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2013 TaylorMade’s line R1 Driver VS SLDR driver

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.

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.

TaylorMade new R1 Driver Long on Adjustability, Sporty Looks

TaylorMade says, the graphics provide “linear reference cues” to help golfers square the face at address. The TaylorMade R1 driver is all about adjustability – through a couple different means of maneuverability.

As for the adjustability of the TaylorMade R1 driver price: Golfers can change the loft angle, the face angle, and use movable weights to affect shot shape. To wit:

Loft: 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; with an upright lie, there are five loft settings.

Face angles: The R1 driver can be set to one of seven face angles – neutral (square), slightly open, more open, maximum open, slightly closed, more closed and maximum closed. The golfer can change the face angle without affecting loft.

Movable weights: The R1 driver includes two movable “shot shaping” weights. Changing the weights affects the clubhead’s center of gravity location, moving the CG up to five millimeters. This can help promote a draw, or the weights can be set for a neutral (straight) trajectory.

The stock shaft in the TaylorMade R1 driver is the Aldila RIP Phenom 55, an ultralight graphite shaft for some extra “oomph” in clubhead speed.

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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.

Harrington used TaylorMade R1 driver at Masters

Padraig Harrington, playing a game of musical chairs with his driver, will go into this week’s Masters with a TaylorMade R1 driver and an abundance of confidence.

The most-notable adjustable aspect of the R1 is its loft sleeve. The club has no loft stamped on it because it has the ability to be adjusted for loft and set anywhere between 8 and 12 degrees. Normally increasing loft closes the face angle and decreasing loft opens it. However the adjustable soleplate offers seven settings that can independently alter face angle to the desired position.

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Harrington says, “I am driving the ball as well as I ever have.” He previously used a toe-weighting scheme to prevent wayward drives from going left with a draw or pull. In the new driver, however, he went with a stock weighting configuration and is “very pleased” with the results. The broken driver was salvaged, with TaylorMade clubmakers pulling the shaft – a Fujikura Speeder 7.2 that is tipped 1 1/2 inches – and installing it in the new Taylormade R1 driver for sale head.

The sound of the club also is slightly louder than previous TaylorMade drivers. To achieve this the company’s engineers designed the most elaborate internal rib system of any TaylorMade driver. The crown features a white matte finish to help eliminate glare, while a black, orange and gray graphic helps frame the remaining white area, producing a V shape.

The idea of a single driver head with multiple lofts was borne out of TaylorMade research with 800 everyday golfers. The results revealed that 80 percent of players were in the wrong loft and that 24 percent had the incorrect loft by at least 2 degrees.

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.

How to Rake a Bunker?

There are two things a golfer must do when his ball goes into a bunker. First, you’ve got to get the ball out. Next, you’ve got to rake the sand to cover your footprints and divot.

You may be wondering if it’s really necessary to rake the bunker. What difference does it make if the sand isn’t perfect, right? Actually, it makes a huge difference. Try hitting a ball out of a footprint or a deep gouge with taylormade r1 driver and you’ll understand. Few things make a golfer angrier than discovering the ball in a terrible lie because someone carelessly ignored this basic obligation.

To be fair, many golfers who neglect to rake – especially beginners — do so because they’re in a rush to move on and let the next group hit. True, raking does take a little time. But as long as you do it briskly, no one will hold it against you.

Here’s how:

1. First, locate the shortest and easiest route from the edge of the bunker to your ball. Some bunkers have steep lips that are difficult to scramble up and down, so you’re better off entering at a lower point even if the walk is longer.
2. This part is key: Take a rake with you into the sand. Place it near your ball, but out of the way of your swing.
3. Try not to wander around in the bunker and create extra tracks. Go directly to your ball and make a couple of practice swings from beside or behind it. This will limit the amount of sand you must rake.
4. Once you’ve escaped, grab the rake and find your original footprint trail. Re-trace it while walking backward and raking as you go, smoothing over all footprints until you reach the end.
5. When raking, stroke the sand just hard enough to eliminate any ridges or rough spots without digging trenches with the tines. You can always look around at other raked spots for examples.

