TaylorMade Driver Comparison: R15 vs R1


Which Taylormade driver suits you best? The TaylorMade R1 driver was a revolutionary driver packed with cutting edge technology for its time. Fast forward and TaylorMade is now producing the R15 driver. Let’s take a look and see what kind of advancements have been made and what you can expect from both drivers.



The TaylorMade R15 driver has a couple of key technologies that give this driver impeccable distance and forgiveness. The key piece of technology for the R15 driver is the Front Track system. The front track system is located on the sole of the driver towards the face of the golf club. This location shifts 75% of the driver’s total weight to the front of the driver. This is a “shift” in technology as you used to see the majority of weight low and back in a clubhead. With the weight towards the front of the driver, it produces the lowest and most forward center of gravity (CG) found in any driver. Due to this lower CG, the initial launch angle is higher with greatly reduced spin. You can further dial in the spin of the R15 driver with the multiple adjustable weights that move back and forth (pictured above). These 12.5-gram weights allow for a wider range of shot dispersion while enhancing the forgiveness. Separate the weights for maximum forgiveness, move them towards the toe for fade bias spin, or move them towards the heel for draw bias spin.

  • The TaylorMade R15 driver is for best suited for golfers looking to reduce theirs over spin rates of the driver for increased distance.



The TaylorMade R1 driver is the most adjustable driver to ever be released by TaylorMade. With a total of 168 possible setting combinations (12 Loft settings, 7 Face Angle settings and 2 Weight Adjustments). All of these adjustments can be made with a variety of combinations through the Loft Sleeve, Face Angle Sole Plate, and the adjustable weights. The R1 driver gives you the ability to uniquely fine-tune your trajectory and shot shape to get the most out of your ball flight. This adjustability is crucial to hitting longer, straighter drives because golf swings are like fingerprints, no two are the same. The R1 gives you every option to find your optimal setting.

  • The TaylorMade R1 driver is for best suited for golfers looking for the ultimate in adjustability with a unique sound, feel and look.



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Ryan Spaziani

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.