WIN! – TaylorMade R1 “Media Edition” Driver

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We Have A Winner!

There were a few really great entries. Kayvon, Lee Tucker, Rich, and NJ all deserve special recognition. I wish I had more to give away because you guys did a great job.

Sadly (for those guys listed up there), I only have 1 TaylorMade R1 Driver and it's going to... (drum roll please)....

DaddyCaddy for his R1-Themed Parody of the SNL Short "D*ck in a Box" (only at MyGolfSpy, right?).

Congrats DaddyCaddy...and enjoy your new TaylorMade R1.

Super-Duper "Limited Edition" Prize

One of the latest trends in the golf equipment game is manufacturers sending out specially packaged "Media Samples" to coincide with the launch of new products or the start of major tournaments on the PGA Tour.

Nike has done it with shoes and putters. Cobra did it with the Special Edition AMP Orange Driver, and most recently TaylorMade did it with the RocketBladez iron, adizero golf shoe, and the new R1 Driver. The practice is now so prevalent that just about anyone who is anyone gets the samples. Even guys like me occasionally find something really cool on the front porch.

From my perspective as a media guy  (I feel dirty saying that) not only is it almost always cool not just to get the gear, but  the clever packaging the golf companies come up with is almost always worth checking out. From the manufacturer's side of things, the special media packaging helps entice people like me to write about whatever it is that just showed up. Even if I just take a few pics and tweet them out it helps the OEMs build buzz for their new gear.

Anything that grabs attention is good, right?

How To Win - "You Be the Media!"

Why should we have all the fun?

We want you to experience part of what it's like to be part of golf media. This isn't a freebie, however; like all of us who toil away covering golf equipment, you're going to have to earn it.

As I've been told once or twice; if you want to be treated like media, you're going to have to act like media.

What the hell does that mean?

Honestly, I'm not sure...but for the purposes of hooking you up with your very own TaylorMade R1 Media Kit, it means that you're going to need to write about the latest premium driver offering from TaylorMade.

Entering the contest is simple:

1. If you haven't done so already, sign up to receive the MyGolfSpy Newsletter. You must be a current subscriber to win.

2. In the comments field write one, or two, or if you're really long-winded like me, three paragraphs describing one or more aspects of the TaylorMade R1 Driver.

Subscribe to the MyGolfSpy Newsletter (if you haven't already)

Be creative, be funny, be whatever or whoever you want to be...just don't go longer than 3 paragraphs. And because being good media is all about getting spread, we strongly encourage you to Tweet the contest and post it on Facebook.

Rules and Winner Selection

  • Must be a US Resident
  • Must be subscribed to the MyGolfSpy Newsletter
  • Limit 3 entries per person
  • Contest ends at 11:59 PM Eastern Time, February 8th, 2013
  • The author of the winning entry (as judged by the MyGolfSpy staff for creativity, humor, and general awesomeness) will win the Specially Packaged R1 Media kit (R1 head, *Aldila Phenom Shaft) *Shaft is available in winners choice of regular or stiff flex. No additional substitutions.

As always...void where prohibited.

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Larry Moises February 12, 2013 at 12:15 am

The R1 is the latest and greatest form Taylormade. Sleek, eye catching , high tech driver. With multiple adjustments, all levels of players should be able to adopt this driver for beeter drives and lower scores.


Omar Reyes February 8, 2013 at 8:33 pm

My game is best described as follows,
If I hit the ball left its a hook, if it hit it right it’s a slice, and if I manage to hit it straight… it’s a miracle!!
With the addition of a R1 in my bag and its unprecedented adjustability from fade to draw and loft angle I’m sure to find a perfect setup that will not only put me down the middle of the fairway but a heck of a lot longer than my aging R5D. While I am a huge Taylor Made fan I must say my old r5 and I are not the best of friends as of late we’re thinking its finally time to go our desperate ways, and I’m hoping to move on to this younger beauty called the R1! Here’s to making everyone in the club house jealous.
In conclusion 3 reasons why I NEED this driver;
1.because its a Taylor made!
2. The adjustability is unrivaled in today’s flooded golf market
3. I wouldn’t be able to afford it without you guys!!


NJ February 8, 2013 at 12:43 pm

What the hell just happened? Seriously…what just happened?

Those were my exact thoughts as I finished crunching the numbers on my in-home test of TaylorMade’s new R1 driver. Now I am most certainly not the smartest man in the world. If I were, I wouldn’t have given the drivers to my two preschool aged daughters for testing. I’ve been testing, and watching other 5 year olds test golf clubs by hitting Barbie dolls long enough that I’m confident that I know how well (or how poorly) our testers are smacking Barbie’s head, even when they don’t have the foggiest idea what golf actually is. But…if you had asked me a mere 20 minutes before I started importing test data into our spreadsheets how the TaylorMade R1 driver performed hitting Barbie dolls, I might have said “wow look at Ken fly!” To me that indicates a slightly above average score, with some minor decapitation, but certainly nothing that’s going to get anyone but a true Barbie smacking enthusiast fired up. There’s not a chance in the world I would have told you that the TaylorMade R1 would finish as the single best performing driver in terms of Barbies struck, and would have the highest total score of any driver we’ve ever tested.

The 2 toddlers for whom we collected detailed performance data were asked to hit a series of Barbies in our state of the art unfinished basement, a totally indoor, not-made-for-golf facility located in Chicago, Illinois. Detailed data for each and every Barbie struck for which we collected data is now viewable. This data serves as the foundation for our final performance score. Our testers were also asked to provide feedback in each of our subjective categories (amount of pink paint, distance flown by the dolls, ease of striking one another with the club, and speed of breaking the club into multiple pieces). This information is used as the foundation for our total subjective score. The R1 blew out the competition, which included luminaries like Fisher-Price, Mattel and Disney. This is a must-buy. I think my 3 year old, after being struck with the R1 in the head, summed up the club’s performance best: “I need a band-aid.”


Ben s February 8, 2013 at 12:18 pm

I love the new look. The plain white color scheme for past TM products needed an update to refresh the image and distinguish it from the many offerings that all looked the same. Now we can finally show off we have a new product instead of being mistaken for having purchased last years model. Now there’s no confusion on the tee of whose got the most adjustable driver in the game. The folks at YouTube better increase the max upload length from 10 min to 60 due to the amount of time it would take to go thru all the settings on this. Pretty soon they’ll need an app for that to save on paper when printing instruction manuals. Thank u for the opportunity to own one.


Percy February 8, 2013 at 12:10 pm



Percy February 8, 2013 at 12:13 pm



RP Jacobs II February 12, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Bro, is this an acid trip circa 2013?

What the hell? ;-p

Fairways & Greens 4ever


Fighting Leprechaun February 8, 2013 at 10:57 am

I bonded with my Taylormade driver about six years ago, when I figured out that using an R-11 “Draw” model would reduce my too-frequent tendency to slice off the tee. Even better, when I actually managed to improve my swing, I was rewarded with the occasional distance-enhancing honest-to-goodness actual draw. Finally, after 40 years of mediocre golf, I got to experience the egotistical thrill of “posing” as my tee shot flew beautifully through the rare Pacific Northwest blue sky, and landed exactly where I wanted it too. Okay, that happened about three times, but that was thrice more than had happened in my entire golfing life.
Now Taylormade has joined other golf club innovators by making a truly-customizable driver available to the great unwashed, we plebian masses who gamely pull out “The Big Dog” round after round, hoping for that drive which will make our playing partners gasp in appreciation. Now we all have the same opportunity to further slow our already-glacial pace of play by using our smartphone meteorological apps to calculate windspeed, humidity, and barometric pressure before adjusting our infinitely adjustable Taylormade R1 to the specifications which will yield the perfect drive…which most of us will promptly top, shank, or hit fat.
Will the Taylormade R1 produce epic backups on teeboxes all over the world (well, with the apparent exception of Canada)? Or will it transform high-handicap yet gamely persistent golfers like me into more consistent, solid ball strikers? There’s only one way to find out…SEND ME the TAYLORMADE R1, and the answer shall be yours!!!


Shanzman February 8, 2013 at 10:20 am

I looked at this driver and the first thing that I investigated was a golf driver skin to get rid of that ugly graphic. I downhill skiied during the 80’s and this looks like a graphic I would expect on a pair of K2 Skis. UGLY!!


Mike Cochran February 8, 2013 at 6:09 am

Still the leader, with others trying hard to catch up, (good luck). Many settings, should be able to find one to fit your swing. The face angle setting on the bottom, not sure how this will work if you hover the club above the ground before you swing like Nicklaus and Norman.


