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Son of SLDR: TaylorMade shows off 'mini' driver to tour staff at Doral

By E. Michael Johnson

If you had your eyes open on the range at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, you would have noticed some players checking out a driver that wasn't really a driver. That's because TaylorMade brought its yet-to-be-released SLDR Mini to Trump National Doral to show to its tour staff.

Blog-TaylorMade-Mini-SLDR.jpgAlthough the company has been mum about specifics, the club was put on the USGA's list of conforming driver heads Feb. 17 in just one loft (12 degrees), and it has the words Mini Driver on the toe.

The word "mini" seems accurate: The clubhead looks to be in the range of 250 cubic centimeters, and the shaft length appears shorter than a normal driver and more like a 3-wood. Also, the club doesn't have the sliding weight of the SLDR driver or an adjustable hosel, and its color is more of a satin silver.

Blog-TaylorMade-Mini-SLDR-2.jpg No word on whether anyone will be playing it this week in Miami.