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Is my lifelong search for the perfect 3-wood finally over following the arrival of TaylorMade's R9 this season? Maybe, maybe not, but for the time being it's the best, most confidence-inspiring 'spoon' I've ever had the good fortune to possess. And this despite it being passed to me by deputy editor, Neil Tappin, with a slightly dismissive, "Do you want to try this? You'll probably find the head too small, but you might as well give it a go."
Too small? I don't think so, and as someone who prefers to look down on something erring on the compact rather than the oversize at address from long range, a quick glance suggested it fitted my eye perfectly.
Several months ago now it debuted in the Ellwood bag, and that is precisely where it remains to this day following some of the most solid, consistent and reasonably long 3-wood shots of my life. Further proof that when it comes to golf clubs, one man's meat is indeed another's poison. For now, I will continue to feast on the extra dimension the TaylorMade R9 3-wood has brought to my occasionally suspect long approach play.
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Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly across the whole spectrum from courses and Rules to equipment and even instruction despite his own somewhat iffy swing (he knows how to do it, but just can't do it himself). He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, has authored or co-authored three books and written for a number of national papers including The Telegraph and The Independent. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 89 of the Next 100. He has played well over 900 courses worldwide in 35 countries, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content. On his first trip to Abu Dhabi a decade ago he foolishly asked Paul Casey what sort of a record he had around the course there. "Well, I've won it twice if that's what you mean!" came the reply...
Jezz can be contacted via Twitter - @JezzEllwoodGolf
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