TaylorMade R11 Irons
Puetz Golf Price: $699.95 (8 p steel) | $899.95 (8 pc graphite)
After the success of its attention-grabbing R11 driver, TaylorMade carried the R11 name (though not the all-white color scheme) over to its newest line of irons, which are in truth a blend of two popular TaylorMade sets, the game-improvement Burners and the pro-style Tour Preferreds.
Like the Burner 2.0, the R11 features a slightly larger clubhead than a traditional players’ iron, and a thinner, lightweight face that allows more weight to be shifted to the rear of the club for a higher launch, lower spin and added forgiveness. Like the Tour Preferred irons, the R11s provide excellent spin in the short irons, a “Precision Weight Port” in the rear of the club to custom-match clubhead and swing weights to your swing, a less noticeable offset than in traditional game-improvement clubs and the improved feel, sound and workability that better players prefer.
Essentially, the R11 has carved a niche between the mid-handicapper who’d love to play Tour-style clubs and the scratch golfer who wouldn’t mind a little extra help — in otherwords, about 90 percent of us out there.