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TaylorMade’s new R9 driver has taken adjustability to a whole new level. We track the evolution of moveable weight clubs from the birth of the r7 Quad back in 2004.
Occasionally an equipment manufacturer launches a club that makes the whole golfing world sit up and take notice. In 2004 it was TaylorMade with the first ever, moveable weight driver, the r7 Quad. The concept was simple (move the weights around in the back of the head manipulating the centre of gravity until you find a flight that suits your game) and the execution within a powerful, classically shaped head was spot on.
The original TaylorMade r7 Quad came with two 10g and two 2g sole weights that could be interchanged to achieve certain flight characteristics. No longer would a player necessarily have to settle for the same old, constricting flight.
Moveable weight technology soon made it’s way into other areas of the game. Recently Ping launched their iWi Putter Series with 20g or 28g tungsten weights. Players wanting a different feel for different greens were able to customize their putter with a simple twist of a wrench.
Then, last November Nike launched their Str8-Fit driver, featuring eight different face angles allowing players to find a set up to help them hit fairways more consistently.
Now TaylorMade has launched the R9, taking adjustability to a new level. The R9 has eight different face angles, lies and lofts to choose from as well as three weight ports in the head to manipulate the centre of gravity. By combining these two areas of adjustability, players have the option of choosing between 24 different set up positions.
For our world exclusive coverage of the new TaylorMade R9, pick up a copy of the March issue of Golf Monthly.
Neil has worked for Golf Monthly for over 15-years. Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. Neil is currently a 3-handicap golfer who has played the game for as long as he can remember. In his role at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points.
In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing all new drivers and is part of a team testing golf balls. He is able to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!"
Neil is currently playing: Driver: Titleist TSi3 Fairway Wood: Titleist TSi2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X
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