TaylorMade Stealth Plus Driver Review | Is Low Spin for You?

TaylorMade Stealth Plus Driver

Author Jamie Lewis - Golf PGA Teaching Professional

Author: Jamie Lewis – PGA Teaching Professional

The TaylorMade Stealth Plus driver is TM’s low-spin offering in this driver family.

Aside from the obvious moveable weight track on the bottom and a silver accent towards the back of the club, it looks and feels almost identical to the Stealth; however, it magically plays about 400-500rpm lower!

TaylorMade Stealth Plus Driver Review

Lofts Available

8⁰ (RH only), 9⁰, 10.5⁰

Handicap Range

Scratch to 15 handicap in my opinion. This driver will be too low spin and launch for players that can’t elevate the ball well.

Technical Review

The TaylorMade Stealth Plus Driver retains all the benefits of the Stealth model but comes in a low-spin, low launch package. This driver is designed for fast swingers that want to bomb the fairway and keep the ball rolling.

Close up of the Taylor Made Stealth Plus

In addition to the 60x Carbon Twist Face and “Asymmetric Inertia Generator” (read, aerodynamic shaping) technology, the Stealth Plus features a sliding 10g weight that is wildly reminiscent of the SLDR driver.

Those of you that recall playing the SLDR will remember that it represented a big shift in driver tech and was another HOT face.

The TaylorMade Stealth Plus about to strike a ball

The Stealth Plus accomplishes the same and provides a proper recipe for hitting the ball far by combining low spin and low launch for extra roll-out.

Shaft Options

The pure stock option currently includes either a Project X Hzrdus Smoke, Red RDX, or Mitsubishi Kai’li shaft, but other options are available for customization including choices from Aldila, Fujikura, Graphite Design, KBS, LAGP, Mitsubishi, Project X, and UST.

Many of these choices are at zero upcharge with most premium options adding an extra $250.

Performance

Hitting this driver was an eye-opener for me.

First and foremost, it retains the superb feel of the Stealth model, but absolutely nukes the spin numbers.

Trackman data of the Stealth vs Stealth Plus vs Sim2

My initial testing with this driver produced spin in the neighborhood of 1800 rpm and 9⁰ launch angle, which yielded blistering rockets that hovered above the ground and rolled out to 280y easily.

While very cool and fun to hit, I prefer to have more carry distance in my ball flight for drives.

Thanks to TM’s superb adjustable hosel I raised my loft to 10.5⁰ and started bombing fairways. Note, this adjustment also closes the face angle by 3⁰, which enhanced an already strong draw.

Real life photo of the sliding track weight on the Stealth Driver Plus

An alternative to better carry distance was also achieved by switching out the Hzrdus Smoke RDX Black for an RDX Red.

An aside — for those of you who have never played a modern TM driver, I really suggest you check out their online manual regarding hosel settings. I think TM has one of the most comprehensive approaches to fine-tuning your driver in the game and it really paid off when hitting this beast.

After some adjustments and testing we finally got the fit right, and boy was it worth it!

I said it before in the Stealth standard section; ball speed is the name of the game here. With the launch and spin dialed in I was cranking the ball to 165-167mph with around 110mph swing speed.

Sim2 vs Stealth Plus driver

This produced carries out to 292 yards with a playable draw shot shape producing roll out easily in the 310+ yard range.

Smashing the ball was downright addicting to the point where accuracy began to suffer purely for the sake of seeing how far I could smoke it. Pairing this with a ProV1x or TP5x will be a dangerous combination for the elusive drivable Par 4s.

Looks

The TaylorMade Stealth Plus shares identical looks to the Stealth but for the sliding weights, and a silver/chrome accent at the butt-end of the driver head.

10 gram weight on the TaylorMade Plus driver

Photo of the back of the Stealth Plus driver

Personally, I like the additional flair of the Stealth Plus, but all around the Stealth family are beautiful drivers.

Sound and Feel

As with looks, there isn’t too much variation here from the Stealth. The Stealth Plus has a slightly more solid feel when striking the ball and retains a pinch more stability overall.

