The TaylorMade R11 Fairway wood features a white head and the adjustable sole plate to go with the previous adjustable options of the R9. Compared to the R9, the white head is larger and we feel benefits of adjustment in fairways are greater than in drivers as you can get the right shape and trajectory for your game to improve accuracy. We would recommend going to a fitting centre to find out the best settings for you as trial and error could take some time.
The R11 also features a redesigned sole that reduces the contact area with the turf by 35% from the R9 fairway. This equates to less resistance at impact, resulting in greater energy transfer to promote increased distance.
We really liked the R11 fairway as it sat very well at address and the white head really set it apart from the pack. As with the R11 driver, the adjustable sole plate is there to re-align an adjusted face to give you the look at address you prefer to in turn give you more confidence and a better shot.
We are not 100% convinced about this but nonetheless it is a useful option and leaving it in the neutral setting still gives you an excellent fairway wood.
The Fujikura or Project X shaft available preformed very well, the sound was great and the feel at impact was very solid . The standard steel headed version is available in 5 lofts from 14 to 22 degrees and there is also a TP version which is the same, but with a greater choice of shafts.
For all you titanium lovers out there, the R11 Ti fairway features a larger, lighter titanium head and 3 choices of lofts from 15, 18 and 21 degrees.
Overall Rating - 5 stars: