WRX Spotted: TaylorMade "Original One" Mini Driver

It's been said before -- what's old is new again, and in the case of what just popped up on the USGA Conforming List, it appears the new "Original One" from TaylorMade could be 40 years in the making.

Although we have no official word from TaylorMade on any of the specifics of "Original One" yet, there sure are a lot of conclusions we could draw from the standard single black and white image that accompanies a new inclusion on the conforming list.

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  • 03trdblack03trdblack ClubWRX Posts: 1,831 ClubWRX

    I like the idea of the mini drivers but just don't have a place in the bag for one. It would be nice if we could have 15 clubs in order to throw it in from time to time.

  • bladehunterbladehunter Today was a good day.... Members Posts: 25,007 ✭✭
    edited Mar 25, 2019 10:26pm #3

    This should be the max size for pros and elite ams when they bifurcate.

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  • BearQBearQ Break 2 Rebuild Members Posts: 3,257 ✭✭

    @bladehunter said:
    This should be the max size for pros and elite ams when they bifurcate.

    How many cc ya think it is BH or do you have info on it. Looks sub 300 to my eye...small. I always thought 400cc was a great max cap. I played a 905T that was a size that worked and didn’t look huge. Beautiful headshape. I also enjoyed my r9 tp & 910d3. Haven’t liked many drivers visually since.

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  • BALBAL Members Posts: 551 ✭✭

    Got to hit it at a demo day saturday. Looked good, all black with a Diamana shaft. only took a few swings off the ground. Very strong, low ball flight but very solid. Didn't hit it off a tee. Don't really see where it fits in anyone's bag day in/day out though. I heard some say that ball speed were comparable to their current epic flash driver.

  • bladehunterbladehunter Today was a good day.... Members Posts: 25,007 ✭✭

    I think it’s 260cc.

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  • jonn443jonn443 Jonnystx Members Posts: 4,587 ✭✭

    I agree with the maximum limit being 400cc.
    ...Though I love my 425 TP.

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  • hayzoooshayzooos Members Posts: 6,770 ClubWRX

    @BAL said:
    Got to hit it at a demo day saturday. Looked good, all black with a Diamana shaft. only took a few swings off the ground. Very strong, low ball flight but very solid. Didn't hit it off a tee. Don't really see where it fits in anyone's bag day in/day out though. I heard some say that ball speed were comparable to their current epic flash driver.

    Agree they don't really fit into anyone's bag 100% of the time. I play a short driver as it is (44.0-44.5") and have messed around with the Callaway 2Deep from time to time. I just put it back in my bag to spruce up the bag a bit during the early part of our season. I personally think they do great for the senior players who happen to try one and realize they hit it just as far (if not further) than their current driver because they can't get the same benefit out of a driver anymore lacking speed. I just played in a member/guest with my father-in-law down in Naples where the majority of the population are retired, and I probably saw at least half a dozen of various mini drivers in their bags. I couldn't believe it until I saw how well they were all hitting them.

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  • NicodimasNicodimas Members Posts: 33 ✭✭

    Well I’m pysched , these fit my swing much better than the 460cc drivers. Pysched as hopefully it’s jam packed with all 2019 tech. Day one buy

  • bladehunterbladehunter Today was a good day.... Members Posts: 25,007 ✭✭

    @HipCheck said:
    On our podcast, @knudson81 and I talked about the couple of tour issue SLDR mini driver heads I "found" in the basement. Bought them on closeout a few years back and never shafted them up. I can't wait to try this. I still carry a 10.5* in the bag today. It's at 43" and is ridiculously long and straight for what it is. Pound for pound it's better than my driver, because it's almost as long, and much straighter.

    Never fooled around with a 43" 460cc driver though, so I can't be 100% sure it's not the length of the club rather than the head itself, but I had a 12* I loved back in the day too.

    Stoked to see this is an upcoming release.


    Ugh. That 10.5 head is rarer than hens teeth today. I cracked 2 and gave up finding another one.

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  • HipCheckHipCheck Toed it a lil, Romes. The Right CoastMarshals Posts: 6,223 mod
    edited Mar 26, 2019 11:26am #12

    @bladehunter said:
    Ugh. That 10.5 head is rarer than hens teeth today. I cracked 2 and gave up finding another one.

