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Post by little_bit_of_draw Fri 18 Feb 2011, 3:08 pm

Hi everyone,
Just thought I would let everyone know my thoughts regarding the new driver from TaylorMade.

I picked mine up on Monday after being custom fit for it and all I can say is if anyone is in the market for a new driver and you have the funds look no further than the R11! The new fujikara stiff shaft is immense and the customisation on the club head is quite simply scary. Its added another 35+ yards onto my tee shots without swining the club any harder than my old custom fit R7. I just can't believe how good this club is! Very Happy

Anyone else bought one of these bad boys and if so what are your thoughts??

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Post by Maverick Fri 18 Feb 2011, 3:12 pm

Tried it, not as long or solid as my Nike driver, or for that fact as long or consistent as there other offering the Burner Superfast TP. The ability to change toe sole weight so it sits up more a total waste of time for any player who hovers the club at address, and generally over priced compared to some b etter offerings e.g the new Nike Black MAchspeed Str8-Fit or the new titleist Driver.
But if it works for you well done as for 35+ yards im dubious!

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Post by little_bit_of_draw Fri 18 Feb 2011, 3:39 pm

I tried the new titleist D10 d3 and found that no better than my R7, the Ping i15 was the same but I did like the new Nike VR Pro (think thats what it was) but the R11 gave me the best results by a county mile. I was getting an extra 15mph on my swingspeed with the R11 than any of the other clubs I hit and was actually hitting the ball out of the boundaries of the driving range at Parklands where I was custom fit.

I have also noticed at my home course I'm hitting 2 less clubs into the greens following on from a good drive. I can't wait until the summer when the air is a little warmer and the ground is firmer and I can get more role. Smile

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Post by Maverick Fri 18 Feb 2011, 3:50 pm

As I said i f itworks for you thats all that matters, but i found it to gimmicking and trailing in the idstance stakes compared to my Nike, but have to say distance is not the major factor i look for in a driver

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Post by Marcus Fri 18 Feb 2011, 10:09 pm

You on commission with TM?

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Post by drive4show Fri 18 Feb 2011, 10:53 pm

15mph more clubhead speed and 35+ yards more?

Erm..... are you sure?

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Post by Marcus Fri 18 Feb 2011, 10:55 pm

Sounds like a load of old rollocks to me.

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Post by LondonJonnyO Fri 18 Feb 2011, 11:14 pm

drive4show wrote:15mph more clubhead speed and 35+ yards more?

Erm..... are you sure?

It's possible.

After all he has had a 90 inch shaft fitted. :606laugh:
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Post by drive4show Fri 18 Feb 2011, 11:19 pm

LondonJonnyO wrote:
drive4show wrote:15mph more clubhead speed and 35+ yards more?

Erm..... are you sure?

It's possible.

After all he has had a 90 inch shaft fitted. :606laugh:

Doh! I didn't realise that! :606laugh:

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Post by Maverick Fri 18 Feb 2011, 11:22 pm

Just dug out an old golf mag with the review for the white headed disco stick!

Says "Taylormade claim the R11 with the right adjustment of weights can claim to add upto 3% increase in swing speed which can equate to an average of 5-7yards to your ball carry"

So my question is if your as your claiming have added 35+ yards to yours what the hell is your swing speed through impact because your numbers do not equate At all.

Likewise I have also read comments made by DJ stating he loves the look of the R11 but has only increased his distance by an average of 3 yards., and that guys has 125mph + depending on if he really goes at it or not

Luke Donald is carrying one and his stats show no change from last year in average length so what have you got that the tour pro's haven't, a bag of steroids perhaps! Or just a complex !

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Post by LondonJonnyO Fri 18 Feb 2011, 11:29 pm

I do have to wonder... when the R15 comes out will you be hitting par 5's in one and regularly having putts for albatross?


Good on ya Mr Cleese!


ALBATROSS!
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Post by drive4show Fri 18 Feb 2011, 11:34 pm

Albatross? Do you mean double eagle??

