TaylorMade R11 Driver
The 2011 TaylorMade R11 Driver is the next generation in golf club adjustability. TaylorMade have combined Flight Control Technology (FCT) and Moveable Weight Technology (AWT), along with a new feature in the form of an Adjustable Sole Plate (ASP).
All of this combines to give the golfer the ability to increase or decrease the launch angle, select an open, closed, or neutral face, and adjust the heel/toe weighting. Allowing better golfers to promote a fade or a draw and higher handicappers to prevent slices and hooks. Truly a golf club that's for any golfer.
In total there are 48 different possible settings to choose from, making playing with the TaylorMade R11 Driver the ultimate personalised golf experience.
The full details and information on the technology and specifications of the club can be found at the TaylorMade website.
The standard loft's available for the R11 Driver are 9 and 10.5 degrees in left and right hand, and there is also a decent selection of shafts to choose from. Though at most retailers the main shaft that the club comes equipped with is the Fujikura Blur 60 graphite shaft, available in 4 different flexes.
At first it can feel a bit unusual playing with a predominantly white coloured Driver, but in truth the TaylorMade R11 Driver is a very good looking golf club overall. And the white club head actually begins to inspire alot of confidence at address once you've hit the club a few times.
The size of the head is 440cc but the white colour scheme can make it seem a bit larger than that sometimes. In fact the white crown combined with the black face can make aiming and lining up drives easier.
When you first hit the TaylorMade R11 Driver it's almost impossible to not be impressed by the power of the club. It wont be uncommon for some players to see gains of up to 20 or even 30 yards in driving distance, compared to what some other new Drivers can offer.
The Fujikura Blur 60 is quite a light weight shaft, and even with the stiff flex version you can really achieve some very impressive high swing speeds, which is a high contributing factor to the power of the R11.
Quite simply this is one of the longest Drivers TaylorMade have designed, and probably one of the longest and most powerful from any manufacturer. The ball flight is always very penetrating, and the golf ball really does fly off the R11 club face.
Not only that but the club is also pretty easy to hit, though when we tested the club it was admittedly only with the standard neutral set up.
However with this setting the R11 is a relatively easy Driver to get airborne. Though the function is there to change the loft or face angle to what a certain player may desire.
But though the technology is there to help with workability, the TaylorMade R11 Driver is actually not a difficult club to work the golf ball with just left on the neutral setting.
Obviously it takes more effort if you're trying to manipulate the flight of the golf ball yourself rather than letting the club do the work. But some better players might find that they don't really need to use the adjustment technology all that often.
The players we spoke to who had used and seen the effects of the adjustment technology though, said that it was simple to use and was never too time consuming. Not only that but it actually worked and affected the flight of the golf ball as expected, although sometimes there was a bit of trial and error involved on the range first.
So as far as performance goes there really isn't anything bad to say about the TaylorMade R11 Driver from what we saw, and from what we heard from other golfers. The club does what it was made for, does it well, and it looks pretty good as well.
The price as of 2012 is still definitely on the high side, and with a retail cost generally around £280 or $445, some players may be put off. However the TaylorMade R11 Driver is a quality golf club from a top manufacturer, that offers almost unrivalled adjustability.
|Looks || 9/10|
|Easy To Hit || 8/10|
|Forgiveness || 7/10|
|Value For Money || 7/10|