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With just one simple 12-position loft sleeve, the TaylorMade R1 is a driver for everyone. For most golfers, the phrase one-size-fits-all has only been a facet to consider when purchasing a cap.
From a recent survey conducted by TaylorMade, results showed 80% of golfers are currently playing the wrong loft to match their game. With the Taylormade R1 driver, there are no such problems. Take out the wrench and trial out different lofts from 8- to 12-degree including two upright positions before dialling into your desired launch angle. An easy-to-use, small dial on the hosel allows you to change the loft in half-degree increments, which was also quite good fun to play around with.
The new loft sleeve was designed in conjunction with the R1’s revamped adjustable sole plate with seven different settings that can change the face angle as much as 3-degree open or closed in 1-degree increments – forming yet another upgrade on its predecessor that offered just five settings in 1.5-degree increments. During my testing, I favoured neutral.
Similar in its technology to the white version, launched earlier this year to wide acclaim, the Taylormade R1 Black driver, claims TaylorMade, features the greatest range of adjustability of any driver it has produced. R1 offers golfers 12 loft settings and seven face-angle positions. It also has two moveable weights to assist shot shaping. All this allows it to be tuned upto 168 different ways to specifically fit a player’s swing and optimise distance and accuracy.
The R1 Black gives players who prefer that colour access to our industry leading technology. “For three years we have only made white drivers but we’ve have heard from a number of golfers who just prefer the look of black,” said TaylorMade’s President and CEO, Mark King.
Overall, Tour players now have two colour options. Some will opt for R1 Black; others will stay with the white version taking advantage of the white/black contrast and alignment benefits.
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.
TaylorMade’s new driver is called the TaylorMade R1 driver and can be adjusted 168 different ways. A player will notice that no loft is stamped on the bottom of the club; instead, the driver can be adjusted for any loft between 8 and 12 degrees.
The R1, the company says, also features up to 120 yards of left-and-right adjustability. The R1’s sole plate is beefed up compared to previous models, with 7 positions ranging from 3° open to 3° closed. It seems simple enough, though there is a somewhat confusing element to it. The sole plate is used to offset loft changes, so a driver set at 12° loft will need to have the sole plate set to 3° open to achieve the appearance of a neutral face angle.
While the popular assumption is that face angle changes will alter side to side ball flight, TaylorMade relies on two interchangeable weights for this type of manipulation. This is the easiest of the three adjustments to understand. The heavier weight determines the shot shape, so putting it in the heel will promote a draw and vise-versa.
The TaylorMade R1 driver performs as advertised, which is to say: better than the best price taylormade r11s driver. Higher ball speed off the face means more carry yards. Not many more, but more. About 1-3 more carry yards in our testing, but notably with much lower spin, which means golfers see more roll-out for more overall distance.
The sound of the driver is solid – more of a thwack, and less “tink” than TaylorMade’s taylormade r1 black driver, and that’s perfectly understandable from my perspective.
The takeaway is an incredibly important element to any swing. Get it right and you’ll set the taylormade r1 black driver on a good path at the perfect speed – long straight shots are the likely outcome.
The good news is this is one aspect of the game we can all get right. To help, lay down two clubs to create a line, as I have done here. I see too many amateurs snatch the club away on the inside and this forces them to come ‘over the top’ during the downswing. So as you take the club back, make sure it doesn’t move inside the two shafts marking the line of your feet.
Once the initial takeaway has been made, hinge your wrists to keep the taylormade r11s driver on a good path. Finally, make sure that as you take the club back, it moves at a smooth pace. This will help set the rhythm that delivers the club with the optimum amount of speed through impact.
Give this drill a try, it could hold the key to more accurate, powerful shots.
TaylorMade made a R1 Black driver for sale. 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.
I have it on pretty good authority that the black option has been on the table since before R11s. That’s almost certainly 100% accurate. That other stuff…R1 being a failure, a giant disaster for TaylorMade…it’s a great story, particularly if you’re not a fan of TaylorMade, but it’s not one that’s even loosely supported by reality.