Those bloody septic tanks, why do they have to change perfectly good terminology????? AARRGGHHHHHHHHHHH

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Post by LondonJonnyO Fri 18 Feb 2011, 11:36 pm

drive4show wrote:Albatross? Do you mean double eagle??

Those bloody septic tanks, why do they have to change perfectly good terminology????? AARRGGHHHHHHHHHHH

:606laugh:

They'll have to change it soon. The way the eagles are dying out it will soon have to be Birdie, Seagull, Albatross.

ALBATROSS!

Or possibly a gannet on a stick.
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Post by drive4show Fri 18 Feb 2011, 11:38 pm

OMG, I've been found on Facebook Shocked

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Post by LondonJonnyO Fri 18 Feb 2011, 11:41 pm

drive4show wrote:OMG, I've been found on Facebook Shocked

Really? What stalker mofo did that then?

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Post by Maverick Fri 18 Feb 2011, 11:42 pm

drive4show wrote:OMG, I've been found on Facebook Shocked

Who found you! A 21year old hottie sporting pigtails and knee high socks, or a 606pest, if its the former, do give details I'll try to stal...... Er add her too,

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Post by LondonJonnyO Fri 18 Feb 2011, 11:44 pm

Maverick wrote:
drive4show wrote:OMG, I've been found on Facebook Shocked

Who found you! A 21year old hottie sporting pigtails and knee high socks, or a 606pest, if its the former, do give details I'll try to stal...... Er add her too,

Mave.. You realise that those pigtail and knee high socks aren't what OldShanker really looks like right?
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Post by drive4show Fri 18 Feb 2011, 11:45 pm

Maverick wrote:
drive4show wrote:OMG, I've been found on Facebook Shocked

Who found you! A 21year old hottie sporting pigtails and knee high socks, or a 606pest, if its the former, do give details I'll try to stal...... Er add her too,

Never heard LJ described as a 21 year old hottie with pigtails before :606laugh:

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Post by LondonJonnyO Fri 18 Feb 2011, 11:46 pm

drive4show wrote:
Maverick wrote:
drive4show wrote:OMG, I've been found on Facebook Shocked

Who found you! A 21year old hottie sporting pigtails and knee high socks, or a 606pest, if its the former, do give details I'll try to stal...... Er add her too,

Never heard LJ described as a 21 year old hottie with pigtails before :606laugh:

There was this one incident.... But it was for a very specific purpose.... : birthday:
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Post by Marcus Fri 18 Feb 2011, 11:48 pm

The only way this story could stack up would be if his driving range was only 150 yards long, and before getting this magical white instrument his swing speed was only around 50 mph. With an extra 15mph, he could possibly add 35 yards.

Obviously this isn't the case.

Being a bit of an equipment geek, the only club I have ever known that could achieve such an increase in distance were those dodgy, illegal, pre-titanium, ceramic headed drivers from the early/mid 90's, that sent the ball in every direction apart from straight.

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Post by K@S Sat 19 Feb 2011, 1:36 pm

I have some Callaway woods, which I hit fairly straight with my normal swing, and a Callaway Diablo Hybrid that I hit with a fade, I occasionally forget this which is annoying, so I have bought an 18 degree R11 hybrid so that I can set up a hybrid to go straight with my normal swing. It does set up very easily and appears lighter in weight than the Callaway and gives me about the same distance. What I don't like is that the black face showsw scratches after about 10 hits and lookks quite distressed after it's now approx 200 hits on range and course, also while using it from the rough yesterday I caught the ball on the edge of the crown and a bit of the white paint went flying so the club now looks as if I have had it a couple of years instead of 4 days. One other thing that was irritating is that there was no wrench supplied and the Taylormade service centre does not know whether one should be supplied with it or not, they seem to assume you will buy the R11 range and get the wrench with the driver, fortunatelly the shop where I purchased the Hybrid donated a spare that they had.
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Post by navyblueshorts Sat 19 Feb 2011, 9:40 pm

little_bit_of_draw wrote:Hi everyone,
Just thought I would let everyone know my thoughts regarding the new driver from TaylorMade.

