The TaylorMade 300 Mini is the corporate’s newest “mini driver” providing.
At 307cc, it’s a bit bigger than earlier mini choices.
Retail value is $399.99 and might be obtainable July 15.
The TaylorMade 300 Mini is the corporate’s newest one-off within the mini driver class. For the second, it’s a one-of-a-kind providing within the market. If MyGolfSpy did a Most Needed Mini Driver take a look at, we’d be restricted to 2 merchandise: the brand new TaylorMade 300 Mini and the legendary GX-7. That second one could be simply to make issues attention-grabbing … and I’m unsure it might.
A Not-So-Lengthy Historical past of Mini Drivers
Since TaylorMade’s first mini driver of the 460cc period, the SLDR Mini, TaylorMade has all however had the class to itself. PING was one and completed with 13° Rapture. At simply 219cc, it was extra of a biggie fairway than a mini driver, anyway.
Callaway additionally fired a single shot inside the little driver class with the Massive Bertha Mini 1.5. That one launched simply in time to compete with TaylorMade’s lower than memorable Aeroburner Mini. Suffice it to say that neither firm ought to declare victory in that exact battle.
After taking a number of years to get well from Aeroburner, TaylorMade returned to the class with the Unique One Mini driver. That one was a little bit of a nostalgia play which TaylorMade tied to its unique metalwood—the Pittsburgh Persimmon.
Mini Drivers – A Class of One
Within the time between, no one else bothered to enter the class. I requested one senior-level R&D man at a TaylorMade competitor if his firm was going to make a mini driver. “We might,” he instructed me on the time, “however we’re a for-profit firm.”
Your backside line: What its rivals see as a near-total lack of demand, TaylorMade sees as a chance.
And so, two years after the launch of the Unique One Mini, TaylorMade is launching the 300 Mini. Hawk-eyed observers could have seen that Phil Mickelson had the TaylorMade 300 Mini within the bag on the U.S. Open. It’s by no means look when a competitor’s metalwood leads to the bag of certainly one of your high staffers so it’s not out of the realm of risk that Callaway would possibly drop a mini for the sake of getting the TaylorMade out of Phil’s bag.
Mickelson is, nonetheless, notoriously whimsical, so it’s simply as possible he’ll be on to the subsequent factor earlier than it turns into a lingering situation. For now, TaylorMade stays alone within the mini driver class and Mickelson is the one skilled of be aware bagging one.
Based on TaylorMade, a number of of its PGA TOUR staffers have expressed curiosity in experimenting with the 300 Mini nevertheless it stays to be seen if anybody aside from Phil places it into play.
TaylorMade 300 Mini Driver – Technical Particulars
The very first thing that stands out concerning the TaylorMade 300 Mini is its measurement. The SLDR Mini was a fairly svelte 260cc. Aeroburner was only a tick smaller at 253. The 2019 Unique One Mini was a bit bigger (275). By comparability, the 300 Collection Mini Driver is a large 307cc.
The place’s the road, guys? How large earlier than you’re not “mini” anymore?
TaylorMade describes the 300 Mini as excessive launch with low spin which is how practically the whole lot within the metalwoods class is described no matter its footprint.
Included within the providing are TaylorMade’s Twist Face expertise for accuracy on off-center hits, a V-Metal soleplate to drive CG low whereas bettering turf interplay and a Via-slot Velocity Pocket which makes the face speed-IER, significantly on low face influence.
TaylorMade 300 Mini – Playability
The design itself speaks to the nostalgia play. TaylorMade is positioning the 300 Mini as a little bit of a modernization of its widespread 300 Collection metalwoods from twenty years in the past. You get trendy building: a mix of carbon, titanium and metal in a compact bundle designed to provide golfers that heat tingly feeling that comes from remembering a beloved membership.
I get all of that however what I liked concerning the SLDR Mini was that, regardless of the bigger head, it was playable off the deck. It was my 3-wood alternative and I liked practically each minute of it till one thing newer got here alongside to lure me away.
I nonetheless have it. Now and again, I take into consideration placing it again within the bag.
At 307cc, I do marvel if maybe TaylorMade is buying and selling away a little bit of versatility within the curiosity of story or on the very least within the curiosity of constructing a much less “mini” mini driver.
For a lot of golfers, the 3-wood is the toughest membership within the bag to hit and serving up an even bigger, longer model isn’t more likely to remedy that situation however, then once more, like others of its ilk, the TaylorMade 300 Collection Mini driver isn’t for the lots.
TaylorMade 300 Mini – Who’s It For?
The audience for the TaylorMade 300 Mini is probably going that man you recognize out of your favourite golf boards who laments the scourge of recent 440+cc drivers and longs for the times when he had a plethora of smaller, extra workable heads to select from.
If the market affords however a single possibility, is it nonetheless a selection? Anyway …
I suppose it’s equally for the man who needs to fill the 3-wood spot in his bag with the longest membership he can probably discover. I undoubtedly perceive that.
It’s precisely the rationale why I stored the SLDR Mini within the bag and why I’m wanting ahead to attempting the TaylorMade 300 Collection Mini each bit as a lot.
Pricing and Availability
The TaylorMade 300 Mini might be obtainable in lofts of 11.5 and 13.5 levels starting July 15.
The inventory shaft is a Mitsubishi MiDr Proto. The inventory Grip is Golf Pleasure’s Z-Grip. As all the time, a large number of no-upcharge choices can be found, although selecting one will nearly definitely delay your order.