Hands On With TaylorMade’s New R15 Driver

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Golf.com has an inside look at the new TaylorMade R15 Driver, due out January 9th, 2015.

The R15, which will be made available in both white and black versions, features a sole channel with two independently movable 12.5-gram weights. The sole channel, or “speed pocket,” is similar to the predominant feature on the successful SLDR drivers. It allows players to position weight in draw or fade settings, as well as positioning the weights in either a middle position or extreme heel and toe locations for improved stability.

Compared to the SLDR, the R15’s sole channel has been shifted slightly closer to the face (12 millimeters) to contribute to the way the face flexes at impact. That movement forward also helps further push the center of gravity forward. The R15 also utilizes an updated version of the company’s adjustable hosel, which now accommodates 12 settings and a loft range of plus/minus two degrees.

The R15 will be offered in both a 460cc and 430cc head size. Golfers can pre-order the R15 starting Dec. 12.