According to TaylorMade's researchers, 80% of golfers are playing the wrong loft and 24% are playing a loft that's off by 2 degrees or more. By recognizing this problem, TaylorMade has developed a driver that gives golfers from Tour pros to amateurs more options to help them achieve optimal performance. This new club is the TaylorMade R1 driver.
The R1 features a face tuning system with an ingenious look that resembles a compass. Instead of the usual Open, Neutral and Closed face angle options that other drivers offer, the R1 comes with 7: Neutral, Open, Medium-Open, Maximum-Open, Closed, Medium Closed and Maximum Closed. For the most precise loft angle, the driver has 7 standard and 5 upright loft options that range from 8 to 12 degrees (+/- 2 degrees). The R1 also uses shot-shaping moveable weights to promote a fade or neutral ball flight or to create a draw.
The R1 driver has enhanced versions of familiar TaylorMade features as well. The tried-and-true Inverted Cone Technology has been milled into the inner side of the driver to expand the area that maximizes ball speed. Like the RocketBallz driver, the R1 uses a Thick-Thin crown design to position the Center of Gravity (CG) lower and more forward. This results in not only accelerated ball speed, but also higher launch and lower spin.
Style and Design
The R1 driver has a unique, high-tech look that makes it stand out from other drivers on the market. The most prominent feature is the dial, with its orange outline and previously mentioned compass-like appearance. Other interesting visual features include the orange and black stripes on the crown and new R1 logo. The orange detailing is offset by the black club face and non-glare white crown, which also serve as an alignment aid. It wouldn't be a TaylorMade club without substance behind the style.
The TaylorMade R1 driver comes with an Aldila RIP Phenom shaft.With its incredible amount of adjustment options, the R1 ensures that golfers no longer have to play anything other than the ideal loft. This is truly the one driver that can fit all.