The TaylorMade R9 driver is the most advanced driver in the company's history building on the technology and innovation that made the R7 driver so popular with golfers.
The R9 driver is the first TaylorMade driver to use Flight Control Technology which allows golfers to change the face angle, lie and loft of the club using a simple wrench. With eight different positions available this makes the R9 one of the most adaptable and workable golf clubs available, giving all golfers the level of customisation demanded by Tour professionals.
The R9 also introduces Movable Weight Technology and the clubhead features three weight ports which can accommodate the 16 gram weight and two one gram weights that come with every driver. Golfers can quickly change the position of the weights to promote draws, fades or straight shots. Using both Flight Control Technology and Movable Weight Technology golfers have access to 24 different driver types with just one R9 driver.
We were hugely impressed with the R9 driver. We have enjoyed watching the growing popularity of adjustable drivers and we believe that the TaylorMade R9 is the best yet. We enjoyed tying the different settings to discover which suited us best and were impressed by how simply the changes could be made by loosening a screw on the sole of the club and swivelling the clubhead..
The different settings certainly have an impact of the shape of your shots and the flight of the ball. Many golfers will find the setting that suits them best and be happy to stay with that but it is certainly comforting to have so many options at your fingertips. Better players will enjoy the workability that the R9 offers while those less confident off the tee will certainly be impressed by the distance, consistency and forgiveness that this excellent club delivers.
TaylorMade are also offering a TP version of the R9 driver that comes with a stiffer and heavier Fujikura Motore F1 graphite shaft that realy impressed us when we tested the clubs. Although the TP driver weighs in at £50 more than the regular R9 we really think the shaft upgrade is worth the extra investment for the better player.
Overall Rating - 5 stars: