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Rumors are swirling that TaylorMade may be poised to release a black version of the R1 driver. Supporting that idea is the fact that an apparently black "Version 4" of the R1 just landed on the the USGA's conforming list.

 

TaylorMade-R1-Black.jpg

 

As you might be aware, the USGA doesn't concern itself with color so all we have is the pic and the following info for a description:

 

SOLE: (weight screw), TaylorMade (w/ T logo), (1R logo), (CLOSED (triangle), (triangle) OPENED, orientation indicators on dial), FACE (triangle) ANGLE, (port for screw)TOE: (segmented parallelogram) TUNED PERFORMANCE (two lines)CROWN: (T logo alignment mark)HOSEL: (dashes), (loft orientations)HEEL: (weight screw), (triangle) LOFT (triangle)

 

The rumors (reported as potentially limited edition on WRX) would be anything but a surprise should they prove true. TaylorMade is facing stiffer competition in the marketplace this season, and the thinking among some is that going all in with crown graphics (both R1 and RBZ 2) without giving the consumer a more traditional/conventional/ordinary alternative was at best limiting, and at worst, a mistake.

 

Our own tests prove the 2013 TaylorMade drivers are among the best on the market today, so with performance not an issue, would you be more inclined to purchase a black TaylorMade driver than either of the two graphics-topped models?

 

UPDATE:

What TaylorMade is telling me is that this is a one-off prototype for Mike Weir. The newly listed version is 400cc, and obviously left-handed. While TaylorMade has made is abundantly clear they don't comment on rumors, the letter of what they're telling me is the are no plans to bring this - a left-handed, 400cc model - to retail. As far as something more conventional (right-handed, 440+cc) the response is basically 'no comment', which to me suggests the door is definitely open for TaylorMade to bring the black R1 to a store shelf near you.

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Looks like they took rookie's paint job

Driver:   :callaway-small: Epic 10.5 set to 9.5 w/ Tour AD-DI 44.5

FW:   :cobra-small: F6 baffler set at 16º

Hybrid:  NONE
Irons:   :taylormade-small:  3i 2014 TP CB  4-PW 2011 TP MC w/ TT S400

Wedges:   :nike-small: 52º :nike-small: 56º  :edel-golf-1: 60 º w/ KBS C-Taper XS Soft-stepped

Putter:   :ping-small: Sigma G Tyne 34 inches Gold dot

 

 

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As stated in my RBZ Stage 2 Fairway and Hybrid review I dislike the white and the "crown graphics". I would be much more likely to buy this version. However, as broke as I am at the moment I would be unlikely to purchase any new driver anytime soon. Props to Taylor Made for paying such close attention to my review and putting out that limited edition R1 just for me. Now if you could please let them know where they can ship me one as well as the wrench they never sent me.laugh.gif

 

By the way, that also looks like just a black and white photo of a r1. Are they really doing this?

It's all about the short game, unless you can't keep it in play!

What's in my Bag:
Driver: Adams Speedline Super LS 10.5 with Excalibur T7+ tour stiff shaft
3 Wood: Adams Speedline Super LS 13 degree with Excalibur TFW Tour stiff shaft
Hybrid: Nickent 6DT 19 degree Aldilla Voodoo NV Stiff shaft
Irons: 4-9 KZG Tour Evolution with Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 tour 120 x flex shafts
Wedges:49 degree Dave Pelz wedge with a Nippon N.S. Pro Modus tour 120 x flex shaft. 54,64 Dave Pelz wedges with Rifle spinner shafts 59 Degree Scor wedge with rifle spinner shaft.
Putter: Bentinardi Ben Hogan Big Ben Center shafted 33 inches with best grips custom pistol putter grip.

Ball: Titleist Pro V1X, Callaway Hex Chrome +

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As stated in my RBZ Stage 2 Fairway and Hybrid review I dislike the white and the "crown graphics". I would be much more likely to buy this version. However, as broke as I am at the moment I would be unlikely to purchase any new driver anytime soon. Props to Taylor Made for paying such close attention to my review and putting out that limited edition R1 just for me. Now if you could please let them know where they can ship me one as well as the wrench they never sent me.laugh.gif

 

:lol: yea im still waiting on the wrench too

Driver:   :callaway-small: Epic 10.5 set to 9.5 w/ Tour AD-DI 44.5

FW:   :cobra-small: F6 baffler set at 16º

Hybrid:  NONE
Irons:   :taylormade-small:  3i 2014 TP CB  4-PW 2011 TP MC w/ TT S400

Wedges:   :nike-small: 52º :nike-small: 56º  :edel-golf-1: 60 º w/ KBS C-Taper XS Soft-stepped

Putter:   :ping-small: Sigma G Tyne 34 inches Gold dot

 

 

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Rookie getting any royalties if this thing comes to market?

