Martin Hopley

The XD version of the popular TaylorMade R580 does exactly what it says on the tin. In our test the club was very easy to hit and the ball certainly stayed hit - great distance!

Unlike the normal R580, the flight of the ball seemed slightly lower, although it is still higher than average. The club is designed to do this, so it is not the ideal club for hitting drives into the wind.

The club sits well at address and looks great, so you don't feel like it is at all oversized. The ultralight shaft performs well and we liked the red flash at the top of the shaft to give it a sharp look.

Players with very high swing speeds may find they need a stiffer version of this standard stiff shaft as the club had a tendency to turn the ball over when swung really hard.

Overall though a great club, but if you are buying it for the long term, be aware that certain versions will be illegal for competitive use from 1 January 2008. Check the R&A website for more details.

Golfalot Rating: 4 stars
Overall Rating - 4 stars:
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TaylorMade R580XD Driver

TaylorMade R580XD Driver - Product Details

Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
Left Handed Lofts9.5°, 10.5°
Right Handed Lofts8°, 9.5°, 10.5°
Shaft TypesGraphite
Shaft FlexX Stiff, Stiff, Regular, Light
Manufacturer's WebsiteTaylorMade Website

User Reviews

Joe Fryd
December 2006

I have tried out the Taylor Made R580 XD driver and the R7Draw. I have to say that the striking force that comes from both clubs is awesome.!!! I currently own a Mizuno Mp001 and it goes vey nicely. The TaylorMade R580 XD combines forgivenss and fantastic flight and accuracy. It off center hits still go very nicely and there is not complaints what so ever. The only negative is that this club will soon be illlegal. I tended to get to much back spin on the ball and it fell consitanly shorter than its counterpart but none the less and awesome club!

If you want something fantastic for this next year thats available cheapyl on the market i would recommend this club...for now!

mark dawson
July 2006

I have the TaylorMade R580XD in a 9.5 degree loft with an extra stiff shaft and it is very reliable. It has a high face and is great for windy days. The best TaylorMade driver I reckon.

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Media Reviews

Today's Golfer
June 2004
Awesome distance..gratifying forgiveness..plenty of wow factor.
Today's Golfer
February 2004
More forgiveness and greater stability through impact, definite improvement.
Golf Monthly
March 2004
Felt like you'd hit it, with a powerful flight.
Golf World
December 2003
Truly excellent, long in distance, forgiving, easy to use.

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