Martin Hopley

If you prefer your driver heads to be large then the R5 Dual driver is for you and it comes in two set ups to ensure it exactly matches your game.

The Type N version is set up with a neutral setting for all types of players. In testing the club sounded great and went even better.

The feel, ball flight and distance performance was excellent. For the better player then the R7 is probably a better club, but if your are on a budget then this is a great alternative for any level of golfer.

The type D version is set up to promote a draw (or reduce and slice!) and the resulting design changes do not make it as visually attractive as it's sister N version.

We found that the club did deliver in this respect and overall we really like the R5 driver as a club. It sounds good and the ball flight and distance performance was excellent.

There as an excellent range of good quality shafts so you should find the right one to suit your needs.

Golfalot Rating: 5 stars
Overall Rating - 4 stars:
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TaylorMade r5 Dual Driver

TaylorMade r5 Dual Driver - Product Details

UK Launch30 September 2004
Handicap Range
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
Left Handed Lofts9.5°, 10.5°
Right Handed Lofts7.5°, 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 12°
Shaft TypesGraphite
Shaft FlexX Stiff, Stiff, Regular
Manufacturer's WebsiteTaylorMade Website

User Reviews

Michael C-Y
May 2018

I am 85 years old and play to a 20 handicap now. I bought the R5n in 2005 when I was still a single figure golfer. Every year I have tried a new driver and on occasions bought one. Not one of them has had the consistency of distance and direction of the old favourite. A few of my partners have in fact suggested that I never change the R5n. So I guess I won't.

Dave Curry
March 2018

I have had this driver for about 10 years now and it’s been the most reliable club in the bag. I do keep trying new drivers as I am now finding I am a few yards behind the new equipment over the last couple of years, but it keeps getting brought back out when I get sick of being in the trees. Straight, forgiving and still long enough to be competitive. A great golf club.

Steve H
January 2018

I have an R5N with a regular Speeder 757 shaft. I bought it in 2005 and have played with since. I've been to lot of demo days through the years but I've never found a driver that hits better or farther (for me) than my R5. Awesome driver!

Kevin lindoe
July 2017

I have used many drivers over the past few years and for me there aren't many that come close to the R5 dual driver, long and straight!

Tom P
May 2017

This driver has endured the test of time.I try all my friends new $300-$450 drivers and I say gimme my R5. Used it now for 8 years and it's still mint. I have the 10.5 reg D driver and can easily work the ball.I miss 2 drives a year with this baby and need to find another one as back up. I'm 67 and with a smooth swing get it 230-240 all day. I'd be lost without it and it looks good. If that ain't testimonial to this great club, I don't know what is. Will hit it to the end I guess.

July 2016

I have my new R15 parked and am going back to my trusty R5. The heavier head makes it easier to get in the groove at impact and hammer through the ball.

April 2016

Been using this since inception and every year I tell myself it's time for a new driver. Then I test out the new crop, (this year, TM's M2 driver, and the latest Ping model) and frankly none of them feel as sweet, forgiving and strong in my hands as the trusty old R5. If you get a chance, you can now buy one for pennies (it is about 12 years old now). I say make the move - a fantastic driver, good length, good looks and great value - equal to anything new you pay big bucks for today.

March 2016

Been using this more and I am hitting it at around 270 to 280. I thought the newer drivers of TaylorMade are far better but this R5 can still do the job on any golf course out there. This is a better forgiving driver than the Titleist drivers or any other drivers out there. I like the M2 but the prices are a bit stiff for now so i will keep using this R5 till it breaks.

Drew Tuck
May 2005

Decent club that gets the ball out there. Flight was a bit high for my liking and seemed to make the ball hang at the end of its flight. Sits well behind the ball and does give you a lot of confidence but just not for me.

April 2005

I was pleasantly suprised by the TaylorMade R5 Dual driver. Having used TaylorMade's all my life I thought this was another high handicapper driver, but I think everyone can use the new R5 Dual driver. It looked great and sent the ball off on a great trajectory and you could hit it high and low. It's got the maximum allowable head size so it gives you lots of confidence and at much less than the TaylorMade R7 Quad driver, I think this is a better buy.

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Media Reviews

Golf World
August 2005
Most accurate..excellent launch angle..ideal spin rate.

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