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The TaylorMade R15 fairway wood is a good, highly adjustable club geared towards average to better players. If you had to guess which club had a sliding weight, the R15 or the SLDR, you’d guess the SLDR, right? Well, you’d be wrong. Last year’s SLDR fairway wood had no moveable weights, but the new TaylorMade R15 fairway wood does – hooray for planed obsolescence!
Let’s start with the most noticeable new feature: the sliding weight. The R15 fairway wood has a 25 gram weight which can be placed anywhere from the heel to the toe to change the center of gravity and the ball flight. This adjustment isn’t going to be a cure-all for slicers or hookers, but it does make a noticeable difference when you slide the weight from the toe to the heel. It could also be very important for players who tend to always strike the toe or heel – you can adjust the CoG to make those shots behave more like pure strikes.
Like last year’s SLDR, the R15 has 4 degrees of loft adjustability at the hosel. Changing the loft will also affect the face angle, so, combined with the sliding weight, this club can counteract some pretty extreme rights and lefts.
In terms of distance and forgiveness, the R15 is a solid, but not spectacular, fairway wood. It’s plenty long, but not the longest that we’ve tested. It has enough forgiveness for the average to good player, but it wouldn’t be my choice for the high handicapper.