TaylorMade, the king of drivers, has done it again. Bold moves visually and performance tweaks make what was a great driver perform better. It’s hard to do but fitters around the country support our opinion that the 2013 R1 Driver can stand proud. Below you will see GolfWRX tried to stay as objective as possible and also add a lot of technical information to describe the differences over last years R11s.

Pros: The TaylorMade R1 improves on the company’s premium driver from a year ago, the R11S, offering slightly more ball speed and less spin thanks to a lower, more forward center of gravity. It’s also quieter than the ear-ringing R11S, and more forgiving on misses low on the face.

Cons: The racing stripe on the crown isn’t as bold as TaylorMade’s decision to go white, but it will still irk purists. A “real deal” stock shaft offering is absent, as is a stock shaft option over 65 grams. A new “loft sleeve” means previous TaylorMade driver sleeves won’t fit in the R1.

Bottom Line: TaylorMade has crept ahead with the R1 with more adjustability and more performance, but word is out on how golfers will receive the graphic-infused crown. Golfers upgrading from the R11S should expect to add 0.5 degrees of loft or more from their current setup, which will give them the high-launch, low-spin conditions necessary for more distance.

R1 Driver Review

The paint on the crown of TaylorMade’s R1 driver will get all the buzz early in 2013, taking the focus off what’s really impressive about the new driver unrivaled adjustability.


According to TaylorMade, data from the company’s MATT club fitting systems across the country showed that 80 percent of golfers were playing the wrong loft in their drivers, and that 35 percent of them were 2 degrees or more away from their optimal loft.

That’s why the new R1 driver has a 4-degree range of adjustability, from 8 degrees to 12 degrees, giving golfers no excuse for having the wrong loft.

The wide-range of lofts are possible through through the company’s revamped loft sleeve (formally called FCT), which is adjustable  in 0.5-degree increments to give golfers 12 different loft settings.

r1 driver review

That’s an improvement over R11S, which came in three different lofts — 9, 10.5 and 12 — and only allowed golfers to adjust the loft 1.5 degrees higher or lower.

The loft sleeve was designed in conjunction with the driver’s revamped adjustable sole plate, which has seven different settings that can change the R1’s face angle as much as 3 degrees open or closed in 1-degree increments. This is another another upgrade over the R11S, which gave golfers 5 settings that adjusted in 1.5-degree increments.

7 face angle options: N/square, open, medium-open, maximum-open, closed, medium-closed, maximum-closed

The added loft settings are extremely important because of the R1’s lower, more forward center of gravity, as most golfers will underestimate the amount of loft they’ll need for optimal launch conditions. And the face angle adjustability is a necessity as well, because a 1-degree change in loft on the R1 will result in a 2-degree change in face angle.

The R1 is shipped with a standard loft of 10 degrees and face angle that is designed to be “visually square” at address (TaylorMade says a visually square face angle actually measures 2 degrees open). If 1.5 degrees of additional loft is added, the face angle will close 3 degrees. But by wrenching the face angle adapter to the 3-degrees open setting, a golfer can return the face angle to visually square.

2013 taylormade r1 driver

Like the R11S, the R1 has two adjustable weight ports that give golfers even more control over their trajectory. Golfers can adjust the driver’s two interchangeable weights (10g and 1g) to give their driver a draw bias (10g in the heel, 1 g in the toe) or a neutral setting (10g in the toe, 1 g in the heel). Most big-box golf retailers sell additional TaylorMade weights to help further tune trajectory and swing weight.

Performance: Faster ball speeds, lower spin/launch

Todd Beach, assistant vice president of R&D for TaylorMade metalwoods, said engineers made the R11S bigger than the orignal R11, but they weren’t weren’t able to get the center of gravity as low as they wanted. On the R1, engineers were able to move more weight lower and closer to the face thanks to the driver’s thick-thin crown, which is as thin as 0.4 mm in certain areas, creating a driver that has faster ball speeds in the middle of the face as well as more forgiveness on shots hit below the sweetspot.

“Golfers weren’t getting full flexibility on shots hit in the center of the face on the R11S,” Beach said. “With the R1, the sweetspot is lower — closer to the center, which gives golfers more of a hot face. The transfer of energy is also more efficient, since the CG is closer to the face.”

We tested an R1 and R11S with the same specs on TrackMan. Both drivers had UST Mamiya VTS TourSPX 75X Red shafts (installed straight in), and were 45.5 inches long with swing weights of D6 (the R1’s standard swing weight is D4). Prior to testing, I hit both drivers to find the most optimal loft/face angle setting. After the drivers were tuned, I hit 15 shots with each club and compared the three shots that were most similar in smash factor, swing speed and dispersion.

The R1 required an extra 1 degree of loft (from 9 degrees to 10 degrees) than the R11S to create optimal launch condition. While the launch and spin numbers were nearly identical, the average ball speed of the R1 was 168.8 mph, 1.1 mph faster than the R11S, which is in line with TaylorMade’s claims of increased ball speeds of 1-to-2 mph. Those numbers gave me an added carry distance of about 1 yard, and an average overall distance increase of 2 yards.

The differences are subtle, but the R1’s ability to dramatically reduce spin in higher loft settings will be pay dirt for golfers who have struggled to lower their spin rate with TaylorMade drivers in the past.

