TaylorMade R7 CGB MAX Driver
The TaylorMade R7 CGB MAX is a Driver that has been on the market for a few years now since 2008. The club is fairly light in weight which some players may like, however admittedly the looks and graphics may not be to every golfers tastes.
One of the first things you notice with this driver, is that at address the head shape from above is very triangular shaped.
This design is to place the centre of gravity further back from the club face than usual, which is intended to make it easier to launch a golf ball high and long.
The other thing about the TaylorMade R7 CGB MAX driver that people really can't help but notice is the unusual dark red colour that dominates the head, which may put some players off. However like with most other golf clubs, this driver shouldn't be judged on first impressions.
The lofts available are 9.5, 10.5, and a higher trajectory 12 degrees. All are available in left and right hand. There is also a very wide selection of shafts available, the model we put into practice was the 10.5 version fitted with the Aldila VooDoo NV6 shaft in stiff flex.
One of the main features of the TaylorMade R7 CGB MAX Driver is TaylorMade's own Moveable Weight Technology.
One 16g weight and two 1g weights are supplied in the head as standard, and these weights can be repositioned for a draw or fade bias. Of which Taylor Made say there is about 35 yards of a swing from fade to draw.
When we played with the 10.5 degree model we moved the weights around a bit, and found that it definitely does make a difference to your shots, depending how you decide to position them. Mostly in terms of accuracy, but distance can sometimes be slightly affected by maybe 5 or 10 yards.
It really is trial and error though for each golfers individual swing. You would need to find your own position for the weights that gives you the right shape of shot you're trying to achieve at a certain time.
Like with the TaylorMade Burner 2009 Driver, this club was very long off the tee. The ball can explode off the club face at times, even on slow smooth swings, and with an amazingly solid sound as well. Helping to make this club a real joy to hit a drive with.
Also just as impressive as the distance of this club was the accuracy and forgiveness, even off centre hits kept a pretty straight path. Also the flight was high but not too high, the ball still flew through the air with quite a penetrating trajectory.
We really can't say enough good things about this Driver, there were very few bad drives to be seen. And the weighting system, although a bit time consuming on occasion, does it's job if you are looking for a draw or fade bias set-up.
We would recommend the R7 CGB MAX to any golfer of any level to try out. Especially if you have any trouble with a slice or hook that you want to eliminate, as the Moveable Weight Technology really can make a difference, and does have the potential to help you a lot. Without you having to take lessons or change your golf swing.
The price tag represents good value also, the TaylorMade R7 CGB MAX Driver will cost around £90 or $143 in 2012.
It's also worth remembering that this Driver, due to the moveable weights, is like several clubs fitted into one.
|Looks || 7/10|
|Easy To Hit || 8/10|
|Forgiveness || 8/10|
|Distance || 9/10|
|Value For Money || 9/10|