Based on what I’ve seen out on the course lately – the TaylorMade R11S is shaping up to be the hottest golf club of the year. Every time I get paired up with someone they pull out an R11S and every single person that I’ve talked to that has been gaming one claims they love it.
After spending a bit of time to get to know the new R11S, I can see why so many people love this driver. The club simply feels great, looks amazing, and is fully adjustable. It’s simply a solid and capable driver.
We spend all of our time testing clubs out on the course instead of on the launch monitors. On the course, I haven’t seen a noticeable distance increase with the driver. Every once-in-a-while I feel like I’m getting extra distance, but I’m not seeing it consistently. As far as overall satisfaction with the driver – it easily ranks with the top drivers that I’ve played this year.
I was a little concerned when I received the 9 degree version of the club. I had been fitted for a 10.5 degree, but the 9 degree was the one that showed up for review. This had less impact than I initially expected, I simply adjusted the club and it played the same as the model that I dialed into during the fitting.
I’ve spent countless hours on the range tweaking the adjustability settings. At the end of the day I settled on a slightly higher loft (going to 10.5) while keeping all of the other settings in their default/neutral positions.
This is the only adjustable driver I’ve played with this year where the adjustability seems to have a noticeable impact between the different settings. While all of the adjustable drivers feel a bit different between settings the R11S feels truly adjustable.
The loft options available include 9, 10.5, and 12 degree models. The R11S adjustability options include loft (+/-1.5 degrees), face angle (+/-3 degrees), and flight path (swappable 10 and 1 gram weights). There are a ton of unique options that give 80 different configuration options. You could easily spend hours dialing in this club.
Unlike a lot of the other adjustable drivers that I’ve reviewed, the R11S looks normal at address when it’s adjusted to the higher and lower lofts. The majority of adjustable drivers just feel a bit off when they are in non-neutral positions, but R11S doesn’t have this same problem. The R11S feels completely natural at all of the adjustability combinations that I’ve tested. Having independent loft and face-angle adjustments is a huge plus in dialing in the club.
The look of the club is aesthetically appealing and I’m a fan of the matte-white club head. Everyone either seems to love or hate the white and I clearly fall in the love camp. The club simply looks great and the contrast of the white club head is a big plus for me.
I’ve also really come to appreciate the black face on the driver. The black face is invaluable in seeing exactly where contact was made with the ball and it offers great feedback while tweaking things on the range and seeing patterns in ball-striking on the course.
I opted for the stock Aldila RIP Phenom 60 and I’m pretty happy with the shaft for a stock shaft. I do highly encourage spending some time trying out different shafts with this driver. I’ve found many people out there who have opted for custom shafts and plenty of optional shafts are available when custom-ordering the driver.
The experience of sticking the R11S in the bag has been great. The sound of the club is good, mis-hits are forgiving, and the club offers great workability with plenty of adjustment options. TaylorMade has put together a great club and I’d highly recommend getting this club in the bay if you’re looking to pick up a new driver. I don’t think you’ll be dissapointed.
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