After long research with assistence of regular players of golf, TaylorMade has made extraordinary, the most technologically advanced Driver, the brand has ever made, called the R1. Some 80 percent of 800 everyday golfers, who took part in the research were playing the wrong loft in their drivers, and 24 percent of them were 2 degrees or more away from their optimal loft.
The test also highlighted 52% needed more loft, while only 28% required less. That’s why the new R1 driver has a 4-degree range of adjustability, from 8 degrees to 12 degrees, giving golfers no excuse for having the wrong loft. The added loft settings are extremely important because of the R1′s lower, more forward center of gravity, as most golfers will underestimate the amount of loft they’ll need for optimal launch conditions. And the face angle adjustability is a necessity as well, because a 1-degree change in loft on the R1 will result in a 2-degree change in face angle.
The R1 is shipped with a standard loft of 10 degrees and face angle that is designed to be “visually square” at address (TaylorMade says a visually square face angle actually measures 2 degrees open). If 1.5 degrees of additional loft is added, the face angle will close 3 degrees. But by wrenching the face angle adapter to the 3-degrees open setting, a golfer can return the face angle to visually square. The R1 has two adjustable weight ports that give golfers even more control over their trajectory.
Golfers can adjust the driver’s two interchangeable weights (10g and 1g) to give their driver a draw bias (10g in the heel, 1 g in the toe) or a neutral setting (10g in the toe, 1 g in the heel). Most big-box golf retailers sell additional TaylorMade weights to help further tune trajectory and swing weight. There are 168 different ways to fit the driver for the perfect swing. Taylormade have revamped the sole in order to better the aerodynamic index, therefore increasing the speed of the ball by as much as ½ mph. Taylormade Driver’s R1 will be on sale in February 2013, at retail 2/1 for $399. For more information please visit taylormadegolf.com