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The Power Game: TaylorMade’s R15 3-wood & Hybrid Review 

Golf Equipment test TaylorMade R15 3 wood beauty shot

 

Golf Club Tested

Club: TaylorMade R15 3-wood
Loft Setting: 13°
Weight Setting: Neutral
Shaft:
Fujikura Speeder 67 Evolution
Flex: Stiff

Club: TaylorMade R15 Hybrid
Loft Setting: 17°
Shaft:
Fujikura Speeder 77 Evolution
Flex: Stiff

Golf Equipment test TaylorMade R15 3-wood sole
3-Wood Sole

Golf Equipment test TaylorMade R15 Hybrid Sole
Hybrid Sole

Golf Equipment test TaylorMade R15 3-wood Toe
3-Wood Toe

Golf Equipment test TaylorMade R15 Hybrid Toe
Hybrid Toe

Golf Equipment test TaylorMade R15 3-wood Address
3-Wood at address

Golf Equipment test TaylorMade R15 Hybrid Address
Hybrid at address


Having tested the R15 driver on four links courses on the Kent coast in March, it was time to put the 3-wood and hybrid through their paces in Ontario Canada on seven very different courses and during a week of beautiful sunshine and high temperatures of 20°C. Now to be fair you should know I did have a sneaky go with the hybrid at a media competition at Walton Heath a week before I travelled to Canada.

It was on the par 5, 14th hole where I smashed a 220-yard hybrid out of the rough and straight through the green and one of my playing partners commented, “that ball flew like a boy getting a whipping from his daddy” which you can imagine had all of us in tears of laughter and me having to play a 40-yard chip shot back to the green.



Technology

3-wood

The most obvious tech you will notice first is the front track system, which not only works with the movable weight to give you a draw or fade bias by simply moving the weight to the toe or heel, it also works as a speed pocket helping increase the size of the sweet spot and at the same time reducing spin on the ball.

The R15 also has a low forward centre of gravity (CG) giving you that boring ball flight, something I really enjoyed as some of the courses I played in Canada, particularly at The Briars club, had very tight fairways and the 3-wood gave me plenty of distance but also that control off the tee.

The R15 is also adjustable giving you an option to go up or down 2° with variations in-between, add that to the 25 gram weight movement on the front track and you have a very versatile 3-wood.

Hybrid
As I have already stated this baby goes like a rocket off the face of the club at impact, this is down to the 17-4 stainless steel that TaylorMade are using and boy does it fly off the face.

TaylorMade have moved the R15 hybrid to a more tour inspired smaller club-head shape, giving the club more playability from multiple types of lies that you find on a golf course.

Like the other clubs in the R15 range you can adjust the loft by 3° going up or down by 1.5°. But also working with a central CG which promotes a neutral ball flight, you can adjust the club to what best suits your game and home course.

Conclusion:

Like I have stated before TaylorMade moved 3-woods to a whole new level with the RBZ range, and they have now gone on and improved on that technology, giving the R15 range that raw distance and bullet like ball flight. By adding the adjustable loft and weight and also a low spinning speed pocket on the 3-wood, and with the adjustability on the hybrid, with more control from the compact design of the hybrid, the options and control this brings to your golf game will only see your game improve.

If you are a mid-to-low handicapped player that enjoys playing in competitions and plays various courses throughout the year, or you play on a course with ever changing playing conditions then I highly recommend you put the R15 range on your testing list. I thoroughly enjoyed playing with these clubs over the last week.

Golf Equipment test TaylorMade R15 Hybrid Beauty shot


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Features include an interview with Kyle Phillips one of the finest golf course designers of the modern era. Our travel section includes features on Michigan, South Wales, Vietnam, Virginia and reviews of two of the best hotel & spa’s destinations.

There is also links to our weekly betting guides for the European and PGA Tours, the latest equipment and apparel reviews.

The magazine comes in an ebook format so if you use an iphone, ipad or apple device ibook software will already be installed on your device.

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