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Taylormade R11 Review

When I first had a look at the Taylormade R11 Driver I wondered if golfers would go for a “White Driver”. The more I have seen this club the more it grows on me. I am impressed with Taylormade for such an innovative cosmetic design. The idea of the white top is to provide an anti-glare surface so on sunny days there are no reflections to distract you. The contrast between black and white really does make a striking appearance. What is really important  are the amazing features this driver comes packed with, lets have a look at them.

Taylormade R11 features

Taylormade R11 Driver Soleplate

  • Flight Control Technology (FCT)
  • Adjustable Soleplate Technology (ASP)
  • Movable Weight Technology (MWT)
  • Driver Aerodynamics
  • White Crown

Flight Control Technology (FCT)

Tailor Made DriverFlight Control Technology (FCT) allows you to adjust the launch angle of the club. This is achieved by allowing the golfer to move the loft angle of the club up or down around 1 degree. There are eight different positions to choose from. When you change the loft angle you also change the face angle. If you make an increase in the loft angle it will close the face, conversely,   if you make a decrease in the loft angle the face opens. Once you have the desired loft you can re-adjust the driver face to open, square or closed using the AST feature as described below.

Adjustable Soleplate Technology (AST)

The adjustable soleplate allows you to close, open or set the face square, you need to set the loft (FCT) first and then adjust the soleplate. The adjustment on the soleplate allows for a 2 degree change from square. This feature is nice as it is so quick to setup.

Movable Weight Technology

The Taylormade R11 driver comes with two weight ports. You can configure the weights yourself to adjust the direction slightly. The driver ships with one gram and ten gram weights that can be configured to adjust direction. If you put the ten in the heel and the one in the toe you will move the center of gravity towards the heel which will make the club draw bias. If you reverse the weights this will give you a neutral weight bias.

Driver Aerodynamics

The R11 driver has been designed with maximum aerodynamics to allow air flow over the top of the club reducing any drag effect. This also promotes club head speed and should improve distance.

White Crown

As stated above the white crown was designed to be anti-glare so no reflections will distract you throughout the swing. However, there is a more interesting part of the cosmetic design. With the top of the club white and the face black, the contrast between the two stands out making it easier for the golfer to align the club face square at address.

Taylormade R11 Available Specifications

The Taylormade R11 driver comes standard with a Fujikura Blur 60 shaft. Fujikura shafts are generally good quality and they do have a reputation of building solid shafts. To be honest this shaft is aimed at better players and professionals. The blur 60 has a mid bend point and was designed to be the lightest shaft ever built (heaviest shaft in the R11 is 60g and the lowest is 56g). Fujikura have even developed low density paint to keep the weight down. The R11 grip comes in at 55g. The R11 head has a volume of 440cc. The club is available as in the options below.

  • Right and Left Hand
  • 9.0 degree and 10.5 degree
  • Shaft  M, R, S, X
  • Standard Length 45.75″
  • Swing Weight D4

Taylormade R11 Driver Top ViewDoes it Perform?

The Taylormade R11 Driver I tested on the range had a Stiff Blur 60 shaft installed. I started out with the standard settings and I must say the club felt very good in the hands and delivered a stable shot with most going pretty straight. I also had an R7 with me to compare. The club looked great at address and I was very impressed with the contrast between the white top and black face to help  align everything up.

 

After hitting a whole bunch of shots I decided to start playing around with different settings built into the driver. There are quite a few different combination’s that can be selected so you have to be careful to make adjustments in a structured way so you can see if they are really making any difference. I feel that it would take a good couple of days to try out all the different settings and record the results. The soleplate adjustment had the most effect with a marked difference in the direction when I changed the settings.

Conclusion

Once I had played with all the settings I ended up with a driver configuration that seemed to suit my swing and I must say I was Impressed. The R11 certainly can hit the ball long and straight and I got at least 10-15 yards more than my R7 can deliver.

Out of all the drivers I have tested over the last few months this beats them all not only for performance but also for innovation. I would recommend this driver to anyone in the market looking to try something new.



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