The TaylorMade R1 driver and R1 Black give golfers the ability to change the club’s loft from 8 degrees to 12 degrees. Each R1 also can be adjusted to have a draw or fade bias by moving the 2- and 10-gram weights. In addition, players can select from seven, face-angle positions at address by adjusting a dial on the sole.
“We are going to pay very close attention to how this product is received,” Kroll says. “We are hearing loud and clear that there is a percentage of the golfers out there that are hungry for the very conservative design and look of a black driver. I wouldn’t rule [more black drivers] out, but this is going to be a very interesting product launch.”
TaylorMade began promoting the benefits of a matte white crown and black face with the release of the R11 driver, claiming that the contrast helped golfers improve their alignment and aim. It’s reasonable to assume that TaylorMade has kept the black driver in their back pocket since the R11 was released. If it doesn’t work we can always paint it black. And if Taylormade R11s driver for sale didn’t work, paint was an option then too. And if R1 – the riskiest of all TaylorMade flagship designs – didn’t work, yup…we’ve still got that bucket of paint in the corner.
Kroll says that he’s aware of several retailers who started pre-order lists for a black R1 based solely on the rumors about the club.
Each month Taylormade send out iron sets, drivers, hybrids, putters, trainings aids and golf balls to the active members. The new Taylormade SLDR driver had a very quick adoption at the Tour level and early feedback was extremely positive. But since I also recently got the TaylorMade Black R1, I said to myself, Why not pit the two against each other in a battle royale?
The TaylorMade R1 Black Driver is striking. From the grip down to the head cover, I like looking at this club. That said, I would have preferred the top of the head to boast a matte finish rather than the gloss is currently has (you can’t really see the R1 graphic), but other than that I have to give it the edge in this section.
The SLDR isn’t ugly, but it doesn’t grab me by the face and say “BUY ME.” The top of the SLDR is a dark grey matte-like finish, which is fine, but I can’t stand any kind of aluminum-looking finish on a driver, and the face and bottom are just that. You had me at matte, you lost me at aluminum. I’m a cruel lover.
I can’t confidently say one club is longer than the other. I’m comfortable with the R1, I’ve played about six rounds with it and I can get it out there 300+ yards. But I’ve only hit the SLDR a handful of times on the driving range, and while the shots feel solid — like really solid — my ball flight with the SLDR is significantly lower. And that is the odd thing because the SLDR has a center of gravity that is lower and more forward than any other TaylorMade driver, which means I should be launching this thing into the sky. But I wasn’t, and that burns my ass.
Picking one is a toss up. I don’t think there is a definitive winner or loser between these two clubs. I honestly don’t. They both have a really solid feel to them, and they are both incredibly long (each is longer than my Taylormade r11 driver was).
To be fair, the two clubs feel very different. The SLDR I received is the Tour Preferred model, which is fine because I try to move heaven and earth when I swing, but that also means it’s more finely tuned, less forgiving, and it has a much stiffer and heavier shaft than my stock, stiff-shafted TaylorMade R1 Driver for sale. This made switching back and forth between them frustrating as hell.
One thing I definitely prefer about the SLDR is that at address it sits more conventionally. The R1 leans away from the ball, when grounded, and it made me feel as if the loft was too high.
I had been looking for a Taylormade R11s driver for several weeks to replace my Burner 2.0 when I found this R1 on the site. The face is super alive and I have easily added 10-15 yds.
This club greatly reduces sidespin and backspin The ability to dial in settings until you achieve the proper ball flight for your game is priceless. The fit and finish of the Black R1 is fantastic too. I didn’t care for the look of the white R1 with racing stripes, so I was glad to see if come out in black.
TaylorMade R1 Black 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 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.
I hit the R1 at a demo-day at a local store a few months ago and loved it, but wasn’t going to pay a bunch of money for it. I saw a pre-owned R1 on TGW for a great price and jumped on it. I’ve since played 4 rounds with it and I give it an 80+% grade. I have hit more fairways with it which has enabled me to shoot lower scores. The distance is about the same, but my driving accuracy has improved.
