What we say...
Tested: March 2011
Chris Ryan (Pro)
Jon Greathead (HCP 8)
Bryan Slater (HCP 12)
Darren Slater (HCP 16)
Comments: The R11 was comfortably the most-eagerly awaited driver in recent times and with TaylorMade’s army of Tour Professionals all over the world spreading the White message, it’s presence in the game seems already well-established, despite only being launched in recent months.
The white head was engineered to help alignment, but this is only one small part of the story. The face angle can be adjusted by tinkering (it’s ridiculously straight-forward) with the Sole Plate, while the loft can be adjusted to by using the Flight Control technology. Finally, TaylorMade’s Movable Weight Technology completes the innovation triumvirate, making this one of the most adjustable products on the market.
Darren loved the “race car” looks and he also rated it pretty highly in terms of feel too, with only a slightly disappointing consistency rate pulling it down. He liked the look at address too.
Chris was similarly impressed, and said although it was obviously a different look, this wouldn’t stop him buying one if he was in the market for a new driver. He also said that it offered all the usual feel you’d associate with a TaylorMade driver.
Bryan said once he’d got used to the look of the head, he felt it was a great product and Jon was also impressed.
As you’d expect from a TaylorMade product, it was highly impressive. The white head isn’t as off-putting as you might first imagine, and the results peak for themselves. The adjustability on the new product has evolved once again and TaylorMade continue to produce products that millions of golfers all over the world will benefit from.
Overall: 4.5 stars
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Taylormade Drivers User Reviews
For a pro who knows his swing and the course conditions this must be a great club. De-lofting for the courses where wind is an issue or fairways are running, or changing the draw bias for a certain shape of shot. For us amateurs however, maybe simple is safer. Essentially, unless you hit the ball consistently then you aren't going to see the effects and each time you adjust it, it's like getting to know a new driver all over again. Love the idea and the looks but practically for us normal folk it is probably best just to find a driver you like and whether adjustable or not, just leave it as it is!
Upgraded from a Titelist 905t recently. This has already increased my consistancy in direction, i am still fine tuning my settings, but am now at least finally "in control" of my driving. Distance is increasing with every fine tune, although beware not to change too much at once, 1 setting at a time!! Downside is stepping up to tee box with an R11, draws some unwanted attention and pressure!! goosfraba.......