Welcome to R1Driver.com where we will be giving you a complete overview of the Taylormade R1 Driver line as well as our opinion on whether this is the best adjustable driver for your game.
This site was compiled from personal experience and testing as well as extensive reviewing of blogs and chats related to the R1 Driver as well as comparable drivers from other companies and even competing drivers like Rocketballz from the TaylorMade line.
Yes, you can certainly buy a driver for a lot less money but will your game improve with an inferior product? That is the question we ask ourselves with every golf related purchase that we make. If I spend a little more, can I lower my score? These questions and many more will attempt to be answered on this site.
Why does the R1 Driver cost so much?
That is a great question because they can run as much as $799.99 with a custom shaft. There is a tremendous amount of research, development and testing involved with any high end driver. That is certainly a significant factor in the cost. If you can remember back not too many years ago, high end drivers cost the same and more with no adjustability. I am reluctant to call the R1 a bargain so let’s call it reasonable.
What is different about the R1 Driver?
Starting several years ago, TaylorMade pioneered adjustable loft drivers. Most manufactures have followed suit in one way or another. The new R1 takes adjustability to a whole new level. According to TaylotMade’s research, 80% of all golfers play a driver with the wrong loft. What is even more amazing is that 35% of these golfers are off by 2% or more. Loft is now fully adjustable from 8 to 12 degrees. You can also change the lie angle, which is just as important because no two swings are the same. Further adjustability includes the face angle. This is where game enhancement began. Before there was adjustability, you could buy an offset club to eliminate a slice. Now with face adjustability, you can eliminate either a slice or a hook. If that is not enough, there are movable weights to improve ball flight.
Should I buy an R1 Driver?
If you watch golf, you have certainly seen the number of white drivers and fairway woods on tour. Granted, many of the top pros are compensated for using a specific club so that must be factored in. However, they are always doing everything they can to improve their game. If a TaylorMade driver did not help them, would they risk using one?
TaylorMade is the number 1 driver on the PGA tour. Dustin Johnson became the first professional to win a tournament with the R1 followed quickly by Brian Gay. The biggest selling point of this driver is the fact that you can take the same driver the pros use and tune it to your swing. You also have the option to upgrade the shaft with the R1 TP Version or the R1 Super TP Version.
The short answer to should I buy an R1 driver is yes, if you are interested in increasing your distance off the tee as well as hitting the ball straighter. You can spend an enjoyable afternoon at the range and try all of the options available and see which one works best for you. Has there ever been a driver that you could say that about?
How do you adjust the R1 Driver?
One of the most appealing aspects of the R1 is the almost unlimited adjustability. You can adjust loft, lie, face angle and toe/heel weighting. It reminds me of my I-phone. Sure, it can do all kinds of things but I don’t have the slightest idea how to do most of them. Fortunately the R1 is much more user friendly. Get yourself a bucket of balls and head to the range on a warm, sunny day. Start making changes and get immediate feedback. Here are a couple of videos that will explain in detail how to make adjustments.
TaylorMade Launches New Tuning App
On top of all of this, TaylorMade has now launched an app that you can down load to help you figure out how to best use the 168 available adjustments. Buy the R1, download the app and you are ready for the tour. Well, maybe not but it sure is fun to dream. With this app, TaylorMade has taken the adjustable driver to a whole new level. It is one thing to experiment and another to be able to use the app to determine what changes to make based on the feedback you provide.
This is the best driver i’ve ever hit. i normaly drive 230yds, But with the R1 i hit a 357yd drive and almost had a heartattack.I even out drove my friends… Read more…