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TaylorMade R11 Driver Review
TaylorMade R11 Driver Review: $77.99 to $129.99 (Used)
2nd Swing Golf Blog writer and PGA Pro Matt Keller rates the 2011 TaylorMade R11 Driver as above-average, yet solid overall and innovative.
The tech on the TaylorMade R11 Driver is exceptional while the performance alone is just okay for the typical golfer, Keller says.
Released in 2011, the 440cc TaylorMade R11 Driver features plenty of innovation. The TaylorMade R11 Driver performs extremely well and remained a top seller during it’s production time. In fact, the R11 Driver earned high praise from professionals, amateurs and a gold star rating from Golf Digest.
Technology (10 out of 10 Rating)
The full TaylorMade R11 Series, including the driver, is loaded with technology.
TaylorMade’s Adjustable Sole Plate (ASP) design allows you to adjust the face angle independently of the loft, and vice versa. Five face angles also are available through the improved ASP Technology of the 2012 TaylorMade R11S Driver (Available from 2nd Swing HERE.) are neutral, slightly open, open, slightly closed and closed. The red adjustable sole plate is located on the sole of the clubhead.
Meanwhile, TaylorMade’s Flight Control Technology (FCT) allows you to adjust the loft up or down with eight choices of lie, loft and face angle positions that range from +/- 1.5 degrees of lie and +/- 1.5 degrees of loft and +/- 3 degrees of clubface angle.
The R11 Driver features two weight ports, one in the toe and one in the heel. The TaylorMade Movable Weight Technology (MWT) allows you to change the 1-gram and 10-gram weight to alter the ball flight so it fits your swing.
Overall, the club is loaded with technology and can potentially seem overwhelming. But options always are a very good thing.
And considering the time of its release, the TaylorMade R11 Driver receives a perfect rating in technology.
Looks (9 out of 10 Rating)
The TaylorMade R11 Driver uses a smaller 440cc head than the 460cc released a year later. However, it kept its popular all-white crown and black clubface. In addition, the R11 Driver provides a higher moment of inertia (MOI), deeper clubhead with a forward center of gravity (CG) position.
Overall, the appearance is solid and rates high.
Performance (7.5 out of 10 Rating)
I tested the TaylorMade R11 Driver at 9-degrees a stiff stock TaylorMade RIP Phenom 60 Shaft. My hitting occurred mostly with a neutral face angle, standard loft and lie, draw bias with 10-gram weight positioned in the heel and 1-gram weight placed in the toe-weight port.
The majority of shots resulted in a mid-ball flight with minimal movement. My adjustments with the Adjustable Sole Plate and Flight Control Technology created a higher launch and ball flight. However, many shots resulted in a slight push with average distance.
The next-generation TaylorMade R11S Driver has a heavier feel with a D4 swing weight. Impact produces a fairly loud crack. The ball feels fairly consistent due to TaylorMade’s patented Inverted Cone Technology for greater coefficient of restitution (COR), which promotes a larger sweet spot on off center hits.
There was not a big difference on off-center hits. The R11s produced good results, however, I actually preferred the 2012 TaylorMade RocketBallZ Driver over the adjustable features of the two R11 drivers.
The TaylorMade R11 Driver gets a C+ rating in performance.
Final Thoughts (Overall Rating: 8 out of 10)
The TaylorMade R11 Driver and its successor offer up to 80 total adjustments which can make tuning the clubs overwhelming. While I struggled with the series’ consistency, the R11 still is a reliable and popular driver, and so is the TaylorMade R11S Driver, for that matter. It also should be noted that TaylorMade created a solid representation at all levels with the R11 Driver and overall series, including on the professional tours.
The price tag originally scared some at $399, however, new and used models can be picked up at a fraction of the original retail price (See 2ndswing.com for deals.). Overall, the TaylorMade R11 is a solid driver and combined with the reduced price the first-generation R11 club rates above average.