The announcement of new woods from TaylorMade, specifically the R1 Driver and TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Driver came as anything but a surprise. The new R1 continues TaylorMade's mastery of adjustable drivers by offering the greatest range of adjustability of any driver in the brand's history. The R1's three adjustability technologies allow it to be tuned 168 different ways to specifically fit a player's swing to optimize distance and accuracy.
So as many of you already know, the Taylormade R11S driver for sale is being replaced by the Taylormade R1. Like upcoming releases from Cobra (MyFly) and Nike (FlexLoft), the R1 features what TaylorMade is calling Loft Sleeve Technology. R1 gives the golfer 12 loft-sleeve settings and 7 face-angle positions, as well as two movable shot-shape weights. It also allows loft and face angle to be adjusted independently of each other - a critical benefit.
Golfers usually choose the wrong loft when they buy off the rack, often opting for too little loft because of a long-held belief that a lower-lofted driver will promote long distance. While a low-lofted driver typically costs the average player carry and distance by promoting a too-low launch angle. In addition, driver design changes recent years to promote lower spin like moving the CG location lower and forward has made it possible to switch to a higher loft that promotes more carry and distance by achieving a better combination of high launch/low spin launch conditions.
To protect golfers from playing wrong loft, unlike most drivers,TaylorMade R1 Driver lacks a loft number stamped on the head, because its "Loft-Sleeve Technology" offers a 12-loft sleeve settings to deliver a 4°-range of lofts, meaning the golfer can play anywhere from a 8° to 12° driver. R1's wide range of lofts and face angles, along with its movable shot-shape weights, allow this single driver model to be tuned to fit the widest range of players, from Tour pros to high handicaps.
"Offering a wide range of loft settings is imperative, because our research indicates that 80 percent of golfers are playing the wrong loft, which costs them distance," said Dr. Benoit Vincent, chief technical officer. "The discount golf equipment offers 12 positions to help golfers find the loft that delivers the launch conditions that deliver maximum distance." R1's crown graphic design helps the golfer to square the face to the ball accurately at address. The "V" shape of the preserved white space behind the leading edge provides a frame to position the ball against, helping to heighten focus.