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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 124
GEAR ‘R’ YOU READY? TAYLORMADE R15 DRIVER Available: January 9, 2015. Pre-orders taken from December 12. T AYLORMADE announced over the weekend the launch of its R15 series – a family off metalwoods including a driver, fairway and rescue club. The flagship of the series is the R15 driver that features a new adjustable sliding weight system, which is an advanced version of what was first seen on TaylorMade’s SLDR drivers. With its new ‘Front Track’ system in R15, adjusting a TaylorMade driver has never been quicker or easier: Inside the track system are two sliding split weights that weigh 12.5 grams each (25g total). The R15 clubhead has 5g more discretionary mass to manoeuvre and is 4g lighter than the popular SLDR. Using a torque wrench, the golfer can loosen and slide the weights to the heel for a draw, to the toe for a fade or split for maximum stability. Additionally, R15 incorporates the company’s most adjustable loft-sleeve, giving golfers the ability to alter their face angle, lie angle and loft preference to affect side-to-side trajectory. A simple rotation of the loft-sleeve system allows you to choose from 12 distinct settings that makes incremental changes in the lie and the loft/face angle (range is 4°). Key to the performance of the R15 is the low and forward centre of gravity (CG) – a strategic placement of weight first seen in TaylorMade’s SLDR driver, which promotes faster ball speed with less spin. The R15 has an even lower and more forward CG thanks to the Front Track system, which is 12mm closer to the leading edge with 40 more grams of weight forward. In total, 75 per cent of the mass is in the front of the driver. The larger, 460cc version of R15 is for the player seeking maximum forgiveness and confidence on the tee, while the R15 430 has a shape that harks back to some of the company’s most successful drivers in recent years. The R15’s crown comes in an appealing satin white finish, with a contrasting black PVD face and sole. The strong contrast between the crown and face make it easy to align the face accurately at address. A gloss black version will be offered exclusively in R15 460. The R15 drivers will be available in four lofts – 9.5°, 10.5°, 12° and 14°. OTG the FIRST LOOK! taylormadegolf.com.au
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