Dustin Johnson shot a closing 68 to win the wind-battered Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii by four shots from fellow American Steve Stricker. Despite two wayward drives that cost him three shots, Johnson never lost the lead at Kapalua. Stricker did come close to tying it at the 13th, narrowly missing with a birdie attempt, but a Johnson pitch in from 50 feet at the 14th restored his three-shot lead.
Johnson, who gained the first win for new TaylorMade R1 Driver, had mixed results of the tee. While he almost drove the 420-yard downwind 12th, he also lost a ball in the rough and, on the par-5 9th, pulled it enough to find a native area of high grass and trees.
"We found a shoe, some sunglasses, about five or six other balls," said Stricker, who joined in the search. "There might have been a guy living up in the tree." Johnson found the ball, but it took two swings to get it back in play, and he had to two-putt from about 50 feet just to escape with double bogey.
The announcement of new woods from TaylorMade, specifically the R1 Driver and TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Driver came as anything but a surprise. “Offering a wide range of loft settings is imperative, because our research indicates that 80% of golfers are playing the wrong loft, which costs them distance,” said Dr Benoit Vincent, chief technical officer. “The R1 offers 12 positions to help golfers find the loft that delivers the launch conditions that deliver maximum distance.”
Following the massively-successful TaylorMade R11s Driver. 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. 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.
The settings on the new face plate will allow you to adjust the club either 3 degrees opened or 3 degrees closed. The golf clubs for sale features a white matte finish to eliminate glare, while a black, orange and grey graphic helps frame the remaining white area, producing a V-shape to aid alignment. The "V" shape of the preserved white space behind the leading edge provides a frame to position the ball against, helping to heighten focus.