R5 Type D driver
Let me start with some background - I am 22 and have been playing for about 8 years on and off, probably have played maybe 30-50 rounds in my lifetime so I am by no means a constant player
I have been looking into improving my golf game so i picked up a new set of irons - I have always been pretty decent with them so that only shaved a few strokes off my game
My biggest problem is my high irons - I can only hit a 3/4 iron about 150-175 yards off a tee and it leaves me at a big disadvantage on every hole
I am a BIG slicer whenever I broke out my driver - I can hit it well but will end up on the next fairway or water every time I hit it. That lead me to just put the driver down and sacrifice the distance by taking something easier to hit to the tee box.
Finally a coworker was talking about how he loved his new taylormade set he just purchased. I went to ebay and the internet and stumbled across the R5 Dual Type D driver. I didn't know what to think of it so after reading the reviews on here as well as other forums I decided to drop the 80 bucks on a good but used club. This can be found new for like $130 at Dick's or Sports Authority but I figured if it didn't work out I could probably get back what I paid for it.
The driver came yesterday and I went straight to the driving range after work. I brought only the driver as I wanted to focus on that and bought a small bucket.
The first 2 balls came off the club well but sliced - I immediately got a little discouraged but they definitely did not slice as much as before. For my third shot I played my hands a little forward of the clubhead and that let the face come across the ball more square than it had been. That shot went 220 yards straight down the middle.
From my experience this club is a godsend. I was able to hit the rest of the bucket and probably 6-8 out of 10 balls were right where I intended them to be. Some of the shots came off drawing but due to my slicing tendencies it ended up playing a real nice left to right shot. Most shots traveled down the middle and easily past 200 yards (and up to 250) which in my 8 years of golf have never been able to do. I am happy now to say the least and cannot wait to hit this club on a course.
For someone who slices to the point where you rarely break out your big daddy driver you need to get this club. The impacts on your game will be amazing. Just think about having to hit a 9/PW instead of a 6 or 7 on your second shot. That's what I got this club for, and thus far it has delivered everything I had hoped it would.
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Although its one model year old, it basically has most (if not all) of the technology of the R7, just 10 cc smaller. At 450 cc, its by no means small and on the big side of the spectrum for now - with 460 cc being the maximum legal size. My particular model is neutral and did not come with the weighting to correct draw or fade. Despite this, I still find the club to be extremely forgiving given the huge club face. I still periodically find myself fading the ball but drastically improved from the extreme slice seen with drivers owned in the past. Overall, I'd recommend the driver and at under $100 you can get all the features and size of the very popular and top of the line R7 for under a 1/3 of the price.
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Taylormade R5 Dual seniors revenge
I'm a hobby club maker and some of my playing partners are seniors. I've solved my own problems off the tee box by experimentation with seemingly endless shaft and head combinations, swing speed meter and lie board.
Seniors I play with are good golfers. Over the years they develop short games which make them formidable. A consistent problem many seem to have is declining distance on nearly every club.
One senior friend was particularly chagrined to be constantly 50 yards or more shorter off the tee box and frequently right. I've played with him for years and was itching to help him out. He, of course, was not about to ask for any such help.
Hey what's a do-gooder for if he can't give unsolicited advice? I began bringing along an extra driver an encouraging him to try them. Using Maltby Playability factor information I was experimenting. I finally set up an R5 Dual type D with a graphite design YS ++5 in the RR flex, (something between an A and an R). I had the R5 Dual type D as part of a failed experiment working on my own right bound issues. For me it's got too much correction built in, 5 degrees is a lot of off-set. I fixed him up with that soft tipped, low bend point, (promotes high trajectory). His swing speed is smooth and consistent at 80mph. The change was dramatic. He began immediately to drive with the rest of us, adding an unbelievable 50 yards. But the best part? He's the most consistent hitter of fairways now of my playing partners. And, I've seen him connect occasionally well over 250 yards.
A second senior friend tried out the driver in practice for a tournament not long ago. This guy is plus 80. He wanted an R5 too. The only R5 Dual head I had was another D, which I assumed would not work because the second senior is very straight. He needed more trajectory height so I went even lower on the flex with an accuflex in an "A", lengthened the club an inch while I was at to gain a bit of club head speed. The right over correction isn't a problem. And he too has added great distance.
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Taylormade R5 Dual Driver
I can sum up in one word...WOW! The purchase of this driver has brought more confidence back into my golf game than any other purchase I have made.
I have the Neutral bias 9.5 and immediately was able to hit the ball 25 yards further than my old Titleist 975J. I was once a 4-6 hdcp. but the lack of playing really raised it to over 10. But now with this driver and with renewed interest in playing, I can see it going back down to the hdcp. I belong. I put a different shaft (Y6+ regular flex) in mine and my friends say they have never seen me hit a driver so well. Long and straight is all I can say. The look, the feel, the solid sound off the face is like none other.
This club will stay in my bag for a long time. Taylormade has proven why they make the #1 driver today.
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R5 Draw Bias- Great driver for the serious slicer!
About me: I'm a mid- to high- handicap golfer (18-25) and play 1-2 rounds a month. I'm average length off the tee (230 yds- 270 yds), but I miss a lot of fairways (both right and left).
The R5 model I have is the Draw Biased 10.5 degree with the upgraded Aldila NVS shaft in Regular flex. I've played the R540XD, the R540, and the Cleveland QuadPro drivers in the past.
About this driver: If you're looking for the utlimate slice correction tool, look no further. The R5 Draw Bias is it! But the Draw Bias version of this club is really for serious slicers only.
This club has a HOT face, and the ball just jumps off it. I've hit some of the longest drives, I've ever hit with this club. For my money, I'd bet that TaylorMade makes as long a driver as there is on the market.
But what makes this club unique is that it is set up to correct for a serious slice. Like other draw biased clubs, this club is extremely heel weighted, which I think would be enough to correct most fades/ slices. But TaylorMade went even further with this club and designed it with a 5 degree closed face- really setting it up to eliminate even the most severe banana-balls. If you compare the R5 Draw Bias with the Callaway Fusion Draw Bias club, the Callaway is a 1 degree closed face vs the R5's 5 degree closed face.
Personally, although this club is long off the tee, I found the 5 degree closed face to be too aggressive for me. I wasn't quite comfortable at address with the 5 degree closed face. I found that if I addressed the ball as the club was designed, I tended to hit hooks. So I found myself adjusting the face more open to be more square at address, which increased the loft of my club and made it difficult to be consistent.
Overall my take on this driver is that while I love this club's length, I think the draw bias version is really designeed for golfers with a more serious slice than the fade/ slice I occassionaly hit. If you're a serious banana-ball slicer, this club might be heaven sent for you and could help you hit the straightest drives of your life. If you hit the occassional fade/ slight slice, this might be too much draw bias and I would consider the Neutral Bias version of the R5 or another driver like the Callaway Fusion with less draw bias.
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