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TaylorMade R11 Driver

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From the New Equipment Gallery published Jan. 5, 2011: the TaylorMade R11 Driver.
TaylorMade R11 Driver technology and white crown

Two views of the TaylorMade R11 Driver: Right, a view at the white crown and black face; left, the exploded view showing the R11 driver's adjustable components.

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The advance buzz about the TaylorMade R11 driver focused mostly on the white crown and black clubface. It's a look that will provide a "wow" factor for some golfers, but one that, according to the company, also serves a purpose.

The white color makes the 440cc clubhead appear slightly larger, TaylorMade says, and provides a greater contrast to the turf to make aiming easier - an advantage more pronounced in lower light conditions, according to the company.

The R11 driver incorporates TaylorMade's Movable Weight Technology (to promote a desired bias or trajectory changes), plus its Flight Control Technology (to change loft and face angle). The R11 driver adds another tech, what TaylorMade calls its Adjustable Sole Plate.

One issue with FCT is that changing the loft automatically changes face angle (higher loft closes the face angle; lower loft opens the face angle). But what if you want to change the loft without affecting the face angle? Or change the face angle without affecting loft? That's what the new Adjustable Sole Plate is there for.

The combination of the three adjustability technologies gives the TaylorMade R11 driver owner up to 48 combinations of loft, face angle and draw/fade bias to play with. And, according to the company, those options can produce up to 100 yards difference in side-to-side trajectory depending on the golfer's chosen settings.

The TaylorMade R11 driver becomes available at retail on Feb. 4, 2011, with an MSRP of $399, or $499 for a TP model. taylormadegolf.com

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