TaylorMade Golf’s new R9 drivers and fairway woods

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TaylorMade's new R9 drivers and fairway woods Get a first look at the latest family of clubs from TaylorMade. The newest TaylorMade drivers, the R9 and R9 TP, will be in pro shops starting in mid-March.
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Using a wrench, golfers can remove the head of the R9 and R9 TP and then re-attach it in one of eight different positions. Each of the head positions offers a different effective loft, lie angle and face angle—ranging from 2° open to 2° closed. In combination with the positioning of three adjustable weight plugs (one 16-gram and two 1-gram), TaylorMade says golfers can dramatically adjust their ball flight.
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In the address position, the R9 drivers look slightly triangular, but the weight ports in the heel, toe and rear are hidden.
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"Every golfer, whether a tour pro or high-handicapper, knows that the position of the face angle at address is critical to confidence," says Harry Arnett, TaylorMade's senior category director of equipment. "Strong players prone to hooks much prefer looking at a square or slightly open face at address, while slicers find reassurance in seeing a closed face." But Arnett says the adjustable face system "gives the golfer the ability to adjust the face to the position that they like best, which is a huge advantage."
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The R9 driver will retail for $500 and the R9 TP for $600, but they will likely be available for about $100 less than those prices.
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The new R9 and R9 TP fairway woods will also allow golfers to unscrew the clubhead and re-attach it in one of eight different positions, but they will not have movable weights.
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TaylorMade says the adjustability of the R9 fairway woods can create up to 36 yards of side-to-side trajectory change. The company also says that the center of gravity in the R9 fairway woods is 50% lower than in the r7 fairways. That should make it easier to hit high-flying shots that land softly.
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Like the R9 drivers, the R9 fairway woods have a slightly triangular look at address. The fairway woods are available in 13°, 15°, 17° and 19° models and will retail for about $360 each. In pro shops, you'll likely find them for about $250. More Equipment Content: • GOLF.com Equipment Finder: TaylorMade clubs • Gallery: 7 new drivers for 2009 • Gallery: Galleries released in 2008 • The Shop Equipment blog