Looks: Bolder look, taller face

TaylorMade’s decision to go all-in with white drivers in 2011 boosted sales, as golf fans watching from home saw an explosion of white-painted drivers on their television screens. Since that time, other companies have entered the colored-driver arena — Ian Poulter first used Cobra’s white ZL driver in late 2010, although most Cobra staffers opted for the black version. Last year, Adams released its Fast 12 driver in silver, and Cobra has since expanded its product line to include orange, red, blue and silver drivers. Last month, Nike unveiled its Covert driver in red, which offers a modest-sized white Nike swoosh on the rear-portion of the crown near the heel.


As colored drivers become the norm and not the exception, TaylorMade’s Executive Vice President Sean Toulon said company leaders saw an opportunity to stand out from the pack with the bold crown graphics that made their way onto the R1. Toulon knew the graphics would be controversial, but trusted the input he received from tour player testing — as long as crown designs left the top line of a driver uninterrupted, they were OK with crown graphics.

A grey, orange and black racing stripe extends diagonally from the driver’s hosel to the rear-toe section on the crown, and is is accented with a white R1 logo on the heel section. A matte silver section on the toe meets the three-colored stripe to form a triangle alignment aid a few inches behind the familiar TaylorMade “T” logo that is positioned on the front center of the crown. Our first impression of the graphics resulted in a verbal “wow.” But after about 20 minutes, the crazy-looking graphic started to settle in.

Looking at the R1, we couldn’t help but think of the racing stripes on the Ferrari F430 Scuderia, which Ferrari made to showcase its racing technology in a street car. Just as racers ignore the aesthetics of cars when they’re driving, we forgot about the graphics during testing, turning our to the front of the crown. There, the black “T” logo helped us find the sweet spot, and the white crown and black face provided a strong perpendicular contrast that assisted us while squaring the face to the target line.

Don’t forget the first time you saw a TaylorMade white driver, which caused a lot of eye rolling from consumers in 2011. But most golfers grew to like the matte white finish, and TaylorMade’s record-setting sales numbers since are proof of that.

black r1 driver

The face of the R1 driver is deeper (read taller) than the R11S, giving golfers a slightly larger face area. The heel-to-toe lengths of the drivers are very similar, but the rear-portion of the R1’s crown isn’t quite as round as the R11S, appearing more bulbous at address. The face angle adjuster on the sole is also much more prominent on the R1, adding more logos and textures that will give the driver a techy look on the shelf.

Sound/Feel: Powerful feel, quieter sound

Feel and sound are very personal and widely debated topics, but most will agree that TaylorMade’s recent drivers have felt hot off the face. But last year’s R11S was criticized for being a little too loud and feeling “pingy,” which Toulon said was caused by the company’s tendency to err on the side of “shock value” when it comes to sound. When designing the R1, engineers dialed in the frequency and duration range of the driver’s acoustics to offer a more muted sound than the R11S, while keeping the “pop” feel golfers like.

Shafts: 0.25 inches shorter shaft length

The R1 as two stock shaft options:

  • Aldila RIP Phenom 55 — X, S, R, M and L Flexes
  • Aldila ROP Phenom 65 TP — X, S and R Flexes

The R11S came stock with a 45.75-inch Aldila Phenom 60 or 65, so by comparison the R1’s shaft is 0.25 inches shorter and a little lighter. Last year, TaylorMade reported the lie angle of its R11S driver as 59.5 degrees, which technically was the driver’s lie angle when adjusted to the flat setting. This year, the company is reporting the lie angle in the standard setting, which is why stock lie angle is listed as 61 degrees — 1.5 degrees higher, but it’s actually the same.

Upright lie angles can be used as anti-slice measures, as 1-degree upright adjustments generally cause a 2-yard variation in left tendency (for a right-handed golfer) in robot testing. Tom Olsavsky, senior director of product creation for TaylorMade, said that adjustable face angles make driver lie angles less relevant, as robot testing has shown that closing the face angle of a driver 1 degree will cause a 10-yard increase in left tendency. This means that for the R1, a 1-degree change in upright lie angle is five times less meaningful than a 1-degree change in closed face angle.

The Takeaway

Do you like the crown graphics? That question won’t be as important as driver purists might think. The R1 is one of three super adjustable drivers that will be available in 2013, none of which are black. The others are Cobra’s AMP Cell drivers, which offer the industry’s brightest color scheme, and Nike’s Covert Drivers, which are red with a white Nike Swoosh. That speaks to the current driver marketplace, where bold colors and graphics are becoming commonplace.

TaylorMade is offering the boldest graphics of any OEM with its R1 driver, but it is also the most battle-tested design, offering slight improvements over the extremely popular R11 and R11S models. For $399, the same price as the R11S, consumers are getting a driver with more adjustability, more ball speed and for good or bad — more paint.

