TaylorMade Launches R1 & RBZ Stage 2

Knowing they had a tough act to follow, TaylorMade Golf has packed a lot of technology into the new R1 driver which replaces the R11/R11S and the RocketBallz Stage 2, the new version of last year’s RocketBallz driver. And just in case you’re wondering both the new drivers are white headed, now considered to be the signature TaylorMade look.

TaylorMade R1 & RocketBallz Stage 2 driversTMaG says 80% of golfers play with a driver having the wrong loft – usually too little – so the R1 offers players 12 loft-sleeve settings and 7 face-angle positions, as well as two movable shot-shape weights. Loft and face angle may also be adjusted independently of each other and total adjustability hits 168 different combinations.

The company believes what its research found concerning loft and backs that up by not putting a head stamp showing loft because the Loft-Sleeve Technology offers a 4° range of lofts, meaning the golfer can play anywhere from a 8° to 12° driver.

“Offering a wide range of loft settings is imperative, because our research indicates that 80 percent of golfers are playing the wrong loft, which costs them distance,” said Dr. Benoit Vincent, chief technical officer. “The R1 offers 12 positions to help golfers find the loft that delivers the launch conditions that deliver maximum distance.”

The new RocketBallz Stage 2 driver also features Loft-Sleeve Technology and a slightly longer stock shaft (the 50-gram Fujikura RocketFuel) so when combined with a lightweight grip the total club weight is less than 300 grams. There was also a eye-pleasing redesign of the head shape and the clubface was enlarged to 4,100 square millimeters to promote more distance for better players – up to nine yards additional for better players.

“It’s hard to imagine bringing a driver to market that outperforms the original RocketBallz driver,” said Todd Beach, vice president of metalwoods R&D. “Making the head of the RBZ Stage 2 driver more aerodynamic while also making the clubface larger was a tremendous challenge and succeeding was critical to promoting performance that’s superior to the first generation RBZ driver.”

R1 driver

Available Feb.1

Street price $399

Loft-Sleeve Technology 12 Settings Between 8° and 12°

7 Face-Angle Settings

Shot-Shape Technology – movable weights

Thick-thin Crown Technology

Inverted Cone Technology

White Crown with New Graphic

Aldila RIP Phenom 55 Shaft

RocketBallz Stage 2 driver

Available Feb.1 (Tour version Feb. 15)

Street price $299 (Tour version street price $349)

Loft Sleeve Technology (formerly called Flight Control Technology)

Lower, More Forward CG

Larger Clubface

Crown Alignment Decals

Inverted Cone Technology

Thick-thin Crown Technology

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