TaylorMade believes it has taken adjustable technology to the next level with the introduction in February of the R11S all-white driver, a Tour Preferred (TP) version of which is currently in the hands of its staff players including Sergio Garcia.
The 460cc driver - available in three lofts, 9-, 10.5- and 12-degrees for right-handers - features a 3-degree Flight Control Technology (FCT) sleeve and annew 5-way adjustable sole plate (ASP) creating a golfer's preferred set-up as they look down at the club at address. Combined with TaylorMade’s Movable Weight Technology (MWT), the R11S driver can be tuned for upto 80 separate launch settings.
Similar to its predecessor, the R11, the new R11S features a contrasting black face which golfers claim improves their alignment and accuracy off the tee and confidence at address - the clubhead appearing large compared to the ball. It's triangular shape also helps provide a higher launch, more forgiving trajectory.
ASP technology - a raised five-point plate which can be rotated and secured - allows the golfer to adjust face angle independent of loft setting which means the face angle can be adjusted independently to the loft and vice versa - neutral, slightly open, open, slightly closed and closed.
In addition the combination of Flight Control Technology and moveable weights enables the golfer to adjust the loft and face angles for up to approximately 60 yards side-to-side trajectory as well as the swing weight.
“The R11S is a golfer’s dream come true; it’s the realisation of every ounce of innovation, adjustability, and performance we could package in a bigger, more aerodynamic, white clubhead,” said Sean Toulon, executive vice president. “With the proper fitting, we know golfers of all skill levels will be longer and straighter off the tee.”
The R11S (£349) measures 45.75” and is equipped with a 60-gram Aldila RIP Phenom 60 shaft (X, S, R and M flexes), which weighs 60 grams and which features a medium-firm tip profile. Left-handed lofted are nine and 10.5 degrees.
The TaylorMade R11S TP driver (£399) is equipped with an Aldila RIP Phenom TP 65 (X, S, R) and 25 additional TP shaft choices. Lofts are nine and 10.5 degree in right and left-handed.