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  2. […] 2013 TaylorMade R1 Driver: Editor Review – GolfWRX Bottom Line: TaylorMade has crept ahead with the R1 with more adjustability and more performance, but word is out on how golfers will receive the graphic-infused crown. Golfers upgrading . Changed to the R1 driver 4 weeks ago having previously always been with Callaway drivers, razr fit and razr x black which were very solid and I have to say this driver is an absolute fire cracker, easily yard gains from previous driver and very straight. I had the the golf  […]

  3. I have been happily playing an R7 with 10.5 loft and an R shaft for years and always hit it longer than my buddies who always go buy the newest TM driver that comes out. On a whim I finally bought an R1 with an R shaft. OMG! I set it to 12 loft and 1 degree closed face and draw weighted. Welcome to 20-25 more yards off the tee with a little cut or a little draw every time.

  4. To add another perspective: I’m a relatively new golfer. New, as in I only recently got re-interested in the game. Relatively, since I first swung a club 20 years ago, and played quite a bit in my early 20s. Now my father is in his 60s and golf is one of the only things that gets us out and active together.

    For those reasons, and because I’m remembering how much I love golf, I’m playing a lot these days. I bought a full set with hybrids (had never even seen those before), irons, and woods. I’ve been hitting them well but the Tight Lies driver that came with the set just isn’t cutting it for me anymore. I need something new.

    In my situation, I want to buy something that can not only be fit to me now, but re-fit to me easily every so often as I improve. I couldn’t care less what people will think about the colors on my driver, I’ll just hit it and hopefully hit it well.

    I want a new driver that will last me years. I might as well get the best available now. That appears to be the R1. Given the level of adjustability, the amount of technology in this thing, and the quality that I know TM can produce… it seems like a perfect fit. Looks aren’t important to me, but I like them anyway. I’ll be buying one this week and maybe playing it this weekend.

    I just don’t get why people are so furious about this driver. You all do realize that you’re not required to buy it, right?

  5. I switched the the R1 earlier this year from a 910D2 with a Pro force V2 and picked up 10 mph in ball speed and then upgraded to a custom Graphite design DI-6 in a stiff flex and added another 5 mph but after shortening it to 44.5 inches to play a touch stiffer and have more control I’m averaging low 170 mph in ball speed at a reduced spin rate to any other driver I have tried this year. Picked up about 10-15m but mostly just consistency in control of my flight and shape. The graphics everyone wined about when it first got released aren’t that bad once you hit the driver a few times either.

  6. Changed to the R1 driver 4 weeks ago having previously always been with Callaway drivers, razr fit and razr x black which were very solid and I have to say this driver is an absolute fire cracker, easily 15-20 yard gains from previous driver and very straight. I had the the golf pro set it up for at the store based on my swing type and have not needed to adjust anything since. Cant recommend it highly enough

  7. I was very excited about this club after using a Callaway Razr Fit for the last year. I hit it well in the shop but once I got out to the range found it surprisingly hollow to hit. A good 20 metres shorter! Most disappointing was the black face was easily scratched and it looked 6 months old after that outing and one round. I asked Drummond Golf to return it to Taylormade as I thought it might have been a defective face and they said that is the way they all are, especially if you hit a dirty or scuffed ball (which it wasn’t). I was not impressed at all. Going back to the Callaway and really cannot recommend this Driver.

  8. In my 2nd year with my R-11s. Was thinking of changing to a Fujikura Blur shaft. Didn’t really like the white club head so I laminated a photo of my ex-wife on it & immediately gained an average 15yds off the tee. So I figure I saved $150. which I used for new Pro V1 balls instead of a new shaft.

  9. I love my new R1. No it isn’t pretty on the bottom, but who cares. Traded up from an old Burner Tour and now I am considerably farther on my tee shots and right down the middle. At first I was very skeptical about all the adjustments, but now I see the value in dialing in what works for me. This is a fantastic club!!

  10. Just bought one after trying several on the range. Agree with many of you that it ain’t pretty, but to be honest it worked for me. Call me old fashioned but I’m more bothered about my game than how pretty / ugly my gear is? It’s a nice driver believe me!!!

  11. gone from titleist 913 to r1 put premium shaft in r1 yeeeeeew awesome less spin and looooong love the look and wen u up loft on 913 face closes not good r1 up loft and open face from sole plate awesome this taylkor made.

    • He’s coming from a Titleist 913 to an R1. With a premium shaft, wow is it awesome. It has less spin and it is long. He loves the look. When he lofted up on his 913, the face closes. This is unacceptable, no bueno, he’s not having it. On the R1, you adjust raise loft, and open the face angle from the sole plate. Dude loves his new Taylormade.

      I’ve been interpreting bad writing for years.

  12. I have an R1 and ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. It is very forgiving and goes farther than my RBZ from last year. I adjusted it to 1 degree open and added .5 degree loft and all I can say is WOOOOWWWWWW

  13. The R11TP with an Aldila RIP alpha shaft was my first adjustable club. I had the shaft shortened to exactly 45 inches. I absolutely crushed it. The ball flew straight and long, just about every time I hit it. Last year, I had to buy the R11s. I bought it stock off the shelf. The shaft was too long and it’s high torque didn’t help my open to closed wrist cock. For every drive I caught, I’d hit 10 weak spinner fades, and 10 weak spinner hooks. Needless to say, I gave my R11 a go this year, and crushed it again, right down the middle. So my advice to anybody in search of a driver, get fit, not just for lie and face angle, but for shaft type and length. It’s probably more important than the r number of your driver.

