TaylorMade has announced its R15 to reintroduce its R Series, a brand mark synonymous with more than a decade of metalwood products.
The family includes a driver, fairway and Rescue club.
The R15 driver will be offered in both black and white and features a pear shape in two head sizes, 460 c.c. and 430 c.c. It’s available in four lofts – 9.5, 10.5, 12 and 14 degrees.
“R15 harnesses our world-class portfolio of technological advancements engineered over the last15 years,” said Brian Bazzel, senior director of product creation for metalwoods.
“It performs incredibly in a package that looks great, sounds great and can be easily fitted to any player. Everything we know about the metalwood, we’ve put into R15. Golfers will see that, feel it and sense it with every swing. It’s a special driver,” he said.
Empowering the golfer to adjust weight in a driver head is a landmark innovation that TaylorMade introduced more than 10 years ago with its r7 Quad driver.
Through the years, company engineers increased the amount of weight that can be distributed, while also simplifying the process to enhance the golfer’s experience.
With its new Front Track system in R15, adjusting a TaylorMade driver has never been quicker or easier: Inside the new Front Track system are two sliding split weights that weigh 12.5 grams each (25g total).
The R15 club head has five grams more discretionary mass to maneuver and is 4 grams lighter than the SLDR.
Using a torque wrench, the golfer can loosen and slide the weights to the heel for a draw, to the toe for a fade or split for stability.
R15 also incorporates an adjustable loft-sleeve, giving golfers the ability to alter their face angle, lie angle and loft preference to affect side-to-side trajectory.
A simple rotation of the loft-sleeve system allows the golfer to choose from 12 distinct settings that makes incremental changes in the lie and the loft/face angle (range is four degrees).
Key to the performance of the R15 is the low and forward centre of gravity, a strategic placement of weight first seen in SLDR to promote faster ball speed with less spin.
R15 has an even lower and more forward CG due to the Front Track system, which is 12 m.m. closer to the leading edge with 40 more grams of weight forward. In total, 75 per cent of the mass is in the front of the driver.
Low forward CG in combination with the more forward track and redesigned sliding weights in the R15 are designed to help reduce spin by about 100 to 200 r.p.m. and increase launch by 0.5 to 1.0 degrees compared to the SLDR 460.
TaylorMade says company research indicates that a 17-degree launch angle and a 1700 r.p.m. spin rate promote the best combination of carry and roll-out at every swing speed, culminating in maximum distance under normal playing conditions.
Size and Colour
The larger, 460cc version of R15 is for the player seeking forgiveness and confidence on the tee, while the R15 430 has a shape that strongly resembles drivers from the company’s past.
The address size is noticeably smaller to appeal to players who prefer a smaller address view. The R15 430 is also the lowest spinning driver offering.
The R15’s crown comes in a satin white finish, with a contrasting black PVD face and sole.
The strong contrast between the crown and face is used to make it easy to align the face accurately at address. A gloss black version will be offered exclusively in R15 460.
Available in four lofts – 15, 16.5, 19, and 20.5 degrees, the R15 fairway is the company’s most adjustable fairway to date.
Featuring the same Front Track system as the driver, the R15 FW utilizes a single 25-gram tungsten weight that can slide easily to promote a draw or fade using a TaylorMade torque wrench.
The Front Track also performs like a Speed Pocket to increase the sweet spot and decrease the spin rate. Like the driver, the R15 FW comes with a four degree loft sleeve for maximum loft adjustability.
The R15 fairway and Rescue clubs have been refined by extensive input from our athletes to be suitable for the best players in the world.
Similar to the original Rescue club from TaylorMade, the new R15 has a “peanut” head shape, commonly preferred by tour staff professionals. The smaller shape (99 c.c.) offers more versatility than a conventional sized hybrid and is preferred by players who like to shape their shots.
TaylorMade has also incorporated an open channel Speed Pocket into the R15 Rescue club to promote more ball speed and reduced spin.
Built with the new Fujikura Speeder 77 Evolution shaft, the club also features a three-degree loft sleeve, allowing the golfer to customize distance gaps between fairways, Rescue clubs, and longest long iron.