DORAL, Fla. — There were 27 fans in the gallery when Tiger Woods teed off on the eighth hole Thursday, most other fans having long left Doral because of an afternoon downpour.
Those who left early didn’t miss anything from the world’s No. 1 player.
Woods’ abbreviated day at the Cadillac Championship ended after 10 holes, after rain interrupted play for nearly 2½ hours and forced the first round into Friday because of darkness. His numbers: two bogeys, eight pars and maybe most newsworthy, no noticeable grimaces on account of the balky back that forced him to withdraw Sunday in the final round of the Honda Classic.
“Warmup was good and I felt good all day, even through the delay,” Woods said. “I’m ready to go back out tomorrow and play well.”
His day ended with TaylorMade R11 Irons at the par-5 10th, and that left him five shots behind the overnight leaders, with Harris English the only one of those to actually finish the opening round. Of the 68 players who were on the course Thursday, only seven failed to make a single birdie.
Woods was one of them. Going back to the third round of the Honda, he has only one birdie in his last 26 holes.
Russell Henley, coming off a playoff win last week at the Honda Classic, made only one par in six holes on the back nine — two birdies, three bogeys. He was in the group at 2 under that included Masters champion Adam Scott, who is in the Nos. 1-2-3 group with Woods and Henrik Stenson.
Stenson might have hit the most memorable TaylorMade SpeedBlade Irons of the day — a cold shank from the middle of the second fairway that sailed at a 45-degree angle into bushes.
While the TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB irons 2014 is the direct replacement for the RBladez Tour, the new irons have been completely redesigned. The CB is more than just RBladez Tour 2.0. It’s new. It’s different. It’s better (and yes…TaylorMade always says that).
The new design features an open-channel cavity (similar to what others call a slot cavity or pocket cavity), and as you might expect, retains TaylorMade’s now signature goo-filled Speed Pocket sole design. TaylorMade said the inclusion of the slot gives the Tour Preferred CB irons a larger sweetspot and helps players maintain ball speed across a greater portion of the hitting area. That should lead to more consistent distance control, something every accomplished player wants.
By now you should all be familiar with TaylorMade’s Speed Pocket, and its reported benefits, but it’s worth mentioning that, like TaylorMade’s distance RocketBladez irons, the CB’s Speed Pocket is also engineered to produce more consistent shots, higher launch, and, yup, more distance.
The feature that makes the Tour Preferred CB irons play similarly to the Taylormade SpeedBlade irons is the inclusion of a slot that TaylorMade calls a Speed Pocket in the 3- through 7-irons. The slot designed into the sole of the Tour Preferred CBs extends about 10 millimeters into the head. It’s covered with a polymer, so dirt and debris do not get into the club. Its function is to create a hinging mechanism that lets the face bend more at impact, especially on shots hit low in the face.
“Typically on an iron, the bottom is very rigid and there is a lot of lost ball speed when you hit it there,” Bystedt said. “The new Speed Pocket design is really flexible, so you get a lot of extra ball speed on shots hit lower in the face.” Anchored by a 46° pitching wedge, I suppose the CBs qualify as strongly lofted, although it should be pointed out that the strong lofts aren’t simply about cheating the distance equation. The lower loft actually help create the desired ball flight at the specified length.
Short irons are compact with minimal offset. Middle and long irons are slightly larger, with progressively more offset as the clubs get longer.
Golf is simple. Check that—golf should be simple. After all, the swing is basically a takeaway and a downswing. Like when you throw a baseball—you rear back then let it go.
Then why do millions of golfers have such difficulty making consistent, solid contact? In my opinion, it’s because the golf swing requires coordination of not only all moving parts, but synchronization of the two halves of your body, the left and right. Each has a specific role in the swing, and if one does the other’s job, chances of success dwindle dramatically.
For years, golfers have been taught that the golf swing is a left-sided motion. Proponents of the left-sided swing claim that allowing the left side to dominate better keeps the TaylorMade SLDR Driver on plane and promotes greater accuracy. No disagreement with that here. The pulling motion of the left-sided swing certainly traces a more solid route back to the golf ball and, without a doubt, makes it almost impossible to push the ball to the right.
