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ClubTest 2015: TaylorMade R15 Hybrid

On the Range: TaylorMade R15 Hybrid
ClubTesters talk about one of their favorite new clubs of the year, the TaylorMade R15 hybrid.

TaylorMade R15 Hybrid

 

Category: Better-Player Hybrids
Price: $220
WE TESTED:
19° (adjusts 17.5° to 20.5°), 21° (adjusts 19.5° to 22.5°) with Fujikura Speeder 77 Evolution graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The speed pocket along the sole helps maintain ball speeds on low contact.

PROS

 

PLAYABILITY: Testers love the controllable trajectory, even from shots struck out of deep grass; you can hit the R15 high and stop it on a dime, or keep it low to cheat the wind and run one up; if you have the skill, this club will execute any shot you tell it to; testers appreciate the loft-adjustability feature.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Help is there on all but your worst swings—big misses with the R15 are rare; deadly accuracy off the tee, with all the precision you need to fire at the green; it delivers even if you don’t pure it every time.
DISTANCE: The club’s biggest asset—look no further if you need a few extra yards to fill a gap; mis-hits are reliably long, and they roll out.
FEEL: The R15 provides a firm, satisfying sensation on center strikes; stable through the ball and strong on shots from trouble lies; slightly lighter head than others.
LOOK: Testers like how the white head contrasts with the black face; the small head and adjustable hosel catch your eye but aren’t distracting; the tall face provides a comfortable hitting area.

Photo:

TaylorMade R15 Hybrid

CONS

 

Some testers want a more distinct feel across the clubface; for other guys, it tends to roll out too much and won’t hold greens from long distances.

BOTTOM LINE: The R15 is an attractive, strong hybrid that can pull off almost any shot you imagine. It can change your game off the tee and help you reach greens on lengthy par 4s or shorter par 5s.

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own TaylorMade R15 hybrid

NEXT REVIEW: Titleist 915H Hybrid

On The Range: TaylorMade R15 Driver
ClubTester Gary Seal talks about one of his favorite drivers at ClubTest 2015, the TaylorMade R15.

NEXT REVIEW: Titleist 915H Hybrid

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