Taylormade R1 Driver – Review
TaylorMade Golf has truly taken driver tuning to the next level and in a couple of days will be the official launch of the Taylormade R1 Driver. One of the great features found in this new weapon from Taylormade is the ability to be adjusted from 8 degrees loft to 12. During our indoor test the R1 showed great numbers but it was in our outdoor test that the numbers and performance skyrocketed. The R1 driver has to be the best driver 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).
Our Taylormade R1 Driver tested with 1* degree open face
TaylorMade claims that 80% of golfers are playing the wrong loft. I have to agree with that statement; over the years I’ve played this game I have encountered so many players using loft angles way to low and the result is often hooks and slices. Taylormade Golf has created a driver that doesn’t come with a specific loft, giving buyers the ability to take the equipment to a driving range and adjust to the right loft.
I had a chance to hit (2) very distinctive Taylormade R1 drivers. The first one belonged to my friend Ryan Heiman (www.independentgolfreviews.com) and we used it during a practice round at the Champion Course PGA National. The Taylormade R1 driver was suited with a R.I.P. Phenom Shaft 55 grams (stiff). The second driver was suited with a Matrix Ozik 7m3 shaft (x stiff). 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.
My only hesitation with the R1 driver at first glance was the crown graphics. I am a very traditional golfer and have not even adjusted to the other white crown drivers. However, performance wise the second you hit this driver you will be in heaven, excellent distance, forgiveness, great boring trajectory and of course you will instantly become popular amongst your friends as everyone is so eager to try it out for the first time. During our indoor testing we launched the ball an average of 12.7* degrees and a explosive ball speed of 170.1 mph, faster than our older R11S model. Taylormade Golf have truly re-designed the way drivers will look and perform in the future.