Furthermore, it’s the left side that leads the weight shift toward the target. But that’s not all there is to a repeatable, powerful golf swing. Equally important is how the right side of the body performs. As the left side leads, it’s just as crucial for the right side to turn and release through the ball. Both halves are critical to successful ballstriking.
Often, focusing solely on the left side results in sliding the entire body in front of the ball without properly turning the body through impact. In my experience, it’s this error—getting ahead of the ball without turning properly with the right side—that forces millions of golfers to hit TaylorMade R11 Driver far worse than what they’re capable of and post scores much higher than they should.
If you ever take a lesson from me, I’ll show you the benefits of hitting with the right side of your body. Hitting with the right side fuels a simpler swing and, believe it or not, increases power. Plus, it takes better advantage of your natural right-handed abilities and, most importantly, allows you to stay behind the ball and create impact reminiscent of a home-run hitter.
TaylorMade RocketBladez Irons are great and Improve your game dramatically.I have tried ping g25 irons australia and can’t hit them nearly as far as these.
This iron set has been launched with much fanfare, but that is OK when there is a significant technical improvement. In this case it is the speed pocket on the sole of the club which allows the face to flex more to generate more ball speed and hence distance.It is the same principle that you know and love from the RocketBallz fairway wood, but this is the first time it has been put into an iron. TaylorMade want to be the number one distance iron and this is right in that category as it is all about ball speed. The technologies for increase speed that started in drivers are now coming to irons and the manufacturing processes improve to allow them to increase the spring like effect of the faces of irons.
The other main benefit is more forgiveness and TaylorMade say that in comparison to previous distance irons, there are less hot spots where the ball goes further off one part of the face than another. Certainly when we tried them the iron was very forgiving right across the face and the feel was excellent. You hardly ever got the feeling that you had mis-hit the TaylorMade RocketBladez iron as it always felt good and even strikes that were near thins, felt and flew much like a normal shot.
The other big difference for us was the design of the RocketBladez iron. You might expect it to be chunky with lots of offset, but you would be wrong. They are not blades (despite the name) and the mid-sized heads had a generous but not too thick top line and the offset was no more than you would expect on an average iron. We feel that the RocketBladez, especially the long irons, will be in the bags of a wide range of players.
The speed pocket only features in the 3-7 irons and then they go to more traditional cavity backs. Normally this is where we get worried as the short irons in a cast distance set are well it all falls down. However, we have to say the RocketBladez wedges are really lovely to hit,complement the rest of the set very well and are one of the best wedges we have tried in this category.
The first distance iron to make it on tour, TaylorMade RocketBladez Irons are powered by the Speed Pocket. This little thing has changed the iron forever. Only RocketBladez are powered by the Speed Pocket to promote radically increased speed and distance. This revolutionary technology is engineered for optimum face-flex, creating a consistent and stronger ball flight. RocketBladez are the true blend of the finesse the pros demand and the explosive distance amateurs crave. Get them or get left behind.
To sum up,these cheap golf clubs are nice looking.You will get more distance on your mishits.Also if you hit it on the hosle it will sting your hand.
I bought the R11 irons last year and loved them. They are easy to hit and very forgiving. They definitely helped improve my game.
Designed to deliver all-around performance in every facet of iron play, and, inspired by R11 driver innovation, the new R11 iron set is tuned to perfection. Precision CG placements, ultra-thin faces, a tour sole design and Inverted Cone Technology make R11 our most powerful, playable and refined iron ever.
TaylorMade coming out with a set of irons to match the R11 Driver and Fairways like they did with R7 & R9, that is the Taylormade r11 irons. It’s also fairly safe to state the Japanese Marketplace may be the very first to pronounce R11 Forged Golf irons. TaylorMade’s new R11 irons are disciples of both the taylormade burner 2.0 irons and Tour Preferred irons.
The striking red Precision Weighting Port (PWT) technology allows TaylorMade engineers to guarantee precise swing weight and ensure centre-face Centre of Gravity (CG) location in every iron to promote optimised ball flight in the long, middle and short-irons.Progressive CG location positions the CG low in the longer irons to make them easier to launch, and higher in the shorter irons. Wider soles in the longer irons pull the CG lower.
