Taylormade R Series the Best Clubs and the Most Comfortable

Published: 26th January 2010
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Everyone has time to wonder amongst brands and types of clubs, lucky one gets their fittest, and moves on to win a lot. Most of golfers are still choosing one set from another, one club to another, is there one set of clubs that may be partner to every one? May that be the Taylormade clubs after the publication of R7.

Taylormade introduced its Movable Weight Technology (e.g., interchangeable weighted screws) with the r7 Quad driver in 2004. Since then, a long line of Taylormade drivers - and fairway woods and hybrids - have incorporated weighted screws. The most recent such product, the r7 Limited driver, promised golfers the ability to promote up to 35 yards in side-to-side ball flight change.

Now, Taylormade is ready to double down with a driver the company claims can promote up to 70 yards of side-to-side ball flight change.

But not through the use of weighted screws alone. For this driver, Taylormade introduces a new line called R9, and a new technology called Flight Control Technology (FCT) - a technology that allows the golfer to quickly adjust face angle, loft and lie angle. And so the Taylormade R9 driver is born.

The R9 - and its big brother, the R9 TP - will be available to the public beginning March 20, 2009. Both will offer lofts of 8.5, 9.5 and 10.5 degrees (left-handed models in 9.5 and 10.5). The R9 driver will be only $419.99 on www.mygolewholesale.com.

So how does this fancy new Flight Control Technology work?

Taylormade's Flight Control Technology is built around a bolt in the bottom of the clubhead that secures the shaft in place, and that little metal sleeve you can see in the photo above that the shaft passes through before entering the hosel.

The sleeve is made of high-strength 7075-T6 aluminum alloy. A ring of small teeth around the bottom of the sleeve locks in with another ring of teeth within the hosel.

To change the face angle, loft and lie, the golfer loosens the bolt in the bottom of the clubhead, removes the shaft, rotates the aluminum alloy sleeve and the shaft into one of eight designated positions, and then locks everything back in place with the FCT bolt in the sole.

Taylormade says that changing from one position to another "takes only a matter of seconds."

So, that's how the positions are changed. What are the effects? The first two things to note are that opening the face angle decreases loft, and closing the face angle increases loft in the FCT system.

With that in mind, Taylormade says the R9 driver is designed to promote trajectories and ball flights that are:

Increasingly higher, long-carrying and which move from right-to-left; or

Increasingly lower, more controllable and which move from left-to-right; or

Neutral, which means with a relatively straight flight at mid-level height.

It should also be noted that the torque wrench provided with the R9 drivers is the only one that should be used with them; previous Taylormade torque wrenches don't provide enough "oomph" to properly secure the shaft in the FCT system.


A golfer who understands the effects of equipment choices on ball flight and trajectory - or just loves to experiment - can combine changes in FCT and the movable weights. And it is in that circumstance, Taylormade says that its testing shows changes of up to 75 yards in side-to-side ball flight can be achieved. (You cannot make those changes during a round under the Rules of Golf, however. You must choose the setup you want prior to the start of the round.)

You might be wondering what effect rotating the shaft has from an optical standpoint; won't such rotation result in the shaft and grip graphics appearing out of place? Won't that be a distraction to the golfer? There are no graphics on the R9 stock grip, and shaft label is a "rotating graphic" - it looks the same no matter what position the shaft is locked into in the FCT system.

And speaking of the shaft, the Taylormade R9 driver comes with a 65-gram Fujikura Motore graphite shaft with a High Inertia Tip (or HIT) for extra kick.

Taylormade also utilizes the Flight Control Technology in its new fairways, the R9 and R9 TP fairway woods. Like with the R9 drivers, the fairways feature the FCT sleeve and FCT bolt, and give the golfer the ability to adjust the club's look at setup and effect changes in ball flight and trajectory.

The Taylormade R9 fairways come in lofts of 13, 15, 17 and 19 degrees, both right- and left-handed. The stock shaft is a 70-gram Fujikura Motore graphite shaft.

The R9 TP fairways offer the same loft options but with a tour-caliber 85-gram Fujikura Motore F1 shaft.

Both the R9 and R9 TP fairway woods are available on www.mygolfwholesale.com.

More club updates on the way from Taylormade are the Rescue 2009 and Rescue TP hybrids. The key difference between the two is the standard Rescue does not come with Flight Control Technology; the Rescue TP does have the FCT system for adjusting face angle, loft and lie.

Compared to the company's original Rescue Mid, the Rescue 2009 has about the same sized head, but with an ultra-thin crown, more weight in the sole, and a lower and deeper center of gravity. The new Rescue also has a redesigned sole, one that produces less contact with the turf because of recessed areas at the toe and heel.

The standard Taylormade Rescue 2009 uses an Aldila RE*AX 65-gram graphite shaft, and will be offered in 2, 3, 4 and 5 right-handed and 3, 4 and 5 left-handed. It is on discounted wholesale of www.mygolfwholesale.com.

The Rescue TP, with Flight Control Technology, will be available in 2, 3 and 4 right-handed and 2, 3, and 4 left-handed. Its stock shaft is the Aldila Voodoo VS8 graphite.

More info on http://www.mygolfwholesale.com

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