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TaylorMade JetSpeed driver and JetSpeed Fairway Wood Review

Taylormade is very good at coming up with catchy names for their cheap golf clubs families. What does JetSpeed promise? All the JetSpeed woods – driver, fairway woods and hybrids – are aerodynamically designed and have light overall weights, to help the golfer gain more clubhead speed.

The Taylormade JetSpeed driver is TaylorMade’s first to incorporate a speed pocket behind the face, helping the face flex more and rebound with more “oomph” as a boost to ball speed. According to TaylorMade, the speed pocket promotes less spin, and has a strong effect on ball speed for shots struck below the middle of the face. Given that’s where most shots are struck by recreational golfers, that’s a good thing.

The crown is matte black and the clubface is silver. The driver includes the company’s Loft-Sleeve technology, and golfers will be able to adjust the stated loft up or down by as much as 1.5 degrees. And the low-forward center of gravity position helps reduce spin, especially on higher lofts.

The TaylorMade JetSpeed fairway wood has the low-and-forward center of gravity positions, plus the overall lightweight design to help reduce spin in the first case, and increase swing speed in the second. It has a smaller speed pocket that’s been redesigned to take up less weight, while having a polymer filling to prevent a buildup inside the pocket of turf debris.

The clubheads of fairway wood is low-profile, helping golfers get the ball up in the air efficiently off the fairway. The design favors a high trajectory with a long carry. The stock shaft in the JetSpeed fairway woods is the Matrix Velox T 69 shaft. JetSpeed fairway woods come in 3-wood (15 degrees of loft), 3HL (17 degrees), 5-wood (19 degrees), 5HL (21 degrees) and 7-wood (23 degrees).

Compare TaylorMade clubs:Jetspeed driver, R1 and R11s driver

TaylorMade Golf are very good at coming up with catchy names for their cheap golf clubs families. The latest is the JetSpeed line of metalwoods, which reach retail outlets. The R1 driver’s crown graphics will strike some golfers as cool.

Taylormade Jetspeed driver

All the JetSpeed woods – driver, fairway woods and hybrids – are aerodynamically designed and have light overall weights, to help the golfer gain more clubhead speed. The JetSpeed driver is TaylorMade’s first to incorporate a speed pocket behind the face, helping the face flex more and rebound with more “oomph” as a boost to ball speed.

According to TaylorMade, the speed pocket promotes less spin, and has a strong effect on ball speed for shots struck below the middle of the face. Given that’s where most shots are struck by recreational golfers, that’s a good thing. The driver includes the company’s Loft-Sleeve technology, and golfers will be able to adjust the stated loft up or down by as much as 1.5 degrees.

TaylorMade R1 driver

The stock shaft in the TaylorMade R1 driver for sale is the Aldila RIP Phenom 55, an ultralight graphite shaft for some extra “oomph” in clubhead speed. While it weighs only 55 grams, its design gives it the feel of a 65-gram shaft. It has a stiff tip and firm grip end, but a softer center for added kick.

As for the adjustability of the TaylorMade R1 driver: Golfers can change the loft angle, the face angle, and use movable weights to affect shot shape. Using what TaylorMade calls “Loft-Sleeve Technology” gives the golfer 12 possible settings for loft, ranging from 8 degrees to 12 degrees. With a standard lie angle, the golfer can choose from seven loft settings within that range.

TaylorMade R11S driver

The company calls the R11S driver “the most adjustable driver” yet on the market. There’s an Adjustable Sole Plate (ASP), which can independently change face angle, or counter a change to face angle caused by use of the FCT. And there is what now seems like an “old-fashioned” technology among modern drivers, those good ol’ moveable weights.

The  has the white crown and black clubface that the company has been using a lot lately, a color combo that TM says helps improve alignment while also making the clubhead appear slightly larger than it really is. The clubhead is also slightly more triangular in appearance, a shape that helps boost moment of inertia as well as provide for a deep by more forward center of gravity.

What’s in a Full Set of Golf Clubs?

Understanding the different golf clubs in a set is essential to learning the game. A golfer can carry up to 14 clubs while playing, each with a unique length, loft and purpose.

Woods are the larger clubs that hit the ball the farthest. Because they are longer and have low loft angles, they are generally harder to hit directly off the ground, so woods are typically hit off a tee. They are usually made of metal, such as titanium or steel. A taylormade r1 driver, or the 1-wood, is the biggest of all woods, and carried by nearly all golfers. Because drivers go so far, it makes them a lot of fun to hit. Conversely, when you mishit it, the mistake will be exaggerated.

