Sergio Garcia and the new TaylorMade R9

The first sample of the new TaylorMade R9 emerged last November and it was immediately sent to Spain for the attention of Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia & TaylorMade R9 driver

The first sample of the new TaylorMade R9 emerged last November and it was immediately sent to Spain for the attention of Sergio Garcia.

Before launching any new club, TaylorMade consult their staff professionals, asking them exactly what they would like to see from a new club.

Notwithstanding a few minor cosmetic alterations this was the final version of the revolutionary new driver designed with input from TaylorMade’s staff professionals.

Garcia had not seen the R9 before and after five minutes inspecting the driver (he was particularly impressed by the shape of the smooth, powerful looking head) the Spaniard joined Golf Monthly to take part in an instruction shoot for the magazine.

As part of the instruction advice we wanted, we asked him how he’d hit a low drive that would penetrate through the wind.

He talked through the shot and then showed us how to play it. It was the first shot Garcia had hit with the new R9 driver and it traveled roughly 300 yards, arrow straight without reaching more than 6ft in the air.

Suffice to say, by the end of the shoot, Garcia’s reaction to the new driver was positive. We expect the World Number 2 to have it in his bag very soon.

For our world exclusive coverage of the new TaylorMade R9, pick up a copy of the March issue of Golf Monthly.

Neil Tappin
Neil Tappin

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