    I love it. Can 't get it out of the bag. Every time I try, it becomes pointless. I can't hit a 3 wood off the deck with any consistency so I carry a 4 or 5. Fits perfectly.

    Now the AeroBurner minis...another story. Could not have been worse for me, but my expectations were sky high. Unfortunately so were my drives.

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  • jadams13jadams13 Poulsbo, WAMembers Posts: 7 ✭✭

    I just hope it's in the same vein as the SLDR and not another Aero as well.

  • GehlyGehly ClubWRX Posts: 1,977 ClubWRX

    the AeroBurner TP heads were great though...much better than the std. AB heads
    just hated the white...so I had gamer sent off to Continental and done in flat black

  • timothyjames333timothyjames333 TinkerHatHead Members Posts: 120 ✭✭

    @Gehly said:
    the AeroBurner TP heads were great though...much better than the std. AB heads
    just hated the white...so I had gamer sent off to Continental and done in flat black

    I had a 14* AB that I had painted black and it was a beast of a 3 wood replacement off the tee, could never manage much more than a screaming cut off the deck tho!

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  • gvogelgvogel Members Posts: 7,162 ✭✭

    @bladehunter said:
    This should be the max size for pros and elite ams when they bifurcate.

    +1

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  • bobcatbobcat Members Posts: 3,914 ✭✭
    edited Apr 20, 2019 9:50pm #17

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    Post edited by bobcat on
    What's in Bobcat's Bag? (Showing more than 14 clubs due to options)

    Driver: TM 2015 9.5* SLDR-C - 45.5" Miyazaki Kusala Black 61s (tipped 1/2")
    Fairway: TM Tour-iussue V-Steel 15* 3W - 43.25" Fujikura 757 Speeder Stiff
    Hybrid Fairway: TM Rescue Fairway 15* '3-Strong'- 42.75" Fujikura VP-90 Stiff
    Hybrids: TM Rescue-Mid TP's 19*(3H) & 22*(4H) - Fujikura Vista Pro 90 Stiff
    Driving Irons: TM TP UDI's 16* (#1) & 20* (#3) - KBS C-Taper Lite 110 Stiff Shafts
    Irons: TM 2015 SLDR Irons (5-8i only) - KBS C-Taper Lite 110 Stiff Flex Steel
    Hybrid Wedges: Cleveland 2011 Niblicks - 42*PW /49*DW / 56*SW - Stock Steel
    Wedge: 2011 Cleveland CG-16 Black Pearl 58*/8* (SW/LW) - Stock Steel Shaft
    Putter: Bettinardi BBX-81 Blade - 35" Bettinardi Stock Steel Putter Shaft
  • thigosthigos El Paso, TXClubWRX Posts: 115 ClubWRX

    looks like the weight is split like in the m4 fw

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  • LemondeLemonde Posts: 732 ✭✭

    Bobcat! You in for one?

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  • Millhill88Millhill88 Members Posts: 473 ✭✭

    I hit my 3 wood 90% of the time off the tee. Driver is only for looong par 4's or the par 5's i'm going for in two. And I only hit about half my fairways with the driver. 3 wood is center cut every time.

    I would absolutely bag a Mini if it gave me an additional 15-20 yards off the tee compared to my 3 wood, and be as straight as my 3 wood. Also don't care what the perception would be if the Mini was my permanent driver. I once got my a$$ kicked by a guy that used a Chipper on almost every hole and shot par.

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  • noodle3872noodle3872 Chilliwack B.C. CanadaMembers Posts: 2,602 ✭✭

    @BAL said:
    Got to hit it at a demo day saturday. Looked good, all black with a Diamana shaft. only took a few swings off the ground. Very strong, low ball flight but very solid. Didn't hit it off a tee. Don't really see where it fits in anyone's bag day in/day out though. I heard some say that ball speed were comparable to their current epic flash driver.

    “To their current Epic driver”? TM makes the M series not Epic. You sure you hit this club?

