Misses were bad misses
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About the Author

James Hunt

By James Hunt – Last Updated on Feb 27, 2024

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James is an avid golfer and equipment tester here at Swing Yard. He’s currently living in the golf mecca of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He first started playing golf at age of 11 with his Dad on the weekends. Just last spring, James was finally able to take his dad on a bucket list trip to The Masters! At a current handicap of 9, and consistently breaking 80, James is working hard to get closer and closer to breaking Par. Give James’s full bio a read for more info.

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Erik Schjolberg

By Coach Erik Schjolberg – Last Reviewed on Feb 27, 2024

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Coach Erik actively coaches several PGA Tour Professionals. He’s the head golf instructor and writer here at Swing Yard, was voted the “#1 Golf Coach in Scottsdale, Arizona”, and has been coaching for over 20+ years. Erik also owns and operates his own online golf school, EJS Golf Academy. His other credentials include: Active PGA Coaches Membership, Titleist TPI Level 1 and 2, Trackman Certified Level 1, Dr. Kwon’s Biomechanics Level I and II, Scott Cowx Certified Level I Advanced, BodiTrack and V1 Sports Pressure Mat Certified, Titleist Club Fitting and Ball Fitting Certified, PGA Hope, and Sportsbox AI. Check out Erik’s full bio and certifications for more info.


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