Martin Hopley

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.

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TaylorMade R9 Driver - Product Details

UK Launch23 March 2009
USA Launch23 March 2009
Handicap Range
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
Left Handed Lofts9.5°, 10.5°
Right Handed Lofts8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°
Shaft TypesGraphite
Shaft FlexX Stiff, Stiff, Regular
Manufacturer's WebsiteTaylorMade Website

User Reviews

April 2009

I must admit I've always thought that adjustable driver were a bit of a harmless gimmickry by manufacturers out to take even more pennies from us. I must admit, however, that the system on the R9 driver really does work and you can see your shots changing shape as you go through the settings.

That said I think I'd probably stick to the setting I was most comfortable with but then I tend to just want my driver to go straight and long. And the TaylorMade R9 certainly does that with incredible consistency. One of the best driver I've tried recently. Pricey yes, but for this level of performance you might decide it is more than worth it.

Eric Chong
April 2009

Pretty impressive driver. Good head size...looks nice at address. Excellent shaft choice.

Good control of shot and can shape left and right. The sound is good as it does not emits extreme noise. If you are looking for a driver...........go for it.

10.5 is a good loft for many golfers.

March 2009

The TaylorMade R9 is simply a great driver. It is a great looking club with a classy black finish that inspires confidence at address and that confidence is multiplied by the amazingly solid feel the R9 gives at impact. I loved the penetration of the ball flight and the distance was excellent. Even on off centre hits it felt and sounded good and the results were still impressive. The Flight Control Technology is great and you can really see the results in the ball flight. The Neutral Upright setting produced a great, slightly drawn ball flight that meant you just wanted to keep hitting it. I currently play with the R5 so when the R7 came out I was keen to try but didn't see any reason to change but having hit the R9 if someone offered a swap I would snatch their hand off!

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Media Reviews

Golf World
March 2010
All the little things right without sacrificing bigger things.
Today's Golfer
October 2009
Sits beautifully..Flight Control Technology means it should work for everyone.
Golf International
July 2009
Technology is fascinating. A joy to works!
Golf Punk
April 2009
Will amaze us, will improve us, will teach us
Today's Golfer
June 2009
Adjustability maestro without feeling gimmicky..this is another cracker.
Golf Monthly
May 2009
Smaller head will appeal to lower handicappers..more control.
Golf Monthly
April 2009
Should help any golfer..better players will enjoy control.

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