Martin Hopley

For a lot of golfers the TaylorMade R9 460 driver will be just what they have been waiting for.

Unless you are a low handicap golfer you probably found the head of the standard R9 driver a little on the small side at 420cc. This is because that is the maximum size of head for moveable weight drivers.

With the R9 460, TaylorMade have removed this option and you just have the adjustable Flight Control Technology which allows you to adjust the angle of the face of the clubhead relative to the shaft.

We prefer this kind of adjustability as it seems to have a greater effect on ball flight and in the TaylorMade R9 460 driver it works well. With 8 different positions for the shaft, there should be one to suit you and the adjustment with the single screw and wrench is easy to understand and change.

The club is a little longer front to back than the R9 and is verging on being triangular shape but stop just short and still looks pretty good. As the weight is further back the flight is a little higher on average than the R9 but still penetrating.

The Aldila Reax shaft is pretty good and is a normal length shaft even though it is 1 inch longer than the standard R9 shaft. As the head is bigger the sound is a little louder than the R9 but don't mistake this for less feel as we think the TaylorMade R9 460 driver feels just as good and despite being a bit pricey is one of the bess adjustable drivers in the market today.

Golfalot Rating: 5 stars
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TaylorMade R9 460 Driver

TaylorMade R9 460 Driver - Product Details

UK Launch21 May 2009
Handicap Range
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
Left Handed Lofts9.5°, 10.5°
Right Handed Lofts8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5°
Shaft TypesGraphite
Shaft FlexX Stiff, Stiff, Regular
Manufacturer's WebsiteTaylorMade Website

User Reviews

High & Strong
February 2018

An awesome driver for the recreational golfer. Forgiving and plenty of power. Slow and low on the backswing to avoid being "whippy" and struck properly, nice and straight is the usual result. Without exaggerating, my R9 460 added 15-20 yards to my average length off the tee on well-struck shots. Bought it from the original owner for fifty bucks. Looking back, I realize what a lucky bloke I am. If you can find one in good shape, buy it. It's all the driver you will ever need.

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Media Reviews

National Club Golfer
February 2010
A class act. Forgiving and powerful. Traditional and inviting.
Golf Monthly
August 2009
A must try for many amateurs..slightly more forgiving.

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