Everyone loves getting a new driver. The big dog. The heavy hitter. Learning about all the new products out there is one of my favorite ways to prepare for another year on the course. I hope you’ve been enjoying this new series where I compile all the best product reviews and put them into one place to make it easy for everyone to find. I hope you find these ultimate product reviews helpful! – Matt
Club Name: R15 Driver
Category: Better player drivers
Price Point: R15 460 ($429), R15 430 ($429, white only) and R15 TP 430/460 ($499)
- The R15 460 is available in glossy black and matte white in lofts of 9.5, 10.5, 12 and 14 degrees. It comes stock with Fujikura’s Speeder 57 Evolution shaft (X, S, R and M Flexes) and has Lamkin’s 48-gram performance grip.
- The R15 430 is offered in lofts of 9.5, 10.5 and 12 degrees and comes stock with Fujikura’s Speeder 67 Evolution shaft (S and R flexes, X-flex is custom only).
- The TP version of the R15 460 has a stock Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution Tour Spec shaft (X, S and R) and the TP version of the R15 430 has Fujikura’s Speeder Evolution 757 Tour Spec shaft, both with aftermarket graphics and Lamkin’s UTx grip.
From TaylorMade – “R15 features a lower and more forward center of gravity (CG), to promote higher launch and lower spin. The Front Track system performs like a Speed Pocket, reducing spin and increasing the size of the sweet spot, and the 4° loft sleeve along with new sliding split weights (12.5g each) make dialing in your tee shots easier than ever—slide the weights to center for max distance, heel for max draw, toe for max fade, or split them for max stability.
Only our greatest breakthroughs are worthy of being called an R. 15 years of our groundbreaking metalwoods technologies from the #1 driver in golf have been fused with brand new innovations into a single, game-changing design. We put everything we have into the R15, so you can find out what you have—in you.”
You can purchase your version of the TaylorMade R15 driver by visiting the TaylorMade website.
1. Golf Digest: Gold Rating. It has been more than a decade since TaylorMade started the adjustable-driver craze. But the R15’s 12-setting hosel and two sliding weights in the sole are supporting the company’s recent desire to decrease spin via a low-forward center of gravity. The company’s goal is to increase the launch angle – because that’s what most golfers need – while limiting spin. That’s why nearly 75 percent of the R15’s mass is in the front of the clubhead. The sole track is designed to do more than house two 12.5-gram weights. It’s closer to the face than 2013’s SLDR to give more oomph on your mis-hits, particularly shots hit low on the face. In all, the R15 is smarter and more forgiving.
2. Golf Magazine: Love it. Tinkerers rejoice. The R15 driver has a pair of 12.5-gram sliding weights in the sole, providing five grams more movable mass than the single 20-gram weight in the current SLDR. With the R15, TaylorMade does it again. One of our top-ranked clubs, it’s long, looks and feels great, and offers plenty of forgiveness and playability.
3. Hacker’s Paradise: Like It. Key to the performance of the R15 is the low and forward center of gravity (CG) – a strategic placement of weight first seen in SLDR which promotes faster ball speed with less spin. R15 has an even lower and more forward CG thanks to the Front Track system, which is 12mm closer to the leading edge with 40 more grams of weight forward. In total, 75% of the mass is in the front of the driver.
4. Bunker’s Paradise: Like it.
5. Golf Magic: Gold Rating. Without doubt, one of the longest, straightest and easiest to adjust drivers we have tested in 2015. Not cheap at £369 but we can assure you if you can stomach the price tag, you are unlikely to be disappointed.
6. Golf A Lot: 5 Stars.
7. Golf WRX: Like It. The R15 drivers come in two sizes – 460 and 430 cubic centimeters – and continue TaylorMade’s commitment to designing drivers with a lower, forward center of gravity. Like their predecessors, the R15’s have a sliding weight track on the front of their soles, but the track now houses two sliding weights instead of one.