View of the Stealth Plus on the ground

While the Stealth may deflect a touch more with an off-hit, the Stealth Plus will power through it (potentially producing a push or pull).

Pros

  • Flashy looks! We get some chrome on this bad boy
  • Low spin and launch are tuned for distance
  • Ball speed is EXCELLENT
  • Very solid head through contact

Cons

  • Tuning is a MUST for this driver
  • Low spin and launch will be too much for many to effectively handle
  • Price… ouch

The Bottom Line

This driver absolutely SMOKES golf balls once you have it set up properly!

Swing speed and the ability to get the ball in the air are a must for this edition of the Stealth as well as proper tuning.

Photo of the Stealth Plus upside down on the ground

I jumped into testing using a stock shaft (Hzrdus Smoke Black line) that I’m most familiar with to keep consistent with most of the other drivers I’ve hit, and it just didn’t fit the bill.

Adjusting for loft or a higher spin/launch shaft helped this driver find the sweet spot. For those of you not afraid to tinker, this is a must try. Buyer beware though, you’ll try to hit too many greens in one.


Other Drivers in the TaylorMade Stealth Family

There are 2 more drivers in the Stealth family. If you’re looking for a little more forgiveness and/or help in getting some more launch on your driver strikes, check out our article on the TaylorMade Stealth Driver Review.

And if you’re someone who’s struggling with a slice, or you just want to play more draws off the tee, then give our article on the TaylorMade Stealth HD Driver a read.


Alternate Choices to the TaylorMade Stealth Plus Driver

Ping G425 LST

Ping G425 LST Driver

I still love the Ping G425 line from 2020, Ping’s most recent driver release (since they only release new drivers every few years). The Ping G425 LST is going to be their low spin option, and the most comparable to the Stealth Plus driver in my opinion.

TaylorMade SIM 2

TaylorMade SIM2 Driver

If you want to stick with TaylorMade, but don’t want to fork out the cash for the new carbon fiber  family… the SIM2 line is still a great option. The TaylorMade SIM 2 Driver is their standard model and their low spin option, and compares to the Stealth Plus driver.

List of All the TaylorMade Drivers by Year

Don’t see what you’re looking for? We’ve compiled a list of all the TaylorMade drivers and the year each was released right here if you want to check that out.

Best Drivers for 2022

If you’re looking for more of a roundup “Ranking” type list… we’ve done an intense review of the absolute BEST drivers 2022 (all being in the class comparable to the Stealth Plus). Find out where the TaylorMade Stealth Plus ranked in our best drivers for 2022.


FAQ

Note – Some of these FAQs were covered throughout the article, but I still get these questions a lot… so here are the “short and sweet” answers to the most common questions:

Which stealth driver is the longest?

The TaylorMade Stealth Plus Driver is the longest hitting driver in the TaylorMade Stealth driver family in my opinion. It has the most carry and roll out of the 3 drivers. But you’ll need to be a big swinger in order to get the ball in the air high enough to take advantage.

Close up of the Plus +

What is the difference between the Stealth and Stealth Plus?

The difference between the Stealth and the Stealth Plus driver is that the Plus model reduces spin by about 500 rpms, causing a lower launch angle. There is also a shot bias adjustment track on the Stealth Plus driver, which is absent on the Stealth standard model.

Is Stealth Plus forgiving?

The TaylorMade Stealth Plus driver is decently forgiving in my opinion, pretty much all the newer drivers are. But it’s the least forgiving of the entire Stealth family. It’s for advanced golfers who can control their shots.

How do you adjust a TaylorMade stealth plus driver?

  1. To adjust the TaylorMade Stealth Plus Driver, you’ll first need a golf specific torque wrench (it doesn’t matter what brand)
  2. Using the wrench, simply unscrew the head from the hosel
  3. Use the chart below in the next section to determine which hosel position you want
  4. Connect the hosel back to the driver head at the desired location
  5. Screw the hosel screw back down and tighten the screw until the torque wrench “ratchets”

TaylorMade Stealth Plus hosel adjustment chart