DaddyCaddy February 7, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Thanks for the chance win this great club. Trying to get this for my boy. He is a great little player and got me into this wonderful game of golf. Fell in love with this game the first time I walked the fairway with my boy when he was only 5 years old. He is now 11 playing tournaments all summer and even playing in the world championship in Pinehurst. Last year we stood on the driving range watching all the other kids playing Rocketballz and R11. I have held off my son long enough, time to step up to the big boy clubs. Check out his page on facebook and see pics of his charity he started and his golf pics. Thanks again MGS.
facebook: teeitupwithty


DaddyCaddy February 7, 2013 at 9:00 pm

R1 in the BOX!

To all the fellas out there with players to impress,
Make R1 yours and just follow these steps.

One.., get the head out the box
Two.., pull the shaft out the box
Three.., make her open the loft
And that’s the way we do it.

It’s my R1 in the Box!

So you 80% stop playing the wrong loft,
Adjust that face angle and hit a straight shot!

Those hot new graphics will keep you in line,
Choose that flight path, man this club is fine.

Every single tournament, it’s Taylormade on top
..Pebble Beach, …R1 in the box
..The Master’s, …R1 in the box
..U.S. Open, …R1 in the box
Even backstage at the PGA,
It’s my R1 in the box!
Thanks My Golf Spy, PLEASE ship out my box!!


Kyle Snyder February 7, 2013 at 8:09 pm

The R1 is my S!*%, I have never hit a driver that gave me the confidence that this club has. The club also looks pretty freakin sweet!! I need to win this contest or else ill be sad and i wont be able to shoot as low without that sweet sound of the R1!!!! Oh and plus im left handed so ya, you know its gonna be a LOOOOOONG drive.. 😉


James Bolton February 7, 2013 at 6:42 pm

The thrill of standing on the first tee on a crisp morning. Being the last to tee up in the foursome, setting up and absolutely blasting one down the fairway with the finely tuned R1! And the feeling of pure pleasure looking at your group and seeing the look of awe and envy in their eyes. The ability to tune the R1 to MY swing to achieve the greatest distance possible is what I can’t wait for. In the stiff shaft….thank you.


dave February 7, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Golf Club junkie a real Golfsmith/Golf Galaxie club junkie, tried them all and I mean all of the major manufacturers, as a long time Callaway and Titleist buy on site guy for their newest offerings I finally drank the cool-aid and purchased the R-9 irons (2 years ago)and LOVED them.

My immediate feeling was what took so long to try Taylormade I have the 2.0 10.5 and feel the added length (46″) is what they say it is manageable for more distance. I now have the R-11’s in KBS stiff and LOVE them as well. I trust an upgrade to the R1 is in the cards one way or another. I am a 8-10 handicap looking as we all do for 1 or 2 more fairway per round.


Glenn Hough February 7, 2013 at 3:38 pm

OK, I am always thrilled when Golf Manufacturers bring out new gear each year to tempt us into surrendering what feeble equipment we currently possess to spend our hard earned dollars in getting the next best thing to help our game. But, seriously, is it the equipment or the Player that logs the double-bogey on our score card due to not making what we thought we should have made with relation to the score we have put down on our card? It is more on the swinger than the equipment.

I appreciate the fact golf manufacturers are trying to make the game easier for us amateur players by way of adjustibility, but, the ultimate result still relies on the golfer at hand. I believe a R1 Taylor Made Driver can help with that aspect, but, let’s not lose sight that some solid golf lessons with a PGA Professional can truly make the average golfer a whole lot better! Thanks!


Michael Simstad February 7, 2013 at 12:35 pm

I just upgraded my iron set at the end of last season to Taylormade Burners 2.0. I’m hitting an old Taylormade driver from eight years ago, I really could use an upgrade to a new Tayormade R1 driver.


Kevin Casper February 7, 2013 at 12:20 pm

The New R1 driver features settings to help a beginner to a scratch golfer manage any course or weather conditions that are presented to him or her…You can either set this driver to your current swing faults or set it up for your best score ever!!


Arnold Ewing February 7, 2013 at 12:03 pm

I’m 82 and need all the help I can get. Can’t afford the money this driver cost. Help!


RP Jacobs II February 7, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Arnold, if you are indeed 82yo, the mere fact that you have a heartbeat is damn impressive.

The fact that ya gotta golf too is incredible!

I don’t know that that’s enough to claim the R1, however if ya are truly in need of a nicer driver than you presently game, PM me back in the forum section, I use my above name as my username, and if ya leave me your address, I’ll getcha a nice driver.

I won it in a contest & it’s a 2 seasons old, though it’s never been hit as it’s a regular shaft.

Have a good one

Fairways & Greens 4ever


Fighting Leprechaun February 8, 2013 at 11:04 am

RP Jacobs II, you are truly a classy example of golfer awesomeness.


RP Jacobs II February 12, 2013 at 6:00 pm

FL, Thanx Bro, you’re very kind :-)

Have a great season

Fairways & Greens 4ever


Andy Olson February 7, 2013 at 11:40 am

Get your paint on. Stripe a Taylormade.


Andy Olson February 7, 2013 at 11:39 am

Fine tune your stripes. Swing a Taylormade.


Robbie February 7, 2013 at 11:38 am

Just demo-ed the R1 ….. all I can say is “all-ready on the right ?”, all-ready on the left?”, ALL-READY ON THE FIRING LINE ….. “let er fly !!!!


Andy Olson February 7, 2013 at 11:38 am

Dial in your stripes. Swing a Taylormade.


Richonmaui February 7, 2013 at 10:33 am

Since I don’t own the R-1 I can only write about what I have seen. A buddy of mine just got his and this guy was one of the worst drivers off the tee that I have seen. In fact we call him the “banana man”! Now he is driving the ball long and straight. I hoping that I can win one so I can outdrive my buddy!


Neil J February 7, 2013 at 10:29 am

With 168 different combinations available in Taylor Made’s new R1, it’s truly like playing “The Bachelor” on the golf course when you whip it out. Finding that the 9 degree loft has a few too many daddy issues? Scrap it. Maybe that club face angle position wears a little too much orange makeup on her face? Forget it. Maybe you saw that shot shape weight in the hot tub on Jersey Shore? Drop it. Even if a lot of the settings are total trash, you’re bound to find a keeper that won’t totally embarrass you in front of your buddies. More importantly, the right one will get your balls deep in no time. 17 yards deeper than last season. That’s gotta hurt.

Let’s face it: if you weren’t lonely and desperate for a new driver, you wouldn’t have asked TaylorMade to find you the perfect one. Since 80% of reality show matchmaker contestants are playing the wrong driver, do yourself a favor and get this one. Your balls will thank you.


Kerry Cole (aka KBMcCool) February 7, 2013 at 7:38 am

I need a new Taylormade R1 to complete my clubs selection this year…. Last year I used a R11s for my one set of clubs and for the other I used the Rocketballz Tour…. loved them both.. If I had a preference it would be the TBZ Tour… but both are great…


Alex February 6, 2013 at 9:06 pm

I’ve played Taylor Made drivers for years – skipping models in bunches as the latest technology is still limited by my lack of practice swing. That said the new R1 is awesome and it does improve results even on the less than classic swings that popped when I hit.

I love the adjustments – it was easy to tune and hopefully will be around a long time as I get my swing back in shape and take advantage of the adjustments to fit a better swing. Of course it might just be the really cool toy to tinker with on those rainy and cold days when hitting the links isn’t the best choice.


Matt February 6, 2013 at 10:36 am

Tough to beat the D!(k in a Box mashup!

I’m desperate for a new big-stick. My R7 SuperQuad TP is flat out tired, and my game is not getting any less consistently inconsistent.

General Taylor-Made. Years ago you served my golf game in the DC area. Now it begs you to help in its struggle against high slices and duck hooks. I regret that I am unable to convey my golf game’s request to you in person, but my swing has fallen under attack, and I’m afraid my mission to bring your handicap down failed. I have placed information vital to the straightening of your drive into the memory systems of this R1 driver. My golf game will know how to retrieve it. You must see this new driver safely delivered to Matt in Wisconsin. This is our most desperate hour. Help me, Taylor-Made Golf. You’re my only hope.

Yup… I just invoked the Holy Trilogy in hopes of winning a golf club!


Rich February 6, 2013 at 1:05 am

Your lady friend picks up your tablet in hot anticipation. Her jaw drops, eyes squint, and a slow sigh gently releases from her chest. As hard as it seems for her to tear her eyes away from the provocative photo, she forces herself to read the text that lie beneath. “It has an ultra-light shaft with improved aerodynamics to reduce drag over the head, promoting faster ball speeds.”

A loud crash startles you, and you find yourself awakened from an evening nap. Your tablet lies on your chest open to the latest article posted at, an your lady friend is out spending your hard earned cash. You shake yourself, a little confused yet angry that you awoke at such an inopportune time. And then you come to a sudden realization. Taylormade, the number one driver in golf has once again given men and women something revolutionary. Something dreams and fantasies are built around.