  14. I sell golf clubs at a store call, lets just say, Moger Gunn, and The R1 is the lowest spinning head in golf right now. The longest driver I have ever seen. Coupled with being able to adjust it up to 168 ways, it is the most complete driver on the market if you find the shaft that’s right for you. You get over the graphics right away when you hit it 20 yards further than anything else.

  15. the graphics DO defintely suck—-but I bought an RBZ Stage 2 16.5 degree fairway, a perfect adjustability option for 3-4-5 wood flexibility if you know what you need on a given course, and I can tune out the graphics mentally by looking at the ball and face alignment. Set at 16.5 degrees it’s actually 4 yards longer than the original RBZ Stage 1 3-wood.

  16. I just bought the R1. I have not played with it yet, but I have hit balls at the range. My old driver was a ping g20 with a 8.5 loft. I notice with the R1 set the loft at 9.5 and a neutral setting I was getting the same height on my drives with it. When i put the the 10 gram weight in the toe I was hitting a nice fade with it. With the 10 gram weight in the heel i hit it straight with a slight draw. I cant say yet as far as total distance I get with this club, but At the range today I was carrying it close to a 255 yard flag on some miss hits either on the toe of the club or slightly thin shots. When I made solid contact I was carrying the past the flag. With my ping I would get 260 to 270 on average. As far as the graphics are concerned, yeah they look funky, but when you start drilling them down the middle of the fairway they start looking pretty good.

  17. Im actually in the market for a new driver. I have been using the original Cleveland launcher 400cc for 11 years. I’ve used it in college golf but haven’t played in any “competitive golf” in years. I still hit the launcher 290-300 yards consistently but, with not using any of the new technology in 10 years, I am looking to gain some more yards and see whats out there. I don’t care if it has racing stripes, crazy colors etc. if it helps me out drive the guys I used to 4 years ago then, I am for it!

  18. I jsut walked into a store today and bought the R1 without even hitting it. Not sure what all the fuss is about the graphics, just hit the thing and if it goes for you who cares about graphics…if it doesnt go, throw it in the bin and buy a Covert or G25 and give them a whirl.

  19. Well,… I gave in and got me a new R1. I agree, that I too thought that the new graphics were pretty ugly. I hit the R1 on a 3D launch monitor a good bit and made the necessary adjustments for “my swing” and my take on the graphics are that they were really a non issue and they actually kinda helped with face alignment. Some, things I noticed are, that I needed .50 degree more loft with the R1 than I did on my R11s, but I was able to maintain a lower spin rate with the R1, and that my shot group was noticeably tighter with the R1. My distance on the R1 was only slightly better than with the R11s, but I seemed to be able to better dial in accuracy with the R1, which was most important to me. DISCLAIMER: I’m a 14 handicap and only drive the ball around 255-260 yards,…. So i’m sure some will say I’m not qualified to give a review, but “MY” final opinion of the R1 is that its a really good driver. It’s not much longer than the R11S, but if a person takes the time on a really good launch monitor you can dial in alot of accuracy, but don’t expect a ton of extra yards in distance. I bought it because I wanted it,…. not because I needed it.

  20. I want to see the new G25 Ping, the Nike, The Cobra before any decision is made. If they are not much better than my current G10, I will stick with that. It finds the middle of the fairway almost all the time.

  21. I have an old R7 Superquad that looks well used. Stumbled onto this looking at reviews for the new TM drivers. Graphics don’t bother me a bit. I’ll get the R1 (assuming I hit it well when I try it) just because I’m due for an update and this is the latest model.

    And lol at ppl crying marketing gimmick. If they kept the same 2012 look it’s still a better driver (tiny bit), but you can read the changes they put into it to make it better. The graphics are immaterial to me, I’d use hello kitty graphics and get some good chuckles along the way.

    If you hate it that bad, vote with your wallet. They are in business to make money and won’t let a graphics decision drive business to competitors for long.

  22. LMAO watch all the haters will be running to get the R1 in June or July. You’re going to get tired and pissed when others using it are out driving u. Oh and its looks great!!

  23. I’m not a huge fan of the racing stripes on the clubhead. But I think like everything new I would probably get used to it.

    The adjustable loft drivers are certainly the way of the future. The key is to find out what loft is right for you. These drivers make this possible which was a lot more difficult so many years ago.

    I’ve no doubt I will begin to see a lot of these drivers at my local golf club in the coming months. Look forward to testing one of the new TaylorMade’s when they come out.

  24. I am glad I switched from my R11 to the new Titleist 913 D3, and believe me when I say that it is a much much more superior club and technology compared to the rubbish that Taylor made is producing, I was a big fan but after paying almost $400 for my R11 in 2010 and in 6 months it almost dropped to half and when the R11s was on the way out, the R11 was even cheaper so Taylor made buyers always get shafted and ripped off, better to buy second hand. Will never ever go back to TM very happy with my Titleist Blades and driver, if I was to change I would look at Ping or Callaway.

  25. Here’s a question for all those that are complaining about it not being much further…when did TM ever say it was further or faster???

    That’s right, they didn’t…TM will openly admitt that to gain additional length from drivers is becoming more and more difficult, in fact they would say that it has maxed out…1mph (according to testing, not advertising) is alot of ball speed by todays standards of improvement…the only way you can make a driver perform better is through adjustbility, help the player match club face to path.

