It's true, when the first spy photos of the Taylormade R1 Driver "leaked" on the web I was not shy to blast TaylorMade for the over the top graphics on the crown and massive dial on the sole of the club. Let's not forget that this driver is also a "one size fits all" club off the rack too. Like most of you, I was wondering if this was just a marketing gimmick to get new sales or does all this new technology hold merit for the everyday amateur golfer looking for a few extra yards in a new driver.Runners Point
It's true, when the first spy photos of the Taylormade R1 Driver "leaked" on the web I was not shy to blast TaylorMade for the over the top graphics on the crown and massive dial on the sole of the club. Let's not forget that this driver is also a "one size fits all" club off the rack too. Like most of you, I was wondering if this was just a marketing gimmick to get new sales or does all this new technology hold merit for the everyday amateur golfer looking for a few extra yards in a new driver.
Pros Of the Taylormade R1 Driver: Feels solid in your hand, easy to work the ball, able to adjust for an upright swing, paired with a low torque shaft works for me.
Cons of the Taylormade R1 Driver: The graphics on the crown can be distracting, stock grip was the first to go, feel and sound off the face is blunt.
Overall: One of the best drivers to control during Club Wars. A great players club with many legit adjustability options for the everyday golfer. Plus, excellent shaft option.
Highlights (From TaylorMade):
- One driver model that can be tuned to fit Tour pros and amateurs alike.
- 7 standard and 5 upright loft options between 8° and 12° (±2°) to obtain optimal launch angle.
- 7 face angle options: N/square, open, medium-open, maximum-open, closed, medium-closed, maximum-closed.
- Shot-shaping movable weights promote a neutral/straight flight or a distance-enhancing draw.
- Thick-thin crown provides lower and more-forward CG location promoting high launch, fast ball speed and low spin.
- Inverted Cone Technology milled into the inner side of the clubface expands the portion of the face that delivers high ball speed.
- Black clubface, non-glare white crown and new gray/orange/black crown graphic together promote easy alignment.
- Improved aerodynamics reduce drag over the head to promote faster clubhead speed.
- Aldila RIP Phenom 55-gram shaft promotes faster clubhead speed while delivering greater feel than typical ultra-light shafts.
Of the past R models from TaylorMade, the R1 Driver is by far my favorite. To me, the R11 was too rigid, the R11s was a little better but still felt dull to me and the R1 Driver finally felt like a solid contender. When it comes down to the graphics on the crown, TaylorMade states that the graphics combined with the white and the black club face promote easy alignment. All you really need for "easy" alignment is a line or a mark on the center of the club head. In my 20+ years of golf, that has been enough for me. The reason I feel the graphics are there is to make the 460cc head look more like a 440cc head. An illusion to make the larger club head feel more like a players club. I think it worked.
I like the fact that off the rack you have a driver that can have the loft adjusted from 8-12* and there is an option to setup the club in the upright position. TaylorMade, in my opinion, did a great job designing the R1 to be a "one driver model" with a "tour" feel for the overall golf masses. For those of us who don't take the time to get fitted, you can take the R1 to the range and adjust the club as you go till you get comfortable with your own setup. For more info, check out http://www.taylormadegolf.com/
Taylormade R1 Driver Review