The TaylorMade R11 irons are a set designed to sit between the forgiving TaylorMade Burner 2.0 irons and the workable TaylorMade Tour Preferred Series. An ultra-thin face is combined with Inverted Cone Technology to help produce increased ball speeds for added distance. The top line is thicker in the long irons to help improve forgiveness. A weight port in the back of the head allows swing weight and the centre of gravity to be precisely set.
The TaylorMade R11 irons will suit those who want a compact head, but plenty of forgiveness and/or anyone looking for added distance without going oversize.
For me, these are a huge improvement on the TaylorMade R9 irons. This is mainly down to the smooth feel from an iron that still looks and plays quite forgiving. TaylorMade has struck an ideal balance between feel and forgiveness. Few low handicappers will see the topline as too thick, but there are tangible forgiveness gains on offer here. The feel throughout the set is also superb. TaylorMade has used the weight port in the back of the head as a clear visual sign of the technology going into its irons. For those who want their irons to have a simple, classic appearance, this might be off-putting. PGA Pro verdict A very striking iron, that gives excellent feel and playability. The undercut cavity provides great launch characteristics and the progressive offset improves the performance on offer in the long irons. The top edge gives a look of a game-improvement product, but this should never be a negative. On test they gave great feel, especially when shaping shots. A great addition to the range. (John Jacobs, Golf Monthly Top 25 Coach)