    If you want distance and no adjustbility, use the stage 2 driver!!!!!

    • From the article above…

      “TaylorMade reported the lie angle of its R11S driver as 59.5 degrees, which technically was the driver’s lie angle when adjusted to the flat setting. This year, the company is reporting the lie angle in the standard setting, which is why stock lie angle is listed as 61 degrees — 1.5 degrees higher, but it’s actually the same.”

  26. Funny……This is exactly the same tread as a few years ago when TM introduced the white crown. All the old “country clubbers” gaffed and said how golf was ruined. Fast forward a couple of years and you see TM by far as the best selling, (arguably) best rated equipment. I saw DJ looking into the camera this weekend praising his new TM equipment as he made a mockery of the Plantation course. Call it marketing or what have you, but I think the biggest golf equipment manufacturer in world knows what they are doing. Just watch, by the end of summer the amount of R1’s you see in your buddies bags.

  27. Are you kidding me? Look, Taylormade has been the king in innovation, tracing back to their Burner woods with the Bubble shafts. Over these couple recent years though, they’ve fallen off the throne. The compass-looking tool on the bottom looks ridiculous, and the lines on the top look tacky. They hit a homerun with the Rocketballz and R11 drivers, and I’d like to see REAL IMPROVEMENTS, whether it’s through looks or performance.

    • Unless you hit the ball in a very unusual way, how on earth does the “compass” on the bottom distract you ?

      The red paint on the R11 and R11s face adjustment dial came off very quickly though, so it would be genuinely nice if TM had addressed this going forward.

      There aren’t going to be any “extra 20 yards” now (unless someone changes the governing rules) so it’s definitely time to get used to small improvements and new designs.

  28. Pathetic – TM you are a joke, and now confusing innovation with nonsense.

    We the public are not fooled anymore – you have crossed the line

    There is not ONE redeeming feature of ugly bucket of nails and I guarantee not even a 0.1% increase in actual performance over an R11S

    Anyone who parts with hard earned cash to look like an idiot with this on the first tee needs tablets, and lots of them

    I gave up on TM several years ago and this RUBBISH has validated the decision – PERMANENTLY

    • More fool you if you gave up on TM drivers years ago, they are number 1 on Tour for a reason and what ever people say its not because they pay the most- I know that for a fact. It’s because they are ahead of the game and being a club fitter it’s the easy option for me- its very rare I can out perform a TM with any other manufacturers driver and RBZ out performs every other fairway wood bar none!!
      Speak for yourself on the R1, I personally think it looks classy and modern. My only critique would be that they bring out too many clubs too quickly

    • jgpl001

      Actually you are wrong. I gained 6-8 yrds of carry on average and decreased my spin 250 +. My launch, peak height, and decent angle also improved. Looks like your dumb and ignorant.

      Not only does the shape look better, but the sound and feel are better, from TM’s previous driver models… Including the R11s

      you sound bitter. just a heads up..

  29. I think its hilarious that everyone looks at adjustability as something people will tweak every round. That’s not what it was built for, ever. Its a fitting tool, nothing more. The club isn’t built to be tweaked before every round, its built to cover the needs of MOST golfers and if a company can do that with one product as opposed to 3, their retailers are overjoyed. Hate all you want on graphics and finishes, but for god’s sake use your heads before posting such nonsense… sheesh. EVery brand is doing this. There’s a reason for it.

  30. I like it. It looks like it’s packed with technology. I would feel simultaneously both confident I’m rocking a cutting edge driver and silly that my driver stands out like a sore thumb. I’m not sure who the “major” companies are targeting when they release a “new” driver year in and year out, but my guess is it’s not the guy that just bought a R11s. Maybe it’s people like myself that until a few months ago was still rocking a 2006 Nike Sasquatch. I wouldn’t buy it (out of my range), but I do admire that they are trying to distinguish themselves from the rest. I guess I’m not part of the “traditional” crowd.

  31. Thanks, GolfWRX for this valuable information. I recently upgraded my woods to an R11S driver and Rocketballz 3 wood. I’m hitting longer and straighter than Ever and will keep this setup for the following reasons: 1. The extra money for 1-2 extra driver yards and 10 extra 3 wood yards is ludicrous. Why pay more when you’ll end up in the same area? 2. The new crown graphics are pretty, but solid white is more pleasing to me. 3. TaylorMade, or any other manufacturer will need to advance distance technology/performance for me to switch. So, I advise R11S and Rocketballz users to keep swinging what you have and enjoy it.

  32. Loving reading the hating. But it will sell like hotcakes so I’m not really sure what the point of all the hating is. Here’s a bandwagon, lets jump on it ?

    Right now we’ve pretty much reached the limits of what technology can do with a driver within the strict limits that have been set, so what are you all expecting to happen next ?

    TM have realised that there aren’t going to be any 20 yard gains on their already excellent R11 series, so they are now testing out bold head designs along with their very latest tech. Whether it works for you or not is almost irrelevant (because they will sell regardless) but TM should be applauded for boldly risking all to push boundaries. They created the White clubhead and now they are pushing it even further.

    If all golf companies were frightened to do something new then we’d all be playing with shiny black clubs and I guess that would would suit lots of you down to the ground… Golf needs dragging into the future and companies like TM, Nike, Cobra, Loudmouth, etc are the ones doing it !

