Martin Hopley
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The TaylorMade R9 SuperTri driver has a pretty cool look and a more standard length Fujikura Motore driver shaft which is a lot better than the previous stock TaylorMade shafts.

The Motore shaft is 5 grams lighter than the shaft in the R9 driver and you really notice the difference when you pick up the club.The performance of the club is excellent with pretty good forgiveness across the face and the trajectory, sound and feel was excellent.

Ths R9 SuperTri driver is all about adjustability though and moving the Flight Control settings to adjust the angle of the face certainly did affect the ball flight very well. The MWT moveable weights are a little more subtle at influencing ball flight and we would suggest using the FCT first and then refine it with the MWT.

The range of settings can create a wide range of shot shapes over a range of 75 yards, although more of them are aimed at making the ball go left than right as TaylorMade say that most golfers slice the ball and our experience suggests they're right.

Closing the face of the R9 SuperTri for a draw will actually increase the loft and opening will decrease the loft so if you plan to make use of these settings make sure you by the right loft for your game in advance.

If you plan to open the face then 10.5 degrees would be the lowest we would go as the 9.5 face on the open setting went pretty low unless you have a tour level of swing speed.

The dark finish and sole design of the R9 SuperTri give a powerful and aggressive look to match the performance. This is an all singing all dancing adjustable driver and we found there is very little to fault....apart from the price.

The TaylorMade R9 SuperTri may have more options than other adjustable drivers, but it is in the super premium end of the market and in terms of value for money we are going to have to mark it down a star as, particularly if you are not going to change the settings much, there are other drivers around that perform just as well for significantly less.

You pays your money and takes your choice...

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TaylorMade R9 SuperTri Driver

TaylorMade R9 SuperTri Driver - Product Details

Launch USA19 February 2010
Handicap Range
Low
High
GolferMens
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
Left Handed Lofts9.5°, 10.5°
Right Handed Lofts8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5°
MaterialSteel
Shaft TypesGraphite
Shaft FlexX Stiff, Stiff, Regular, Light
Manufacturer's WebsiteTaylorMade Website

User Reviews

CReid
May 2010

I tried out a 10.5 degree, regular shaft model of the TaylorMade R9 SuperTri driver. I immediately felt in control of proceedings on the tee - although in part this was due to simply feeling much more comfortable than I did with TaylorMade's Burner Superfast model.

The adjustable element worked quickly and simply. But, as with all adjustable drivers, I think I would experiment on the range to find the setting I was more comfortable with and stick with that. If you wanted to tinker more often then this is certainly the club to do it with and there is definitely an appreciable difference between settings.

I also liked the looks which are refreshingly understated and it was hard to find fault with performance. I might be tempted to find a driver with a bit of added forgiveness but it was hard to find fault with this solid driver

One thought though: are you paying the TaylorMade premium for an adjustability gimmick that you won't use that much? If you think that's a risk you might find more value for money elsewhere. A worthy if expensive club, the R9 SuperTri is hard to fault but also difficult to fall in love with!

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Media Reviews

Today's Golfer
January 2011
Weight Technology makes a forgiving, adjustable and gorgeous driver
Golf Monthly
August 2010
Penetrating ball flight, vastly improved consistency, great fun to play.
Golf World
July 2010
Aesthetics and quality are superb. Too much adjustability for some.
Golf Monthly
July 2010
Option to adjust the club are great extra.
Golf Monthly
June 2010
Impressive design, confidence inspiring loft. Adjustability gives plenty scope.
Today's Golfer
March 2010
This version is bigger, more forgiving and sexier. We like!

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