The TaylorMade R9 irons look great and are ideal for golfers in the 5 to 15 handicap range.
The oversize heads sit well behind the ball without the top line looking too chunky so you get lots of confidence and forgiveness. However they also give very good feel for this class of iron and still have a 'players' feel about them.
Compared to the TP version, the standard TaylorMade R9 irons have a little more offset and a slightly wider sole, although the grind on the back of the sole that goes around the head makes them look smaller than they actually are.
The grind also helps the club travel through impact and the R9s were very impressive from lush and bare lies with the right amount of bounce.
As you would expect the trajectory was a little higher than the TP irons thanks to the weight in the sole being a little further back and we should commend TaylorMade on hiding this from you at address.
We are not over enthusiatic about the KBS shaft so try before you buy, but with TaylorMade's excellent custom fitting service you should be able to get the right shaft for your R9 irons.
Overall Rating - 5 stars: