VOTE! – Black Taylormade R1 {vs} White Taylormade R1

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Black Taylormade R1 {vs} White Taylormade R1?

For all you out there that absolutely cringe at the thought of ever playing a Taylormade white driver (there seem to be lots of you) there might be some good news.  I say might because right now it is just a rumor that Taylormade will be releasing a Black Version of the R1 Driver.

Will they? Well if you call Taylormade and ask them, they will most likely give you the typical slightly annoyed response in a PR representative voice, "We don't respond to rumors".  Ask me what I think...and I would say, "Yes".

Taylormade, you might not respond to rumors but maybe you will respond to the HUGE majority of golfers out there that said they would actually prefer the black version over the white model when polled.  I'm sure they've done some of their own focus group studies and are aware of this already but yesterday we posted this image on Facebook and asked our fans to vote...and vote they did.  The re-visited trend of white drivers is fairly fresh in golfers minds so I know it takes time to adapt to the change, but I was shocked at the outcome on this one.


So far the results on Facebook show the Black Taylormade R1 Version in the lead with (305 Votes) vs (25 Votes) for the White Taylormade R1.  That's anoverwhelming majority, 82% of the vote going to the black model.

And since it had such a large response on Facebook we thought we would ask you to vote as well.  So tell us, which do you prefer.  Black Taylormade R1 {vs} White Taylormade R1?

VOTE! - Black Taylormade R1 {vs} White Taylormade R1?

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{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

Gabe dog May 29, 2013 at 2:09 am

So sick of buying expensive white Taylormade clubs that look cheep and old after a week of hard playing! Matte black on the crown like ping would be great! But lets not forget that the black taylormade face also wears fast and tends to look bad in a short amount of time. Taylormade needs adress derabilty and make a more refined quality product. Especially considering the bid money we spend on thease clubs. I think a ti face and sole like the 07 burner and a durable matte black crown would be best. Also can any one tell the car companies to make me a car with roll up windows that aren’t electric. Car electronics are like taylormade graphics, unnecessary and just another thing to get messed up!


Brad Syslo May 26, 2013 at 3:16 pm
choppersmakemelaugh May 29, 2013 at 9:23 pm


Have you scene the new R1 Black? What are your thoughts?


Brad Syslo May 31, 2013 at 5:35 pm

I like the look


Zee May 18, 2013 at 4:04 pm

I held in my hands a black R1 at a demo day in Joliet, IL this morning. It is exactly the same as the white vesion except there were NO graphics on the crown. Sweet looking!! The rep would not let me hit it. He said there was a factory conference call scheduled for Monday, 5/20, regarding the release date which he expects to be soon. He did not know the price point, but he guessed that it may be the same.
After a couple years of resisiting to upgrade my R9 due to discontent with the white headed TM’s, I went to the demo day with the intent of finally buying one. I hit the standard version R1 first, then the TP. No question the TP is better for me. The rep was selling either model for $280 out the door…..a fine price I thought. While the rep was swtiching shafts I was snooping other equipment in the back of his tent. That is when I noticed the black R1. Needless to say I did not buy a white one today.


choppersmakemelaugh May 29, 2013 at 9:27 pm


Isn’t that a little low for the R1 driver? I thought TM was strict on pricing? How was this rep getting away with this? I know they drop prices throughout the yr but that has to be somewhere around wholesale. I would have bought a bunch for that price!


Brad Syslo May 31, 2013 at 5:36 pm


The cost of the R1 Black is the same as R1 White


Mark Tan May 9, 2013 at 9:32 pm

White Driver Head has been with “Representaion Logo” for Taylormade all this while now. I am using RBZ DRIVER also. Any golfer on the green whether is from far or near, after one glare, first brand came to their mind is ‘Taylormade’ brand.
Why change back to ‘Black’ Head !!!!


Andy May 13, 2013 at 8:42 am

Agreed. White instantly = TM or someone copying TM. Either way you think TaylorMade !

Everyone else’s drivers (possibly Nike being the exception) look the same from 10 yards, let alone 200.

