May 2 2013
A black TaylorMade R1 driver has been spotted on the USGA's conforming driver list. (Photo: USGA)
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The USGA's conforming driver list has become a popular place for equipment gossip during the last few weeks. The first photos of Callaway's Phrankenwood driver showed up in the database right before the first round of the Masters, leading to a flurry of rumors and speculation before Phil Mickelson set the record straight during his press conference.
Just a couple weeks removed from the first major of the year, TaylorMade joined the equipment rumor mill when a black TaylorMade R1 driver appeared on the site.
While the photo doesn't offer up a whole lot of details — except that it's a left-handed R1 driver with a TaylorMade logo alignment mark and black paint on the crown — TaylorMade Public Relations Manager Dave Cordero confirmed the model is a smaller-headed 400 cc (the current R1 is 460 cc), left-handed R1 prototype, but that it wouldn't be coming to retail.
Even though the driver is just a prototype, the fact that TaylorMade designed a black R1 in a left-handed model would lead you to believe the club was being built for a left-handed tour player to test at some point.