TaylorMade’s new driver, the R15, is an amalgamation of all the best R-Series technologies since the first R-Series driver launched back in 2001. As a result, it’s the company’s most technologically advanced driver ever. The key technology is a new Front Track System, which houses two sliding weights each weighing 12.5g. This 25g of total weight can be moved to a variety of positions in the 460cc head, changing the combinations of distance, forgiveness and draw/fade bias.
Watch our video above of our first impressions of the new TaylorMade R15 driver.
The Track itself, totaling 40g of mass, is 12mm closer to the clubface than it was in SLDR, which moves the centre of gravity lower and more forwards to increase launch and reduce spin. In fact, 75 per cent of the total mass is now in the front bottom portion of the clubhead. But not only does the Front Track house the sliding weights, it also acts as a Speed Pocket, which expands the size of the sweetspot lower on the face and reduces spin.
Maximum fade bias
Maximum draw bias
Other key technologies include an ultra thin wall casting, whereby a thin wall wraps around the toe to save weight. Inverted Cone technology has been further optimized to expand the sweetspot and improve forgiveness on mishits. R15 also has a larger address shape than SLDR.
TaylorMade’s adjustable, 12-position loft sleeve has also been improved, now offering two degrees up or down for four degrees of total tweaking ability. The R15 comes in a satin white or gloss black finish as well as a TP version, which has a different shaft and grip. There will also be a 430cc version for better players seeking more workability in a more compact head.
Details: RRP £369 in lofts 9.5°, 10.5°, 12° and 14° with a Fujikura Speeder 57 Evolution shaft as standard. TP and R15 430 drivers RRP £429. On sale 9th January 2015.
TaylorMade R15 Fairway wood
TaylorMade’s new R15 fairway wood is the first ever to feature sliding weight in the sole. It weighs 25g and gives users the ability to adjust the shot shape by altering the draw/fade bias. Like the driver, the new Front Track system acts like a Speed Pocket to reduce spin and increase the size of the sweet spot. It also boasts a four-degree adjustable loft sleeve.
TaylorMade R15 Hybrid
At just 95cc, the R15 Rescue has a smaller Tour-inspired head shape that offers better playability from more lies. It’s standard setting offers a more neutral ball flight wanted by a broader range of players. It is also adjustable with a three-degree loft sleeve meaning you can change the loft by up to 1.5° up or down.
Details: Fairway RRP £229 in lofts 15°, 16.5°, 19° and 20.5°. HL versions not in LH. TP £279. Rescue RRP £189 in lofts 17°, 19°, 21° and 24°. Rescue TP £229.
For more information on the new range, visit www.taylormadegolf.com