TaylorMade R15 460 Driver
TaylorMade R15 460 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 460 Driver Expert Review
Written By: Bob Gomavitz
The R series is back for 2015 with the R15 460cc Driver. 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 than last years SLDR. On the sole you’ll notice the additional weight which offers up a variety of settings to fit your game. I found the R15 460 to feel not as solid as the R15 430 version but a marked improvement over the SLDR. The sound is slightly more muted which is also an improvement over the SLDR. The ability to spread the weights apart increased the overall stability of the head on my miss hits. Add a slight larger footprint and a tad shallower face and you should see marked improvements in forgiveness when compared to the SLDR. This added forgiveness also enhanced my ability to work the ball better.
Who's It For?
Being their flagship driver for 2015, TaylorMade has made some nice improvements to make the R15 460 more suitable for a wider range of players. Lower spin, lower launching players might struggle some.
The minor changes in looks and increased forgiveness are much welcomed improvements. This is still one of the longest drivers on the market due to the proven Low Forward CG which produces a great launch with low spin rates and I experienced both of these to the fullest. One small gripe was that I had to move the track weight to be able to access the shaft for any type of adjustments.