For those who want bigger, TaylorMade Golf has come up with a 460cc version of its popular R9 driver. The R9 460 hits stores on Saturday, and features a larger head, deeper clubface and lower center of gravity than the R9 (420cc), the No. 1 driver model on the PGA Tour since its debut at the Bob Hope in January. The R9 460 is also longer in length (45.75 inches) than the R9, and is equipped with an Aldila RE AX 60-gram tip-soft shaft to promote more clubhead speed and distance. In the 460, you also get the Flight Control Technology (FCT) that the R9 is famous for. By loosening a bolt on the sole of the clubhead and rotating the shaft, you can adjust the lie, loft and face angle to produce the desired look and shot shape you want.
'Players who put a premium on distance are going to want to put the R9 460 in play,' said Harry Arnett, TaylorMade senior category director for metal woods.
In addition to being bigger, the head in the R9 460 is constructed with TaylorMade's Ultra-Thin Wall (UTW) technology, bringing the thickness down to as little as 0.6 millimeters. The head is both modern and traditional in shape, allowing for an exceptionally low, deep CG, and more forgiveness on off-center hits.
The R9 460 has a street price of $299 and is available in lofts of 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and 11.5 degrees for right-handed golfers, and 9.5 and 10.5 degrees for left-handers.