Manufacturers frequently add abbreviations on the driver indicating some technology of performance areas that they have addressed in the driver. You may have noticed the HT lettering on some of the older TaylorMade drivers. So, what does HT mean on TaylorMade drivers?
TaylorMade is renowned for its resourceful creations that bring the best out of golfers of every level. Many golfers struggle to get the ball airborne off the tee and create that high launch that seems to travel forever putting a smile on your face.
HT drivers are aimed at golfers that swing the golf club at or below the average speed of 100 mph. The loft on HT drivers is slightly higher than the standard lofts to get the golf ball into the air and hang it up for a longer time increasing the overall distance. Although available in a variety of lofts, the most popular loft for HT drivers is 13 degrees.
The higher loft is not only the result of weight placement. Drivers designed with a closed face offer higher loft than is designated on the sole of the club.
As part of the TaylorMade r7 Quad driver range dating back to the 2005 season, TaylorMade launched the r7 Quad HT (high trajectory) driver offering more forgiveness to the average golfer thus aiding them to get the ball into the air.
TaylorMade’s R7 range was the first 460 cc driver to feature movable weights with the Quad Driver having four movable weights, two 12-gram and two 1-gram weights. To add to the versatility of the R7 Quad it featured the first interchangeable hosel system allowing you to remove the driver head completely. This opened up the driver market to select different shafts offerings to suit your driving speed.
TaylorMade produced a slightly shallower face and pushing the back end of the clubhead deeper while continuing with the changeable weight system that enables you to set up the driver to suit your swing and the playing conditions.
High launch technology continued into the TaylorMade Burner drivers released in 2007.
To offer more speed TaylorMade 460 Burner drivers employed “SuperFast Technology” that offered a lighter clubhead to increase swing speed. With the combination of a faster clubhead and High Trajectory technology, golfers were able to add speed and launch angle for the fastest ball speed and the longest hang time available.
TaylorMade has been at the forefront of developing innovative technologies offering average golfers’ maximum advantage whether it be off the tee with a driver/wood, or with its precise irons to get the golf ball closer to the hole.
High Trajectory allowed TaylorMade to offer a solution to golfers that need some assistance in getting the ball to fly high and handsomely traveling farther than previously. Slow swing speeds of below 100 mph benefited most from this.
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