Introducing the R1 driver, one club for any course, under any condition. R1 has every standard loft with every face angle and flight path modification at your fingertips with only a few simple adjustments. Accompany this with a new revolutionary look that promotes a square clubface at impact, and you have yourself the sexiest piece of hardware on the tee. As you see it, you really only have two options. Fall back asleep and hope to pick up where you left off. Or grab those car keys and make that dream a reality. As for me, my odds are on option two.


Seth February 5, 2013 at 4:55 pm

R you ready for the 1?

Taylormade Golf, where marketing trumps everything


Paul February 5, 2013 at 7:16 am

I have only recently picked back up on golf, using an old set of MacGregors – including wood drivers!

I was at the range here at Chelsea Piers here in New York the other day. I saw that the guy next to me was hitting pretty straight with his driver and asked him what it was. It was an R11 and he asked me if I wanted to have a few hits with it (he has an old set of MacGregors in his garage, so he was taking pity on me).

It had such punch and made connecting so much easier. If that was an R11, the R1 must be 11 times better, right?! Kidding aside, I’d really love to have it in my hands.

All best,



Jake February 5, 2013 at 6:43 am

Got an Amp last and was totally disappointed. I should have waited until this year… so I could’ve gotten an R1!


Will Par February 4, 2013 at 8:17 pm

There Must Be 50 Ways To Love Your R1.

1) Adjust the loft, Croft. 2) Dial the sole plate, Mate. 3) Change the ball flight, Dwight. 4) Tune the launch angle, Michael. 5) Reduce your spin, Ken. 6) Promote a draw, Shaw. 7) Play a fade, Cade. 8) Hit it low, Joe. 9) Cheat the wind, Friend. 10) Make it hook, Brooke. 11) Out drive Ping, Bing. 12) Out drive Cobra, Debra. 13) Out drive 913, Kathleen. 14) Out drive X-hot, Scott. 15) Out drive Nike, Mikey. 16) Blast it past um, Adam. 17) Hit it past you pal, Sal. 18) Drive the green, Nadine. 19) Clear the lake, Blake. 20) Carry those trees, Louise. 21) Hit a big drive, Clive. 22) Carry the sand, Dan. 23) Hit it hard, Pard. 24) Hit it harder, Carter. 25) Bounce it off the rake, Jake. 26) Hit it a ton, Johnathan. 27) Hit your spot, Dock. 28) Hit the peg, Greg. 29) Next to the green, Darleen. 30) Make um pay up, Jacob. 31) Double the bet, Chet. 32) Hit every fairway, Kay. 33) Leave um in awe, Crenshaw. 34) Leave um cryin, Brian. 35) Don’t hold back, Jack. 36) Keep it in play, Jay. 37) Out drive your pro, Leo. 38) Let it loose, Bruce. 39) Practice early, Shirley. 40) Keep it going, Owen. 41) Hit a grand one, Brandon. 42) Way over the big hill, Cecil. 43) Give it a twirl, Earl. 44) Clear the next hurtle, Myrtle. 45) Make a hole-in-one, Son. 46) Buy it for your dad, Brad. 47) Put it in your bag, Tag. 48) Get one right now, Don Chow. 49) Worth every penny, Jenny. 50) You’ll love it, Loretta.

I’ll hit it far, Will Par.


Mike OBrien February 4, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Just two questions.
How big is the set of “cahones” on the marketing guy who said “Lets put some graphics on the crown, it seems so bland.” ? And what is with the war paint graphic commercial? It was unfortunately comical the first time I saw it. All being said Id love to own the club. I’ll just get a can of crylon matt white to customize it to my liking.


Anthony February 3, 2013 at 11:01 pm

Looking for a new driver. The new Taylor Made looks good.


Chuck True February 3, 2013 at 4:36 pm

TaylorMade R1, it’s looooooooong gone long!


Chuck True February 3, 2013 at 12:04 pm

TaylorMade R1, off the face and into space!


Eric Bierman February 3, 2013 at 7:42 am

Hearing that TaylorMade launched the new R1 was music to my ears. Thus I thought it would be appropriate to write a song title ode to the best driver yet. Here goes…

Yesterday. Slice, Hook, Push. Make Me Lose Control. Everything Falls Apart. Free Fallin’. Here I Go Again. Holding Out For a Hero. Mr. Brightside. One More Try. Wake Up Call. I Hate Everything About You. Bad Day. End of the Line. We are Never Ever Getting Back Together. Forget You. Beat It.

Hello. You Are So Beautiful. Winds of Change. Do You Believe in Magic? Baby, What a Big Surprise. Show Me the Way. All the Right Moves. Flexible. Big Shot. Distance. Knock You Down. Rocket Man. Cherry Bomb. Closing Time. Firework. Hallelujah. Wonderful. Can’t Fight This Feeling. Won’t Go Home Without You. Just What I Needed. I Can See Clearly Now. The Search Is Over. This Time I Know Its For Real. Simply Irresistible. Amazed. Back in the High Life Again. Glory Days. How Do You Like Me Now? All Star. I Will Always Love You. Nothing Compares 2 U.

Key: 1 Beatles, 2 Five For Fighting, 3 Blues Traveler, 4 Matchbox Twenty, 5 Eric Carmen, 6 Dog’s Eye View, 7 Tom Petty, 8 Whitesnake, 9 Bonnie Tyler, 10 Killers, 11 George Michael, 12 Maroon 5, 13 Ugly Kid Joe, 14 Daniel Powter, 15 Traveling Wilburys, 16 Taylor Swift, 17 CeLo Green, 18 Michael Jackson 19 Lionel Richie, 20 Joe Cocker, 21 Scorpions, 22 Lovin’ Spoonful, 23 Chicago, 24 Styx, 25 One Republic, 26 Depeche Mode, 27 Billy Joel, 28 Christina Perri, 29 Keri Hilson, 30 Elton John, 31 John Cougar Mellencamp, 32 Semisonic, 33 Katy Perry, 34 Rufus Wainwright, 35 Everclear, 36 REO Speedwagon, 37 Maroon 5, 38 The Cars, 39 Jimmy Cliff, 40 Survivor, 41 Donna Summer, 42 Robert Palmer, 43 Lonestar, 44 Steve Winwood, 45 Bruce Springsteen, 46 Toby Keith, 47 Smash Mouth, 48 Whitney Houston 49 Sinead O’Connor


Paul February 2, 2013 at 10:51 pm

After going through a fitting at a local store, I found the R1 to be a driver that truly fits my game! I’ve been one of “those golfers” who’ve been boycotting the white clubs TM has been putting out since I thought it was all a gimmick and marketing ploy. I used to play the Supertri, Tour Burner TP, etc, and I loved TM drivers! So, I decided to “adjust” my mentality, and “fit” my mind around the idea that “white might be right”. I tried the RBZ stage 2 and thought that the TP version was my club, until I hit the TP R1. It was exit “Stage Left” for the RBZ then! With a final average after 12 hits on the monitor of distance at 299 and dispersion all of .30, I knew I had found my club. Changing the loft and lie was what had me singing the R 1 TP “tune”. I used to think that adjustable sole plate was a gimmick, but now I know it was just a part of what touched my “soul” that day and led me to “true north”, and a date with my, “You R the 1”, totally pleased (TP) driver.
Now, how am I going to pay for it?!


javier vigil February 2, 2013 at 8:50 pm

The first thing I have to say about this driver is that when I saw it for the first time, it didn’t really wow me; however the more I look at it the more I like it. I like the look of the sole adjustment and the compass that it resembles, the graphics are kinda so-so. Really, I wonder what it feels like, hmmmm. I do like the the ability to adjust 1/2 degree increments, oh wait that’s the Nike, oops never mind. It is amazing how much the adjustability has come in the past few years. Being able to adjust as many things in the driver today can get kinda confusing and if you don’t have somewhere to go and get fit properly an adjustable driver can at least help with that, right?


DaddyCaddy February 2, 2013 at 7:56 pm

My #x!% in the box!

To all the fellas out there with players to impress,
Make R1 yours and just follow these steps.
One, …get the head out the box
Two, …pull your shaft out the box
Three, …make her open the loft….
And that’s the way we do it.
….It’s my R1 in the box!

So you 80% stop playing the wrong loft,
Adjust that face angle and hit a straight shot.
Those hot new graphics, gray/orange/and black,
Choose your flight path and give it a whack!

Every single tournament, it’s Taylormade on top
…Pebble Beach, …R1 in the box
…The Masters, …R1 in the box
…US Open, …R1 in the box
Even backstage at the PGA, wow,
It’s MY R1 in the box!!
Now My Golf Spy, ship out my box!!