Irons are used to hit shorter and more accurate shots. They usually range from a 3-iron, which travels the farthest of the irons, to wedges such as a pitching wedge or sand wedge. Here’s a good rule of thumb for remembering what a particular iron does: The higher the number, the higher the ball will fly and the shorter it will travel. For example, a ball hit with a 3-iron will travel lower and farther than one hit with a 9-iron. The new taylormade sldr irons is a good choice.

Hybrid clubs are exactly what the name suggests, a mix between woods and irons, offering the best of both. Hybrids make it easier to hit the ball off the ground than with a wood or long iron (3 or 4), while providing more distance than a shorter iron delivers. Hybrids have gained mass popularity over the last decade, replacing long taylormade burner 2.0 irons in many golfers’ bags. Some older players have also started replacing their entire sets of irons with hybrids because they are so much easier to hit and offer a bit more distance.

Of course, the club every golfer needs is a putter. Used on the green to get the ball into the hole, the putter may be the most important club in golf. Putters come in many different varieties of head shapes including smaller blade type styles and larger mallet type heads.

Tiger Woods not ruled out at Valhalla

Tiger Woods’ agent said Monday that Woods has not been ruled out of the PGA Championship this week at Valhalla despite his withdrawal from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday with a back injury.

In a text message to, Mark Steinberg said it was too soon to determine whether Woods would play in the year’s final major in Louisville, Kentucky.

“Way too early. He has to rest and get treatment and then assess later,” he wrote. “Pointless to make that decision now without proper time to give him best chance. Nothing further today, maybe [not] even tomorrow.”

The PGA of America said in a tweet later on Monday that Woods’ tournament news conference scheduled for Tuesday morning would not take place.

Earlier Monday, U.S. captain Tom Watson said the injury “doesn’t bode well right now” for Woods’ chances to be selected to the Ryder Cup team.

Woods, who won the PGA Championship in 2000 at Valhalla, flew home to Florida on Sunday for evaluation.

He withdrew from the WGC-Bridgestone after hitting his tee shot on the ninth hole, where he was in visible pain trying to pick up his taylormade burner 2.0 irons australia. Later, at his car in the parking lot at Firestone Country Club, he spoke briefly, saying he “jarred it” when he hopped into a fairway bunker on the second hole after hitting a shot from an awkward stance.

It was Woods’ third tournament since returning from March back surgery.

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Marc Leishman takes lead after 64

AKRON, Ohio — For many of the players here at the Bridgestone Invitational, the opening round of this World Golf Championship felt like either a warmup or an audition for bigger events to follow.

That left Marc Leishman of Australia with the perfect formula Thursday in the opener at Firestone, a big golf course where good scores are available by keeping the ball in play.

Leishman shot a 64 with taylormade tour preferred mb 2014 on an otherwise soft, gentle day of scoring to take the lead.

Ryan Moore was among three players at 65, a good start for someone looking for one big week to get him on the Ryder Cup team.

Two more Ryder Cup hopefuls — Patrick Reed and Francesco Molinari of Italy — were among those another shot back, while defending champion Tiger Woods opened with a 68 in his best round since his return from back surgery and the successive recovery effort.

Open Championship winner Rory McIlroy, who next week will chase his second straight major, was among the leaders until not paying attention to packed sand in a bunker that sent him to a double-bogey late in his round. He still wound up with a 69.

Leishman, meanwhile, continued to go about his work in quiet, reasonable form, after top 10s recently at Congressional and Royal Liverpool.

“I drove the ball well. It makes this course a lot easier when you’re on the fairway,” Leishman said. “It’s pretty tough when you’re playing from the rough. Then, I hit my taylormade tour preferred mc irons 2014 really well and was rolling the ball awesome. So it’s a pretty good combination for a tough golf course like this, something I can hopefully keep going.”

Charl Schwartzel and Justin Rose joined Moore one shot out of the lead.

Phil Mickelson’s biggest struggle was with his health. He didn’t arrive in Ohio until Wednesday night because of strep throat, and he opened with a 71.

McIlroy appeared to pick up where he left off in England. He wasn’t expecting a hangover from winning his third major and didn’t experience one except for his mistake from the bunker on the eighth hole.

