There is a lot of cool gear in the golf equipment world that doesn’t always fit neatly into Most Wanted Tests or Buyer’s Guides. You still want to know how it performs. In our We Tried It series, we put gear to the test and let you know if it works as advertised.
What We Tried
TaylorMade MyStealth 2 Plus Custom Driver Designer
Dave Wolfe – The ever-curious MyGolfSpy writer and putter fanatic. When it comes to golf products, I believe that impulse control is something to be controlled.
TaylorMade MyStealth 2 Plus: From Most Wanted to Mine
Hi, everyone. Did you hear the TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus driver won MyGolfSpy’s Most Wanted Driver award for 2023? Kudos to TaylorMade for that prestigious win. Coming out on top of 30 competitors after almost 15,000 swings is no small feat!
If only there was a way to make this outstanding driver stand out even more.
Oh, wait! There is! TaylorMade’s new MyStealth 2 Plus custom driver program allows you to make the Most Wanted Driver your Most Wanted Driver.
Custom club programs are nothing new to TaylorMade. They’ve had multiple iterations of their MySpider custom putter programs, as well as other driver and wedge custom programs. Overall, these programs have proven excellent. The renderings on the computer screen were typically solid representations of the final product. If anything, I’d say the computer renderings downplayed the in-hand product.
“Under promise and over deliver” is a great strategy to make customers happy.
So can TaylorMade continue their successful custom program streak with the MyStealth 2 Plus Driver program?
TaylorMade MyStealth 2 Plus: Custom Options
Ignoring the MyStealth program for a minute, the range of custom options available when ordering a “stock” Stealth 2 Plus driver is impressive. When you order a Stealth 2 Plus driver online or at your local shop, you’ll have numerous shaft and grip options to choose from. Some of them are zero cost upgrades while some of them, especially the shafts, will have an upcharge.
The MyStealth 2 Plus program retains all these options. Custom options that require upcharges still have upcharges with the MyStealth 2 Plus program. No, paying the extra $100 to build a driver through MyStealth is not going to turn that $350 Ventus Black Velocore shaft into a free upgrade.
So if the options are similar to stock, what then are the unique custom options associated with the MyStealth 2 Plus program?
TaylorMade MyStealth 2 Plus: Paint Options
Look at all the trippy colors, man. While the grip and shaft options mirror the options of the stock Stealth 2 Plus, the cosmetic options increase dramatically with the MyStealth 2 Plus program. The MyStealth 2 Plus program puts the color palate in your hands. To an extent, anyway.
Let’s start with the color options for the most significant design feature of the Stealth 2 Plus driver, the Carbon Twist Face. You can give your MyStealth 2 Plus one of nine different face colors. For me, this is the best place to start when developing a design plan.
After selecting the face color, you’ll select the colors for three other regions of the head. Your color choices do drop off for these areas. You’ll find six choices for ring color but only two options for the weight and topline paint.
The remaining two design choices are more visual refinements than color options. Do you want the TaylorMade logo to be present or absent on the crown and do you want a gloss or matte top?
On paper, it doesn’t seem like a lot of options but once you play around with the interface you’ll see how numerous different-looking drivers are possible.
I think that setting everything to black will be very popular as will having everything black with just the carbon face colored. Ultimately, the MyStealth 2 Plus driver you create should look quite different from the stock model.
If it doesn’t, maybe just go with the stock model …
TaylorMade MyStealth 2 Plus: Interface Usage
Overall, the MyStealth 2 Plus interface continues TaylorMade’s successful custom interface streak. The only glitch was with a few of the grips and shafts where the preview photos were not available. This could be something that will be updated in the coming months. Regardless, I’d wager that not knowing what a particular Lamkin grip looks like will not be a deal breaker for most shoppers.
The standout feature of the MyStealth 2 Plus interphase is the ability to rotate the rendering in 360 degrees. Initially, the rendering image changes when you select options. For example, the image showing the face pops up when you pick the face color. However, at any time, you can click on the image and rotate the driver head in any direction. You can even zoom in and out with a bit of mouse scrolling.
Being able to see the driver from any angle was amazingly helpful when selecting colors. This, more than any other feature, gave me a feeling of confidence that the driver I was seeing on the computer would be the one that showed up at my house.
TaylorMade MyStealth 2 Plus: The Results
Once again, TaylorMade overdelivered with the MyStealth 2 Plus driver. What I saw when I opened the box was not a complete surprise. After all, I had designed the driver. That said, finally seeing my creation in person was impressive.
The purple face is so bright and bold. I expected the purple to pop but not to the level that it explodes visually off the face. I’ve been asked how the color will hold up with usage. After a couple of range sessions, I can’t even see a mark on it. It’s so unmarked that it is almost tough to see impact position. That carbon face is very durable so far.
While the rest of the driver is muted compared to the face, I think the aesthetic works well. Like I said, I believe that simple body color schemes with bold face choices will be what most people order.
So far, I’m a fan of the matte finish on the crown. I’m curious to see how this part of the driver wears as some have said that a matte finish is more prone to scratches.
Overall, the process took about a month from completing the order on the computer to FedEx knocking on my door. I think this is quite reasonable and on par with the production times with TaylorMade’s custom putter programs and many other custom club ordering times from other companies.
A Driver Fit for a King
Did you pick up on the theme with my MyStealth 2 Plus driver? If you have followed my other customs, the guess that I’d make it purple was the easy money bet. This time, it was purple with a purpose. Some of you may be aware that the Sacramento Kings are playing their best basketball since the Webber and Williams days. How could my color scheme not show my local team some love?
Also, did you know TaylorMade has a whole range of NBA team headcovers? Naturally, this custom purple beast needed a fancy Kings headcover. Of course, I had to slap a purple Kings cover on my purple MySpider Tour as well. The standard MyStealth 2 Plus headcover is very cool and speaks to the unique nature of your custom driver. However, that Sac Kings headcover was the cherry (grape?) on top for this paragon of purple perfection.
Is Going Custom Worth $100?
A stock TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus driver will set you back $629.99 at your local shop. This means upgrading to the MyStealth 2 Plus will only require an additional hundred dollars. Now, I’m not for a second going to suggest that paying $729.99 for a golf club is affordable. If that price is beyond your new driver budget, I get that. If you couldn’t afford or stomach a driver that costs $629.99, one at $729.99 is even less palatable.
I think the target customer for the MyStealth 2 Plus program is one who has already committed to buying a Stealth 2 Plus. If you are investing the $629.99, is the extra $100 to customize it worth it?
For me, that is a definitive yes. Honestly, I’m not a fan of red golf clubs. Rationally, I know the Stealth 2 Plus is a solid performer as it is the 2023 Most Wanted Driver after all. Irrationally, the red color would have me looking elsewhere.
Maybe I’m overly concerned with the aesthetics. I own that. That’s why I’d not balk at all at the extra $100 to customize the driver. Based upon how often I play, that would equate to costing about a quarter a drive this season, maybe less.
I’ll happily pay that to ditch the red paint and to light the purple beam.
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