Overview/Technology-

Well, the long awaited arrival is bestowed upon us, the introduction of the Taylormade R9. The R9 has received as much fanfare a new driver can receive. And even though the jury is still out on it’s overall performance early indications are positive – the R9 has gotten some good reviews.

Taylormade made it clear out of the gate that the R9 will be it’s touted flagship. Flight Control Technology (FCT), Movable Weight Technology, Inverted Cone Technology (ICT), and Ultra Thin Wall Technology, top the list of technological advances TM put into this driver.

Flight Control Technology – This is a cool and upcoming technology. This allows the player to easily move or change loft, lie and face angle! FCT uses a sleeve that is positioned over the tip of the shaft to accomplish. The sleeve can be rotated into different positions, changing the characteristics of the head, by loosening the bolt that secures the sleeve and shaft into the clubhead.

Movable Weight Technology – is nothing new for TM. The clubhead weight can be changed to by the player to change the characteristics of the club. This allows the golfer to optimize CG.

Inverted Cone Technology – has also been available for some time and become quite prevalent, Taylormade and other driver manufacturers as well. Nevertheless, it’s a sound technology that is gaining in popularity. ICT optimizes the behavior of the clubface at impact, creating for an expanded COR zone.

Ultra Thin Wall Technology – this technology is also gaining steam amongst today’s drivers. This allows saved weight and makes the incorporation of MWT and FCT possible.

Taylormade R9 Specs-

The R9 comes in 8.5, 9.5, and 10.5 with 59 degree lie angle. For those that like the sleeker, smaller clubhead, you are in for a treat. Similar to the R7 model, the R9 in 422 cc for the 10.5, 420 cc in the 9.5 and 418 cc for the 8.5 418 cc, well under the norm of 460 cc.

Actual Player Feedback-

“Yes, they did do it again. I played my first round with the R9 Driver and was in total awe”

“This driver is amazing”

“I have played many Taylormade Drivers and this one is the best”

Pros/Positives-

Well received with great reviews so far… this will be another popular driver by Taylormade. Great features including the new Flight Control Technology and shaft options, including the Fujikura Motore, Mitsubishi Fubuki and the Aldila VooDoo and Matrix X-Con, make this a must-try this spring.

Cons/Negatives-

Too many options for the player? Well, this could definitely overwhelm many recreational players. For the avid, more advanced player however, it just adds more arsenal.

Overall Rating-

Great driver that has lived up to it’s fanfare. You should try this driver out this spring, it’s beginning to catch fire and will soon be one of the better drivers available. Give the Taylormade R9 a good look this year.