In recent years the evolution of the fairway wood has been nothing short of staggering. The fairways are now firmly in the mind of many amateurs.
The first club that came to mind is Taylormade RocketBallz Stage 2 Fairway Wood. The redesigned Stage 2, with its shallower face and lower head profile, along with a low and forward CG, helps launch the golf ball higher and makes it easier to hit. Many people said they could see themselves using the Stage 2 exclusively off the tee for those narrow holes where accuracy is at a premium.
Digging into this 17+10 claim a little further showed that for better players, or those with a ball speed of 150 mph, the Stage 2 fairway wood can produce up to 10 more yards – on top of the 17 more they were seeing out of the original Taylormade RocketBallz rbz fairway wood. I didn’t have the original RBZ and launch monitor testing showed that my ball speed with the Stage 2 was at 148.1, just shy of the 150 needed to tap into that full claim. The distance I was seeing was still quite impressive.
The SLDR line is no different with its metallic charcoal crown, brushed sole, and blue accents. The TaylorMade SLDR Fairway Wood is possibly the best looking fairway wood that TaylorMade has released in years. It is a sizeable difference for sure. The benefit to this is that the profile of the SLDR looks more like a fairway wood and less like a miniature driver, a definite improvement by many people’s standards.
Additionally, the Speed-Pocket is much different than we have become accustomed to as it is smaller and a slightly different shape. Put all of this together and the SLDR fairway wood is an impressive package. One area where the low spin affected trajectory more was off of the deck. In its standard 15-degree setting, the ball flight was definitely lower and more penetrating, but after adjusting the Loft Sleeve the ball flight off of the deck became higher and more consistent.
The Taylormade R11S fairway wood employs pull-face construction to create a thin, light, fast clubface that promotes high ball speed. The crown and walls are made using our Ultra-Thin Wall (UTW) casting process to reach 0.6 mm at their thinnest point. The thin crown weighs less, and that weight is used to move the CG position forward. This forward location increases ball speed by reducing dynamic loft and creating better launch conditions.
R11S fairways are standard length (3-wood / 43.5”) and equipped with Aldila RIP Phenom 70 shaft, a 70-gram shaft designed with a medium-firm tip profile. RIP shafts incorporate reverse inter-laminar material layup to more stability at impact. This package delivers more distance and control without the harsh feel associated with some firmer tip shafts.
I had already purchased the TaylorMade R11S Driver and was very impressed, extra 30 yards on my driving distance. So, impressed that I bought the R11S Fairway Wood, and have increased distance as well as accuracy.
Founded in 1979, TaylorMade Golf has long been a leading innovator in golf equipment technology and club manufacturing. Featuring a strong tour presence and clubs to match, as well as a number of game-improvement technologies, TaylorMade’s product lines are sure to appeal to a wide range of golfers of differing skill levels. Following the massive success of their R9 line of Drivers and Fairway Woods, and their popular Ghost Putters, TaylorMade has now unveiled the R11S and RocketBallz RBZ lines of Drivers, Fairway Woods, and Hybrids.
There is the 5-way Adjustable Sole Plate (ASP) technology. ASP technology was first introduced by Taylor Made with their R9 drivers, but it is has been refined to the point where it has become standard in every driver and fairway club released by the company. This is because 5-way ASP technology allows loft and face angles to be independently decoupled – a must for golfers who need to adjust the angle of their shots. Then there is Flight Control Technology (FCT), which allows golfers to change the orientation of the club head with the shaft. This allows the loft to be adjusted up and down and becomes indispensible to the serious golfer when used in conjunction with ASP technology.
TaylorMade R11S Fairway Wood improves on the adjustability established in R11 fairways. R11S fairways combine Adjustable Sole Plate Technology (ASP) with Flight Control Technology (FCT) in a high- performance steel fairway wood. The combination of ASP and FCT gives the player 24 ways to set up the R11S fairway.The adjustable sole plate is still there and only features 3 settings whereas the R11S driver has 5 and it would be good to have seen that in the R11S fairway, even though we are still not convinced by the merits of this feature.
It features a revised Flight Control Technology hosel that increases the range of loft adjustment by an extra 0.5 degrees either way. Now this does not sound much but it does mean that the different settings have a bigger effect on the flight of the ball.Performance wise the R11S fairway is similar to the R11 as the head size is similar and most of the other features are the same. It sits very well at address and the sound and feel is good without being spectacular.
Overall unless you need some more settings on your hosel it is probably not worth upgrading from the R11, but if you are in the market for a better player fairway then this is worth considering.I have thoroughly enjoyed hitting the greens with this wood. I am completely satisfied and feels like I got best price golf clubs.
When TaylorMade introduced the R11 irons, they claimed they were the only irons worthy of the R11 name. TaylorMade designed the Taylormade R11 irons to have an ultra-thin face promoting faster ball speeds and longer distances especially in the long and middle irons.
Prior to playing the R11 irons I have almost exclusively used muscleback irons. This was my first try at a cavity back iron which is targeted as a mild game-improvement iron. I have to say that I was blown away at how easy these irons were to hit. Mis-hits traveled almost the same distance as well struck shots and all of the irons where very easy to hit.
It was very noticeable that the launch of the longer irons was higher than I am traditionally used too. This was a very pleasant surprise as it allowed the ball to sit on the green whereas before I had trouble stopping the longer irons on the green. The ball lands on the green with plenty of spin, I found them to spin even more than my current Taylormade R11 Fairway Wood. The longer irons also have a noticeably thin face and give the club a tingy feel that you can sometimes get with fairway woods.
I believe this is due to the ultra thin face but the performance of the iron, in terms ball flight, was not in anyway reduced. The long irons in this set are truly a pleasure to hit, they really put my muscle-back irons to shame. I was not able to try the 3-iron, but I believe it would be easy to hit as well.
The TaylorMade R11S fairway wood features a revised Flight Control Technology hosel that increases the range of loft adjustment by an extra 0.5 degrees either way. Now this does not sound much but it does mean that the different settings have a bigger effect on the flight of the ball. If I do have a complaint regarding the feel, it can be tough at times to determine where on the face the ball was struck.
Performance wise the R11S fairway is similar to the R11 as the head size is similar and most of the other features are the same. It sits very well at address and the sound and feel is good without being spectacular. The adjustable sole plate is still there and only features 3 settings whereas the TaylorMade R11S Driver has 5 and it would be good to have seen that in the R11S fairway, even though we are still not convinced by the merits of this feature.
Overall unless you need some more settings on your hosel it is probably not worth upgrading from the R11, but if you are in the market for a better player fairway then this is worth considering.