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TaylorMade R15 Driver

TaylorMade R15 Driver

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TaylorMade R15 Driver

The TaylorMade R15 driver, their latest sliding weight driver, is very low spin, but it’s still relatively unforgiving.

After an extended hiatus (that’s sarcasm, folks, it’s been a year), TaylorMade has brought back the R series of metalwoods.  The R15 driver takes last years SLD-ing weight and splits it into two.  Can that make the R15 accessible to players who found the SLDR too demanding?  We tested it to find out.

TaylorMade R15 Driver Specs

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.

The major selling point of the TaylorMade R15 is low spin, and it does deliver on that.  I hit numerous shots that were below 2000 RPM.  However, I also hit some very high spinning shots, hence the average spin that you see above.  This is likely to be one of the lowest-spinning drivers of 2015 along with the PING G30 and the Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 Double Black Diamond.  If you need to drop spin to gain distance, the R15 is a driver you should try, but do make sure you’re getting consistently low spin.

The sliding weights do make a major difference in how this club performs.  With the weights apart, this driver has average forgiveness – the lowest my smash factor got was 1.43.  With the weights together, however, the forgiveness is poor – I saw smash factors as low as 1.33.  In both settings, I also hit shots that were a “perfect” 1.5 smash factor.

The bottom line is that if you are an average or below-average driver, this is not your driver.  If you’re hitting the sweet spot consistently, the R15 could be very good for you.

TaylorMade R15 Driver

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