TaylorMade R9 and R9 TP Driver
From Golf Magazine (ClubTest, February 2010)
Category: Tour Drivers
We tested: 9.5°, 10.5° with Fujikura Motore F1 graphite shaft
Company line: "Our 'Flight Control Technology' lets players customize face angle, loft, and lie, while our 'Movable Weight Technology' allows the club's center of gravity to be manipulated. The combination of the two technologies provide up to 75 yards of trajectory adjustment."
OUR TESTERS SAY:
PROS: One of the best models tested for distance and playability; high marks for consistency and accuracy, too; very stable through the hitting zone and a strong feel off the clubface; the compact head shape encourages shotmaking; customization definitely works, allowing testers to dial in their best fit; the pleasing, crisp sound is better than the r7's.
CONS: The TP shaft plays stiffit's not a terrific match for moderate swing speeds; triangular head is off-putting to some.
From Golf Magazine
(Buyer's Guide, May 2009)
Dr. Benoit Vincent, Chief Technical Officer: "With R9, we try to maximize the fitting possibilities for each golfer. We engineer two independent and complementary adjustability systems into the head to cover a large range of ball-launch conditions. We use movable weight technology in combination with a variety of head angles and seamlessly integrate them into a beautiful shape."
How it works: The 430cc head features "flight control technology" (FCT). Simply, an adjustable head-and-shaft system (tighten the recessed titanium screw to an aluminum "sleeve" on the end of the shaft) gives you the ability to lock the head in eight different settings. The shaft (and "sleeve") go into the hosel off-axis by 1Â°, which allows you to tweak face angle (2Â° closed to 2Â°open), lie angle (1Â° upright to 1Â° flat) or loft (1Â°stronger or weaker than stated loft). Company brass says FCT produces up to 40 yards of directional flight variance. That's particularly good news for slicers or hookers. FCT combines with the firm's "movable weight" technology (three removable plugs that weigh 16 grams, 1 gram, and 1 gram) to generate as much as 75 yards of left-to-right shot bias, 3Â° difference in launch angle and 1,500 rpm of backspin. Fit yourself by positioning the face angle (FCT) and then move weights to dial in trajectory.
From GOLF Magazine (April 2009)
You may recall that the USGA implemented a new rule last year that permits the use of "adjustable" clubs. At that time, Callaway, Nickent and TaylorMade debuted drivers with a locking mechanism (no epoxy) to connect the head and shaft. Now the age of adjustability takes on a new look thanks to TaylorMade's and Nike's latest creations. TaylorMade's R9 driver features "flight control technology" (FCT), which is an adjustable head-and-shaft system that gives you the ability to lock the clubhead into eight different settings.
How is this possible?
The shaft fits into an aluminum sleeve and then into the hosel at a 1-degree angle. You can't see it with the naked eye and it doesn't impair the club's structural integrity. But this subtle change creates the opportunity to tweak face angle (2° closed to 2° open), lie angle (1° upright to 1° flat) or loft (1° stronger or weaker than the stated loft). Company brass says FCT produces up to 40 yards of directional flight variance. That's good news for slicers or hookers. FCT combines with "movable weight" technology (three removable plugs) to generate as much as 75 yards of left-to-right shot bias, 3° difference in launch angle and 1,500 rpm of backspin.
$399, graphite; R9 TP, $499, graphite taylormadegolf.com
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From The Shop Blog (January 2009)
Like the r7 family of woods that preceded them, the R9 drivers feature movable weights that allow golfers to adjust the club's center of gravity and ball-flight bias. However, the new R9 drivers also employ a system that allows golfers to change the face angle, loft and lie angle of clubs.
Using a wrench that comes with the club, you can easily unscrew the shaft of an R9 driver from the head, then re-insert and secure it into one of eight different positions. (The same wrench unscrews the weights and the bolt that secures the shaft and head together.) Face angle options range from 2 degrees open for players who prefer a left to right ball flight to 2 degrees closed for players who want to hit the ball from right to left.
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