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TaylorMade R 11 Driver Pushes Envelope of Technology
Golfing Magazine Staff
By Golfing Magazine Staff
Published on 04/1/2011

TaylorMade R 11 Driver Pushes Envelope of Technology

The R11 driver incorporates TaylorMade’s 3D Tuning system that allows the player to adjust the loft, face angle and flight path. “This gives golfers the ability to adjust their driver to fit their individual needs with even greater precision,” says Dr. Benoit Vincent, TaylorMade’s chief technology officer.

The unique 3D Tuning system incorporates 2 of TaylorMade’s tour proven technologies along with a brand new innovation that allows for the face angle to be adjusted independently of the loft.

Flight Control Technology (FCT), first appeared on the company’s R9 series, allows the golfer to adjust the loft in order to increase or decrease the launch angle and spin rate to increase distance. Moveable Weight Technology (MWT), an innovation first seen in TaylorMade’s r7 series, adjusts the clubhead’s center of gravity to promote a draw, fade or neutral ball flight. The 3rd dimension of tuning is the Adjustable Sole Plate (ASP) that allows you to adjust the face angle, independently of the loft, to attain the player’s desired look at address.
When a player changes a clubhead’s loft they also change the face angle, i.e. increase loft and the face angle closes, decrease loft and the face angle opens. The Adjustable Sole Plate solves this problem. The ASP provides ±2 degrees of face angle change. The player can create three lofts with the same face angle, or can further accentuate a face angle or counter a negative face angle. Plus, the combination of ASP and FCT effectively doubles the range of face angle for the club for ±2 degrees to ±4 degrees.

Altogether these 3 dimensions of tuning, ASP, FCT and MWT, give golfers no fewer than 48 ways to set up the clubhead to promote up to 100 yards of side-to-side trajectory adjustment, the most of any driver in existence.
The R11’s new, “modern-classical” clubhead shape is intended to suit the eye of better players, while still providing forgiveness and confidence for average players. The shape presents a more contemporary appearance than traditional drivers, and is slightly triangular to create a modern yet classical address silhouette. The triangular shape creates more inertia and a deeper back center of gravity position for greater stability and forgiveness.

Oh, did we mention the color?
At 440cc, the R11 appears slightly larger due to its white crown color. The white crown color and black PVD face provides optimum contrast against the ground to make the R11 easier to aim. This advantage is even more pronounced in lower light, such as when the tee box is in shade or shadow, on overcast days or when the sun is low in the morning and in the evening. The crown color also eliminates high-intensity “hot spots” caused by reflected sunlight that afflicts gloss-finish metal woods.

The R11 driver measures 45.75-inches in length and is equipped standard with Fujikura’s new Blur 60-gram shaft offered in four flexes-- X, S, R, M. It is available in two “starting point” lofts, 9 degrees and 10.5 degrees. There is also a TP edition that comes with a Fujikura Blur TP shaft as well as the option of 19 additional shaft choices.

Price: $399 for R11, $499 for R11 TP.