If you are looking at the TaylorMade R11 Driver, you are probably looking for an
oversize club head with long drive potential, maybe up to over 400 cc. Also, you
probably have enough experience to realize that the larger the head the greater the
danger of ending worse off than just 150 yards down the middle of the fairway, but
lost in the woods or just lost. A 200 plus yard slice or hook is not what you have
in mind. Of course, it is not just about size and distance; it’s a combination of
loft, angles, and flight path. Imagine being able to adjust these features to fit
your swing with one club head.
With the TaylorMade R11 Driver, a unique combination of features allows the golfer
to control loft, face angle, and CG (head center of gravity) independently. Namely,
these are Flight Control Technology (FCT) for loft, Adjustable Sole Plate (ASP) for
face angle, and Movable Weight Technology (MWT) for CG (center of gravity control).
In more technical terms, these technologies (FTC) provides eight settings to create
+/- 1 degree loft change, (MVT) provides weights (included or available) to adjust
trajectory left/right by25 yards, and ASP setting of +/- 2 degrees (Neutral, Closed
To simplify, the TaylorMade R11 Driver’s provides eight settings to increase or
decrease the effective loft (from 4 degrees open to 4 degrees closed by one degree
increments). There are two places for placements of the TaylorMade R11 Driver CG
weight (10-gram screw and a 1-gram screw included). Placement in the heel or in the
toe allow for draw (heel) or fade (toe) control and according to the manufacturer
will provide up to 25 yards of right-and-left adjustability.
In essence, you can choose the 10.5 degree or 9.0 “beginning standard head for a
start and adjust to a range of 8 degree to 11.5 degree for the that under speed of
light swing or that slow, power swing or try the 9.0 for, or just not sure then
adjust a little up or down.
All of which presents a large number of decisions for a tester/reviewer to consider
in judging this club. The majority of reviewers have tested either the “off the
shelf” base 9° or 10.5° FTC models with the Fujikura Blur 60 R (58 grams), and the
TaylorMade 360 grip.
These testers/reviewers have reported that their drives ranged from “above average”
to “one of the longest I’ve tested” to simply, “I bombed it.” However, many testers
reported hitting higher than normal. As to direction/accuracy, testers reported
consistent results and described the TaylorMade R11 Driver as a straight-shooter or
Dampened, muted, and soft were the terms most commonly used for feel. Reviewers did
voice the common opinion that all-in-all the TaylorMade R11 Driver is an easy to
swing, balanced club with some spring in the face. The general opinion/advice was
that aggressive, faster swingers should decrease their chances for that irksome hook
or fade with weight placement. When prodded, most testers said the white paint job
was briefly distracting but quickly forgotten and irrelevant to performance.
For “non-professional” reviews, comments in purchasers’ emails on various websites
are positive. To quote, paraphrase a few:
- My bad swings are big hooks and a standard loft and neutral face angle combined with this shaft have straightened my ball flight. No more worry about the left side of the hole!
- The ball can the leave a useful temporary dimple mark on the black face to confirm the hit area so you have some feedback. Don’t worry they wipe off easily.
- The sound is pleasing and there is some difference between a center hit and anything off-center, but it’s not a “clang”!
The standard TaylorMade R11 Driver comes with a Fujikura Blur (45.75 inch) shaft in
M (Senior) 56 grams, R (Regular) 58 grams, S (Stiff) 59 grams, and X (X-Stiff) 60
grams sizes. Included with the multiple setting combinations for FTC, MVT, and ASP,
the total number of configurations available to the consumer/user for the TaylorMade
R11 Driver are impressive.
If one tries them all, you might get a bit fatigued by the end. However, if you find
your feel/swing, you will have chosen an excellent club and still have the choice to
adjust sort of on the fly later. Hopefully, such an exhaustive search won’t be
necessary and betwixt-and-between extreme and medium settings will provide what fits
your swing with the TaylorMade R11 Driver.