    Whether I buy one or not… Well done TM for pushing the envelope of what’s “accepted”.

    • Agreed Katie.

      I have an R11 and have only adjusted the lost a couple of times due to data on the trackman taken during lessons, I would never adjust any driver on the day before playing a round.

      However I think the big plus of all this adjustability is when getting fitted. It allows TM (and Nike / others) to just make one club head and then adjust it with great control to the owners swing. Once done I’d be tempted to leave it at those settings unless there were a big reason to change.

      • Good point, Andy. Just got fitted with the Callaway Xtreme and switched loft, club face to open and reversed the weights to a fade bias and was all set. Doubt I’ll change it from there but if I need to, nice to know I can (aside from the loft, which doesn’t matter to me. By the time that changes for me, I’ll probably want another shaft also). But for the fitter, he gets to tweek the club at the simulator level where you can see instant improvements. It’s a great selling tool as well as making the game more enjoyable for the player.

  33. And 1 more thing, the absence of a heavier shaft is worthless to me. I had a TM 360ti with a 90g shaft and loved it, Now my supertri with 65g & 75g options. This whole sub 50g shaft thing isn’t for me. I tried my friends RBZ and it felt like a heavy head on a twig. I need it more even weighted or I lose control & feel & that’s half the game is feel

    • Hi Will,

      Surely you’d get custom fit for any driver you purchased and therefore could select from a multitude of shafts that fitted you better than the standard offering.?

      The RBZ is definitely the “whippy” fast swinging club in the range, but again it would be fitted to your swing.

      It’s a shame that the sleeves are no longer compatible, but the old one lasted for many years and I doubt TaylorMade would go out of their way to irk some of their fans without good reason. In order to achieve 2deg up and down it had to change.

      The SuperTri is a great driver, so nothing out there is going to outperform it hugely, as are the R11 and the R11s. However you can’t expect TM to stop trying new things and leave these on sale. Drivers can’t hit the ball much further now, so club makers are trying everything else they can to better their old (and already excellent products). Nike are going Red, Cobra are going bold in every colour, if you sit still then you slip behind…

  34. This is a joke. I have a Supertri with 2 shaft options. Now if I want to upgrade I can’t without resleeving these shafts?? And for what 1 more yard? No thanks. As for the looks its hideous. I will stick with the Supertri and next upgrade will be a Titleist. I don’t like the 1 loft option. Adjust this, turn that, its going too far. If I can go out and hit my 975D just as far as my Supertri, then technology is not improving, it has reached it’s apex. Now it’s just about profit. Bad move TM

  35. Gain One Yard……………………………

    Love TaylorMade products, but i
    love my black 910 D3. I’m 51 and it
    made my day last tuesday to out drive the 20 year old and his R11 S
    in our group.Rolling Stones say Paint It Black. Happy New Year.

    • I have an R11 (original – heavily used for almost 2 years) and I’m certainly tempted.

      It’s not because of the differences , or the style of the head. It’s simply that my R11 was purchased at a Pro Shop almost off the peg, with only simple questions and data discussed.

      Now (having improved a lot with my driver) I’d like to be custom fitted and have booked a session on the MATT system in February. As I can no longer buy an R11 I’ll be getting data on both the R1 and RBZs2 to compare against my current club.

      Without seeing in person, I like the deeper face of the R1 and the promise of a larger sweet spot centred lower on the face. I initially thought the graphics were very bold, but will hold off any verdict until I see it in real life. At the end of the day though I can’t see them when I swing the club and hit the ball…

  36. I don’t understand how people can justify spending money on new equipment every time a new model comes out. I guess if you have a lot of money to burn and you’re bored as hell you might fit into this category, but most of us work for a living and might want to consider saving some dough. Especially if a previous generation model works perfectly fine. If every new club truly added distance, I would be hitting my 7-iron 300 yards and my driver 500 yards by now.

  37. This is just a joke. Don’t you see it?
    I used to say that Callaway and TM are very good Golf club manufacturing companies, but they are exceptional marketing companies.
    Remember how the Big Bertha changed golf forever. Oversize heads, titanium steel, longer shafts, and the price of a full set of clubs for one driver?
    The products that they made were revolutionary and became must-have for the everyday golfer. More forgiveness, cool to look at and a feeling of confidence when you held them in your hands.
    Now TM, in my humble opinion, has taken one step over the edge and they expect us to jump with them.
    And many of us will. And that’s fine,
    to each his own and whatever makes you happy. I just cannot comprehend making a change for change’s sake.
    If what you have works than why?
    I love the white head on the R11, so I bought it.
    Advertising on the head of a golf club isn’t for me.
    Pure and simple, if everyone stuck with what they had then there’s no way companies like Callaway, TM, Adams, Addidas could fulfill their promises to their stockholders, or meet their financial forecasts.
    Someone said that they know what they’re doing. Yes they do. They know every time they release a new set, or a new club, or a new ball that there are thousands and thousands of us who will buy them. They know that for sure.
    Anyone need an Iphone 6?