It took balls (Pentas!) to go White. It could have cost TM everything. But they took that leap and all they get is a load of haters wanting to down of them for bringing golf into the modern age.

In a time when golf needs to be sold to a new generation then TM, Nike and Cobra should be commended.


Phil May 9, 2013 at 4:43 pm

I bought a new Taylormade from the 540 through the R9 Supertri. I will return when
they grow up and offer a black driver again. Until then…………….


John Avery May 9, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Just bagged a ping I 20..The matte black contrast to the ball is exceptional..I really can’t understand why this driver is ‘nt the most popular driver out there..


Justin May 13, 2013 at 9:20 am

Not handing out enough $$$…


kbarnesa May 9, 2013 at 2:59 pm

TM Leaving a lot of money on the table if they don’t produce a black head.


Steve Dening May 9, 2013 at 1:57 pm

The only reason I stopped using TM drivers was the fact they are all white. I would go back tomorrow if they did a black R1 (preferably with no logo!!)


Blade May 9, 2013 at 12:37 pm

BLACK! Get rid of the R1 altogether. But if it has to stay, it’s less obnoxious on the black at least. The white and those hideous colors and graphics make me want to vomit on it. It would improve the looks anyway. They wanted something identifiable. Well they got it. “Hey, so and so is playing that BUTT UGLY driver!” It may perform great. But can’t stands to look at it.


Ernesto Beas May 9, 2013 at 10:48 am

I do preffer have the options, White AND black.


Dude May 9, 2013 at 10:26 am

White drivers are ugly. Always have been always will be. I would like to know how many people switched from Taylormade because they didn’t want to look at a nasty white driver during their round of golf.


Desmond May 9, 2013 at 10:30 am

Switched to TM because white is where it is … science and cool in one package.


Hands of Stone May 9, 2013 at 11:15 am

Oh really. How many more yards are you getting off the TEE, because of the white color?


Desmond May 9, 2013 at 11:19 pm

You’re showing your product ignorance


Andy May 13, 2013 at 8:38 am

I’m agreeing with Desmond. I switched to TM specifically because of the White finish. I love it. R11 was my first driver and have just purchased a R1 TP.

As far as I’m aware TM made an absolute killing with the R11 / R11s so why are there people here making statements like “TM Are losing so much money with White” or “people are flocking to Callaway / Ping” ?

For reference I think the matt black / grey finish on the Callaway is the ugliest thing I’ve seen and certainly at my Pro shop TM outsell everyone else massively.


Hands of Stone May 9, 2013 at 10:23 am

I bought a new TaylorMade R Driver from my pro every year for many years BUT when they came out with the R1 White I passed and have not bought a new TM driver yet.

Drivers are black mat or gloss I don’t care Black got it Black.


D.J. May 9, 2013 at 10:15 am

The graphics are a great reminder tool for me. The lower right hand graphics reminds me to keep my right arm close to my side and try to keep the club coming from the inside out for a nice draw.


cinnepa May 9, 2013 at 10:01 am

i’d still have the white re-done to black at continenetal golf for $55… NO logo would be visible on the crown.


RAT May 9, 2013 at 8:32 am

Do I hear WOOOOPS? TM stepped on it,Ouch!


Yohanan May 9, 2013 at 1:27 am

I have not bought one club of theirs since the white showed up.

Let me see . . Thats 5 drivers and 3 faiways that I bought because they were not white.

I stopped wearing white shirts too!

And i dont watch Wimbeldon . . .

Callaway and PING are taking back the market share?

Black or some variation will show up soon?



Desmond May 9, 2013 at 10:31 am

I can balance out your lack of purchases with my TM white purchases.


finalist May 8, 2013 at 7:20 pm

That R1 grpahic on the black head reminds me of a sticker on a surfboard/skateboard/snowboard. not too much going on, but just enough to give it some asymmetrical bling.


finalist May 8, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Black is vastly better looking. I even like the white offset R1 graphic on the black head.


