Are you searching for the most forgiving driver? If so just look elsewhere. This TaylorMade R1 Driver is for players who have a consistent swing or are moving in that direction. I’ve had to work diligently on my swing to gain consistency with this driver.
The R1 driver gives good ball speed. My game is such that when I swing hard, I get poor results. If I go at 80%, I typically obtain very good results – with my swing speed, at best in the low 90’s, I can pull out an occasional 250-260 yrd drive. The stock R1 is not the most satisfying driver in terms of feel or sound. It leaves you feeling empty in that regard.
It feels and sounds slightly better than the Titleist 913 D2 Driver, which felt “hard” and “direct” to me. My driver, as customized, is more pleasing as described above. I want consistency and a fairway finder with distance. That is more important than the “longest” driver although the R1 is long as I mentioned above. But you need to have a consistent swing that hits the ball high and center. Heel shots kill distance.
The newest TaylorMade SLDR, integrates a lower COG along with a brand new moveable weight technology to provide golfers even more adjustability. It works very well. So far, adjustable weighting systems on drivers have consisted of stationary weights. You can screw them in, screw them out, change from one gram-weight to another to affect ball flight.
The TaylorMade SLDR driver, however, using a sliding weight system – a weight literally slides across the bottom of the driver. Want to counteract a hook or draw? Slide the weight toward the fade side. Want to fight a slice? Slide it toward the draw side. The SLDR mechanism moves the driver’s center of gravity low but more forward, something TaylorMade says promotes a hotter launch, lower spin and fast speeds off the face.
The R1 is a low spinning driver, depending on shaft, so it’s okay to move up in loft and open the face angle. I am getting more enjoyment out of it as I improve and play. The SLDR weight can affect shot shape by up to 30 yards. I swear they would make you feel very well.
Watch Tiger Woods play golf and you’ll see a man striding the fairways with purpose, focus and confidence. Watch players at your home course walking the course and you may see tired postures, frustrated expressions and downbeat attitudes.
There are not many sports where one person takes four hours to complete a game played entirely by themselves. What that means for golf is there is a lot of downtime on the course when you are walking and not hitting shots with taylormade burner 2.0 irons. Ensuring you are thinking and feeling the right way during this time can actually help your game.
Justin talks about Tiger Woods philosophy of walking around the course telling himself he is 10ft tall and bulletproof. He recommends trying this on the course and have a “nothing can phase” me mentality and confidence when you play with taylormade sldr irons. Stand tall, be positive and you might just find you score lower.
I bought the taylormade r1 black driver yesterday. I do like the look of the black better but I never played a white driver.
The R1 Black gives players who prefer that color access to our industry leading technology. To clear up any confusion or questions that might come up, the answer is yes. This is the same driver as the current R1, just in a different color for those that have a preference. It is not a replacement for the R1 as the driver will still be available in both colors.
I switched from a Ping G20 driver to this driver to cut down on spin numbers. The difference has been amazing, at least 15 yards and I think it all has to do with adjusting launch and reducing spin. While I’m sure some would have preferred a matte finish, PING more or less owns that right now, and integrating TaylorMade’s classic high-gloss finish with highly muted R1 graphics strikes a perfect balance that pays deferential respect to the traditional without compromising TaylorMade’s modern approach to crown graphics.
I’m a cynical bastard by nature, but I’ll cop to feeling a little nostalgic when I saw the white TaylorMade logo set against glossy black paint. It’s practically impossible not to think about your first TaylorMade driver, or at least the last one you loved..the TaylorMade R1 Driver, the SuperQuad, or the SuperDeep. You know…before all this white nonsense started.
It’s almost comical that the golf industry has reached the point where we have to ask why any company would make a black driver, but we do. So at this risk of making a horrible, yet obvious pun, I’ll start by saying that over the last three years TaylorMade has basically painted themselves into a corner.
The R1 Black is officially scheduled for release, and the natural assumption is that some of what you’ve read in the golf forums is true. That said, I’m probably not as smart as I think I am, and it probably wasn’t paint that hurt TaylorMade this season.
After releasing the full SLDR line of woods and successful Rocketballz Stage 2 driver, fairway woods and hybrids, Taylormade debut the TaylorMade’s JetSpeed metalwoods.
The taylormade jetspeed driver is the first to feature TaylorMade’s speed pocket technology, which goes all the way through to the sole of the club head and aims to reduce spin and increase speed and distance, especially on mis-hits. It is also the only club in the line to offer adjustability, a sudden must-have feature on most new drivers.
If you’ve paid any attention to current driver technology, you already know that there has been a bit of an about-face with the location of the center of gravity (CG) in the last year. TaylorMade led that charge with the introduction of the SLDR in the summer of 2013. While this may seem a bit excessive, according to TaylorMade executive Sean Toulon, the JetSpeed line was constructed as more of a compliment to the newer TaylorMade SLDR Driver and represents a “total departure” from the Rocketballz.
Explaining the change in direction, TaylorMade says that low-forward cg location “has been proven in previous TaylorMade drivers to generate faster ball speed and lower spin compared to the low-back CG that has for years been accepted as the best location for promoting distance. Because low-forward also promotes a lower launch angle, most players will have to “loft up” to realize the full distance-enhancing benefits of JetSpeed.”
The JetSpeed Driver was tested on the golf course and using a Vector X launch monitor. The club tested was 9.5° in loft with the stock Matrix Velox in stiff flex. As discussed earlier, low-forward CG placement does have a negative effect on MOI and the JetSpeed was not immune to that, even with the addition of the Speed Pocket. While low face forgiveness was better than expected, lateral misses were still punished somewhat severely.
As a player that relies on accuracy rather than length off the tee, this proved to be troublesome at times. A typical scenario on a toe miss was a ball that started low, hooked quite severely, and then chased either off the fairway or out of play. Center impact was consistently accurate for the most part, even with the longer shaft, but a high-toe miss proved to be rather penal.
Picking up the JetSpeed driver for the first time, it is noticeably lighter, which of course is a result of TaylorMade wanting to promote a higher swing speed. This is not to say if feels too light or whippy, it just doesn’t feel like you are swinging a mallet.
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