TaylorMade R9 TP Irons
From Golf Magazine (ClubTest, March 2010)
Category: Better-Player Irons
We tested: 3-PW with KBS Tour Series steel shaft
Company line: "We've combined a classic player's shape with a number of TaylorMade technologies. The entire set utilizes our 'Inverted Cone' clubface technology for added ball speed on offcenter hits. The foam-filled 3- through 5-irons are designed to launch high, enhance distance and improve feel and sound."
OUR TESTERS SAY:
PROS: Among the longer, more forgiving models; short irons, in particular, go up to one club longer on solid hits; shots get airborne very easily and fly on a high trajectory; compact head with a slightly thicker topline is appealing in address position.
CONS: Lacks crisp feel on finesse shots; some testers find other models easier to maneuver; not necessarily a seamless transition feel-wise throughout the set.
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From Golf Magazine (December 2009)
R9 TP irons combine traditional player's characteristics with high-tech performance. The result is a classiclooking set with long irons (2-5) that feature thin, flexible clubfaces (due to the hollow-headed design) for higher COR and more distance. Clubfaces become progressively thicker in the mid- and short irons to promote greater control and feel where needed. KBS Tour Series steel shafts come standard.
From The Shop Blog:
TaylorMade successfully launched the new Burner irons in early 2009, touting them as the longest, most-powerful irons the company had ever produced.
Those clubs will continue to be available in 2010, but for players who are looking for more workability and control, TaylorMade is releasing the new R9 and R9 TP irons.
One of the most unique features of the R9 irons is something you can't seea chamber behind the face of the club that is filled with an almost-weightless foam and a silicone shock absorber positioned directly behind the center of the face in the 3- through 6-irons. While the foam and shock absorber help to soak up unwanted vibration, TaylorMade claims the design also leaves the face more free to flex at impact and reboundlike a thin-faced driverfor added distance.
From The Shop Blog:
Retief Goosen made a switch to TaylorMade's new R9 TP irons before the start of the Presidents Cup in San Francisco in September. Now two more high-profile TaylorMade players have made the switch to the company's newest better-player irons.