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  • b.heltsb.helts Members Posts: 2,824 ✭✭

    @noodle3872 said:

    @BAL said:
    Got to hit it at a demo day saturday. Looked good, all black with a Diamana shaft. only took a few swings off the ground. Very strong, low ball flight but very solid. Didn't hit it off a tee. Don't really see where it fits in anyone's bag day in/day out though. I heard some say that ball speed were comparable to their current epic flash driver.

    “To their current Epic driver”? TM makes the M series not Epic. You sure you hit this club?

    He is saying the ball speed of the TM was comparable with the epic flash of the person who told him the story.

  • chris975dchris975d GeorgiaClubWRX Posts: 1,894 ClubWRX

    I posted in the other thread on this, but the Original One is a 260cc head playing at 43.75”. Head is carbon fiber (crown) and gloss black (where M6 is gray). Absolutely gorgeous head at address. Shaft is a new all black Diamana that apparently in testing most players are fitting into. Launches in May I believe. I will have one. It looks so good...thinking of having Continental doing my M5 and M6s in the same paint configuration.

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  • Pepe8714Pepe8714 Members Posts: 167 ✭✭

    @chris975d said:
    I posted in the other thread on this, but the Original One is a 260cc head playing at 43.75”. Head is carbon fiber (crown) and gloss black (where M6 is gray). Absolutely gorgeous head at address. Shaft is a new all black Diamana that apparently in testing most players are fitting into. Launches in May I believe. I will have one. It looks so good...thinking of having Continental doing my M5 and M6s in the same paint configuration.

    So to clarify, this is definitely more of an actual driver, then some hybrid 'large 3 wood'? If so, i'm very excited. I have been waiting for a small head driver with modern tech for years.

  • chris975dchris975d GeorgiaClubWRX Posts: 1,894 ClubWRX

    @Pepe8714 said:

    @chris975d said:
    I posted in the other thread on this, but the Original One is a 260cc head playing at 43.75”. Head is carbon fiber (crown) and gloss black (where M6 is gray). Absolutely gorgeous head at address. Shaft is a new all black Diamana that apparently in testing most players are fitting into. Launches in May I believe. I will have one. It looks so good...thinking of having Continental doing my M5 and M6s in the same paint configuration.

    So to clarify, this is definitely more of an actual driver, then some hybrid 'large 3 wood'? If so, i'm very excited. I have been waiting for a small head driver with modern tech for years.

    I’d consider it a mini driver. Just like they had with the SLDR mini. It’s filling that role in the lineup.

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  • craz-ecraz-e Members Posts: 4,027 ✭✭

    Never had one but I could see how someone could benefit from one of these.

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  • jll62jll62 ClubWRX Posts: 1,991 ClubWRX

    @chris975d said:
    I posted in the other thread on this, but the Original One is a 260cc head playing at 43.75”. Head is carbon fiber (crown) and gloss black (where M6 is gray). Absolutely gorgeous head at address. Shaft is a new all black Diamana that apparently in testing most players are fitting into. Launches in May I believe. I will have one. It looks so good...thinking of having Continental doing my M5 and M6s in the same paint configuration.

    Nit-picking a little here, but I saw 275cc.

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    TaylorMade TP5x #12

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  • bogeyprobogeypro The Original Bogeypro ClubWRX Posts: 3,175 ClubWRX

    I see absolutely zero uses for this in my bag.

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  • chris975dchris975d GeorgiaClubWRX Posts: 1,894 ClubWRX

    @jll62 said:

    @chris975d said:
    I posted in the other thread on this, but the Original One is a 260cc head playing at 43.75”. Head is carbon fiber (crown) and gloss black (where M6 is gray). Absolutely gorgeous head at address. Shaft is a new all black Diamana that apparently in testing most players are fitting into. Launches in May I believe. I will have one. It looks so good...thinking of having Continental doing my M5 and M6s in the same paint configuration.

    Nit-picking a little here, but I saw 275cc.

    It's very possible my rep was quoting the old SLDR Mini value by mistake. Either way, I will have one! It looked great!

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    TaylorMade M5 3-wood
    TaylorMade M5 5-wood
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    Cleveland RTX4 54*, 58*
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  • GolfingfanaticGolfingfanatic Members Posts: 3,020 ✭✭

    Is the adapter the same as in the recent drivers/fairways?
    I've got an AD-DI 9X which could be perfect for this club.

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