New TaylorMade R15, AeroBurner Fairway Woods and Rescues
TaylorMade R15 Fairway Woods
Price: $279; $349 for TP shafts
The company touts R15 as its most adjustable fairway wood ever. There's a 25-gram sliding weight in the sole plus a hosel design that offers +/- 2° of loft adjustability. The cutout in the sole is closer to the leading edge than in previous models. As a result, the face flexes more so shots struck low on the face should fly higher and with less spin. Lofts: 15°, 16.5°, 19°, 20.5°. Available January 9, 2015.
TaylorMade R15 Rescue
Price: $219; $289 for TP shafts
The R15 is smaller than TaylorMade's recent hybrids and more neutrally weighted (others come with draw bias), which should appeal to better players. These sticks have a speed pocket, which is similar to the design in the SLDR, as well as a loft sleeve to adjust the head by +/- 1.5°. Lofts: 17°, 19°, 21°, 24°. Available January 9, 2015.
TaylorMade AeroBurner Fairway Woods
Price: $229; $299 with TP shafts
The company's breakthrough "speed pocket" design, which boosts ball speeds across the face, debuted in RocketBallz fairway woods. The speed pocket was subsequently updated in JetSpeed woods to include a cut-through slot. New AeroBurner woods feature a third-generation speed pocket, which is twice as long as in the JetSpeed and includes the cut-through slot. As a result, the sweet spot is twice the size in the 3-wood (defined as the area of the face that produces 0.800 COR or higher) compared to the JetSpeed 3-wood.
In addition, the AeroBurner 3-wood produces shots that launch 1° higher and spin 200 to 300 rpm less than the R15. The Matrix Speed RUL-Z 60 shaft is engineered to have a little more counterweight (higher balance point) than in previous fairway woods, which further helps to produce higher launching shots with less spin. Besides that, the shaft lengths are shorter, too — 3-wood is 0.5-inch shorter; 7-wood is 1-inch shorter — for added control.
Lofts: 3 (15°), 3-HL (16.5°), 5 (18°), 7 (21°), 23°. Available January 9, 2015.
TaylorMade AeroBurner Rescue
Price: $199; $269 for TP shafts
Highlights of the AeroBurner Rescue include a larger, livelier sweetspot and shorter shaft lengths than in JetSpeed hybrids. The company claims the larger, reengineered speed pocket makes the sweetspot 1.8-times larger so misses play more like your solid shots. The shafts are 0.5-inches shorter, which should provide just a bit more control and precision in these clubs. Lofts: 19°, 22°, 25°, 28°. Available January 9, 2015.