As a follow-up to the release late last summer of its SLDR driver, TaylorMade has rolled out a line of fairway metals and hybrids under that same model name. According to company officials, each of those combines low and forward center-of-gravity placement that is designed to promote faster ball speeds and greater distance with a higher launch angle and a lower spin rate. The result, they say, are the longest fairways and hybrids in TaylorMade history. In addition to repositioning the CG with these sticks, which were put in play on the PGA Tour last fall by staff pros Justin Rose and D.A. Points among others, the equipment maker redesigned the Speed Pocket, which is designed to increase face flexibility by putting a polymer fill in what had been an open slot. That is made to keep out grass and other debris so that the pocket can fully flex no matter what the conditions. Company technicians say that the newly engineered Speed Pocket also enables the clubface to promote faster ball speeds across larger portions of the face for greater distance on mis-hits.