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TaylorMade R11S Driver
TaylorMade R11S Driver

A toe view of the R11S driver by TaylorMade, plus (right) and exploded view of the club's adjustable elements.

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Following on the heels of the original R11 driver's success, TaylorMade introduces the R11S driver. The company calls the R11S driver "the most adjustable driver" yet on the market.

How adjustable? There's Flight Control Technology (FCT), which allows the golfer to adjust loft and face angle together. There's an Adjustable Sole Plate (ASP), which can independently change face angle, or counter a change to face angle caused by use of the FCT. And there is what now seems like an "old-fashioned" technology among modern drivers, those good ol' moveable weights.

Altogether, TaylorMade says the R11S driver is adjustable to 80 different launch settings, including adjusting the loft to five different settings, three-quarters of a degree at a time; changing the face angle up to plus-or-minus six degrees; and moving the center of gravity location enough to effect up to 20 years of side-to-side trajectory change.

(Just keep in mind that with adjustable clubs you must choose your settings prior to a round of golf and cannot change them during the round, assuming you want to play by the rules.)

The TaylorMade R11S driver has the white crown and black clubface that the company has been using a lot lately, a color combo that TM says helps improve alignment while also making the clubhead appear slightly larger than it really is. The clubhead is also slightly more triangular in appearance, a shape that helps boost moment of inertia as well as provide for a deep by more forward center of gravity.

The stock shaft is the 60-gram Aldila RIP Phenom 60, which has a medium-firm tip, and the club length is 45.75 inches.

The TaylorMade R11S driver comes in lofts of 9, 10.5 and 12 degrees for right-handed golfers, with the 9- and 10.5-degree versions also available in left-handed. The street price is $399.

A TP (Tour Preferred) model is also available with a street price of $499. Its stock shaft is the Aldila RIP Phenom TP 65, but 25 more shafts are also available from which to choose. taylormadegolf.com

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