Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 6:03 pm Post subject: TaylorMade R1 Driver and R11 Driver Review
With all the loft, lie angle and face angle options in the TaylorMade R1 Driver, there is a fit for nearly every golfer. The rub, of course, is whether the golfer can make consistent contact between clubface and ball - and whether each golfer who buys one understands the effects on ball flight well enough to properly tune the driver.
Compared to TaylorMade's previous adjustable drivers, the R1 has less spin, achieved in part by moving the center of gravity forward. The tradeoff for a low-spin driver head is that loft needs to be set a little higher than in the past, but with uber-adjustability, that's easily done.
The TaylorMade R1 driver performs as advertised, which is to say: better than the R11S driver. Higher ball speed off the face means more carry yards. Not many more, but more. About 1-3 more carry yards in our testing, but notably with much lower spin, which means golfers see more roll-out for more overall distance.
With the TaylorMade R11 Driver, some purists cried "foul" when TM introduced a pure white crown, but many performance-minded golfers couldn't get enough. Golfers were able to tinker with the loft, face angle at address, and trajectory. Now with the R1, TaylorMade has a driver that adjusts 12 different ways for loft, seven ways for face angle, and also boasts trajectory tuning.
The white color makes the 440cc clubhead appear slightly larger, TaylorMade says, and provides a greater contrast to the turf to make aiming easier - an advantage more pronounced in lower light conditions, according to the company.
The R11 driver incorporates TaylorMade's Movable Weight Technology (to promote a desired bias or trajectory changes), TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2 Driver plus its Flight Control Technology (to change loft and face angle). The R11 driver adds another tech, what TaylorMade calls its Adjustable Sole Plate.
The combination of the three adjustability technologies gives the TaylorMade R11 driver owner up to 48 combinations of loft, golf clubs price face angle and draw/fade bias to play with. And, according to the company, those options can produce up to 100 yards difference in side-to-side trajectory depending on the golfer's chosen settings.
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