TaylorMade’s R&D engineers should be drug tested. They seem to put out golf clubs faster than the market can keep up with these days. It seems like only a few months ago that the R9 came out, but it has in fact been almost a year. The R9 came in two models, the R9 and R9 460. The R9 was 420cc, had three movable weights (MWT) to change shot shape and trajectory, along with the FCT system that allows players to adjust the face angle and loft. The R9 460 had a 460cc head size, but lacked the MWT features of the R9. Golfers that wanted a 460 cc size and MWT were out of luck, until now.
This year, the staff at TaylorMade is introducing two new drivers at next week’s PGA Merchandise show in Orlando, FL. The subject of this first look is called the R9 SuperTri. This new model is an updated 460cc R9 with MWT and FCT, thus combining the best of the previous R9 and R9 460 in one club. The new driver also sports a black paint job, reminiscent of the once popular SuperQuad driver. The new R9 SuperTri is more forgiving than the R9 drivers that it replaces due to a lower and deeper center of gravity. The movable weights and adjustable hosel should allow for up to 75 yards of left to right adjustability. While this level of tweaking is far more than most golfers will ever require, the true equipment junkies out there have all kinds of options.
The R9 SuperTri will be available in lofts ranging from 8.5 to 11.5 and comes with a stock Fujikura Motore 60 gram shaft. The TP version will be the same head, but adds a choice of 10 or so premium shafts from the likes of Aldila, Mitsubisi, and Matrix to name a few. The SuperTri will carry and MSRP of $399, with the TP coming in at $499. We’ll be at the PGA Show next week and will hopefully have a chance to hit these new weapons. Once we do, we will report back on how they feel and perform!
Check out this video of PGA Tour player Robert Garrigus’ initial test of the new R9 SuperTri:
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