The concept of mini drivers has received some attention of late, after one was used to win the US PGA Championship in the bag of Phil Mickelson. And TaylorMade’s new 300 Mini Driver will keep the category in the spotlight having been first spotted at the US Open.
Unlike other new-model drivers on the market that rarely don’t push to the limit of the 460cc size limit allowed by the Rules of Golf, the 300 Mini Driver weighs in at 307cc. The smaller size is part of a design concept to make it playable from both the tree and off the deck.
Twenty years on from the release of the 300 series of drivers from TaylorMade, the new Mini Driver, which numerous players are reportedly testing in the lead-up to The Open, pays homage to the range that was the first bearing the current company logo.
Beyond the appearance that closely matches the 300 series and similar size, all of which might appeal to the retro golf equipment market, the 300 Mini Driver utilises modern, innovative technologies to produce performance and a unique product.
Potentially used by some players who struggle with larger driver heads as their longest club, or as a fairway finder off the tee and longer approach club to long par-5s by others, the Mini Driver features a carbon crown that is part of the optimal weighting to produce a high launch and low spin flight.
“It’s been 20 years since we last made a metalwood this size. 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 the speaks to TaylorMade loyalists while delivering distance from the tee and the fairway,” the company’s Tomo Bystedt said.
The high strength titanium face utilises TaylorMade’s established ‘Twist Face’ technology to help performance on mis-hits, as well as a ‘Thru-Slot Speed Pocket’, while the same redesigned ‘V-Steel’ sole of the SIM2 fairways improves playability from the fairway.
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