Featuring the Inverted Cone technology, these TaylorMade irons ensure fast ball speed and distance even for off-center hits. The TaylorMade R11 offers great playability from a variety of lies, thanks to its multi-functional sole design. With a progressive topline thickness, this iron set infuses confidence at address. Enjoying more control and increased spin is a breeze with the advanced groove design of these TaylorMade irons.The “Precision Weight Port” system (a plug similar to those found in Tour Preferred irons) is used in the R11 irons to dial in desired head weights and swing weights, and to ensure each club’s center of gravity is in line with the sweet spot. The fixed (red) plugs—2.5 to 17 grams—are made of aluminum, steel or tungsten and can not be adjusted by consumers.
Like previous models the heads feel light and are effortless to swing. The ball went on a nice medium high trajectory and the feel right across the face was lovely. With the centre of gravity rising through the set, even the long-irons are a joy to hit and better players may choose to stick with these rather than go for a hybrid as they are just as easy to hit and more accurate.
These work better than my old ones. If you want a more penetrating ball flight than max game improvements, these are the ones.Taylormade R11 Irons have lived up to my expectation. The playerability and accuracy it delivers is unbelievable.
You know what its like when you’re in the pro shop or one of the many discount golf stores: you pick up an iron and you just love the way it feels and looks and although you haven’t hit a ball in anger, you just know when you do, this club will deliver. Well that’s how I felt when I took delivery of TaylorMade R11 Irons.
As with most of the newer game improvement irons that are released today TaylorMade designed the R11 irons to have an ultra-thin face promoting faster ball speeds and longer distances especially in the long and middle irons. In addition TaylorMade has their patented Inverted Cone Technology which is designed to provide those same faster ball speeds and distance even on off-center hits. The Inverted Cone Technology is not new to the R11 irons as TaylorMade has been using this for a few generations of their irons and woods.
This weight port does not look adjustable as with the driver and no tools are provided along with the irons to change any weights. It is unclear to me if you could make them adjustable if the clubfitter wanted too, but there is nothing from the TaylorMade marketing department that says it is possible.
The weight port is in the middle of the back of the iron held in place by a triangular piece of metal, and a screw which is used to hold it in place. For the longer burner 2.0 irons for sale their is a gap between the head port and the actual face, in the lower irons there is no gap and the weight port appears to be touching directly to the face. I think that for the longer irons they are moving the CG around to allow for a higher launch.
Well they coped with them all: low punch shots into the wind, high lobs to make the most of a downwind, left to right, right to left, high fade, low draw, these beauties made shot-making feel easy. I didn’t have the sand-wedge, but the 45-degree wedge coped with all the bunkers I got in. But most of all they were fun: the sound, the feel, was all I was expecting from them and more.
In conclusion, I love everything about the R11 Irons: the feel, the sound and the look, but more importantly the way they reacted. No matter what the weather or shot, the R11 irons performed.
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One of the most underrated aspects of playing golf at a high level and having a good swing is the grip.
And that begs the following question: Is your grip pressure helping you play your best golf or is it hurting your game?
If your grip pressure is too tight not only will it cost you distance but it will add tension to your swing, which also will make it more difficult to keep your shots online.
The next time you play with best golf drivers or practice try this little exercise to help you get a better grip on your game.
Set up to the ball as you normally would and just before you start your backswing take a deep breath and then blow all the air in your body out of your mouth.
When you do this you will feel your muscles start to relax and the tension in your grip will go right out of your fingers.
Now go ahead and make your swing and see how much more free your motion feels. Doing this will help you gain speed and control without trying to steer your shots with taylormade r1 driver.
You will be tension free and in turn gain more control then ever.
The perfect grip is key to improving your swing. A correct grip will help you impact the ball solidly on the club face. It will also give your wrists the proper hinge, which will improve your power.
