Black TaylorMade R1

UPDATE: April 29
Things are heating up.  Today, a black TaylorMade R1 showed up on the USGA’s conforming driver list.  This is the first sign that there may indeed be a black version of TaylorMade’s flagship driver in the near future. Interesting to see that it’s a left-handed version.

Black TaylorMade R1

By GolfWRX Member: CG05

black r1 driver

I have been told by a reputable source that there will be a limited edition (2500 or so) release of black R1 drivers.  

I couldn’t get an answer as to whether the graphics will still be on the crown but I would assume they will be.  Didn’t see any info on this so I thought I would put it out there.  No solid info on release date yet, was told price would be the same.  Discuss.

via click here to read more about the rumor and all the related discussion in the forums


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  1. Ok, tmag rep showed up today with the black r1, has a shinny head and not a matte finish. Looks really nice and he said it will be not limited edition but will public release on June 7, meaning maybe June 10 if we are lucky. Tour guys will be the white head as it is marketing spin is the white head and the black head is to appeal to those r7/r9 loyalist to quote our tmag rep.

  2. I need to clarify my previous post. The black R1 is available for order. I personally know someone who has odered one. I am not sure of the delivery date. I also have been told it is a limited availability club. I apoligize for any confusion.

  3. The black R1 is available currently. It might not be at your local golf shop, but try a Taylor Made Performance center and you should be able to order one. It doesn’t seem like the Players who have seen it are very excited.

  4. everybody is allowed to voice their opinion here but just be ready to get jumped on if your opinion is not the same as theirs. i guess i am one of the few who really like the looks and feel of my r1. it took a few days to get it dialed in and i added an aftermarket shaft. this shaft and head combination makes it the best performing driver for my current swing that i have tested and played… i am a 5 handicap with a 104mph swing speed and i hit it an average of 280 yards but i am at 4000 ft elevation..

  5. They just couldn’t leave the R1 logo off the crown

    No suprises here

    TM – tacky to the end

    What’s next TM? – the RX01TPZ type B with a purple crown, a green go faster stripe and a 20 way inverted cone, cold melted, adjustable face?

    Oh I forgot maybe a dot version would be good……..

  6. Nothing but haters on this page. Don’t worry they are only making 2500 (for now) if you didn’t want one. Thats good, that gives me a better chance of getting my hands on one.
    The graphics have not been completely decided on. Only the color. I also disagree with the the R1 not being any better than the R11s or the R9. Maybe you just grabbed a stock stiff club and swung away. Indoors? maybe outdoors was there a launch monitor?
    I saw a fitting for a single handicap with an R9 and there was 9 yard difference from best shot to best shot.
    And of course there always the comment about how tour players get paid a lot of money to play them just so they can make the claim. REALLY like other companies like Callaway and Titleist don’t pay? Pfffft

  7. It’s okay. I personally don’t mind the white color, but I don’t like all the graphics on the top of the clubhead, whether in white or black or whatever.
    I like the black look of the Ping Anser driver the best.
    Having that R1 on the heel side of crown is lame. It reminds of the the Swoosh on the Nike Covert driver. It serves no purpose, and it is distracting to the eye.

  8. Who cares for the majority of regular golfers the R1 is an expensive dud. It doesn’t out perform the R11s which in turn doesn’t out perform the R9 of course if you’ve got the magic formula ‘correctly custom fitted for you’re game’! I’ve been involved in marketing and it makes me laugh what the likes of TM come out with, don’t get me wrong I even believe it until I pinch myself and realise I as dreaming up similar bull sh*t 20 years ago.

  9. Agree with Ted. The feel and sound of TM woods is just not my taste. Demoed various brands on weekend and Titleist is still my all time favorite and in my bag.

  10. No wonder the R1 is now selling fast with low prices.
    This model is indeed 10x better to look at. Without the R1, it would be the Cobra Long Tom

    • Hate this driver and the graphics. Make it all black! I am a plus 3 handicap. Titelist is still the best. If players have a choice they play titelist.

    • I am a plus 3 handicap and have never liked the feel of taylormade and looks. Titelist is still the best. If players have a choice they play titelist.

      • They ALL have a choice, but money talks…

        Agree on Titleist though (and Mizuno)

        Though not a fan, Ping make quality clubs too

    • So it’s compulsory to be scratch now in order to be able to have an opinion about how something LOOKS? Idiotic comment

  11. Wow… why would TaylorMade change the R1? Number one driver on every single tour? Doesnt make sense

    • Because what they care about are consumers buying them. The only reason it’s the number one driver on tour is because Taylormade pays lots of tour players to play them, just so they can make that claim. However they haven’t been selling that well, because, well, they’re not very good.

      • Not to mention the ones being played on tour are a different size, different shape and for sure also different fel than the one being sold to consumers.

      • TM pays the least in club contract and individual club payments. That is a fact. I know as I played on tour. R1 is the most used driver right now on all major tours Scott. It must be good otherwise the best players wouldn’t use it!

      • the R1 is the best driver on the market hands down. It produces the lowest spin, and is the most effectively adjustable driver ever produced.

  12. The middle picture is from my post on the forum. Ace of Clubs did the refinish along with some Hot Melt!!! Solid club so far.

  13. That thing is butt ugly. What’s wrong with a simple, uncomplicated, black driver, TaylorMade? If it works people with buy it. Duh.

  14. Anyone have a good link to procedure on how to refinish matte white TM drivers in black? I want one, but not the ugly dustin johnson version.

  15. Being black in color still doesn’t make it a better club for the majority of us than the rocketballz stage 2 driver!

  16. Yes, this is a real thing gentlemen. Talked to a good buddy of mine who is a teaching professional that was contacted by the reps about this club. Already selling if you have some friends in high places.

    • So it’s not selling at all, if you need that sort of connection! Duh! Selling means it’s readily available at the general consumer level, and it’s obviously not! You don’t see it on store shelves, do you? Stoopid.

    • your probley right a i no sales of the R1 has been poor the R11s was the same story last year thats why TM aint released the R1 fairway and irons . Nike covert seems to be the one this year