Dusty February 3, 2013 at 9:41 pm

I absolutely LOVE this post! It is just like the Saturday Night Live skit with Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake. WINNER!!!!


mybluc4 February 2, 2013 at 1:42 pm

You ain’t got a thing if you ain’t got a swing
You can’t hide and you can’t run
From TaylorMade’s Driver…the R-1


RP Jacobs II February 2, 2013 at 11:28 am

The 1
With the season almost upon us
And drivers out there galore
And every OEM promising
10 to 20 yards more-
There is but one amongst the masses
And it stands above the rest
When all’s the talking over
It truly is the best.
Whether you’re buying it for yourself
Or it’s a gift for your son
Do yourself a favor
And select the TMaG R1.

The R1 is built for power
And it’s also designed for speed
It’s directional options are great
so it makes no sense at all
To choose another driver to control your fate.
So whether you play the game for money
Or you hit the ball for fun
There can only be one GREAT driver
And that is the TMaG R1

So you can look at all of the others
Yet when your search is finally done
You’ll see that there’s only one driver worth bagging
And that is the TMaG R1.

-RP Jacobs II


Tomas February 2, 2013 at 9:30 am

It would be the best driver for me!


Chuck True February 2, 2013 at 7:17 am

What a way to out drive the competition! TaylorMade R1 the way to go!!!


Kygolfer1980 February 2, 2013 at 6:29 am

The new TaylorMade R1 driver is the undisputed champion of adjustibilty. There are infinite combinations to optimize distance for pro’s like Dustin Johnson all the way down to hacker’s like Charles Barkley. Well, maybe not Charles. Now, you can get a good look at a T-Bone by sticking your head up a bull’s a** but wouldn’t you rather just take the butcher’s word for it. Buy the new R1 driver by TaylorMade and be the envy of all your friends…


andrew February 2, 2013 at 4:49 am

if you’re anywhere between tiger and grandma, this is your driver. thats the line on taylormade’s new r-series driver, the r1. this driver has a 460cc head, inverted cone technology in the face, self-correcting crown graphics, adjustable loft, lie, face angle, and moveable wieghts. add to that multitude shafts and grips that matter, and youre left with a driver that can be customised nearly as precisely as a vasectomy.
so, knowing that for the most part drivers have reached thier zenith as far as cor, , cc, etc, and the only thing standing between you and more (17?) yards is getting one that works for you, this offering is perhaps the most appealing driver ever- it is, simply put, all drivers in one. of course this feature that is ALL features is particularly appealing because seldom do golfers (yes, even proffesionals, they have vans for this sort of thing) make the same swing from one week to the next- or even one day to the next. therefore, having instruction book in hand, one can make 1-567 simple adjustments of the club while on the driving range, pre-round, to fix, counteract, or preemptively slash away any ill effecting motions wich may be encountered during said round, thus saving one’s face.
this, of course will result in striped fairways, wedges to greens, and claret jugs. or jugs of some sort. this game of ours is a beautiful thing, and of course there is no more beautiful part of it than when our balls, guided by profanity and steered by our unholy contortions, come to rest in the fresh verdant fuzz that our new r1 has shot them to.


Eric Bierman February 1, 2013 at 3:27 pm

While tending to villagers in the remote netherlands of Tibet, I met a herder named Tse, a kind father of six. After a night of debauchery with the local pub dwellers went awry, I watched helplessly as this man died in my arms. The cold bite of that night swept over me again as my hands first laid their touch on the Taylormade R1.

While hiking the Andes years later, I spent a 24-hour sojourn with a Brazilian model named Cela. If true love does actually exist, she embodied it for this restless soul. But there is not to be any corral for this mustang and so the globetrotting continued. Yet I was reminded of the sweet, gentle caress of this siren’s soft laugh when I first heard the R1 make contact with my Penta.

I don’t always hit a driver, but when I do I prefer the TaylorMade R1.

Stay below par my friends, The Most Interesting Golfer in the World


Daryl Matsuo February 1, 2013 at 11:54 am

He grasped his old tool in his wrinkled hands. It drooped, flaccid, worn and dull. He recalled times past when the thrill of a new challenge electrified him. He gazed at the his target. A beautiful landing patch, mounds ahead framing the lush undulating curves. He licked his dry lips, anticipating the encounter. His breathing, even and in control, his eyes glistening, pupils dilated, taking in this incredible beauty. How often he had dreamed of this, envying those who told of their conquest. He raised his weapon and felt its weight, but, nothing. Nada. Its head hung lifeless, unphased at the opportunity presenting itself. “What kind of man am I? How can this be?”
Lost in his failure, he barely felt the tap on his shoulder. Looking up, he did not recognize the youth standing behind. Of same height and weight, a mirror of himself thirty years ago. “Having trouble, mister? Can’t pull the trigger? Don’t blame you, that thing looks a bit worn. Here try this.”
In his hand was a tool to behold, long and straight, a prodigious weapon. The head was perfectly shaped, odd colored but vibrant and full of life. He took it in his hands and immediately felt the electricity. The weapon had a life of its own, swinging back and forth of its own accord, powerful and fluid at the same time. “Is this magic? Is this a dream.” The markings caught his eyes and stopped him cold. He froze and sqinted and let out a long sigh. This was it. “R1!”


Percy February 1, 2013 at 11:02 am


1. It has more graphics than an XBOX 360;

2. It has more options than a Dwight Howard contract;

3. It gives you more choices than Golden Corral;

4. It has more lofts than Manhattan;

5. It has more flights than Delta;

6. It opens and closes faster than Windows Vista;

7. It’s better balanced than your checkbook;

8. It has more technology than Marty McFly’s Dolorean;

9. 9 out of 10 dentists approve of the crown work;

10. It’s more tunable than a Britney Spear’s song;

11. It has more face angles than Joan Rivers;

12. It’s as pro choice as the Democratic Party;

13. It has more degrees than both Kevin Bacon and Nick Lachey’s old band;

14. It has more set-ups than;

15. It’s more adjustable than the U.S. Debt Ceiling;



Thanks, I’ll be here all week. Don’t forget to tip your waitress.


Fighting Leprechaun February 12, 2013 at 5:50 pm

I hate to say this, since I have an entry in this contest…but if I was picking the winner, this post would be the one!


Dan Balogh February 1, 2013 at 9:24 am

I can roll right over cars if I want to. I can also assisit children on their way to school.
OK I feel a little omnipotent with this new R1:)


john February 1, 2013 at 9:04 am

R1 – very interesting piece of equipment… I’m not crazy about the graphics, but I think they might grow on people. I fee that “Taylormade” has deceived the consumers by writing that the loft of the club can be changed without affecting the face angle. I’d like to see a detailed paragraph written by Taylormade explaining to the consumer exactly how the loft is changed and how that affects face angle… and how that affects the golfer.


George Byrnes February 1, 2013 at 8:41 am

Confidence is the key to playing good golf. The R1 gives every player confidence with the most difficult club in the bag — the driver — by adjusting to any loft, any stance, any angle of attack. The search and rescue approach to finding the fairway is now history. The R1 lets you dial in the coordinants of your landing pattern with the precision of a top gun pilot.

Experience a new level teamwork with your R1 driver — your go-to club while your buddies layup.


Neil February 1, 2013 at 8:14 am

I loved the R9 Supertri. Didn’t like the R11. Found “Driver Love” with my R11s. If the R1 can be tunes to fit me better than the R11s, then I’m looking at more awesome drives. I can’t wait to get fitted for an R1 to see.


larry lee goodwin February 1, 2013 at 5:24 am

i want one i need one i gotta have one – i buy one ever year . its about time i win one ?


Leftienige February 1, 2013 at 2:59 am

Wow, STRIPES !! How cool, how happening, how NOW !!
By the way , I also think the car in the Dukes of Hazard is tres, tres trendy .


PIm February 1, 2013 at 1:37 am

Duuuuuuuuude, this graphics on this thing look better than those on my snowboard.


ciri February 1, 2013 at 1:17 am

At last! A driver that looks fast standing still. Thanks to Taylormade’s cutting edge design and savy marketing.All kidding aside this looks like a serious driver that is just begging to be hit. From the endless adjustability and shaft options one can really optimize distance and control. I can’t wait till this driver arrives in my favorite golf shop for me to demo. Once the R1arrives trust me it will be flying off the shelf! Can’t wait!!


Mark McD January 31, 2013 at 11:47 pm

this thing is awesome. saw it in the bag of several pros at Torrey.


marc debiase January 31, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Its has a low center of gravity a better sound and beautiful graphics. .and boy this thing is a beast


BD Ledbetter January 31, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Wow, you know, I never truly believe that a company can actually continue to outdo itself year in and year out, but it seems that Taylormade has done it. Honestly, who would have ever thought to put a compass on the bottom of a driver; even if they did only label North for you. What I like is that they gave the compass a kind of old school map legend look…you know, something Christopher Columbus’ might be looking at. Of course, with the new found yards I’ll be picking up, that compass is gonna come in reeeaaaalll handy.
Now, not only do I get a great driver with its own compass, but I instantly become part of the 20% elitist group of people who are using the correct driver; I mean, isn’t that what R1 means – Right 1, as in this driver is the “right one”.
Man…compasses, elitism, and hidden messages, what will those guys at Taylormade think of next?


