GolfTEC, a clubfitting and golf instruction company with 140 retail locations, custom-fit two readers into TaylorMade's Burner SuperFast and R9 SuperTri drivers. (To schedule a 60-minute "personal club fitting" with GolfTEC for $99—a savings of nearly $100 off the regular price, click here.) Both readers gained 15-plus yards (and improved control) during the fittings. You can see similar results, too.
GOLFTEC's Fitting methodology
1 The fitter interviews you to gather basic info, including shaft length, lie, shaft flex and grip size.
2 You hit a few shots with your current driver to establish a baseline for ball speed, launch angle, spin rate and flight.
3 The GolfTEC fitter uses Accusport's Vector Pro launch monitor to collect relevant data.
4 GolfTEC's proprietary fitting software analyzes shot data and searches its database (which contains thousands of models) for the "top 10"
drivers that can improve your overall performance.
5 The fitter recommends three models from the list of 10 for your test session.
6 With help from fitting software, the fitter determines your best match based on launch data and personal preference.
Height: 5'7" Weight: 150 lbs.
Residence: Fort Lee, NJ
Old driver: 460 cc, 10.5°, Aldila VS Proto 65 graphite shaft, S-flex, 44.5"
New driver: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast, 9.5°, Matrix Ozik XCon graphite shaft, S-flex, 46.5"
Andrew has a consistent, aggressive swing that produces good length. Overall, he's happy with how he drives the ball with his current driver. However, he generates a little bit of slice spin, which takes away from overall distance.
"I'd like to pick up a few yards without sacrificing control. Who wouldn't? I'm into equipment, but at the end of the day, I'd rather fix my swing than tinker with the club."
Sung Hong, Regional clubfitter, GolfTEC
"The super-large, forgiving clubface cuts down on sidespin and gives Andrew a straighter, longer ball flight. Its lightweight design and longer-than-standard shaft (46.5 inches) instantly give him 3 mph more clubhead speed for significant yardage gains. And there's no doubt that his distance numbers will continue to improve as he gets used to the longer shaft."
Height: 5'5" Weight: 135 lbs.
Occupation: Chemical sales
Residence: Fort Lee, NJ
Old driver: 460 cc, 9°, graphite shaft, firm flex, 45"
New driver: TaylorMade R9 SuperTri, 10.5°, 2° closed face, heel weight bias, Fujikura Motore 60 graphite shaft, R-flex, 45.75"
Abraham's typical miss is a low slice. The R9 SuperTri's higher MOI, larger clubface and a softer-flex shaft cut down on sidespin. Adding loft also increases launch angle to a more optimal level for his swing speed.
Abraham's input: "I've been playing golf regularly for less than a year. I'm not a long hitter. Still, I'm more concerned with keeping it in the fairway than with gaining more distance."
Sung Hong: "Setting the clubface to 2 degrees closed and putting extra weight on the heel all but negates his slice spin. On average, he'd been 20 yards off line, but now he's just eight yards off and still in the fairway. Here's the best part: As Abraham's swing improves, he'll be able to switch the R9 SuperTri to more neutral settings, rather than having to buy new equipment."