|TaylorMade R9 driver (10.5 deg)|
Having taken the club straight out of the box and on to the course - well you wouldn't test drive a new motor round Sainsbury's car park, would you? - I had little chance to do any more than change the neutral factory setting to draw mode because, guess what I'm a power-fader! First tee, first swing - a low, powerful flight soft-draw into a stiff breeze...Bingo!
Looks: Having recently tried the Cobra S9-1, Cobra L5V and ear-bashing Cleveland Monster, the R9 looks more compact at address with its classic pear-shape and 65-gram Fujikura Motore shaft in maroon and silver. A word, too for the ample headcover in black, white and silver livery - distinctly TaylorMade.
Feel/Performance: While sound and feel of other drivers could confuse a blind-folded golfer, the solidity and accoustics of the R9 are distinctly TaylorMade - there's a soft crunch at impact that's unmistakeable. All day I missed only one tee shot - a smothered effort from an elevated tee - but that was more down poor alignment on my part than any blame attached to the club. Can't wait to tinker with the lofts and weights to see if I can squeeze even more out of this Rolls Royce of drivers that comes with its own 'mechanic'!
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