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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 officials say they utilized several technologies to do that. For starters, they employed the precision weighting port first used with the Tour Preferred MB irons to ensure that the Center of Gravity (CG) in the new Taylormade R11s driver was located in exactly the right position in each club as they also made swingweight uniform.
Then, they added ultra-thin face construction, which increased the COR in the middle and longer R11s to promote faster ball speed and distance. The new sticks also took on the manufacturer’s Inverted Cone technology, which is fashioned to create a bigger sweetspot in an effort to bolster distance on off-center hits.
At the same time, TaylorMade gave the R11s what it describes as progressive shaping, making the longer irons more forgiving and the shorter ones more compact. And officials say they worked extensively with staff professional Nick Faldo to develop top lines that blended into the hosels for what they feel is the best possible look at address.
In addition, they created a “multi-functional sole” for the taylormade r11 irons, with those of the short and mid-irons being moderately thin – and the leading edges moderately sharp – so the R11s could enter and exit turf more quickly and smoothly, and be more playable form a variety of lies. As for the longer irons, the TaylorMade engineers gave them wider soles to pull the CG lower for easier and higher launches as they increased Moment of Inertia (MOI) for enhanced forgiveness and stability.
Finally, the clubmakers incorporated an aluminum badge in the cavity of all R11s to absorb sound and vibration in an effort to improve acoustics and feel at impact.
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
The R11S is the follow up to the wildly successful R11. It features a flat-white crown color and black PVD face to improve alignment and accuracy off the tee.
The taylormade r11s driver’s modern-classical clubhead shape is intended to suit the eye of better players, while still providing ample forgiveness and confidence for average players. The head boasts a contemporary, slightly more triangular appearance than traditionally shaped drivers that provides higher MOI and a deeper, farther-forward CG position.
The R11s has a unique feel that struck me right away as different. It’s got a really nice, deep feel at impact. I can best describe it as the feeling of hitting a baseball with a wooden bat. It’s solid, and when you catch it on the screws the ball simply explodes. The sound is quite different than the high pitched ding of many drivers on the market, although for some reason the sound didn’t quite match up with the feel, sounding a tad more high pitched than I would have expected.
For me personally, the R11s was longer than any of the three drivers I had been rotating through my bag at the time. The ability to tinker with face angle, lie angle and weighting in the head is helpful, although be careful that you don’t obsess over it. I found an absolutely measurable difference from one end of the spectrum to the r11 irons, but even as a low single digit handicapper, once I got into the general ballpark of how I wanted my settings, I found that my swing and ball flight day to day were slightly different enough that I’d quickly wonder if the settings needed to be changed.
Instead of instilling confidence and learning to play with the club, I consistently found myself wanting to tinker and play around with it. If there’s a downside to so much adjustability, the endless second guessing is it. My primary gripe with the R11s is in my ability to swing it consistently. I chalk this up to its slightly longer length, which promotes distance but can rob you of the ability to control it. I found that my primary miss was a high, weak push or an uncharacteristic 60-yard slice.
The R11s is so popular on Tour and in the stores because it’s a great stick. The white head is a plus and you’ll have a hard time finding a better stock shaft on the market.
TaylorMade SLDR Driver
taylormade burner 2.0 irons
Try to arrive at the course with plenty of time before teeing off. About an hour should suffice. Plan to spend 20-30 minutes on the driving range and another 10-20 minutes on the putting and chipping green.
If you’ve taken lessons, jot down a few notes detailing what you’ve learned. For example, your instructor may have emphasized proper alignment, stance width or posture. Focus on these elements with each practice shot.
On the range, you don’t need to practice with every club. Choose a couple of short irons, a mid-iron or two, a Taylormade R11 Rescue Hybrid or TaylorMade SLDR Fairway Wood, and the TaylorMade R11S Driver. Start by hitting several shots with your shortest club (a sand wedge, for example). Then switch to the next longest longer club, and so on until you reach the driver.
Moving from short clubs to long ones will help you establish a smooth tempo so that once you’ve got the driver in hand, you’ll be less likely to overswing. Shorter clubs are also easier to strike well, building confidence from the start.
Make sure not to overdo it on the range. Until you’re playing and practicing regularly, your golf muscles will tire fairly quickly. Hit 20-30 balls and move on to the green.
Begin your putting session from very close range – no more than a couple of feet from the cup. The idea, again, is to ingrain fundamentals and build confidence. Most importantly, try to accelerate the putter through the ball.
After you’ve made 10-15 short ones, move a few feet out and hit another 6-8 putts. Work your way out to about 15 feet, then finish with a few putts from long distance (30-40 feet). By the time you’re done, you should have a good feel for the pace of putts you’ll see on the course.
If the club has a practice green for chipping, spend a few minutes there working on very basic shots. Focus on hitting your chips with a downward strike for crisp contact.
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.
WESTLAKE, Ohio — New Zealand’s Steven Alker won the Cleveland Open on Sunday in the longest playoff in Web.com Tour history, beating South Africa’s Dawie van der Walt with a birdie on the 11th extra hole.
Alker and van der Walt parred for the first 10 holes in the playoff at Lakewood Country Club before Alker finally broke through with a 3-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th with TaylorMade R11s Driver.
“I finally had a right number,” the 42-year-old Alker said. “I had 172 yards and just hit a perfect 7-iron. … I had a lot of chances. I felt like I was inside of Dawie several times and had several chances to win. I got a little bit dizzy out there. At one point, and I can’t recall when, Dawie and I looked at each other and I said, ‘Is anybody going to win?'”