Dan Bonner January 31, 2013 at 7:42 pm

I love the graphic on the head.


mybluc4 January 31, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Fear and Faith Cannot Live In The Same House
Some words of encouragement written by Thomas A. Edison for his final public address:

“My message to you is: Be Courageous! I have lived a long time. I have seen history repeat itself again and again. I have seen many depressions in business. Always America has come out stronger and more prosperous. Be as brave as your fathers before you. Have Faith! Go Forward!
Hit ’em long, Hit ’em straight, and Don’t hit too many of ’em…TaylorMade R1!


Daryl Matsuo January 31, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Nay hooks nor slice shall be my plight,
When R1 swing be in my sight.
In the mist of dawn or the glow of dusk
Will my club of choice ever suffer flux.
My orbs will fly in lines so straight
Opponents all will disdain their fate.


samuel maldonado January 31, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Well they say that the dog takes on the the personality of its owner.All i can say this BIG DOG with those colors and lines does the reverse.I think the feeling is like going to the phone booth and taking off the glasses,you know the rest.Sometimes you just need a little something to get you going in the right direction and the R1 is going the right way.


Jimmy January 31, 2013 at 5:42 pm

You’re right ! You’re dirty and long winded. Now get that R1 puppy tuned for my game and give it here. I’m getting older and shorter off the tee, by the minute, so help this dude out. Yuppppppppppppp !


RED January 31, 2013 at 5:29 pm

By the way I am a total Taylormade man,and that is a bueatiful driver. GOOD LUCK with sales


John Marsh January 31, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Though 80% of golfers use the wrong degree driver the R-1 is like having your own club fitter
The ability to self-adjust on the driving range lets you concentrate on hitting greens
The other 20% of golfers will be able to tweak their drivers to meet the changing conditions they meet on a daily basis
The R-1 is the first driver to fit 100 % of golfers, so give it a try, everyone else is


Elson Correa January 31, 2013 at 5:28 pm

I tee off and shank it on the woods
Tee it off again in the water
Top my third shot
Finally got one straight out of the lady’s tees
Please can I have that R1?
Pretty please


Elson Correa January 31, 2013 at 5:25 pm

I hit it
I like it
I hope you guys will give it to me.


RED January 31, 2013 at 5:23 pm

The 80% looking for the right loft will have this driver so screwed up after he pulls his wrench out; it will take an orange faced pro to get it back to the factory setting. Start turning them nuts boys.


Bill Weeks January 31, 2013 at 5:22 pm

This driver looks great! Every piece of Taylormade equipment I have in my golf bag has continued to help this senior play a little bit better…..


Elson Correa January 31, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Finally its here, a Driver that you can tune to any loft, any look and any flight with, introducing the NEW TaylorMade R1 Driver.
The coolest driver on the market right now and oh boy would I love to have one on my bag.
This revolutionary new 460cc Driver from TaylorMade has been much anticipated by golfers from Tour Pros right through to Amateur golfers and can be tuned to suit any standard and any swing type!
Even my ugly hook massive slice would end up with a decent shot, just touching this driver the other day on the store made me feel confident that I will improve my game.

With seven standard and five upright loft options between 8 degrees and 12 degrees the TaylorMade R1 Driver allows you to obtain the perfect launch angle to suit any conditions or swing styles you may have and not only that, with seven face angles consisting of Neutral/Square, Open, Medium Open, Maximum Open, Closed, Medium Closed and Maximum Closed this Driver has the ability to allow your ball to find the fairway more often than ever.
The TaylorMade R1 Driveralso includes shot-shaping movable weights which promote a Neutral/Straight flight or a distance enhancing draw to help hit those drives past your playing partners also helping you lower your scores. Made with a Black Clubface and a Non-Glare White Crown, the R1 Driver includes a NEW Grey/Orange/Black Crown Graphic which promotes easy clubface alignment to help start your ball straight down the middle of the fairway every time. The newly designed graphic Thick-Thin Crown gives you a lower more forward CG position which promotes high launch, fast ball speed and low spin that really enhances you potential distance further.
Guys I love golf and I really want to improve my game, I had to research the information given here and I have to share my own experiences.
I’m a happy go lucky golfer, it doesn’t matter what I shoot I still love the game, last year I was last on my club championship, I was 40 shots behind the next guy and most of my bad shots were of the tee, so I can really use some improvement and believe me that driver can get my game up there, if I don’t get any better at least I can look cool with it on the tee box.
Tee it up and let them fly.
I’ll see you guys on the greens
Or fairways
Or woods
Or bunkers
But most likely on the water hazards


Ron Forest January 31, 2013 at 4:32 pm

I just bought a new R11S TP, but when I saw the new R1 I put the still in wrapper club up for sale to recoup some money to go and buy the R1. It just looks so cool and makes me think of a F1 race car.


Mike Tamura January 31, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Holy Cow Batman, I need a pretty new driver! Of course I already play the RBZ, but I’m a fanboy and just have to have one of those R1 drivers. Love the new graphics on the R1 and Stage 2, but if I win, I’m hiding mine in a R5 cover…


Paul Schable January 31, 2013 at 3:57 pm

This is the famous Taylormade R1 Driver! We know of no golf club produced by any other company which works so well to drive and score. Our exclusive sole plate design produces a loft, a face angle, and a flight path you will find in no other driver at any price.

(Note – this is a takeoff of the famous Budweiser creed….it worked well for them….maybe it will work well for me.)

The club looks great!


Paul Schable January 31, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Update from prior post:

This is the famous Taylormade R1 Driver! I know of no golf club produced by any other company which works so well to drive and score. Taylormade’s exclusive sole plate design produces a loft, a face angle, and a flight path you will find in no other driver at any price.

Makes it a bit more personal!


Gene Brosky January 31, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Taylor Made is by far dominating the driver market. Primarily it is because they employ something in their club specifications that no one else currently does, although I’ll bet they all know it. They know that most amateur golfers’ swing speed is between 85 and 95 miles per hour which means they need to launch the ball at an angle of 14 to 16 degrees to achieve optimum distance. They also know they could never sell a 14 degree or higher driver because we macho men would never buy it. So what did they do? Made them 14, 15 or 16 degrees and put 10.5 or 11.5 on the bottom. In other words they did us a big favor. No wonder we love their drivers. We hit them further and, because of less side spin due to the increased loft, much straighter.

And their marketing department also chipped in with a significant effort to help with the domination. To quote a friend of mine, “They invented white.” Who would have guessed that if you took a club head that historically had been black and painted it white it would perform better. Now white is common all over the golf industry.

And some of their irons definately go further than others. That is understandable when you take a 7 iron and make it the loft of a 6 1/2 iron, and then you adjust the set accordingly. Not a new concept since Ping did it with the original Pings some 40 years ago. However, it certainly continues to work since we macho guys are obsessed with distance.


RAY SHEAD January 31, 2013 at 3:34 pm

My garage looks like a DRIVERS GRAVEYARD but I continue to search for the GOLDEN DRIVER that goes far!


Nihonsei January 31, 2013 at 3:29 pm

And the Prize for totally garbage media impression goes to…….the Lucky one that finally drives it past the spouse with this Media R1…!!! Tight work, you still have to wash the cars!!!


sandsavekc January 31, 2013 at 3:26 pm

The new R1 driver the most unsafe driver on the market. With its F1 inspired racing stripes its far too fast for the faint at heart. This thing is so fast Mario Andertti is scared to get behind it. Who needs a pit crew when all you need is one wrench to go through the 100+ adjustments. Padraig Harrington doesn’t even tinker that much.

This driver absolutely burns rubber, unless you think resin is the new rubber. ( if that’s the case, you’re stupid. Resin is resin dummy) Again I would be careful of the noxious fumes from this high speed, rubber burning, EPA regulated driver.



RP Jacobs II January 31, 2013 at 3:22 pm

The Quest
There once was a boy named David
who roamed the fairways improving his game
His dream was like so many of us
To one day have women, wealth and fame.

His irons were crisp
And his putts rolled true
Yet his driver made him cry
His balls went left
And his balls went right
Nomatter how hard he would try.

He has tried all of the other drivers
Now his painful quest is done
Alas, he has found the ultimate Big Stick
And it’s name is the TMag R1.
The ball takes off
Like a bullet from a gun
And soars as though dropped from above
And never does it waver
No doubt, David’s feelin the R1 Love.

-RP Jacobs II

Fairways & Greens 4ever


Chuck True January 31, 2013 at 3:17 pm

The new TaylorMade R1 Driver, my best new opportunity to out drive John Daly!


Lou Guillen January 31, 2013 at 2:55 pm

with the new TaylorMade R1 Driver I can tweak my shots with the available adjustments on this club. No more excuses..just need one in my bag.