“There’s still so much to play taylormade sldr irons australia,” he said. “No. 1 spot is up for grabs. Trying to get myself as far up the FedEx Cup points as possible. I haven’t won a World Golf Championship before. Got another major coming up next week. It hasn’t been that hard for me to refocus and get back to work.”

Want to play the SpeedBlade Irons as U.S. Open champ Justin Rose?

The new discount TaylorMade SpeedBlade Irons feature the same technology as the company’s high-end RocketBladez models, but with a larger clubhead and lower center of gravity to meet the needs of amateur golfers.

SpeedBlade is a game-improvement iron designed to build upon the successful RocketBladez platform or marrying a thin face with a “speed pocket” (a slot in the sole of the club that is in the 3- through 7-irons) that enables the face to flex at impact, the result being a fasterballspeed with a higher launch.

The position of the slot low on the clubhead is an important factor, says Brian Bazzel, the company’s director of iron, wedge and putter development, who noted company research that showed 72 percent of iron shots hit by five- to 25-handicappers are struck below the center of the clubface, resulting in a low launch and loss of ballspeed.

Like Taylormade RocketBladez irons, the SpeedBlade is powered by TaylorMade’s Speed Pocket, a slot in the club’s sole which, according to the company, “enables a large area of the face to flex and rebound at impact, resulting in faster ball speed, higher launch and better feel.” The speed pocket has been widened and lengthened to provide a more effective area near the heel and toe areas. The topline is also a bit thicker in the longer irons. The clubs boast a satin nickel chrome plating with a dark smoke satin ion plating.

Johnson, meanwhile, engaged in a long-drive contest against NFL Hall of Famer and former Chicago Bear Richard Dent. Using driver, Dent hit one 267 yards. Using a SpeedBlade iron, Johnson bested him with a laser that traveled 273 yards.

Johnson Wagner secures first win with TaylorMade R11s driver

American Johnson Wagner is the first Tour pro to triumph using the new discount TaylorMade R11s driver after winning the Sony Open just two weeks after putting it in the bag.

Wagner only put the R11s into play last week at the Hyundai Tournament of Champion where he recorded a top 10 finish and told TaylorMade Tour staff that until using the new club he had “never been able to hit his driver so long, high and straight.” The win secured the third PGA Tour title of his career and gave him the early top spot in the FedEx Cup rankings.

Similar to its predecessor, the R11, the new R11S features a contrasting black face which golfers claim improves their alignment and accuracy off the tee and confidence at address – the clubhead appearing large compared to the ball. It’s triangular shape also helps provide a higher launch, more forgiving trajectory. ASP technology – a raised five-point plate which can be rotated and secured – allows the golfer to adjust face angle independent of loft setting which means the face angle can be adjusted independently to the loft and vice versa – neutral, slightly open, open, slightly closed and closed.

Here is what Wagner had in his bag:

DRIVER: TaylorMade R11s (8°)
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 (13.5°)
HYBRID: Adams Idea Pro a12 (18°)
IRONS: Titleist ap2 712 irons
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Spin Milled (48°, 54°, 60°)
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

Close your eyes to make more putts

Years ago, I played in the Heather Farr Charity for the Blind tournament in Sun City, Ariz. I played with an English gentleman who had been blind since birth. It was quite fascinating to watch him play, especially when he was preparing to hit a shot. His wife would walk him to the ball and help him set his club to the ball. He would then slide his hand down the shaft of the taylormade r1 driver to feel the distance from the ball. It was an amazing thing to watch, and really opened my eyes to all the tools we as golfers have to improve our feel. There are many senses we often take for granted.

While the Englishman did this routine for all his shots, he did something a little different with his putting that I think is something we all can learn from. I noticed that instead of walking him directly to the golf ball, the Englishman’s wife would take him to the hole and let him walk backward toward the direction of his ball for about five or six steps, then proceed to set up to the ball. After about four holes, I asked him why he would walk backward from the hole and what this did for his putting.

He explained to me that it allowed him to feel the way the green was sloped close to the hole and he could only feel it when he walked backward as it would move his body as he walked. It was amazing how close he came to the hole with his putts. He shot a 92 with taylormade rocketbladez irons that day, much to do with his ability to putt!

