TaylorMade R11 Irons
Released to the golf world in late 2011, the TaylorMade R11 Irons are generally aimed more at the mid to higher handicap golfer.
Like the R9 irons from TaylorMade, the R11 irons also feature fairly large oversized heads, intended to give golfers a greater amount of feel and control, in combination with impressive distance.
If you would like to know more information about the technology of the R11 irons, and what specifications are available. You can follow this link to the R11 page on the TaylorMade Golf website, which will open in a new window.
Graphite and steel shaft options are both available, with the R11 irons we tested being equipped with the KBS 90 steel shafts in regular flex.
The clubs really do look fantastic, and one of the first things noticed was that the oversized heads actually sit behind the golf ball very well at address, with the top line actually not appearing too thick or chunky despite the larger heads.
When it got down to hitting the TaylorMade R11s, it was very difficult to not be impressed with the very impressive performance. The R11 irons don't just look the part, they back it up with results on the course.
The forgiveness in particular that the oversized heads on the R11 irons give you is excellent, through out the set, many shots seem to be hardly affected by miss-hitting the ball at all. The clubs are very easy to hit and also have a really lovely, light weight to them.
The ball flight that the clubs produce is almost always a joy to watch as well. The trajectory, particularly with the mid to longer irons, is quite penetrating and never really too high or too low.
When you do hit the ball well though, the feeling that you get is almost as good as you will find in an iron of this type. The TaylorMade R11 irons are very soft and smooth at impact, it can almost feel like you're hardly hitting a golf ball at all sometimes.
The longer R11 irons in particular are very easy to hit in comparison to many other models. While some golfers prefer to opt for Hybrid clubs at times to avoid having to use longer irons, many players will likely not need to nor want to go down that route when playing with the R11 irons.
Distance wise the TaylorMade R11 irons are fairly long, but not massively so. Very high ball speeds off the face are regularly produced, and in comparison to alot of other iron sets the R11s generally seem to give players around an extra club. Meaning that shots with an R11 6 iron can travel as far as a 5 iron does in alot of other sets.
From what we saw, the golf ball often responds very well upon landing on the green on approach shots. With the shorter scoring R11 irons in particular, you do get a good amount of control of the golf ball to play with in terms of spin.
Admittedly though due to the fantastic forgiveness, it can be quite difficult to shape shots in the air to an extent when required. Moderate results are possile, but workabilty isn't really what the clubs were mainly designed and made for.
Overall the TaylorMade R11 Irons are a very, very impressive set of golf clubs. They provide almost everything a player would look for in a game improvement iron in terms of performance, and on top of that they look fantastic to.
In terms of value for money, the R11s are quite pricey just now in 2012, but it is what most people would expect with a new iron from a top manufacturer.
The steel shaft versions are generally priced at around £550 or $872, while the graphite models cost around £600 or $952.
|Easy To Hit ||10/10|
|Value For Money ||8/10|