The 11-hole playoff broke the tour record of nine set in 1998 in Eric Booker’s victory over Notah Begay III in the Lehigh Valley Open, and matched in 2009 in Gary Christian’s win over Mathias Gronberg in the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic. It also matched the record for the longest playoff in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event, set in the 1949 Motor City Open when Cary Middlecoff and Lloyd Mangrum were declared co-winners because of darkness.
Alker bogeyed the final two holes of regulation for a 6-under 65 with TaylorMade SLDR Driver, and van der Walt birdied the last two holes — holing a 20-footer on 18 — for a 66. They finished at 14-under 270 on the A.W. Tillinghast-designed course that opened in 1921.
“I didn’t think I had a chance after the bogey on 16 [in regulation],” van der Walt said. “I had nothing to lose and everything to gain. I just played 11 holes and couldn’t make another birdie.”
The 460cc TaylorMade R11S driver – available in three lofts, 9-, 10.5- and 12-degrees for right-handers – features a 3-degree Flight Control Technology (FCT) sleeve and annew 5-way adjustable sole plate (ASP) creating a golfer’s preferred set-up as they look down at the club at address.
The R11S is a golfer’s dream come true. 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.
TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Driver is the new crown alignment decals. Combining the new 4,100mm black clubface, the new decals have been developed in accordance with Dr. Steve Hitzeman, Professor of Sports Optometry. Using their own MAT-T (Motion Analysis Technology by TaylorMade) system, TaylorMade engineers carefully positioned the layout of the new decals to create effective visual cues for alignment.
The sleeve has been updated to adjust to 12 positions within the window of 1.5 degrees of loft adjustment. The driver is available in either a 9.5, 10.5 or 13 degree model, and with the Loft Sleeve Technology, offers up to 60 yards of side to side adjustability. They found that a lower, further forward CG promotes a faster ball speed along with a higher launch, perfect for more distance.
All together the RBZ Stage 2 weighes under 300g. Combine that a slightly higher swing weight, and the design of the club, and the RBZ Stage 2 works to create a moderate draw bias.
Like most drivers on the market off-center shots create wicked spin rates. The Taylormade R1 driver is not so different in this category unfortunately. The key to keeping the ball in the fairway is solid contact with the sweet spot.
The R1 can be adjusted in 168 ways (with one tool) to change loft, face angle and heel/toe weighting. In fact, via the adjustable sole plate the face angle can be adjusted (4 degrees open/closed) to 7 different settings including: neutral, open, medium-open, maximum-open, closed, medium-closed, maximum-closed. Which if properly selected for your swing, we found helps to put the ball in the short grass more often undoubtedly.
Loft can also be adjusted between 8 and 12 degrees depending on preference. We found the ability to adjust loft to be exceptionally beneficial when playing in windy conditions. Simply lower the loft to cut through the wind and send the ball rolling. If you’re looking for the optimal trajectory for your swing it may take some tinkering and trial and error, but we can personally vouch for the loft sleeve and its 12 settings. I’m locked in at 9.5 degrees and am lovin’ it!!
The all-white, USGA maximum 460cc Taylormade R11S driver features a 3° Flight Control Technology (FCT) sleeve and an all-new 5-way Adjustable Sole Plate (ASP) which allows the golfer to find their optimum address set-up – a proprietary setting not found in any other driver. Combined with TaylorMade’s Movable Weight Technology (MWT), the new R11S driver can be tuned for 80 separate launch settings, making it the most adjustable driver in golf.
ASP Technology is characterized by a raised, five-pointed plate on the sole roughly the diameter of a quarter. Changing its position is easily achieved by loosening the screw that holds it to the sole, rotating the ASP, then re-tightening the screw.
ASP works with FCT to create 40 combinations of loft and face angle, which can be used to further accentuate a face angle or counter a negative face angle due to a sleeve adjustment. It effectively doubles the range of face angle for the club for ±4° to ±6° or alternatively can create 5 lofts in 0.75° increments with the same face angle.
Johnson, who is the first player since Tiger Woods to come straight out of college and win in his first six seasons on the PGA Tour, said: “This win gives me a lot of confidence going into this year.” Sporting the TaylorMade R1 driver for the first time in competitive play, the seven-time champion unsurprisingly topped the driving distance for the week on 289 yards – somewhat reduced due to the brutal conditions during the opening two rounds.
The TaylorMade R1 is a one-size-fits-all driver that can be set anywhere between 8- and 12-degrees. The R1 also allows loft and face angle to be adjusted independently of each other, which will prove a welcome addition to the golfer seeking their desired ball flight. TaylorMade has also created two movable shot-shape weights in the R1 to enable golfers to shift the clubhead’s centre of gravity location by 5mm, thereby aiding a draw or neutral/straight trajectory.
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 R11s 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.
I feel these settings will prove important because of the R1′s lower, further-forward centre of gravity, as some golfers will underestimate the amount of loft they’ll need for optimal launch conditions. And the face angle adjustability is a necessity as well, because a 1-degree change in loft on the Taylormade R11 Driver will result in a 2-degree change in face angle.
The last part of the tuning process is the movable shot shape weights of 10g and 2g to shift the clubhead’s centre of gravity location by 5mm. You can put the heavy weight in the heel for draw bias, or my preferred option, of placing the weight on the toe for a neutral trajectory.