TaylorMade unveils R9's 'big brother'

The latest R9 460 driver is launched

Bob Warters
Thu, 14 May 2009


The next big thing: TaylorMade's new R9 460 driver

When TaylorMade Golf introduced the multi-faceted 420cc R9 driver in January, it proved the most used driver in its first events on both the European Tour (Dubai Classic) and US PGA Tour (Bob Hope Classic). Now, Basingstoke-based manufacturer is introducing the TaylorMade R9 460 cc driver, which it claims combines their 'renowned Flight Control Technology (FCT) with the forgiveness and power of a 460cc titanium clubhead with a longer, lighter graphite shaft.'

As with the original TaylorMade R9 driver, golfers will still be able to change the club's face angle, loft and lie to suit their preferred ball trajectory by loosening a bolt in the sole, rotating the shaft into the designated position and tightening the bolt.

The FCT can be adjusted with a wrench supplied with the driver, to suit your eye and help golfers hit the ball straighter and longer, says TaylorMade, while reducing the fear of slice or hook.

"FCT proved to be major innovation immediately we launched the R9 driver earlier this year," says TaylorMade's Sean Toulon. "Tour pros and amateur golfers embraced right away and sales have been fantastic around the world."

As well as a larger 'new classic' head shape, deeper clubface and lower and deeper centre of gravity the TaylorMade R9 460 delivers even more forgiveness and a higher spin-rate, to help keep the ball in the air longer, it's claimed.

At 45.75 inches the TaylorMade R9 460's 60-gram Aldila REAX tip-soft shaft is slightly longer than its older but smaller brother to promote increased clubhead speed and distance, say the makers.

The TaylorMade R9 460 TP (Tour Preferred) version is aimed at Tour pros and skilled players with more custom-fit shaft options, including a Fujikura Motore F1 65 graphite fitted as standard in X, S and R flexes. Loft options in both the TaylorMade R9 460 and TaylorMade R9 460 TP models are 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and 11.5 degrees (9.5 and 10.5 in left-handed) priced at £299 and £339 respectively. A women's version of the R9 460 will be available in July.

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