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.
One of these days, we’re going to get a club that adjusts from being a driver to a putter and everything in between all in one neat package.
Until that day arrives, consider the TaylorMade R11S Driver, which offers a plethora of face, loft and lie combinations. It has a moveable weight to change the center of gravity, an adjustable sole plate and the company’s Flight Control Technology that allows settings to be fixed independently.
All that high-tech means there are 80 ways to set launch positions. Any one of them will nail the ball with a big kaboom.
Cleveland Golf started 40 years ago making high-end replicas of classic golf clubs. It first ventured into high-tech designs in the 1990s, but players balked at the radical look. Such a reaction seems rather quaint these days. Players are teeing it up with clubs that look straight out of a military hardware catalog.
There has been a recent trend toward more traditional looking clubs, but modern technology isn’t going away. I can’t imagine hitting an old 1-iron. You don’t get much help from the old clubs, but they sure looked good, like a link stick is supposed to.
For a company that got into golf just because it signed Tiger Woods to a $40 million contract to pitch their wares, of which it only had clothes at the time, Nike has become a prime player in the sport’s technology boom. In fact, it’s not a stretch to say that the company is doing a lot better than its star ad man.
The company’s newest club is the Nike VR-S Driver, which blew away test players with its long, straight ball flight. One of them during the driver review positively gushed.
A playing partner arrived at the first tee with only one long club in his golf bag. He pulled out the Titleist 910D3 Driver and said:
“I paid three-hundred-plus dollars for this, and I’m going to see what it can do.”
He declared that he was going to use it for every shot, by which he meant every long shot, including teeing off with it on the par 3s. He wanted to give the club a complete driver review.
We thought he was crazy, which is about par for him, but he figured that since the Titleist 910D3 promotes a powerful ball flight that’s more workable than other drivers and helps with distance too, he could swing easier and get better results.
Rocketballz is a silly name, which can never be spoken without a sideways glance from someone. It seems ideally suited for garish knickers and stupid hats, but the TaylorMade Rocketballz Driver is built for ridiculous distance, no matter what you’re wearing, so the grade-school humor is balanced out.
Words like “searing” and “penetrating” get used by players during TaylorMade Rocketballz Driver reviews. These guys are swinging and smiling. They also say, “wow,” a lot.
How many miss-hits do you think you’ve had in your golfing life? Don’t count the babbling attempts to defend how much time you spend on the “silly game” to your wife or girlfriend. Just count the mistakes on the course itself. A thousand? Some rounds, it feels like you’ve never hit a good shot and never will again.
No matter how high their handicaps, golfers always look on the bright side. We don’t swing like the pros–heck, sometimes Tiger Woods doesn’t either–but we carry on, boosted by the precious few times when we’re able to put the golf driver against the ball at precisely the right place and see the little white orb glide through the air to land where it was aimed. To a duffer, there is no sweeter joy.
What’s in a sound? One of the worst things that’s ever happened in sports was the introduction of aluminum bats in baseball. That sharp ping with a hollow echo can’t compare to the crack of a Louisville Slugger on a hanging curve ball.
A similar thing has happened in golf. The loud burst of peak sound caused by modern drivers not only ruins the tranquility of the course, it likely damages your hearing. In the old days, you could barely hear a good shot. It was more of a powerful swoosh. Golf should be like that, a bit understated.
Build it light for a longer flight. A lighter club means greater club head speed which will propel your ball further down the fairway. This basic principle is at the heart of Cleveland’s Sub 300g technology, and the Launcher DST brings it all together.
Beware, though, as this is not the big bopper for the newbie. Cleveland has matched a Mitsubishi Diamana Red 45.75 inch shaft weighing in at a mere 47 grams. If you haven’t mastered a solid, fundamentally sound swing the extra length will simply allow a deeper exploration of the surrounding wooded countryside.