I have not only used this method to “see” which way the ball will break to the hole for my own game, but have passed it along to many of my students. The reason why the golfer only needs to walk back about five or six steps from the hole is that the ball is slowing down at this point and will be most affected by the slope of the green then.

The next time out on the putting green, try this little exercise. Stand facing the hole, then walk backward, allowing your body to follow the slope of the green. If you feel yourself going downhill to the right, you’ll know that you’ll be putting uphill from left to right because you’re putting in the opposite direction that you’re walking. If you have a tough time seeing or feeling any slope, you can try closing your eyes. You’ll begin to notice the subtle breaks and make more putts every time.

Taylormade burner 2.0 iron has consistent distance gaps

As we all know, the Taylormade Burner 2.0 iron has been engineered to be long. The face is thinner. The toplines are progressive. The shafts are specifically designed for each head. COR and MOI ratings have been maximized.

My first shot with a Burner 2.0 irons was an uphill 6-iron from about 165 yards to a pin tucked behind a bunker short and right of the green. I made far from perfect contact but was pleasantly surprised to watch the ball rise and drop just the other side of the sand, about 30ft from the hole. Quite what was wrong with the ‘set’ wasn’t immediately clear, but it seemed our existing irons possessed the wrong swingweight, were the wrong length, had faulty lie angles, an incorrectly- positioned center of gravity (CG), inappropriate shafts, and unsuitable grips.

I felt sure that wouldn’t have happened with my own set. At the 6th, I hit a discount ping i20 irons from about 135 yards (a few more than I would get from my own 9-iron) that stopped abruptly 15 feet right of the cup. At the 9th, a 200-yard Par 3 with the pin near the front, my not-quite-solid 4-iron came up a yard or two short of the green. This continued for the next three days – instances where I’d certainly be aware of a little extra yardage.

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I’m probably too inconsistent a ball-striker nowadays to say much about whether or not the CG location made much difference, but I would say the 4-iron was pretty easy to get up in the air – not quite as easy as a hybrid club with similar loft perhaps, but markedly easier than my g20 irons ping. The short irons did penetrate a little better because of the higher CG which I think is preferable to a high, floaty shot that’s at the mercy of the wind.

Before you can measure performance, you need to assess the look of the club – if you don’t like the shape, color, or graphics, chances are it’s not going to work for you. The blade devotee will likely baulk at the offset (1mm in the lob wedge up to 6.5mm in the 3-iron) and all the techy stuff going on round back, but the average golfer should feel comfortable with a Burner 2.0 up behind the ball.

The discount Burner 2.0 irons is obviously a game-improvement model. For the vast majority of golfers the Irons should make the game significantly more enjoyable.

Anna Nordqvist leads by one stroke

MOBILE, Ala. — Anna Nordqvist moved into position for her third victory of the year, shooting her second straight 6-under 66 to take the third-round lead Saturday in the Airbus LPGA Classic.

The 26-year-old Swede, the winner in Thailand and Carlsbad, had a 16-under 200 total on The Crossings course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Magnolia Grove complex.

“All I can do is put myself in a position to have a chance tomorrow and I felt like I’ve done that,” Nordqvist said. “Last year, I was in the final group and I was playing well and there was a lot of people coming from behind, so I know this golf course, you can never relax. You always have to keep pushing forward and trying to make birdies because if you don’t, someone else will.”

Nordqvist played the front nine in 5-under 31 with taylormade jetspeed fairway wood, birdieing Nos. 2-5 and 9, and added a birdie on the par-5 16th. She has only one bogey — on her fourth hole Friday — in 54 holes.

“I felt very confident and very comfortable,” Nordqvist said. “Got off to a really good start and just tried to keep the momentum. Had a pretty good finish the last three holes, so I’m very happy with the day.”

She set the course record last year, shooting a third-round 61 en route to a fourth-place tie.

“I definitely know I can score on this course,” Nordqvist said.

Catriona Matthew, the 44-year-old Scot who led after each of the first two days, was a stroke back after a 70. She bogeyed three of the first five holes to drop to 10 under with TaylorMade SLDR Fairway Wood, then birdied five of the last 15 — including three of the last four.

“I obviously got off to a terrible start with the three bogeys when everyone else is making birdies,” Matthew said. “Just knew there was a lot of chances there on the back nine if I could just hang in and try to start hitting greens again and give myself chances. Made four birdies on the back nine, so not the greatest round, but didn’t play myself out of it.”

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