Martin Hopley
By Martin Hopley

What loft of driver do you currently use? 8, 9, 10, 11, 12? Well TaylorMade have done their research, and chances are that you are not using the correct loft. In fact, TaylorMade found that 80% of golfers have the wrong loft on their driver.

The TaylorMade R1 driver can be tuned 168 different ways, including 12 loft settings and 7 face-angle settings, designed to allow you to find the perfect fit to optimise distance and accuracy.

The TaylorMade R1 driver does not come with a loft stamped on it like most drivers do. The Loft Sleeve Technology means that you can adjust the driver to suit your game and choose a loft from 8 up to 12 degrees.

Essentially, the R1 lets you choose from 7 different lofts in the standard setting, and 5 different lofts if you choose an upright setting. A further seven face angle settings combine to further enhance the look at address and flight of the ball. A key aspect of the adjustability in the R1 is that loft and face angle can now be adjusted independently of one another.

The movable weights in the R1 driver allow players to alter their shot shape. By moving the weights, you can alter the clubhead's CG (centre of gravity) by up to 5mm, to promote a draw or neutral trajectory.

While a lot of the technology in the TaylorMade R1 driver is hidden inside and on the under-side of the club, the crown graphics are sure to get a lot of attention. The "V" shape on the crown is designed to provide a frame at address to help alignment and heighten focus. The white crown and black face has been very popular since TaylorMade launched the R11 and RBZ drivers last year. TaylorMade did research and found that players benefit from the linear reference cues, hence the new crown graphics. In May 2013 an all black version was introduced for those who prefer a darker head

TaylorMade have equipped the R1 driver with an Aldila RIP Phenom shaft. The lightweight, 55-gram shaft is tip-stiff, designed to produce faster clubhead speed, yet deliver the feel of a heavier, 65-gram shaft.

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TaylorMade R1 Driver - Product Details

UK Launch01 February 2013
USA Launch01 February 2013
Handicap Range
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
Left Handed Lofts8°, 8.5°, 9°, 9.5°, 10°, 10.5°, 11°, 11.5°, 12°
Right Handed Lofts8°, 8.5°, 9°, 9.5°, 10°, 10.5°, 11°, 11.5°, 12°
Shaft TypesGraphite
Shaft FlexX Stiff, Stiff, Regular
Manufacturer's WebsiteTaylorMade Website

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