Buzzz Report - TaylorMade R9 Hits Stores


TaylorMade R9 is Now Official
In stores March 6.
Retail street price: $399 (R9 TP will be $499)
TaylorMade-adidas Golf's R9 driver, the No. 1-played driver on the PGA Tour since its debut at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in late January, will hit stores on Friday, March 6. The R9 will feature full adjustability in that it will combine 3 moveable weights with their newest technology - Flight Control Technology (FCT). FCT gives the golfer the ability to adjust the clubhead to affect face angle and loft. MWT and FCT give 75 yards of left to right adjustability, 3 degrees of launch angle adjustability, and up to 1800 rpm of spin adjustability.
The clubhead can be rotated into one of eight positions, giving the ability to adjust from 2 degrees closed to 2 degrees open (actual measured face angle will be square to four open, though visually, 4 open looks 2 open to the golfer). This is done by a wrench and turning the clubhead onto the axis of the shaft. The three moveable weights are in similar positions to the r7 Limited. This will give the golfer the ability to have an open clubface while still promoting a draw, for example. It's really 24 drivers in one.
The clubhead has a large address, similar to the r7 SuperQuad, though they did not make it as large as the Burner. This is, according to TaylorMade, the optimal size demanded by the most discerning players.
The stock shaft on it will be Fujikura's brand new Tour platform, called 'Motore,' and it will be the only club in the market with Motore in the stock offering.
TP shafts will be offered at a $100 ($499 street retail) upgrade and will be assorted offerings from Fujikura, Mitsubishi, Matrix, and Aldila.
In addition, TaylorMade will also launch an R9 fairway, though the fairway will only have FCT, no MWT. It will also have the ability to use 8 positions and can affect up to 35 yards of left to right workability. This club will have the ability to go from 2 closed to 2 open. Retail price on this will be $229 and will have a traditional shape and have the stock Fujikura Motore shaft.
There will be no difference in the head between the TP and non TP versions. The driver will not have any TP graphics on the head. Only the shaft upgrade makes up the difference.
The FW metals will have a TP on the head. No difference in the head... just the graphic. There will also be a Rescue with the same technology. The name is simply 'Rescue'.