Once again, TaylorMade is making lots of noise in the driver category.
Much of that is coming from the new RocketBallz Stage 2 driver. Company technicians moved the Center of Gravity (CG) lower and more forward in this driver model to promote faster ball speed and a higher launch angle for greater distance. Also, they said that they designed a more aerodynamic head for the RBZ Stage 2 and expanded the clubface to 4,100 square millimeters to give golfers more area to look at from address – and more confidence in the shot they are about to hit.
A scientifically designed crown decal is intended to make it easier to align drives properly, while the 50-gram Fujikura RocketFuel shaft that comes stock helps TaylorMade keep this big dog under 300 grams in total weight – to encourage faster swing speeds.
To broaden the appeal of the RBZ Stage 2 even further, the equipment maker has released a Tour model of this driver, with even lower and more forward CG and a Matrix 6Q3 shaft stock to produce a more penetrating ball flight.
There is also lots of buzz around the new TaylorMade R1 driver, which Dustin Johnson, Brian Gay and John Cook used to win early-season tournaments this year. Adjustability is the big story here, and the R1 gives golfers the ability to make 12 loft-sleeve adjustments and seven face-angle positions. Players can also fiddle with ball flight through use of the two movable shot-shape weights.
All told, the R1 gives them a total of 168 possible tunings, and what seems particularly noteworthy is the utter lack of loft numbers on these clubheads. A player only needs to get one head and then can use the adjustability features to manipulate it from eight to 12 degrees.
The CG of the R1 is also moved lower and more forward in an effort to enhance distance, and an Aldila RIP Phenom stock, just 55 grams in weight, comes stock. The driver boasts a white crown, as well as an orange, black and gray graphic that is designed to help square the face to the ball at address for greater accuracy.
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