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The Big Review – TaylorMade R9 SuperTri Driver

by   |   April 5, 2010

On Tour count alone, TaylorMade rule the roost when it comes to drivers. Now we all know that for the guys on Tour there are contractual issues at stake not just performance ones when selecting clubs but the extraordinary success of TaylorMade in this arena is testament to the quality of their clubs.

The original R9 used both adjustable face technology and adjustable weight positioning technology but only in a 420cc head. The reduction in forgiveness in the R9 was noticeable for those used to the larger heads. The follow up R9 460 had the adjustable face technology but the boffins could not quite manage to add in the moveable weights that has been so successful for TM since its introduction in the R7 to a larger 460cc head. The R9 SuperTri sees the first time TaylorMade has combined adjustable face technology and adjustable weight positioning technology in a 460cc head. So what do TaylorMade tell us about the R9 SuperTri?

“The R9 SuperTri was made possible by two crucial developments by TaylorMade engineers that saved enough weight to allow FCT and MWT to coexist in a 460cc head. The first is better, more widespread use of TaylorMade’s Ultra-Thin Wall technology throughout the clubhead. The second is a new, lighter FCT sleeve that does everything the former one did while weighing three grams less. ”

The SuperTri also adds in Inverted Cone Technology and a superior aerodynamics to really maximise the technological investment. The TP version is the same head as the standard version but includes a much wider range of premium shafts

Appearance

Sleek all-black looks made this a very good looking club. The black PVD face was first seen from TaylorMade with the highly regarded R7 SuperQuad. The head shape is not quite the classic pear shape with its fractionally extended rear but it’s a million miles from the lairy max-MOI efforts that are now so commonplace. Because the face is so deep it has a very reassuring look at address – not only do you get the sensation that the face is impossible to miss, you also get the subliminal message that you are playing a club with much greater loft so you don’t need to rip into the ball to try and lift it up.

One advantage of the way TaylorMade has implemented the FCT technology is that since it is secured via a screw at the bottom of the shaft, the hosel is only fractionally narrower than a normal glued in version and so looks natural at address.

Performance

This club is all about the forgiveness. Hit anywhere on the face and you’ll get a great result, one comment I heard was that it was ‘stupid easy to hit’. You practically have to miss the ball to get anything other than maximum distance flight. In fact you almost always feel like you’re hitting it out of the screws. This forgiveness is allied to phenomenal straightness – far straighter than you would expect in a head that is not square or triangular. Of course this straightness is assuming that you don’t alter the set up of the club. The combination of FCT and MWT offers 24 combinations which allow for 75 yards of movement. As with the R9 it allows you to set the head up for a 2 degrees closed slinging draw to a 2 degrees open hard fade and practically anything in between. The FCT does the bulk of the work and the MWT does the fine tuning.

TaylorMade have publicly stated that this club is both higher launch and higher spin that the original R9. This makes the SuperTri suitable for a much wider range of players since more than a few players were surprised with the low launch/low spin qualities of the R9. The launch and spin levels are pretty much perfect for both the average golfer and for those with faster swings although those with swing speeds over 100 mph will probably want to investigate something other than the stock 60g Fujikura Motore shaft.

Conclusion

When the R9 came out, golfers everywhere raved about being able to change the face angle. Being able to customise the driver like this had previously been the reserve of Tour players and bringing this to retail in the same way as Nike have with the STR8-FIT system has been a huge success. With the addition of TaylorMade’s moveable weights, the 75 yard spread was unmatched. The sting in the tail with the original R9 was the low launch and low spin and smaller slightly less forgiving head meant that the audience for the club was limited to the better drivers of the ball with faster swings. The R9 SuperTri addresses those issues completely – the appearance, adjustability, workability and technology stack are as good as the original but adds in increased forgiveness and more adaptable performance so that it can be used by golfers of any level. For those rare elite players looking for all this in a lower spin package, the upcoming R9 SuperDeep version will have you salivating but for us mortals the SuperTri is a smash hit in every sense.

For more information visit www.taylormadegolf.com or www.taylormadegolf.eu

15 Comments

  1. dennis mclean

    August 3, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    I just acquired a r9 used . how do you adjust the settings It is now set on half way between L and N.

  2. Alberto

    May 13, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Have just switched from my dearly beloved R7 Superquad to the R9 Supertri.

    On the face of it, they look very similar, but that is where the similarities end.

    I am now hitting the R9 some 15-20 yards farther through no additional effort whatsoever! Also the R7 now feels harsh by comparison, the R9 more refined. Have both set up for a draw and most times it works fine.

    Just ocassionally my hips get ahead of me and there goes the push. With the R7 it was a straight push; with the R9 Supertri it’s a push fade, so suddenly the rough stuff can come into play.

    Am going to cut the shaft down about 3/4 inch and see how it performs, will keep you all posted.

  3. SOOOOLong

    April 5, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Guys, I got an extra 75 yards off this club NO PROBLEM. I went from a 230 hitter to 300+ NO PROBLEM, from a nobody to a SOMEBODY. Srsly. This club is DA BOMB–and I don’t even work for TM, just like every other poster here:)

    • Andrew

      December 17, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      Why are you talking about your Patrick Ennis enlarger instead of your driver and why are you talking in millimeters instead of yards.

  4. spanky

    July 17, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    amazing driver and really forgiving. changed the face to open and now average 310. longest so far with the supertri is 362 down hill and 340 even fairway. love this driver.

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  6. Matty

    June 9, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    I’m watching one Ebay which has a grafalloy Blue X stiff shaft in it, what you guys think ?

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  8. Daniel G

    May 31, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    i have an 11.5 degree supertri witha proforce v2 shaft and i get at least 250 yards most of the time my longest was a 300 yard drive and that came of the heel

  9. Eric

    May 14, 2012 at 2:41 am

    I just bought one of these today! What do you guys think of it?

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  11. i cant putt

    April 17, 2010 at 8:47 am

    longggggggggggggggggggggg

  12. chid

    April 16, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    I agree that the R9 with the stock 65 Motore was hard to any height out of it.  I bought the Supertri TP with the F1 65 shaft and the trajectory is perfect.  Much higher than the previous combo.  I'd describe it as low-mid and stays in the air forever.  Bores into head winds too, it's a great club.  The clubface feel is slightly tinnier but it sure goes straight. Don't get put off by the 460cc head, it looks really good. 

  13. blopar

    April 14, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    All the great things you have said about this club are true.  I hated the original R9 for all the reasons detailed–it was harsh, unforgiving, and just plain looked wrong behind the ball.  This club is a distance and control machine like a surgeon's scalpel.  the ball is beautifully framed by the dark face with the white center face markings (a plus is that the ball leaves a little mark on the dark face that wipes off letting you know exactly where you struck it…) This club with the stock shaft is 10 yards longer than any other oem driver—–and I own most of them.   So far the only adjustment I've had to made to incite a little draw is to adjust to the upright neutral shaft setting.  Also, the adjustable/removable shaft makes it easy to exchange out for other options.  A big win for Taylor Made!!!

  14. erwintrace08

    April 12, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Too high of a launch for me.  Feels like I get no roll at all.  I have a Supertri TP X-Stiff 9.5 with a Fubuki 73g.  Feels like a pop fly to center field.

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