Jason Cherpak January 31, 2013 at 2:54 pm

If I had this driver, I’d be averaging 350 off the tee….right down the middle….then I’d wake up…


msp1404 January 31, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Lets talk about the packaging for this driver. Only Taylormade would put 3 inches of padding around a shaft, not becuase they are worried it will break but becuase it is totally badass and makes it feel that much more special.


Lee Tucker January 31, 2013 at 1:03 pm

The new R12, errr… R1 from TaylorMade debuts in February with a new look and unparalleled adjustability offering golfers quick fixes for bad swings.

“Plain white is so 2011” is the statement TaylorMade makes with the crown of their new R1 driver. Abstract artists looking at the R11’s “blank canvas,” saw an opportunity to gain further attention on the course and television by adding eye-catching graphics to the crown. For the average golfer, the new orange, black and grey design has two important advantages: 1) The R1’s crown graphic draws the attention of everyone else on the course, ensuring a shanked drive off the first tee, and 2) Notifies other players in your foursome that you have disposable income and are possibly an easy target for on-course betting.

While the new look of the driver will be the first thing most golfers will notice, adjustability is what the driver is all about. TaylorMade states that 80 percent of golfers are playing with the wrong loft, and with 168 different ways for a player to fit themselves, they have produced a driver guaranteed to increase that segment of the market and ensure sales of future driver models.


Jo-De-France January 31, 2013 at 9:29 am

I forgot “describing one or more aspects of the TaylorMade R1 Driver”
Quickly : “R1 is as my wife, designed for my hands! Oh my god for everybody’s hands!!!” 😉


Jo-De-France January 31, 2013 at 9:24 am

I have a R7 CGB MAX, i tried a RAZR FIT, i sold the RAZR FIT one week later! So i keep my R7, and i still looking for a new toy…
I need this bad boy in France, if a french can play well with it, everybody can, better than your lab test, the French golf player!


Craig Harkness January 31, 2013 at 9:03 am

R1.funky graphics.
No Canadians allowed to enter.
Sucks eh?


Gregor January 31, 2013 at 4:46 am

TM R1 saw one the other day and I love what TM have done with the look of it, I like the fact that you get one club head and your shaft then you can dial in your desired loft of 8-12* how awesome is that!!!! I want one please 😉


Joe Ratliff January 31, 2013 at 1:42 am

Team Taylormade god that sounds sexy you wanna know why? Cause taylormade has out done it again folks. What have they done you may ask they just stopped on the golfing worlds balls….No not Rocketballz im talking the newest and latest “R mother loving 1”. Your probably scratching your head (not your driver) whats a R1? Ill give you the low down 80% of golfers are more then likely playing the wrong loft but with this beautiful club my friends you have the option of changing the loft a whole 1.5 degree up or down. Wanna change the face angle? Well shit things just got better you have 7 choices N for neutral 1,2,3 degrees open 1,2,3 degrees closed. For all you duck hooking fools or Sunday slicers….(me) you have that option to fix it. Want to hit a draw? Adjust the weights to give you that glorious right to left shot. That odd looking graphic on top that helps you line up correct every time.It features the MATT white finish on the crown and club face for ultimate. Alignment. Thats the R1 in a nut shell I’ve had almost every driver since the R5 had both R5s,R7,R9,R11,09 burner, and Rocketballz im “that guy” yet to find my driver from heavn to settle down with have a.long lasting relationship :'(….can R1 be my fantasy (club)??? YOU DESIDE!!


Tim The Long Drive King January 30, 2013 at 11:36 pm

From my first Metal head Taylormade Driver back in mid 80’s, To the next big Taylormade Driver with that Fujikura Bubble shaft to now my Taylormade Superfast TP in White. I have sworn I’d never put this ugly looking R1 head in my bag, just as I swore I would never put a white headed driver in my bag. Well if Taylormade can get me to knock this Superfast TP out of my bag after 3 seasons I will be put in my place yet once again. Each and every time Taylormade brings another goofy looking Oversized Shoebox of a Driver or shaft with adjustable tips or adjustable compass looking gadget on the sole. I swear up and down I will not put this in my bag!

Well I’ve been swearing for over 25 years that I will not use the next great club that Taylormade manages to bang out every six months without fail. But when I seen this sweet little Media Kit so neatly packed up like a cute little christmas present. I thought now I could stick this Media package on my shelf and look at all winter waiting and waiting for the 9 degree nights and the 25 degree days to end. This will act as my incentive to warmer spring days when the tulips pop through the soil and my golf juices begin to boil. Can the Taylormade R1 deliver maybe I’ll be the first in my foursome to see…….


spicytuna58 January 30, 2013 at 10:34 pm





Ramon January 30, 2013 at 8:41 pm

R1 is just what I need in my life! Super long, Super cool


Albert Lee January 30, 2013 at 7:24 pm

The R1 Driver looks amazing. I love how customizable the driver is alone with the updated graphics on the crown of the driver…beautiful


C.Evans January 30, 2013 at 6:24 pm

As I sit and ponder what to write, I find myself at a crossroads. Here, on the eve of another playing season, we find ourselves with yet another litany of choices. Do we try the “new” cavity-backed design? Do we try the “revamp” of a company that throws around names of their cult classic clubs? Do we try the “new” technology from the most traditional company in the business? Or, do we trust the #1 company in golf in terms of sales and play on tour to keep evolving and keep delivering the added distance they promise us year after year(and why after 10 years am I not hitting 400-plus yard drives, because 10-17 yards per year over 10 years should put me around that range)? If you haven’t figured out which company is which from my descriptions at this point, perhaps you should pick up the latest copy of your favorite golf magazine.

TaylorMade yet again brings to market their most revolutionary and most adjustable driver. From the compass on the sole to point your head in the direction that you choose to the 4 degrees of loft adjustibility from a single head to put you anywhere from 8 to 12 degrees of loft, they’re changing the game over and over. While we may not understand the principles behind delivering a product that is optimal for everyone and had no “set” loft, we find ourselves questioning why the deviation from the norm? Why are multiple lofts not offered to consumers as they are to the touring pros? Why are they offered 420cc version 2’s in an assortment of 3 lofts and we get 460cc’s and a singular loft selection? Why did they decide to take their “revolutionary white” heads and add Ferarri Scudiera race car like graphics? But the biggest question? Can they deliver on promising a driver that will properly fit the 80% that the marketing claims that drivers in today’s market won’t and don’t fit?

I am a TaylorMade fan, I have played every one of the white heads (even the ones that weren’t meant for public consumption by purchasing them at exhorbent prices through the secondary market off of the tour vans). I’ve also played the pre-white heads (which, now that it’s typed sounds a lot like pre-puberty). I love their product, have a ton of it in my bag and on my feet currently. But when is enough enough? I mean seriously, when if loud truly loud enough, or did they manage to quiet this one down? When can the claims be substantiated by real world results for average players? Do I buy into the fact that the 7 way adjustability on the sole will truly give me more options? Well, it does have a compass on the sole, and compasses are supposed to lead you in the right direction. Do I buy into the fact that one loft option can get me exactly where I need to be in terms of loft to achieve the correct launch angle? I’m not certain of this answer currently, but I’d love to find out if what they say is true, and if I actually do fit the average golfer’s needs from a club. Can I be bought? Depends, does Paula Creamer deliver this driver? If so, absolutely, 1,000% yes. Otherwise, I’ll be as unabashed and honest can be when I evaluate whether all of the marketing is just that or if there’s substance to it. And that’s what I can promise to deliver, a ton of pictures and commentary on my honest and open feelings on this club from the average club whore.


bzing January 30, 2013 at 6:12 pm

The “R” might as well be for “racing” – with those hot orange and black stripes, the new Taylor R1 driver oozes raceway excitement and pushes you to drive faster and longer than all your competition. The ladies will be pleased.


Chad Williams January 30, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Well first off let me say I love TMAG I have always loved there sets from burners to the new bladez and hopefully will be wearing their new adi zero spikes the only thing I don’t like is their new commercial really painting the guys like tigers is the dumbest thing ever I mean come on you didn’t have enough cash to buy a little better premiere commercial hope I win this because I absolutely love Taylormade and Adidas and of course this awesome sport golf.


JBones January 30, 2013 at 4:03 pm

I don’t think I can beat Kayvon, but I’ll give it a go.

I really want to be a Taylormade fan; I think their Rocketbladez irons are amazing. When it comes to TM’s woods, they are starting to fall in with a concept that is just ridiculous. Let me first describe this group. We’ve all been sitting at a stoplight and had the fastest car ever pull up next to us…..a Honda Civic hatchback with “custom” paint and logos (aka stickers) with a muffler that causes us it to sound like a barrel full of duck farts. These “geniuses” think that all these graphics and annoying sounds add horsepower…’s a clue guys, your limitation is under your hood. You see where I’m going here? You can’t keep “adding” 20yds with paint, when the limitation is under the hood (aka USGA rules). The claims across the industry are getting ridiculous. Yes, you can add yardage, by having it tuned, but you can do that with any driver and a good fitter.

