ORLANDO — Although TaylorMade’s new R1 driver has been the dominant model on the PGA Tour early this season – a clear No. 1 through the Tampa Bay Championship – recent weeks have seen a number of Tour Staff professionals testing, and now playing, the RBZ Stage 2 Tour driver.
One week after first-year TaylorMade Tour Staff professional Ryan Moore and PGA Tour rookie Casey Wittenberg put the new model in play at Innisbrook, Martin Laird became the latest player to bag RBZ Stage 2 – a sign of early momentum for the counterpart to the latest addition in the storied R franchise. Moore, who first switched into the R1 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, has a strong history with the RBZ franchise, winning the 2012 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children’s Open using that model during the Fall Series. Moore’s new driver is built with an Aldila Blue 65 TX shaft and the driver shape, combined with its CG position and launch characteristics, made it an instant hit in initial testing at Innisbrook.
Meanwhile, Wittenberg put a 9.5-degree RBZ Stage 2 Tour driver in the bag at the Tampa Bay Championship while Laird’s new build is a 9-degree RBZ Stage 2 Tour model complimented by a Matrix 8m3 shaft. All three players teed it up Thursday at Bay Hill with the new driver in the bag.
In just three months on Tour, the R1’s unparalleled adjustability (168 settings – our most ‘tunable’ driver ever) have enabled its rise as the No. 1 driver model played on Tour but needless to say, we’re excited about the early momentum for RBZ Stage 2 Tour. In his first round playing RBZ Stage 2 Tour, Laird’s average driving distance (319.5) yards skyrocketed from his season average (289.5).
We look forward to continued testing with the new driver model in the weeks ahead and stay tuned for all the latest on the RBZ Stage 2 right here on Tour Diaries.