Taylormade R1 Black driver, same great performance in a more traditional look…
Taylormade R1 Black driver just hit the stores last week and immediately we saw it in bags of a couple of PGA Tour professionals, including Dustin Johnson, during last week’s US Open at Merion. Taylormade Golf has truly taken driver tuning to the next level with the launch of the R1 white a few months ago and now the same great performance is available in a more traditional black color. TaylorMade R1 Black is available to the public in a 460-cc head and is identical to the white version in every way except for the color. Even the crown graphics that stands out against the white crown of the original R1 has been replicated, but the black-on-black coloring makes it difficult to see. The R1 Black costs $399.
I had a chance to hit the Taylormade R1 TP Black driver suited with a Matrix Black Tie 7 m3 (stiff) shaft which is a great customization from the Aldila RIP Phenom stock. The driver felt and performed just like the previous white version and the numbers we were getting from our launch monitor were also very similar, if not identical, to those numbers we recorded from our R1 white test 4 months ago.
In our outdoor practice range we played around with the loft, moveable weights and face angle of the R1 as they can be modified independently, one can test one variable at a time and learn exactly what effect each change has. That kind of tinkering could help you find hidden yards. To increase your overall distance, should you add loft or create a draw bias by moving the 10-gram weight to the toe? With the R1, it’s easy to find out. I found my optimum launch angle at 9* loft, and 2* open face with the Matrix shaft. This type of results are unique to this marvelous driver.
We always felt that the R1 driver had to be one of the best drivers released to date by Taylormade Golf. The sound of the driver is solid (not to loud a ping), and the feel is just as solid. The driver is a few yards longer due to a stronger flight and better control of spin (compared to R11 and R11S models). With this new driver Taylormade is definitely trying to capture the hearts of that market segment that refuses to ad color and crown graphics to the driver, the more traditionalists player looking for performance without the extra gizmos.