And since I’m all riled up, I’m going to give Dustin Johnson a big “come on, man”. You have to put your foot down and stop letting TM make you look like a neanderthal. First it was the RBZ and the “whats it do?” commercial and now you have R1 and the “this may be the coolest driver I’ve ever seen” comment. Really? Hideous paint and a compass on the bottom make it the “coolest ever”? Start writing your own material. Can’t we just get a honest “I bombed the sh!t out of that one” out of you.

That all being said………….pick me, pick me.


Will Par January 30, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Conversation between Dustin Johnson and the TaylorMade Player Rep when Dustin first received his new R1 Driver.

DJ: I Just got my new R1 driver. It’s really long and straight, but you totally screwed up with the crown graphics.
TMPR: I thought you were on board with that when we discussed it a few months ago. It’s the new big thing on drivers. Distinguishes our driver from the competition, cool from the marketing standpoint, and it provides enhanced visual alignment.
DJ: Oh I like all those features, but its got an orange stripe.
TMPR: Orange stripe??
DJ: Yeah Boss, Orange is a Clemson color. I’m a big supporter of The University of South Carolina. I can’t play a club with Orange on it. You have to be from South Carolina to understand.
TMPR: (Sweating) This is a done deal. The club is in production. We can’t change it now.
DJ: (Interrupting) And its on the new staff bag too. That ugly orange stripe.
TMPR: OK DJ, lets work this out. You play the club as is, and we’ll send you a new staff bag without any orange on it. Deal?
DJ: I can to that if you promise to use Garnet and Black next year.
TMPR: Have your agent call me on that one. Your new staff bag is on the way.

Me: I’m a Clemson fan (and a Dustin Johnson fan) so I’ll be thrilled to find an Orange box on my doorstep.


Duckhook7 January 30, 2013 at 2:18 pm

The first thing one notices about this driver is the crown graphics. Evoking a racing stripe, the red and gray design gives the club head the appearance of speed, even at a standstill. As an alignment aid, it allows a golfer to more easily align the club face with the ball at address. This leads to better contact, more distance and increased accuracy. For this driver at least, v does indeed stand for victory.


Adam Butler January 30, 2013 at 1:41 pm

TM had the R7 back in the day and it was awesome. Everyone was talking about it. Even Sergio Garcia was hitting fairways with it! I’m sure the R1 is great but can it really top the R7? I’ll give Sergio a call and chat him up.


Kuz January 30, 2013 at 1:40 pm

The story of the Taylormade R1

There once was an ugly duckling. No one wanted to play with it.

A brave soul came forth and said he would give it a go!

Behold the ugly duckling turned into a beauty that everyone wants to hold!

The End


Kayvon January 30, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Taylormade’s R1 driver represents the technological fulfillment of Sir Isaac Newton’s fourth law of physics that states, “An object that looks cool is more mechanically sound than an object that looks lame,” otherwise known as the ‘Style over Substance’ principle.

After literally minutes of tireless research and development at Taylormade’s Technological Innovation Consortium’s Carlsbad Elementary campus, engineers from Mrs. Fischer’s fingerpainting/finite element analysis class discovered that red-orange was their favorite color and, in accordance with Newton’s fourth law, would achieve the highest level of effective energy transfer from clubface to golf ball.

Mrs. Fischer’s intrepid team of engineers further developed an elaborate system to eliminate confusion with the myriad of other white/red-orange drivers on the market by incorporating a symbol representing the letter “R” and numeral “1” on the club’s crown. Now golfers will no longer have to toil under the uncertainty of whether they’re accidentally playing their Q5, Y1 or M9 driver.

Taylormade’s R1 Driver: The pure manifestation of Style over Substance.*

*For the period 1/1/2013 through 12/31/2013.


Pete Ciambrone January 30, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Ding, ding , ding! We have a winner here! That’s some funny stuff..


Jack January 30, 2013 at 12:20 pm

With the TM R1 you can modify your loft with up to 12 configurations and choose 7 positions of the face angle, which together with the shot-shaping movable weights allow up to 168 different ways to tune the R1 to perfectly fit a player’s swing, and thus optimize distance and accuracy.


Kayvon January 30, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I like Ernie’s response.


msp1404 January 30, 2013 at 12:03 pm

As I’ve said for the longest time, Taylormade is the leader in innovation and marketing. Taylormade is producing the first, mass produced, artistic crown which instantly draw your eyes to the club. For all you business school people out there, Tayloremade would be described by Miles and Snow Typology as a Prospector because it trys (and succeeds) to exploit new market opportunites. They are usually the first to create new technologies like developing the first metal wood, the first titanium driver and more recently the first to mass produce a different color crown. The R1 is the latest and greatest of their inovations and by looks alone this club will sell thousands.

Now it seems like more recently MyGolfSpy has been reporting and reviewing a lot of Taylormade products. I hope a certain set of MyGolfSpy’s didn’t sell out like they always vowed they would never do??


mygolfspy January 30, 2013 at 12:42 pm

You can’t be serious with this “Selling Out” stuff still MSP. They sent a driver to the media and we are giving it to you. And you guys said you wanted us to start reviewing their gear even if they chose not to participate so we did.

I think we might as well sell out if you guys are going to continue to think we are anyways.


msp1404 February 12, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Sorry this reply is so late, but i was only joking. I know you guys would never sell out and in the instructions for this contest it said to be funny if possible. Unfortunatly i was unable to portray my response as a joke.

Im Sorry if this comment made you mad.

Matt Pugh


Philippe Darvish January 30, 2013 at 12:01 pm

I have really enjoyed my R9 Supertri. It looks like the R1 is a true improvement on an already great product. Not only has the adjustability gotten better, but the distance as well. The design has gotten far more interesting and it looks like they have really given the driver a new identity. Looks like this is the driver for me.


Brandon Burke January 30, 2013 at 11:55 am

R1 just arrived and my first impressions were that it’s Peeeertty!
After opening the packaging i noticed it said #Your1 (Which i already knew)
Also labeled on the packaging TM states “80% of Golfers are playing drivers with the wrong loft”
I think that’s a VERY bold statement! I believe TM should stop making these outrageous claims… What it should read is ” 80% of golfers should have spent this $400 on golf lessons”
This is why Taylormade is laughed at by anyone that is a REAL golfer (Real Golfer: Drives 350YDS)! First they give us an adjustable driver, then paint it WHITE, give us 17 more yards, etc…I can keep going and going. It makes me sick to my stomach to think that they try to bring some innovation and technology into golf! WE DON’T WANT INNOVATION TAYLORMADE! We want Companies to put new finishes on Anser’s and give them a cool name!
With all that said, I don’t even need to hit it! I’m going to troll every post in MSG and complain about every R1 thread, and go to TM site and let golfers know how terrible it performs on Flightscope! Ha ha That will teach them!
After taking a second look at it…it’s kinda cool in an ugly way…can i have it!


Yago January 30, 2013 at 11:35 am

R1driver,one head and a lot of options,the future is here!!


Todd Gatchel January 30, 2013 at 11:31 am

Lets get this out of the way right now, I have always been a Taylormade guy. It all started with the R-7Quad, then the Superquad, etc….. however at the end of last season as my R-11 was getting wore out I decided it was time for a new driver. I knew Taylormade was cooking up something good for 2013 but I was unable to wait so I bought the new Titleist 913 D3. Yes, this a good driver, and I was thinking I could possibly switch to being a Titleist guy now and this would be no issue, an easy transition of brand loyalty. Then I’ll be god [email protected] if them summbritches over there at Taylormade didn’t come out with what looks to be the prettiest, most advanced, longest friggin’ driver on the planet.
With its easy alignment graphics on the top of the driver, and easy to manipulate face angle compass on the bottom, and the ease of loft adjustment on the hossel, these people are gonna MAKE me want to go out and buy one of these. Well it would be possible to quit acting like a child had I not gone out and hit one these drivable beauties! But noooo, it has to be just as good as advertised! So now my dilemma is my new 913 which is staring at me as I write this(I literally can feel on those stripes on it glaring at me) may be sitting home this summer keeping an eye of all my old clubs that don’t get out to play anymore. Oh they get swung around the yard and still hit balls but not a meaningful shot will they ever hit again.
So Taylormade all I can say to you thanx again, you bastards!


Ernie January 30, 2013 at 11:11 am

Apparently Taylormade and MGS do not operate in Canada since only US residents are open to the R1 contest. The fact that I have used Taylormade drivers such as the R9 Supertri and R11S and had looked forward to the R1 with advanced features such as increased loft and angle options is now mute, as I will not be buying an R1. I am also removing MGS from my bookmarks.