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Greg Owen wins first title

NEWBURGH, Ind. — England’s Greg Owen won the United Leasing Championship on Sunday for his first Tour title, overcoming a seven-stroke deficit with a 5-under 67 for a one-stroke victory.

The 43-year-old Owen, the winner of the European Tour’s 2003 British Masters, had a 9-under 279 total at Victoria National and earned $108,000.

“It’s just a crazy game,” Owen said. “I’m delighted. This was unexpected. … It’s been a long time. I’ve had back surgery and changed continents. You always wonder where you are and how to compete these days. The game kicks you in the teeth so many times. If I could do anything else I wouldn’t be playing this game. It’s a tough sport but only one of 156 can do this each week so it feels very special to be holding this trophy.”

Playing more than an hour ahead of the final groups, Owen opened with a triple bogey, birdied Nos. 6 and 7, and played the first eight holes on the back nine in 7 under with taylormade r1 driver — making five birdies and an eagle — before closing with a bogey.

“I got off to the worst start I’ve ever had on a golf course and I was thinking it was going to be a very long day at that point,” Owen said. “I was pretty low and thought that if I could get back to even par for the day I’d be doing pretty good. I could have easily given up and shot 80, but that’s not me and that’s not how I was brought up. I was proud of myself for hanging in there.”

Ryan Armour and third-round leader Mark Hubbard tied for second. Armour finished with a 68, and Hubbard had a 75.

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Tiger Woods shoots 3 over in return

BETHESDA, Md. — Playing in his first tournament since back surgery in late March, Tiger Woods shot a 3-over 74 on Thursday in the first round of the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club.

The 14-time major champion had bogeys on seven of his first 12 holes before closing with birdies on three of his last six holes.

Woods’ round was characterized by several sloppy mistakes around the greens. Yet he drove the ball accurately, hitting nine out of 14 fairways. He also hit 10 of 18 greens with TaylorMade R11S Driver.

“The score is not really indicative of how I played,” he said. “I had four up-and-downs right there on 15 through 18. I had an easy pick on 2, don’t get that up-and-down and a wedge in my hand on 3 and I jerk it in the bunker.”

Greg Chalmers finished with three straight birdies for a 66 and has a one-shot lead over Ricky Barnes and Freddie Jacobson.

Defending champion Bill Haas, Patrick Reed, U.S. Open runner-up Erik Compton and Tyrone Van Aswegen shot 68. Compton birdied his last four holes.

“I didn’t think it was easy at all,” Chalmers said. “I played TaylorMade R1 Driver really well, and I think anybody who plays really well can shoot a low score. You just have to be coming out of the fairway, and I didn’t that the majority of the time today.”

Only 26 players in the 120-man field broke par.

Only once in his career has Woods shot as high as 74 and gone on to win the tournament. It happened in the 2005 Masters, when he was tied for 33rd after the first round after shooting 74.

Taylormade’s another successful R1 driver Review

The newest line in the R family features seven standard and five upright loft options, seven face angle options and movable weight plugs to create the desired ball flight. All total the Taylormade R1 driver allows for 168 different combinations of loft, lie and weighting.

The R1 driver, the company says, also features up to 120 yards of left-and-right adjustability. It has a white crown, but it also features a new, sportier look, with diagonal orange-and-black stripes. 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. During an 800-player focus group, TaylorMade determined that 80 percent of golfers were using the wrong loft.

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The newest Taylormade R1 can now be used wirelessly with a smartphone and an application. Instead of a hard line and laptop, the litany of data can be accessed remotely and by multiple users at the same time. “Combined with the video element that we now provide being able to access the information wirelessly is really the next step for us,” said Justin Padjen, TrackMan’s project manager.

From the leverage discs to the swing ball pro, Smart Body Golf focuses on the one area where most amateurs struggle – balance. As for the rest of you swing faults? You are own your own.

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