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ClubTest 2015: TaylorMade R15 Fairway Woods

On the Range: TaylorMade R15 Fairway Woods
ClubTesters talk about one of their favorite new clubs of the year, the TaylorMade R15 fairway woods.

TaylorMade R15 Fairway Woods

 

Category: Better-Player Fairway Woods
Price: $280
WE TESTED:
15° (adjusts 13° to 17°), 17° (adjusts 15° to 19°), 19° (adjusts 17° to 21°) with Fujikura Speeder 67 Evolution graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A 25-gram sliding weight helps players add draw or fade bias.

PROS

 

PLAYABILITY: These woods produce a consistent, medium flight that can be altered when necessary; if you’ve got the skills, there’s no shot the R15 can’t produce off the tee; the higher lofts are pretty good escape artists from rough.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: The R15 chops it out of most lies with fairly predictable results; good strikes yield a straight, razor-sharp ball flight; offers dependable forgiveness.
DISTANCE: Gives testers ample length on well-struck shots; just about all you need off the tee; you can swing away with impunity once you get it set up for your move.
FEEL: The head weight is evident from takeaway to impact; stable through contact without overly harsh feedback on misses; rock solid at impact, like you’d expect from TaylorMade woods.
LOOK: Testers like the shape of the R15 head—not too big and not too small; frames the ball well on the tee and off the turf; some panelists are glad to see that the white clubhead is back in style—and this one looks high-end.

Photo:

TaylorMade R15 Fairway Wood

CONS

 

Some guys want more overall length; others prefer a more responsive message at impact; a few testers are slow to embrace the club’s white color scheme.

BOTTOM LINE: The R15 is a very dependable fairway wood. The movable weight along the sole helps better players dial in precise shot shapes.

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own TaylorMade R15 Fairway Wood

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