I went to GS and tested the R1 and the TaylorMade SLDR Driver both with original stiff shafts. I seemed to hit the R1 better, so I figured I would give it a try. I am sorry to all the R1 lovers out there, but this thing feels like you are hitting an empty beer can on a stick. It is a horrible feeling and sound that I just couldn’t deal with. I was hitting the ball better than my old one, but the spin I was getting was just as bad.
The tech set it to 10 degrees with a slightly closed face. I’ve been to the range twice since last weekend and 90-95% of my drives ended up where I wanted them to go. I played my first round this morning and I cant believe how straight I can hit the driver. Best drive might be 265 yds (so I’m not gaining a lot of distance) but the shape of the drive (with the rollout) and my ability to put it where I want it is what has sold me on the club.
In short, this is a great driver and I would recommend to anyone looking to hit more fairways. I am extremely happy with the purchase.
I have been wishing TaylorMade would bring back a black driver and I am not disappointed with TaylorMade R1 Black Driver, because the white ones just didn’t appeal to me.This is a great club that I am enjoying more every time I hit it.
There are countless golfers around the world who feel a driver ought to be black, not white. There is genuine science behind the white phenomenon; that being the optical illusion created by the contrast between white crown and black face that makes the club head appear huge, inspiring confidence. Fair enough, but for those among us who want the aggressive look of all black, then who cares what the science says. Black is back—and it has some upgrades with this TaylorMade R1 Driver. The glossy finish is truly beautiful and TM incorporated the R1 alignment graphics on the crown, but with a significant difference. Whereas the “face paint” graphics are almost overwhelming on the original R1’s white matte finish, they are subtlety done on the R1 Black cheap golf clubs, offering a distinctive look that adds to the uniqueness of the club. The graphics are, in a word, cool. And so is this driver.
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. The driver has 16 worldwide wins this year and features the greatest range of adjustability of any driver in TaylorMade’s history.
The TaylorMade R1 Black 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 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.
By comparison, R1 Black Driver is absolutely beautiful. I love the black head and the black face,I found that the driver is slightly more accurate than callaway razr fit driver.I’d say at least 35 yards longer than I’ve ever had before, if not more. It has a solid feel and when you connect it just feels pure. I’d definitely recommend this to anybody looking for a new driver.
I had had hand me down clubs for years, so I finally decided to upgrade to something modern. I am so glad I did.First time out on the course I tried r1 black driver, I’d say at least 35 yards longer than I’ve ever had before with my old Ping g20 driver, if not more. It has a solid feel and when you connect it just feels pure. I’d definitely recommend this to anybody looking for a new driver.
R1 black driver for sale is the TaylorMade’s first black driver since 2010.This driver is the one driver model that can be tuned to fit Tour pros and amateurs alike. Shot-shaping movable weights promote a neutral or straight flight or a distance- enhancing draw, and improved aerodynamics reduce drag over the head to promote 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.
Making its debut with a sleek black color option, the R1 Black Driver from TaylorMade brings sheer optimization and performance benefits to golfers of every skill level. Seven face angle choices combine with moveable weight technology and enhanced aerodynamics to produce distance and accuracy advantages previously unseen in the driver market. Dial in the R1 black to your game and experience the performance boost of total fit.
I cant begin to share my utter satisfaction with this club. I’ll begin with appearance, the club is absolutely beautiful.I love the black head and the black face, I’ve had not alignment issues at all. The new TaylorMade R1 Black Driver is designed for players that prefer a traditional black head with all the incredible adjustment features. You can change the loft/face angle/shot shape to fit your game in about 30 seconds.It features inverted cone technology for higher ball speeds on all shots – meaning your mishits will go farther and straighter than ever. Improved aerodynamics reduce drag to promote faster swing speeds and more distance on all drives.
By comparison, I get excited every time I pull this golf clubs for sale out. It has dramatically improved the odds of my first shot being a powerful drive and my second being in a playable lie.I have tried several drivers over the years. This is the first driver that I can come close to using consistently. It has a great feel. The adjustability is super and I am finally able to keep it in the fairway.Definitely give this club a try if you’re in the market for a new driver.