What we say...
On first inspection, the R11S is very similar to last year’s R11. The white head remains, and the same red fl ashes are still prominent. But you need to delve under the bonnet to find the real brilliance of the new model. Golfers can now adjust the face angle to one of five angles (previously three), while the loft can also be altered by 1.5° up or down on the standard loft . The R11S also boasts a 460cc head – bigger than last year – and it is noticeable at address. Pro James noted how well it sat, while Dave C (who has an R11) also thought the look was stylish. He also racked up some excellent distance and suggested the super-adjustable nature of the head meant it could deliver huge performance benefits if properly fitted. There is little getting away from the wow factor too with the R11S, and Dave B felt it more than lived up to the expectation and hype – he obtained excellent distance and felt it was very strong in terms of feel.
With each of the Top-3 clubs, we are splitting hairs when it comes to negatives. In fact, the diff erence between each one was miniscule, but the R11S does have a more distinctive sound at impact. Ian found this a little off-putting and piercing, and when it came to dispersion the driver did lose out a little to the two that finished above it.
Ultimately, custom-fitting should provide the answer to this. The R11S is widely used on Tour and will deliver superb results in the coming months. If you’re baulking at the price a little, it’s understandable. But the performance is worth every penny.
Looks: 4.5 Feel: 4.5 Forgiveness: 4.2 Distance: 5.0 Dispersion: 4.0
Twelve months after TaylorMade launched the revolutionary R11, the TaylorMade R11S Driver, with its bigger 460cc head, loft adjustability (1.5° in either direction), and changeable face angle (five positions) is set to deliver the brand even more success. It also features the Inverted Cone Technology used in previous Burner irons, which helps generate more ball speed on off-centre strikes.
Lofts: 9°, 10.5° & 12°
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