In Nick's Ogio Edge Stand Bag
Driver: Taylormade Rocketballz 9.5* Aldila Rip'd NV Stiff
Fairway: Tour Edge CB4 15* Rip Gamma Stiff
Hybrid: Adams Idea Pro A12 18* KBS Tour X
Irons: Mizuno MP-53 3-PW DG X100
Wedges: Mizuno MP R-12 52* & 56* DG Spinner
Putter: Taylormade Ghost Spider Si 38"

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Offhand I'll say those black drivers are going to look old real quick. The difficulty with coloring the working parts of a golf club is that the color does come off with use. The sight of new clubs with their colors rubbing off from use or practice is bound to be discouraging for further sales.

 

To the best of my knowledge, nobody has found a way to permeate steel or any durable metal with color other than it's own natural color so any coloring is bound to be only on the surface or a form of electro plating. None will survive rubbing.

 

 

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Continental Golf has been doing black TMag clubs since they released the first white one. I won't be getting anything, lol. Just taking something someone wanted and making it happen is all I do.

In The Bag
Driver: TaylorMade M2 (2017) w/ Project X T1100 HZRDUS Handcrafted 65x 
Strong 3 wood: Taylormade M1 15* w/ ProjectX T1100 HZRDUS handcrafted 75x
3 Hybrid: Adams PRO 18* w/ KBS Tour Hybrid S flex tipped 1/2"
4 Hybrid: Adams PRO 20* (bent to 21*) w/ KBS Tour Hybrid S flex tipped 1/2"
4-AW: TaylorMade P770 w/ Dynamic Gold Tour Issue Black Onyx S400

SW: 56* Scratch Tour Dept(CC grooves) w/ Dynamic Gold Spinner
LW: 60* Scratch Tour Department (CC grooves) w/ Dynamic Gold Spinner
XW: 64* Cally XForged Vintage w/ DG X100 8 iron tiger stepped
Putter: Nike Method Prototype 006 at 34"

Have a ton of back-ups in all categories, but there are always 14 clubs in the bag that differ depending on the course and set-up. Bomb and gouge. Yes, I'm a club gigolo.

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Yep, black would be sweet!

 

I never imagained that there would be a time when releasing a black driver would merit a press release, lol

 

Only at TMaG, LMAO!!

 

 

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I've been attacked in other places for calling TMag the Anhueser Busch of the Golf Industry. Most people take offense because they see it as a swipe against Bud - Bud is Bud - it's no different from the rest - its enough quality that when people try it, it works, cold, relatively clean taste - but the marketing is through the roof. So it is with TMag and this comment prooves the point.

 

I may be the only one in the world but I love the white - my eyes are very sensitive - as advertised it reduces the glare for me and significantly so - My R11s is the first white driver I've had and I have no desire to see it changed.

 

Actually the more I use the thing the faster it ascends up my list of favorite bagged drivers of all time - for me - I'm going to start a thread on that.

Taylor Made Sim2  10.5 (Opened 1 click) Ventus Blue 5  R flex

Ping G410 5-9 wood  Alta 65 R flex

Wilson D7 forged 6-GW -  Mamiya recoil 460 R flex

Edison Wedges 54 and 59 KBS Tour Graphite 80's

EVNRoll ER 5

Titleist Pro VIx optic yellow with revkev stamped on them

Tour Exotics 3 wood is in the bag because we are allowed 14 clubs.  It's a great club for pulling balls out of the water or from bushes - you never want to put your hand into anything in Florida unless you are absolutely certain that it's safe.  There are rare wind conditions when I might hit it off the tee on a few holes that I play.  

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The problem with white clubs is they get dirty real quick. I'll take black anytime, and never worry about using beat up looking clubs.

Now in my bag:

TM SLDR 10.5 Deg with Matrix Ozik 6Q3 S flex

TM VSteel 15 deg 3 wood

Cleveland Launcher Hybrid 18 deg Diamana Red Board Stiff

Titleist ZB Forged Iron 3-PW DG S200 Steel Shaft

Cleveland CG15 46, 52, 56, 60 Wedges

Scotty Cameron California Del Mar

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Saw this in Fleabay the other day and was pretty impressed and tempted. I've always thought this would be down the pipe. I actually thought they'd do it with the R11 as it gets hard trying to peddle more distance time and time again. Anyhow, I'd love for this to come out as I'm not a fan of white. The F12, X Hot Pro, and Cobra grey are nice, but white is just a little too flashy for my tastes.

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Continental did that one. The guy that had it done is on WRX and posted the process.

