Like it or not, the science behind draw bias drivers is legit. Perhaps more importantly, both Taylormade and Ping have created high quality draw bias drivers in the Stealth 2 HD and the G430 SFT respectively.
In this post, we will compare the specs of the Stealth 2 HD vs G430 SFT, while noting the strengths and weaknesses of each driver in the process. Let’s dive into the details.
Taylormade Stealth 2 HD vs Ping G430 SFT - Specs Comparison
|DRIVER||STEALTH 2 HD||G430 SFT|
|LOFT OPTIONS||9° , 10.5°, 12||10.5°|
|LIE ANGLE ADJUSTABILITY||Up to 4°||Up to 3°|
|LENGTH||45 1/2"||45 3/4"|
Stealth 2 HD vs Ping G430 SFT Driver - Key Differences
1. Address Profiles
Even though the Stealth 2 HD is obviously a draw bias driver, you wouldn’t necessarily guess so based on the address profile of the driver.
When you set it down behind the ball, it looks very similar to the standard Taylormade Stealth 2 Driver. If anything, the face actually looks slightly open at address, which many players (especially good players) actually prefer.
Conversely, the address profile of the Ping G430 SFT driver looks a bit more square. It definitely doesn’t have the ‘open’ face look of the Taylormade. Again, there are plenty of players that will be drawn to the squarer profile of the Ping G430 SFT. This difference boils down to a matter of personal preference.
2. Loft Options
The Taylormade Stealth 2 HD is available in 9° , 10.5° and 12°. The only loft option for the Ping G430 SFT Driver is 10.5°. As a result, the Stealth 2 HD caters to a wider range of players, with various different swing speeds. For instance, if you have a fast swing speed and want a medium launch trajectory, the 9° Stealth 2 HD could be fine-tuned to meet this requirement.
Even though most players thinking about buying one of these drivers will probably be best served by the 10.5° version, it’s still nice to have the option of a higher loft and lower loft version, and Taylormade is catering to this desire.
3. Moveable Weight
With the Taylormade Stealth 2 HD, the only adjustments you can make to the driver are to the loft settings, which you can alter by up to 2 degrees up or down.
With the Ping G430 SFT driver, you can adjust the loft by up to 1.5 degrees up or down, and you can also increase the draw bias of the driver if needed. By default, the moveable weight is set in the draw setting, but this can actually be moved into a draw+ setting if need be.
This does give the G430 SFT a bit of an edge in terms of the amount of draw bias that you can unlock. If you are fighting an extreme cut off the tee, this could be a dealbreaker. The G430 SFT effectively has more ‘anti-slice’ technology than the Stealth 2 HD.
4. Nelly Korda uses the Taylormade Stealth 2 HD
Nelly Korda is literally one of the best female golfers in the world right now, and she has one of the most consistent swings on the planet.
What you might not know about Nelly Korda is that she really doesn’t like hitting fades off the tee. Even ‘straight’ drives aren’t really to her liking. Instead, Korda likes to play a draw, each and every time she steps onto the tee.
The problem that Korda has, and it’s actually surprisingly common amongst amateurs and professionals, is that it’s quite hard to hit a draw with a modern-day driver. Even Rory McIlroy struggles with this issue. You see it on the 10th hole at Augusta each and every year. Players turn to their 3 woods, because shaping a modern driver from right to left is trickier than it used to be with smaller head, higher loft drivers.
The point is, if one of the best golfers in the world is willing to game a draw-bias driver, maybe you should consider the possibility of doing the same thing. If you like the thought of hitting a consistent power draw with your driver, the Stealth 2 HD and the G430 SFT should be on your wishlist.
In the end, it’s fair to say that the Stealth 2 HD and the G430 SFT are both high-quality draw-bias drivers. With that being said, if you’re still on the fence, the following buyer tips may help.
Go For The Taylormade Stealth 2 HD If:
- If you like a club face that looks slightly open at address
- You need a low loft draw bias driver
- You need a high loft draw bias driver
- You want maximum distance
- You tend to prefer Taylormade golf clubs
Go For the Ping G430 SFT If:
- You prefer a club fact that looks very square at address
- You want the option of draw and draw plus settings
- You want maximum forgiveness
- You need the most draw bias possible
- You tend to prefer Ping golf clubs