Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by, we’ve got the details of a brand new line-up from from TaylorMade in the R line to share with you today. Looks like TaylorMade has been up to some cool stuff. On that note as well, it’s nice to see TaylorMade releasing this club almost two-years from their last major release, perhaps after taking note of the criticism they were receiving from the online community about their frequent releases. Nice to see some changes! Well… let’s get down to the nitty gritty on this new line-up from TaylorMade. Without further ado – the R15 line.
As usual, TaylorMade is releasing a variety of models to fit the needs of all players. They are releasing a 460CC and 430CC model, as well as TP versions of each. This new driver features the following tech:
- Movable Weight(s) – notice the plural here
- Slider Technology
- Adjustable Hosel
But what’s new from previous models?
Well, this new design isn’t mind-blowing in terms of tech, it does hold some improvements over the TaylorMade SLDR driver. The head design is approximately 4 grams lights (said to improve swing speeds), the COG is lower with the new design helping launch the ball 0.5 to 1 degrees higher overall, which equates to 100-200 RPM less than its predecessor. The addition of the two 12.5 gram weights instead of the SLDR’s one 20 gram weight, is also a nice touch. This new design promotes better MOI as well with its ability to split the weights closer to the heel and toe, which would help keep the ball on line and hopefully in play. The track has also been flattened to help lower the center of gravity.
This new driver is available in black and white paint, comes in 9.5, 10.5, 12, 14 degrees… comes with a Fujikura’s Speeder 57 Evolution shaft (available in R, S, X and M flex) Lambkin 48-gram performance grip. Both drivers, the 460CC and 430CC cost $429.00 and will be available early January 2015.
The R15 460 TP version comes with a tock Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution Tour Spec shaft (X, S and R). The R15 430 TP has a Fujikura’s Speeder Evolution 757 Tour Spec shaft. Both drivers will be $499. More than 20 TP shafts are also available at no extra upcharge.
R15 Fairway Woods
The R15 fairway woods are the first time TaylorMade has ever added a slider with a moveable weight to a fairway wood. The R15’s feature one single 25-gram weight that can slider from heel to toe. TaylorMade also claims this slider acts as a compression channel to help create a higher spring-effect off impact. The R15 fairway woods comes in a variety of lofts, mainly for 3-woods starting at 15 degrees and 5-woods starting at 19 degrees and will run you $279 for the Fujikura Speeder 67 Evolution shaft. The R15 TP fairway woods cost $349, and come with a stock Fujikura Speeder 757 Evolution TS shaft, plus additional shaft options.
The R15 Hybrids have an adjustable hosel and come in 17-24 degrees, and a tight 99CC’s. The stock shaft is the same as the 3-woods, and the regular version will run your $219, the TP $289. The hybrids also feature the slot tech behind the face which helps with the spring-effect off the face into impact.