TaylorMade R9 460cc Driver
Released in 2009, the TaylorMade R9 460cc Driver is a pretty sharp looking golf club. It's also available with a smaller head than 460cc, there isn't likely to be too much difference between the two in terms of performance. Generally the 460cc will probably be a bit more forgiving for most people.
Like with the R7 Superquad TaylorMade Driver, the R9 460cc features Flight Control Technology, enabling the player to set up for a draw or fade bias.
However the process on this club is slightly different to the Superquad. As opposed to adjustable weights the R9 has an adjustable bolt at the tip of the shaft just above the head.
This bolt can be loosened with a wrench that comes with the club, and the shaft can be rotated into various positions allowing a 40 yard swing form left to right. The loft of the R9 can also be altered with this method.
The lofts available to purchase initially as standard are 8.5, 9.5, 10.5, and 11.5 degree. With only 9.5 and 10.5 being available in left hand as well as right hand.
With most retailers the TaylorMade R9 460cc Driver comes fitted with an Aldila RE*AX 60g shaft. Which seems to work quite well on this club, with the model we tested being equipped with the stiff flex of this shaft, however regular and extra stiff flex are also available.
On to performance and generally the R9 460cc Driver was a pretty reliable club, without ever really giving an overly great amount of distance in comparison to some of the other TaylorMade Drivers.
The impressive reliability and accuracy of the club is mainly due to the Flight Control Technology, giving you a large selection of settings to tweak for your own swing.
The feeling you get at impact is also very smooth, full swings hitting the ball could sometimes feel like practice swings at just fresh air. Which is good for the many players who hate the club vibrating too much on those bad swings that creep in sometimes.
Overall this is a club that is very forgiving, and we would recommend trying out the TaylorMade R9 Driver to anyone who wants a more accurate driver.
Along with players who like having the option to adjust their equipment, but who aren't to keen on moving a load of weights around. The rotating head is definitely a bit simpler to use in our opinion.
The price of TaylorMade R9 is also quite reasonable as of 2012 at around £140 or $222, note that with the Flight Control Technology, you do get a lot of options for your money.
There is also a Tour Preferred version available for better players at a slightly higher cost.
|Looks || 7/10|
|Easy To Hit || 8/10|
|Forgiveness || 9/10|
|Distance || 7/10|
|Value For Money || 8/10|