TaylorMade Men's R15 460 Driver
Accuracy - 91%
Weight / CG - 95%
Customization - 83%
Appearance - 84%
All that's new for the TaylorMade Men's R15 460 Driver, as you would expect from TaylorMade brand. Lower, more forward CG, higher launch with a lower spin.
I know, I know, this is a website about Golf Range Finders, but guess what…I use a lot more golf equipment than just a rangefinder. So I’ve decided that when I review something new, like the TaylorMade Men’s R15 460 Driver, I’m going to write a little about it. No need to get upset, just deal with it.
Recently I had a chance to pick up one of these R15 Drivers and I was overall impressed with how it handled on the driving range this past weekend. It’s not the most intimidating looking driver – I’m not really sure I need such a thing – but it does get the job done.
Pros for the R15 460 Driver
All the marketing language for the TaylorMade Men’s R15 460 Driver will tell you how it’s, of course, the newest, best’est thing in the world since sliced bread. It does have a lower center of gravity (CG) compared to my more trusty Big Bertha, and seemed to have a good sized sweet spot for my swing. I liked the graphite shaft and the feel of the club in my hand felt natural.
At the driving range, I was hitting really good distance (slightly longer than my average shots) and felt I had good control over the spin and location of my drives. As a beginner, I think this club would be helpful for gaining some confidence and control instead of some of the other beginner items out there. Of course, at more than $200, it might be a lot to a beginner to just shell out that kinda money, but I guess it depends on whether you’re seriously beginning to play golf or just playing as a bit of a golf tourist.
TaylorMade incorporated a Front Track system that allows you to adjust the sweet spot of the club face. This allows you to adjust, move, and increase the size of the sweet spot…although you’re going to have to do a lot of practice swings to reach the consistent number of drives before you dial down the right settings. But that’s what Saturday’s and 6 packs are for, am I right?
As far as marketing goes, TaylorMade claims you can “Choose heel weighting for draw shots, toe weighting for fade shots, split weighting for maximum stability, or any combination in between“, but that seems like a lot of adjustments for me to make on the course. Usually I’ll try and choose a specific driver for each of these situations and throw them all in my golf cart.
Cons for the R15 460 Driver
The standard club is a little big longer (45.5 inches) than most clubs, so it’s something you need to get use to when you start practicing with the TaylorMade Men’s R15 460 Driver. Like any new driver, you really should spend a few weeks getting use to it before you make a final decision whether it’s right for you. That said, you’ll notice a longer club a lot faster than starting with exactly your usual style.
The D-4 Swing Weight causes it to be a bit more wobbly at times and I blamed that (more than my own skills, of course) for some errant shots off the tee. Honestly, most of these issues I could fix with the purchase-time customization options were I to purchase it for myself. So in many ways, these cons can be overcome by knowing your exact needs when purchasing the club.
I will say that I’ve seen other reviews that claim that this club can break sometimes for lefties. Apparently it’s believed to be an issue with TaylorMade products, but it could also just be one or two loud mouths that had a bad experience trying to ruin it for the rest of us.
Packaging / Beauty
I’m not really a fan of the cheap looking head cover, but that’s really not too bad as I add my own head covers to my various clubs. Otherwise, it looks pretty fierce with its futuristic modeling (like they all are trying to do nowadays), but it’s nothing special. Nobody’s going to run over and ask “what is that!?!”
Can’t be a review without a list of specifications for the TaylorMade Men’s R15 460 Driver, right? Here they are:
- Head size: 460 cubic centimeter
- Swing weight: D4
- Length: 45.5 inch
- Sliding weights are 12.5 gram each (25 gram total)
Overall this is a good driver, it works for what you pay for, can be used by beginners and pros alike, and can be honed to really increase your distance, accuracy, and spin control on the course. The TaylorMade Men’s R15 460 Driver has some quirks to it, a bit of an ugly head cover, and takes some getting use to, but it will certainly get the job done when you need it. Good luck out there!
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