In The Bag
Driver: TaylorMade M2 (2017) w/ Project X T1100 HZRDUS Handcrafted 65x 
Strong 3 wood: Taylormade M1 15* w/ ProjectX T1100 HZRDUS handcrafted 75x
3 Hybrid: Adams PRO 18* w/ KBS Tour Hybrid S flex tipped 1/2"
4 Hybrid: Adams PRO 20* (bent to 21*) w/ KBS Tour Hybrid S flex tipped 1/2"
4-AW: TaylorMade P770 w/ Dynamic Gold Tour Issue Black Onyx S400

SW: 56* Scratch Tour Dept(CC grooves) w/ Dynamic Gold Spinner
LW: 60* Scratch Tour Department (CC grooves) w/ Dynamic Gold Spinner
XW: 64* Cally XForged Vintage w/ DG X100 8 iron tiger stepped
Putter: Nike Method Prototype 006 at 34"

Have a ton of back-ups in all categories, but there are always 14 clubs in the bag that differ depending on the course and set-up. Bomb and gouge. Yes, I'm a club gigolo.

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Just so you know.... TaylorMade is releasing the R1 in a black finish. Scheduled release date is June 6-7. "Select" tour players will have it in the bag in Memphis. Street price will be the same as the white one. No pics as of now...

Driver -   :srixon-small: ZX 7 9.5° Ventus VeloCore Blue S
Fairway -  Tour Edge Exotics CB2 15° Grafalloy Prolite 35  S

Fairway - Tour Edge Exotics CB2 18° Grafalloy Prolite 35  S

Hybrid - :srixon-small: ZX 18° GD Tour IZ S

2 Iron - :srixon-small: ZU65 18° AeroTech SteelFiber 110icw S

Irons -  :srixon-small: ZX7  Aerotech SteelFiber 110icw  4-Pw 1° flat
Wedges - :cleveland-small: RTX Zipcore Raw 50° 54° 58°  TTGDTI S400 1° flat

Putters -   Cameron Phantom 5x/Odyssey Toulon Stroke Lab Austin/Odyssey 2 Ball DFX/ TaylorMade Spider
Tour Black/Ping Anser F/Scotty Cameron TeI3 Sole Stamp Newport 2. All with different grips, weights, and lengths.
 

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It's official...

 

Back in Black

Driver: :callaway-logo-1: Epic SZ w/ VA Composites Raijin 65 04

3w: :taylormade-small:'16 M2 hl w/ Diamana D+ 82

5w: :cleveland-small: Launcher HB w/ HZRDUS Yellow

Hybrid: :cleveland-small: 22 deg. Launcher HB w/ HZRDUS Black

Irons: :ping-small: 5i-UW G700 w/ X100 soft stepped once

Wedges: :cleveland-small: 54 & 58 CBX w/ Nippon Modus 3 125

Putter: :odyssey-small: Red 7s

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really really official - I even wrote something about it: http://bit.ly/r1black

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This is either the smartest thing ever or the worst back peddle of all time. But for what its worth the black R1 looks sick

Driver:   :callaway-small: Epic 10.5 set to 9.5 w/ Tour AD-DI 44.5

FW:   :cobra-small: F6 baffler set at 16º

Hybrid:  NONE
Irons:   :taylormade-small:  3i 2014 TP CB  4-PW 2011 TP MC w/ TT S400

Wedges:   :nike-small: 52º :nike-small: 56º  :edel-golf-1: 60 º w/ KBS C-Taper XS Soft-stepped

Putter:   :ping-small: Sigma G Tyne 34 inches Gold dot

 

 

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That is a sick looking driver.... is it 30 yards longer than the white version ????? :lol:

Driver:   :taylormade-small: M3 Tensei CK Pro Blue
3-Metal:: :callaway-small: GBB EPIC, FujiKura Pro Green

5-Metal:  :cobra-small: F-7, FujiKura Pro

Irons:   :mizuno-small: MP-18 SC, KBS Tour 120

Wedges:  :cleveland-small:   RTX-3  52 - 56 - 60
Putter:  EVN-Roll ER-5

Ball :  :bridgestone-small: Tour B XS

Range Finder:  Busnnell Tour-X,  Garmin S20 

 

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really really official - I even wrote something about it: http://bit.ly/r1black

Great read T! I like the look I think it would have been better in flat or semi gloss. But that's easy to fix.

MY BAG-

Driver- Taylormade SLDR 12* (Speeder 7.2vc tour spec S)

3 Wood- Taylormade R11(bimatrix prototype S)

3 Hybrid- Ping I20(stock S)

Irons-Taylormade Tour Perferred MC ( C Taper S)

Wedges- 50, 54, and 58 SCOR4161( KBS)

Putter-Taylormade Ghost Corza.

 

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