Fighting Leprechaun February 8, 2013 at 10:31 am

I have it on good authority that the marketing folks at Taylormade wanted to avoid confusion with this new model introduction. If they included the Canadian market, the next thing you know, folks in the States would be flooding Taylormade’s website asking how they could get the variant apparently named the “R1A”.


frank January 30, 2013 at 11:11 am


First off Thanks to MGS as usual and no I am not making a smooching sound when doing that either. Well maybe…. I can now stop looking to drop $4-5 hundred beans and bank on winning this or WHEN I LOSE at least that puts me at an advantage to have used R1’s hit the market at a dropped rate. Either way it’s a win.

The idea that the R&D department has gone long past the R&D of the product “material” (i.e. titanium, composite, etc) structure and actually analyzed the detail of lofts selected by the “average Joe” compared to performance, or that whatever percentage of left eye dominant and right eye dominant people line the ball up correctly goes to show that TMAG is incorporating marketing in their R&D perspective. Sure there are the 10 yards this, 17 yards that, blanket comments which get old and quite frankly from the average Joe’s perspective, who doesn’t really know how damn far they hit the ball anyway, how much will this be noticeable. I like the fact that the distance grab on this product line was muted and they let the RBZ line take over. The main goal was to explain the “CRAZY” Graphics…I mean decale…Sorry! Focusing (no pun intended…wait we are getting scored on humor I take that back) on the players ability to seek more comfort in alignment is a step outside the box. Making the player comfortable will provide confidence which will ultimately reap benefits in the distance and accuracy world. TMAG always has one step on competition when it comes to crossing the line both in aesthetics and marketing. Quoting a famous wrestler type Sometimes…. “WOOOOOOO!!!….you have to be the best to beat the best”….HEARD THAT CALLAWAY,NIKE,PING….WOOOOO!!!!!?

The added feature to the multi faceted loft adjustment is a “HO HUM” type of announcement since competition had already released this information. I will state that adding the HUGE 80% figure to ever email/box/pamphlet is something that reaches far past their competitors. Adding the compass like face adjustment to the bottom gives the player the correlation between which direction he or she would like to hit the ball and the actual “compass” shape telling them such. Another “ugly” feature by TMAG that will draw the “player/connoisseur” away please tell me it’s not so???? The snobs need to get over it TMAG is relevant at ALMOST if not every level and this may be offering something to the very minimal handicap bracket they haven’t reached not vice versa……


billy malooly January 30, 2013 at 10:34 am

Does bother the Satge2 and R1 come with RocketSteel as there face. ? ide love to hit them both side bye side, i have allways ben a burner fan i tried the first R11 thought it felt dead. hope the R1 is better,


Bill Simons January 30, 2013 at 10:21 am

Does it come with a can of black spray paint?


John Barry January 30, 2013 at 10:09 am

R1, starting fresh at the number 1, like me. I also love wearing a colorful paint scheme when I go out and play golf, so why not my clubs also? Who doesn’t want to be longer, off the tee, in the tooth or heck, even in the bed room!! I think the new adjustable tech would be perfect for me, since I am short in all three categories!!


Peter Ciambrone January 30, 2013 at 10:08 am

First off let me start off by saying I 100% do not want to win this, I just enjoy spouting my criticism about a Big Golf company that I’m not a fan of.
OK their claims that 80% of us are playing the wrong loft driver, right? So by buying their new driver I am able to fix that? So by all the fancy loft adjustments the average hacker will automatically find the magic loft he is supposed to play?? Come on stop drinking the TMAG kool aid people, don’t buy into the BS, do something better with the $400 and visit your local PGA pro and get fitted, as boring as that sounds at least you will know the correct loft/ lie/ shaft flex you need to play.
I’m sorry, I know it’s all about selling golf product but the BS marketing does nothing but hurt most hackers like myself. MyGolfSpy, I love the site and all you guys do for us hackers, I truly enjoy reading everything you guys spend valuable time writing but I do detest, this hacker will not be painting stripes on his face!


Xerpro January 30, 2013 at 10:03 am

The R1 definitely is long and low spin….Even with some of my worst swings, it still out performed the g25, covert, and xhot pro….Definitely a must try for all playas serious about performance….


Matt Percy January 30, 2013 at 10:00 am

As a golfer who always feels the need to be up to date with the latest and greatest, I frequent many local golf shops and have formed relationships with their sales reps. I recently visited “my guy” at a local not to be named big box store. I was messing around in the putter section a couple weeks ago and “my guy” approached me in a manner consistent with many movie scenes where a dark figure approaches the main character and shadily suggests “I have what you’re looking for”. He says “hey, have you seen the new R1?” “Nope”, I reply. He says, “well I’ve got one in the back, if you wanna check it out before they go on sale” I reply, “that seems unfair to other golfers”, and decline the opportunity. YEAH RIGHT! I giddily followed him to the secluded hitting bay.
Not only did he present to me the R1, but also the new Callaway Razr Fit Extreme and Cobra Amp Cell Drivers. He said, “hit away!” So of course I obliged. Razr Fit Extreme was nice and the Amp Cell was respectable, but the R1 elicited a “Holy $%@*”. First Off the R1’s balance was beautiful, down right divine. One after another, thack-thwack-thwack, the R1 sent balls piercing into the net….and that was without even adjusting the truly personally modifiable driver. The sound was crisp and not as tinny as the previous models. While some may not like the graphics, I found them to scream “I’m from the future and there is a flux capacitor hidden in this bad boy.”
I can only gush about this driver, it’s a machine built for killing golf balls. I would be honored to possess such a perfectly crafted piece of art and performance. “A driver to rule them all!” In summation, the words of Cameron in Ferris Bueller’s Day off come to mind, “Ferris, he never drives it. He just rubs it with a diaper.”


Devon January 30, 2013 at 9:59 am

The R1 is the new look of golf. The commercials are a little funny, with players looking like Indians with warpaint on. But the driver represents the new look of the PGA tour, the new young looking guys all buff and swin as hard as possible. The R1 allows you to add on to your distance and control it as well. With the adjustable head it allows you to customise it to fit whatever type of game you have. I see the R1 as the new look in drivers and I think taylormade will continue to come out with the mew look stuff.


Dustin January 30, 2013 at 9:58 am

In developing the R1, TaylorMade has outdone themselves yet again! The sleek graphics and smooth finish are a beauty to behold. The R1 is also extremely functional and gives the user everything they need in order to take advantage of this advanced technology. The R1 raises the bar for the rest of the universe and will be the gold standard in packaging for years to come.

I’m also told there is a golf club that comes with the R1, so I guess that’s nice too.


Foz January 30, 2013 at 9:50 am

I don’t game Taylormade……..yet

I do respect what they are doing for the game of golf.

Pick me and I will put them in my Bag!


Josh January 30, 2013 at 9:45 am

LOVE the graphics!!


Tyk January 30, 2013 at 9:42 am

I forgot to mention: TaylorMade builds probably the best boxes EVER! The must have enslaved 100’s of young Japanese origami experts to pull that off!


Rik Barrera January 30, 2013 at 9:37 am

I am the 80%! The TaylorMade R1 says 80% of golfers probably are playing with the wrong loft. That’s most likely me. They also claim this driver can fix the problems of the average golfer through the adjustments that can be made. Well, you won’t find a more “average” golfer than me. I slice off the tee. I can’t hit a driver very far (200 is a good drive). I’m an 18+ handicap who doesn’t have tons of time to play, so when I do, I don’t want to practice, I want to play!!! In addition, I’m already a TaylorMade man with every club in my bag being a TaylorMade. Plus there’s no part of my game that anyone is envious of… at least let me make them envious of my driver!


Tyk January 30, 2013 at 9:37 am

That Taylormade driver is so sick! It is so sick I am going to do the pros on the commercials one better and get stripes TATTOOED on my face! Yeah, like they’re so bad-ass with the face paint or something! Tell ya what pros, leave the body paint for bikini replacement, real bad ass golfers get tatted up like Tyson!


HM January 30, 2013 at 9:27 am

“The Taylormade R1 designed to hit a golf ball. EXTRA added feature..Specifically designed to hit a golf ball off a tee!”


Yvan January 30, 2013 at 9:27 am

This white triangle shows exactly the range of my shots with my previous driver… This is just a reminder that those shots still exist and happen to my frends that haven’t made the switch yet!!!


billy malooly January 30, 2013 at 9:22 am

I just got a set of rocketblades and they are clicky sounding, is it from the face felxing and hitting the back of the club ? it looks like the tours have a bigeer gap so they probley dont make that clicking sound ?


Paul January 30, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Um, no. That little golf ball doesn’t have the mass capable of doing that.


golfer4life January 31, 2013 at 7:03 am

That was the first thing we noticed when they came in. The tours do not have the “clicky’ sound and feel much more solid.


Rickey Lrist January 30, 2013 at 9:16 am

Sweet looking driver!!! I need that in MY BAG!


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