I picked mine up on Monday after being custom fit for it and all I can say is if anyone is in the market for a new driver and you have the funds look no further than the R11! The new fujikara stiff shaft is immense and the customisation on the club head is quite simply scary. Its added another 35+ yards onto my tee shots without swining the club any harder than my old custom fit R7. I just can't believe how good this club is! Very Happy

Anyone else bought one of these bad boys and if so what are your thoughts??

Hmm. Not sure I can add much to the sarcasm already posted. You should probably declare to everyone your vested interested i.e. TM thumbsup.
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Post by little_bit_of_draw Mon 21 Feb 2011, 9:29 am

drive4show wrote:15mph more clubhead speed and 35+ yards more?

Erm..... are you sure?

ha ha. yeah im sure. I was playing with the an old TM R7 and when I was hitting balls down the range my max swing speed with that was 96mph and was hitting around 220 yards.

Like I said in another reply I hit more than just the R11. The titleist D10 was the next highest swing speed (101mph) but nothing came close to the R11 (consistantly around the 110mph mark and 250 yards+). The pro at parklands said he had found this a common feature with people hitting the R11 driver that they were achieving a much higher swing speed than any other club.

Oh and unfortunately I'm defo not on any sort of commission with TM. I use Ping i15 irons and titleist vokey wedges so not biased towards TM at all. Rolling Eyes

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Post by drive4show Mon 21 Feb 2011, 12:56 pm

LBOD

If that is the case then I can only assume you were hitting harder as the session went on as your muscles warmed up. I don't think that will be the case on the course, sounds like you were really thrashing at the ball with the R11.

My normal driver swingspeed is about 95 mph and when I deliberately try to thrash one it only goes up by 3 or 4 mph. Gaining 15mph is a massive, and I mean MASSIVE, increase.

But if the club has done that for you then best of luck, hit em long and straight!

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Post by McLaren Mon 21 Feb 2011, 1:06 pm

I have not been a fan of the taylormade drivers since the days of the r540. I dont know what others think but taylormade seem to offer some very poor stock shafts. This means value wise they do not compare well with some other brands, by the time you have uprated the shaft. No matter the flex of the shaft I find taylormade drivers to feel very plastic when you strike the ball.
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Post by drive4show Mon 21 Feb 2011, 1:12 pm

Mac

Yeah, I agree with you on that one, they are pish. The standard REAX shaft is like a bit of wet spaghetti, never buy any club fitted with one of those. I've got the R9 but quickly changed the shaft to the Fubuki which is excellent.

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Post by JAS Mon 21 Feb 2011, 2:34 pm

I am tempted to test drive the R11 but I'm biffing my r7 superquad so sweetly at the moment I'd be loathe to change anything. However if TM could promise me that I wouldn't duck hook it into the trees off the 15th tee when 1 under gross then I might just go for one <laugh>

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Post by HiGun Mon 21 Feb 2011, 2:49 pm

I have never owned a TM driver but they do seem to change the models quite often. A bit like mobile phones a few years ago, holding back the technology to make more money out of marginal improvements/added extras...

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Post by Marcus Mon 21 Feb 2011, 2:59 pm

TM aim their marketing towards gullible people. Anyone who thinks a white coat of paint will make them play better deserves to be conned out of £300.

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Post by JAS Mon 21 Feb 2011, 3:31 pm

I don't care what colour it is, if in a custom fitting session I hit it longer and straighter than every other driver out there it could be White with pink spots and I'd still have it. That's why I currently have an R7 (when the rest of my bag is almost exclusively Ping). I wanted the Ping driver, but we tried different shafts, loft angles, offsets, just couldn't get near the performance of the R7....for me. I also tried Cleveland, callaway, Nike offering but the R7 just felt right for me and performed best.

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