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The TaylorMade R15 Is a Lethal Driver Packed with Distance and Forgiveness
If you’re like most golfers then you may be asking yourself, “What possibly could TaylorMade improved upon from the SLDR?” Well, we’re here to tell you they improved and it directly affects two things: DISTANCE and most importantly FORGIVENESS!
First things first, the Front Track system on the TaylorMade R15 driver has been moved closer to the clubface compared to the previous TaylorMade SLDR driver by 12mm, which shifts 75% of the total driver’s weight to the front of the driver. This weight placement has created the lowest and most forward center of gravity (CG) ever designed. This design is producing shots that launch higher with very low spin. Yes, I said higher launching! You’ll still need to “Loft Up”, but not as much as prior models.
TaylorMade has improved the forgiveness of the driver by transitioning from adjustable weight in the Front Track system to two movable weights, each weighing 12.5 grams. These weights allowing you to make a wider range of adjustments and create a more forgiving driver than previous models. With two weights you’ll now have the option to have a weight on towards the toe and heel, which creates more stability through impact on off-center hits. If you’re looking for a slight draw or fade bias shot AND forgiveness, move one weight according to the desired shot shape and the other towards the middle of the Front Track. And just like before, if you want a completely draw bias or fade bias ball flight, keep both weights together and move them to either the toe or heel position.
You’ll continue to see the TaylorMade Loft Sleeve which allows you to adjust the loft on the driver (up to 4 degrees), as well as the lie and face angles. All of these adjustments have created the most adjustable driver TaylorMade has ever created.
The new TaylorMade driver will be available in two models; the R15 460 and the R15 430. The TaylorMade R15 430 driver will appear noticeably smaller in the address position and appeal to better golfers. TaylorMade is bringing back the popular white colored crown of past successful drivers. The TaylorMade R15 driver will be produced in the white, but for those seeking black it will only be available in the R15 460 driver. The Fujikura Speeder 57 will be the stock shaft in the R15 460 driver, with the same shaft available in the R15 430 driver weighing in 10 grams heavier, another aspect better golfers are looking for.
One thing is for sure, the TaylorMade R15 driver means more distance and more fairways for you!
Ryan Spaziani has been a Class “A” member of the PGA of America since 2012. He graduated from the Professional Golfers Career College in Orlando, FL with an Associate Degree in Professional Golf Management. He has worked for both private and public golf courses in the Raleigh, North Carolina. Ryan has a strong passion and extensive knowledge for teaching, club fitting and growing the game of golf.