FIRST HIT: New TaylorMade R15 driver

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TaylorMade say its new R15 driver is higher launching and lower spinning than its predecessor, the SLDR. So while the 'Loft Up' message still applies, it should be less so in 2015.

With the CG in the new driver being moved lower and more forward, MOI should in theory come down but TaylorMade have incorporated a number of technologies to preserve ball speed on off-centre hits. Notably, the Front Track behind the face acting as a Speed Pocket to boost ball speeds on shots struck low on the face. Improved Inverted Cone technology also helps maintain ball speed on mishits while splitting the two weights is another way to position weights at the edge of the club to boost forgiveness.

Positioning the two sliding weights affects distance, forgiveness and shot shape in a multitude of ways and it will take a fair amount of trial and error to find the setting that works best for you.

We hit the new TaylorMade R15 driver on Trackman at Thorpe Wood Golf Club in Peterborough - watch our first hit video of the brand new TaylorMade R15 driver above.