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June 5 2013

9:33 AM

TaylorMade pros testing R1 Black

Dustin Johnson will use a black TaylorMade R1 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic pro-am. (Twitter: @TaylorMadeGolf)

By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — TaylorMade's new R1 Black driver has only been on TOUR for a couple of days, but the new club has already received a positive response from a number of notable staffers.

Defending FedEx St. Jude Classic champion Dustin Johnson tested out a 10.5-degree R1 Black (Fujikura 2.0 X shaft, neutral face angle, 7 heel, 7 toe) on Tuesday afternoon and launched drives over the back of the range with ease.

Johnson liked the driver so much during testing the he decided to put it in play for Wednesday's pro-am. Depending on how the round goes, there's a chance the seven-time PGA TOUR winner could become one of the first to put the new driver in play during competition.

Other TaylorMade staffers requesting R1 Black driver builds this week included Boo Weekley (9.75 degrees, Fujikura 6.1 Speeder X shaft, neutral face angle, 6 heel, 6 toe), Sean O’Hair (9.5 degrees, Matrix TP7HD X, neutral face angle, Tipped 1”) and Brian Gay (9.5 degrees, Oban Purple 65 X, O1 face angle, 6 heel, 6 toe).

Casey Wittenberg was another TaylorMade staffer who spent extensive time doing comparison testing between R1 and R1 Black (Mitsubishi Diamana shaft) on Tuesday morning.

Following the productive range session — both drivers were producing really good numbers on the range — Wittenberg took both drivers on the course for additional testing.

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