Now that you’re holding your cheap taylormade r11 irons with neutral hands, it’s time to strengthen your grip by locking your hands together in one of three basic ways:
1. Vardon grip: Probably the most popular and common golf grip, the Vardon or “overlapping” grip is achieved by fitting the pinkie finger of the trailing hand between the index and middle finger of the lead hand.
2. Interlocking grip: The next most common grip works better for people with less powerful forearms, weak wrists or smaller hands. With this grip, the hands are literally locked together by curling the pinkie finger of the trailing hand around the index finger of the lead hand. The downside of this grip is that, with less finger pressure controlling the taylormade rocketbladez irons, the handle can sometimes drift against the palms.
3. Ten finger grip: Beginners, players with joint pain and those with small hands sometimes find the ten finger grip the most comfortable. To achieve it, simply lock the pinkie finger of the trailing hand close against the index finger of the lead hand.
I have a bag of Pings and thought when I upgraded my Ping K15 Driver it would be another Ping. I went to 2 demo days and tried everything. The R1 was easily the top performer. The R1 felt solid with good distance, was averaging 300yds. Also, can’t forget how nice it is to be able to adjust the driver. Overall, I was very impressed with the R1.
The R1 continues TaylorMade’s mastery of adjustable drivers by offering the greatest range of adjustability of any driver in the brand’s history! The R1′s three adjustability technologies allow it to be tuned 168 different ways to specifically fit a player’s swing to optimise distance and accuracy.The R1 Driver from TaylorMade is here to bring fully realized optimization and performance benefits to golfers of every skill level. Seven face angle options combine with moveable weight technology and improved aerodynamics to produce distance and accuracy gains yet to be seen in the driver market. Tune the TaylorMade R1 Driver to your game and experience the performance boost of total fit.
The TaylorMade R1 Driver is the one driver model that can be tuned to fit Tour pros and amateurs alike. Shot-shaping movable weights promote a neutral/straight flight or a distance-enhancing draw, and improved aerodynamics reduce drag over the head to promote a faster clubhead speed. The thick-thin crown provides a lower and more-forward center of gravity location, thus promoting a higher launch, faster ball speed, and lower spin. Inverted Cone technology milled into the inner side of the clubface expands the portion of the face that delivers high ball speed.
The adjustable Face Angle Sole Plate offers seven face-angle settings to help golfers get the precise, confidence-building look at address: neutral/square, slightly open, more open, maximum open, slightly closed, more closed and maximum closed. Face angle can be easily changed without affecting the loft, an adjustability benefit offered only by TaylorMade.On a personal level, I was quite impressed with the R1. It gave me the ability to find a decent set of launch conditions.
In a word,this driver is really cool looking and can be extremely helpful to some golfers. If you would like to make directional corrections of the tee without changing your swing, this driver is for you. Using the multiple adjustments, you can create a higher or lower ball flight. You can straighten out a slice, fade, draw and even a hook.it sounded better than the taylormade jetspeed driver that have been put to market. It’s a total-package driver in my books, assuming the looks fit your eye.
Without question, the Tour Preferred MB the sexiest of the new iron offerings. As they have with the TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB Irons 2014, TaylorMade has thankfully dispensed with the previous incarnation of the MB’s Precision Weight Port. In terms of functionality, the PWP was damn near brilliant, but as far as fitting in with the desired aesthetic of a true muscleback…meh.
What about new technology? Here’s the reality: a blade is a blade, and well, if we’re being totally honest here, that means there really isn’t any. Instead the focus is on refinement. TaylorMade has improved the overall shape of the iron, smoothing lines and, at the request of their Tour pros, reducing camber. Did I mention they ditched the weight nuts?
Frankly, the more I see the TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB Irons 2014, the more I wish I had decided to give them a try instead of the MCs. Not that I have any business playing blades, but seriously, they’re just so damn pretty (said with the acknowledgement that it’s difficult to screw up a blade). Let’s be honest again…pretty isn’t a word which one normally uses to describe TaylorMade irons.
For the Speed Pocket averse, I should probably specifically mention that from the 3-iron to the pitching wedge, the Tour Preferred MB is a true blade, You’re not going to find any cavities or goo here. The MBs are a 100% forged set from end to end.