  38. how can you buy based on all lofts built in? any loft change will change face angle. the sole plate may “change face angle” but wont change loft if you actually believe in it. so if you want this driver, which they say comes 10* and is already open 2*.. which in reality makes it like an 8.7* driver, you then have to shut the face down from what it comes as to get up to 10* when itll say youre playing something more? very confusing. Ill buy a 9.5 razr fit xtreme with very simple adjustablity and great stock shaft options

    • Not sure where your getting your info from!? With the loft set at 10deg it is in fact 10deg, not 8.7 like you are suggesting! Although the face will be open slightly as standard- all the tour drivers I’ve measured sit between 1.5 and 3.25 open as standard across all manufacturers. But it’s only you making it confusing!
      Go buy your Callaway, I’ve never come across one that matches up to ball speed of a TM in recent years, so as long as your happy being a few yards behind….

  39. Who the hell is keith Partridge?! Don’t care enough to Google. You people need to relax! As with anything in the marketplace, you don’t have to buy it. But if the white driver tells us anything is that acceptant just needs time. Then it will be the norm. TM knows what it’s doing and you guys don’t… They make Millions and all you guys have is your two cents. Again TM knows what they are doing.
    Finally one driver with all the lofts build in. I am buying based on that alone…

    • Think someone said.. Finally.. One driver with all the lofts built in… Think we saw pics and release dates for the Amp Cell way before the R1… So….. Not finally… I would say… At least they got the technology right….at least.

    • Go spend your money. TM makes millions by making YOU believe YOU need the ability to go from 8* to 12*. I bet the sharks LOVE seeing you show up at the course. #easymoney

  40. They should have stuck with the R11s for another year like Titleist did with the 910. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, the need to come out with a new driver every year yields drivers like this……fugly graphics on crown and hideous sole plate and technology can only get you so far. Sole plate is useless if you hover anyways!

    • Exactly, the sole plate is useless if you hover. It’s also pretty much useless unless you have totally flat, greenlike tee decks and your grip is taken after the club has been grounded. The sad thing is that the majority of golfers don’t understand this and I’m pretty sure the TM booklet doesn’t mention it.

      • I’m a club fitter from the UK and I can tell you that the sole plate technology certainly works! Sure I’ve fitted guys that hover their driver but I’ve not come across one guy as yet who doesn’t ground the club to grip it. Once it’s grounded and gripped, regardless if they hover the club head the sole plate has taken effect.
        I’m sure there are guys out there who grip it in the air but I haven’t seen one as yet so as far as I’m concerned the sole plate technology works for 99.9% of golfers

        • if you read any leadbetter book, he tells you to grip the club while it is poiting at your belt buckle. I have done it for years. It keeps you from letting the grip get too high in the left hand.

        • dude–you just met somone who grips it in the air–I grip it as I point it down the target line while I am in the Annika “think box”, then float it and waggle ala Nicklaus in the “execute box”. The sole plate technology is for morons who think they can return the club to the position it “appeared to be in” while sitting on the ground before taking a mighty swing at it. Drink some more Kool-aid suckers!!!

    • well its not like they didn’t make technology breakthroughs, they moved the CG to create a faster club head. They also made the sweat spot hotter by tweaking with the CG

  41. I started playing golf as TM was coming out with the original SF in white. I bought into it (and got a fairway and a the corza ghost mallet with the big hole in it) but within 3 months, I started to feel like a clown on the course pulling out these flashy-as clubz (with a z); . These are just like white pants, only pimps and pro golfers can pull them off.

  42. The club looks real nice.. Can’t wait to get one.. Say what you want about looks. It has great features and if I can add more workable options to my game, then that’s a plus.

    • 10 to 1 says you get rid of it within 2 months of getting it. Unless you’re a club fitter, you probably don’t understand how horrible this ability to ‘adjust’ the club really is.

    • Fred, if someone cant break 100 then they have no business with adjusting their club each round… this will make their game even worse unless they they are club fitting experts. Also 98% of golfers do not break 100… this marketing scheme is most likely ruining more golfers games than improving… if im wrong please let me know.

  43. I have to side with the negatives on this. I am not a TMag hater and believe me I understand where they are coming from. I think these graphics are over the top, but they are not marketing this to me. When we (general golfing public) see enough of our favorite pros gaming something like; we’ll consider it. Clever marketing (backed by research…they know what they are doing)…keep pushing this stuff and keep putting it in the pros bags and we’ll start to imagine ourselves with it (and upgrading our bags and gloves, etc. to reflect the color scheme).

    • You are correct on every count, pinhigh. It’s clever marketing. Not my taste. People buy the Toyota Prius, despite giving the Pontiac Aztek a run for the money the in ugliest car ever made department. It has performance that many desire and “the right people” are driving them. It has therefore derived a certain status all it’s own. Just like this club will if it’s any good.

    • Until more people react by dropping a company’s products like you, they(companies) will keep providing us with expensive ‘junk’. I know its not really junk, but can anyone justify the money?

  44. LMAO – when will Joe Public the golfer wake up and smell the coffee!!!!!!!!
    This TM club looks awful; will be very expensive and will be obsolete in 6 months. I stopped with the mainstream £300 clubs a year ago and would put my Acer Leggera driver up against any ANY driver out there.
    AND another thing ….what is it with this adjustable nonsense?? I know may friends at my own Club who have been conned with it – as of yet I do not know one of them that adjusts before he goes onto the course to assist his swing of the day. 99% have it neutral END OF.

