This entry is not so much about the adjustability of the R1 driver from TaylorMade as it is my adjustability to the new R1 driver. I have been using the TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 driver for some time now with great success. I came within a tap-in of a hole in one with the Burner 2.0. You can guess that it will take an amazing new driver to get me to switch. I went to the TaylorMade Launch Event at my local Golf Galaxy on February 3rd to check out their new offerings. The numbers that the R1 was yielding compared to my Burner 2.0 were enough to convince me to actually purchase the R1 that night.
Fast forward to April after things in my area began to thaw to the point I could hit the R1 on the range, and it was as though golf gremlins swapped the R1 I bought in February with a counterfeit from China! It sounded awful when I struck the ball, the ball felt like a rock coming off the face, I literally was hitting my 6 iron farther than this new R1! I then took three shots with each of my two drivers, three with the Burner 2.0 and three with the R1. Without fail, I would leak the R1 left and it would come up at least 40 yards short of the Burner 2.0’s distances. Not only did this frustrate me, but it perplexed me as well!
Of all the Drivers I have owned throughout my years swatting and chasing this little white ball, only one has been an adjustable driver, the TaylorMade R9. And guess what? That’s right, I could not hit that well either! I have always liked just a “regular” driver. My first “name brand” was the TaylorMade R5 Neutral bias. I still own that club, I might be buried with it in fact! This Burner SuperFast 2.0 just fit me from the moment I first hit it. The sound, the feel, I could even hit a power fade contrary to my natural draw if I wanted. I was reluctant to purchase the new TaylorMade R1 since I have had a poor history with adjustable drivers (albeit a short history). I also have some philosophical issues with any adjustable golf club, but I will leave that for a future blog.
After that first range session my various reservations seemed to be confirmed, or it really was golf gremlins! Either way, I was seriously disappointed. Mind you, I wan’t going to give up, you ought to know this about me by now, despite an occasional gripe and moan.
The other day, I went back out to the range armed with both clubs determined to figure out why I seem so unable to have success with the R1. I also had my camcorder with me and took the following video…
By the last shot in the video I had a few things figured out, or at least the result of the strike suggested as much. I intend to go into me detail once I can get back on the grass range and tee the ball as I would if I were playing and actual round, instead of machine-gunning balls off the mats. So do keep an eye out for that follow up blog! The following is an action shot collage a Twitter follower, and fellow lefty, Adam LaCapra pulled from the final shot and sent me. If you are on Twitter I suggest you follow him!
Looks like my swing is getting flat again, huh?! My work is never done!