Desmond May 8, 2013 at 10:37 am

Most golfers are traditional, especially on boards – I would expect black to win. BUT I like the WHITE over black. It’s easier to see, looks bigger, easier to aim, and the decals work. It’s function over finish.


Desmond May 8, 2013 at 12:04 pm

And coming from a black driver, I had no issues going to the R1 this year. And I did not even previously play TM.


Fredo May 12, 2013 at 11:03 am

I also played black head drivers and switched to a white headed Adams and found that the alignment was so much easier, that I purchased a versa putter. If after making your alignment, you look at the target , then look back at the “BALL” and pull the trigger, it would be a non issue. Who stands there looking at the club, oh yeah, maybe the guys who are 2 holes behind. :) Peace Out.


RP Jacobs II May 8, 2013 at 10:18 am

This is TMag’s world, and we are nothing more than the pawns


Fairways & Greens 4ever


jmiller065 May 8, 2013 at 11:04 am

I honestly have come to the conclusion that the paint is nothing more then advertisement to the people seeing it on HDTV and in the gallery of the tournaments.

R1, RBZ Stage 2, Nike Covert Tour all stick pout like a soar thumb. The older TMaG white crowns that I saw a ton of stuck out more for “that’s not the R1 / RBZ Stage 2” because the lack of the graphics on the head. Callaway xhot stuck out as well as the dark gray crown was different then anything else. It was sort of funny you knew what the company was based on the colors of the crowns without having to see the sole plate, which was really impossible to get a good look at.

It is what it is, you are going to see more companies attempting to get their clubs to stick out with the use of colors and schemes on the crown, that’s what we see most of the time as spectators anyways. Even the Ping clubs with the flat black stood out as it was different then the rest.


Golfer Burnz May 8, 2013 at 9:09 am

Black. I’d even like it better with out the R1 on the crown.


RP Jacobs II May 8, 2013 at 10:15 am

Agreed with GB on both counts. I could live with the “R1” on the black, however I feel that it would be much sharper minus the graphic, though, since TMaG has taken that turn with the white and then the graphics, there’s no way that they’re just gonna release a matte black driver head, though if ya look at the Ping i20, I think that it’s the sharpest lookin one out there.

And this would be vintage TMaG. “we’ve capped out with the white and the graphics, and there’s 40-45% out there that said that they just won’t buy white, so let’s just change the paint boys, and see how many of the remaing 40% that we can get, just for sh*ts & giggles.” LMAO

Well, Cally’s cry of “it’s just paint” is possibly coming true, only two seasons and how many of millions of dollars later? LMAO

They just don’t get it!!

Fairways & Greens 4ever


jmiller065 May 8, 2013 at 8:47 am

This is not even a contest BLACK, I honestly really like the looks of that black head and I am not even a TMaG fan at all.

What was funny was at the Wells Fargo this past weekend sitting on 10th tee box in the grand stands directly behind the tee, how many of the players had R1 head covers and pulled out older TMaG drivers. Some of them were playing Drivers from 2 years ago where the head was white but didn’t have the wild graphics. Out of the 1/2 the field I think I saw 2 actual R1 drivers on that hole.

But TMaG SHOULD release that black head it would get guys like myself that just don’t like busy graphics and bright heads into their products as well I think.


Tony May 8, 2013 at 5:50 am

The issue isn’t so much white v black, it’s the hideous graphics on the crown


James May 7, 2013 at 6:02 pm

So let me get this strait. Nike is bashed for having one simple swoosh on the top of its crown, and TM follows that up by slapping on every decal they could find in their factory… “BUT They’re so awsome”. My vote is neither! I will pass on the whole hype machine of how this or that looks at address and the excuse of why that matters (especially if you played the origional nascar version of this R1 driver). PEOPLE WAKE UP ITS THE SAME CLUB!!! Would you really spend 300-400$ for the same club most of you already own???


Craig May 7, 2013 at 2:27 pm

You ask us to vote on color but don’t post images here in the thread?
Did I miss them? I hate fb… So I don’t want to go over there… Avoid whenever I can…


mygolfspy May 7, 2013 at 3:42 pm

The image is right at the top of the article Craig.


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