    For gods sake people, stop buying into this garbage from these rip-off ‘major’ companies.

  45. 5 stars…4.5 stars…5 stars…

    Love or hate em graphics. With ALOT of people chiming in on the hate em side…4.5 for the looks of the driver might be a little high. And I swear I read that ALL of your existing shafts will need a new adaptor … A lot of visual controversy, new adapters for those who don’t like that stock crap they come with… The aldila shafts are all whippy IMO…hate em. So far all of the unknowns that this things brings with it and according to the review…2 extra yards…. 2 more yards… The graphics…spending money for new adapters… And a performance review that makes it seem like NO GAIN in genuine performance over the R11s…. 5 stars…. 4.5 stars….5 stars. Now that’s Kool-aid.

  46. The new Totra xhlk7 is the one we all are waiting for it has rhythm sensors and pressure sensors in the grip it automatically corrects the path and face angle just before and at impact even the club head speed is increased by 18% in the xhlk8 model this is achieved by using a pure Uranium glass shaft how do you think Europe won the Ryder Cup nudge nudge wink wink go on you know it makes sense treat yourself

    • Agreed, and whats kills me is everyone is complaining about a bad economy and they waste their money on this… I mean a new driver every year or even every other year is excessive for 98% of golfers.

  47. Looks like the golf clubs you’d find at Costco or Walmart. As the American public gets dumber by the year, we will just start seeing more and more of this. Watch the movie Idiocracy if you haven’t already.

  48. keep in mind that the consumers are eating this up, so golf companies have no choice but to test the limits each and every cycle. TM tried the white crown last year with a lot of resistance initially – but they sold well and other companies had to follow suit. graphics on the crown is this year’s fashion statement, lights will probably be next year’s…

  49. oh and I forgot to mention, just like Titleist the new heads can’t be used with “old” shafts because they’ve changed it just enough so people have to buy all new gear. A ball can only go so far so how about using truth in advertising for a change, hell we’re big boy’s (and girl’s) we can handle it. Find an older model of whatever you like and hit well and stay with that one, forget all the hype.

  50. Good Lord what is wrong with golf companies these days. They’ve ran out of real technology so now they’re conning people with these wild colors and gimmicks. I don’t like the R1 at all. The sole of the club looks like a UFO. And forget the crown. Companies are just re-hashing old technology in hopes of making more money. To me if I don’t like the looks or the sound of a club I won’t own it.

    • Actually the crown graphics isn’t the only thing that has changed. Besides the sole plate the CG ( Center of Gravity) is lower and forward, promoting a faster club head and therefore giving you the extra 5-10 yards

  51. Hmmm…don’t like the look. It looks like it was designed by Tommy Hilfiger in collaboration with Ralph Lauren . I don’t care how good a club feels or how far it hits the ball, i still have to like the look of it.

    • You obviously haven’t seen the Nike Covert ? monstrosity that Tiger and Rory are apparently going to play.
      But I do agree this R1 does look like some you would see to a 70’s disco.
      A 1 yard gain over the 11s. Really not worth the embarrassment.

          • Some young people will like the graphics, most older people and purists won’t. I don’t like the Taylor Made graphic package but the Cobra AMP looks fresh and updated. The TM has an 80’s feel to it (IMO). To each their own. If it puts me long and in the fairway, put Sponge Bob on the crown pointing to the hole,I don’t care. OK, I just lied. I still lean towards classic beauty but I don’t begrudge those that like the latest color splash.

    • I have bought the stage 2rbz. I was getting 7 yards extra than my rbz driver . Both stiff shafts at neutral 9.5
      The R1 is 4 yards shorter than rbz1 on the simulator. The staff in the store who I know we’ll said rbz always further than r1, r11s as the rbz head on club is lighter.
      The hybrid is better than stage 1 on rbz as well..

      • Not for me. I am not sure who the “staff in the store” is, but maybe that is the case for your club head speed. If you are a higher spin player, the R1 is longer as is reduces the spin more. I have the stats which shows the R1 longer than the RBZ2. That is why they make multiple versions.

        • played with the club a little a Sports Authority> the regular flex seems a little to wimpee. Im a 50 year old man and hate to go to stiff any suggestion on someone that has regular in my age bracket.
          Im a 10 handicap at my course

  52. Should have considered the additional graphics and allowing a golfer to customize that at well. Why not use a “skin” technology and allow me to remove the god awful R1 from the rear if I choose. I just can’t look at it.

    • Hi Bill, I was a sceptic like yourself. I used the R11S and wasn’t fussed by the R1, that was until I went for a TaylorMade fitting session with a TaylorMade technician. We compared my R11S to the R1 and once the R1 had been tuned in to my swing I wax hitting it longer and straighter. I gained on average 2mph swing speed, got my ball spin rate to 2938 rpm and gained on average 7 yards more carry. As for the graphics on top, they actually helped with ball alignment and after a few hits you forget all about it.

      Don’t get me wrong, I still love my R11S but this R1 has certainly won me over.

      • How and where do you get a taylormade technician fitting? This is not a cheap club and I don’t want to waste time with the average trained golf fitter. Also, does the R1 style have metal fairway woods to complement the set?

        Thank you for the help!