TaylorMade R15 430 Driver
TaylorMade R15 430 Driver
Made of Greatness.
”Everything we have learned on low-forward CG, sliding weights, Speed Pocket, and adjustability have gone into the R15, making this our most technologically advanced driver ever.” Benoit Vincent, Vice President – TaylorMade Golf Research and Development
Technology:Employs proven TaylorMade metalwood technologies that have been newly optimized (ICT, Thick Thin, moveable weight, loft sleeve). Low forward CG in combination with the more forward track and redesigned sliding weights in the R15 helps to reduce spin by about 100 to 200rpm and increase launch by 0.5 to 1.0deg compared to the SLDR 430.
Details:Center of Gravity
R15 has an even lower and more forward CG thanks to the Front Track system, which is 12mm closer to the leading edge with 40 more grams of weight forward. In total, 75% of the mass is in the front of the driver.
Front Track System
With its new Front Track system in R15, adjusting a TaylorMade driver has never been quicker or easier: Inside the track system are two sliding split weights that weigh 12.5 grams each (25g total). The R15 club head has 5g more discretionary mass to maneuver and is 4g lighter than the popular SLDR. Using the torque wrench, the golfer can loosen and slide the weights to the heel for a draw, to the toe for a fade or split for maximum stability.
New sliding split weights: heel for draw, toe for fade, split for maximum stability (12.5g each / 25g total)
4° loft sleeve for greater loft adjustability and opportunity to dial in your launch conditions. A simple rotation of the loft-sleeve system allows you to choose from 12 distinct settings that makes incremental changes in the lie and the loft/face angle. Together, the sliding split weights and loft-sleeve enable golfers to adjust their R15 driver with extreme precision.
Smaller shape inspired by iconic predecessors with new satin white finish and black PVD face. The larger, 460cc version of R15 is for the player seeking maximum forgiveness and confidence on the tee, while the R15 430 has a shape that strongly resembles some of the most coveted drivers from the company’s past.
- Standard Shaft: Fujikura’s Speeder 67 Evolution
- Standard Grip: Lamkin UTx
TaylorMade R15 430 Driver Expert Review
Written By: Bob Gomavitz
The R series is back for 2015 with the R15 430. The first thing you’ll notice is that TaylorMade brought back the white head for 2015 and a Front Track System that is further forward and dual weighted. The white crown against the all black face really outlines the ball well at address and looks slightly larger even though its still only 430cc’s. On the sole you’ll notice the additional weight which offers up a variety of settings to fit your game. The SLDR 430 was already a very solid feeling head, but the new R15 430 is even more so with a very muted sound and marked improvements in playability. The Low Forward CG design is not the most forgiving out there, but TaylorMade has increased the forgiveness with the ability to spread the weights apart to maximize stability. I struggled with my attempts at working the ball, but a stronger player may not have the same findings.
Who's It For?
The Big Boys Club who love a smaller head design with low spin and higher launch. If you are a high speed, high spin player that had trouble launching the SLDR high enough, make sure to put the R15 430 on your list.
The minor changes in looks and increased forgiveness are much welcomed improvements. I was able to loft back down a notch when compared to the SLDR model. My main gripe was that I had to move the track weight to be able to access the shaft for any type of adjustments.