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TaylorMade SuperDeep TP

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And By Matt DeLancey
Senior Writer, GolfWRXcom

TaylorMade has extended the family of their popular R9 series to include new irons and woods aimed at the advanced player looking to play something that is more along the lines of what the PGA professionals play. The demand made by the consumer on online golf forums for this type of club continues to grow and the major equipment companies have started to listen to these demands.

The R9 SuperDeep is a gorgeous all black 460cc low spin, mid launch driver designed for the aggressive high launch and high spin golfer. Like the rest of the R9 family it includes moveable weight technology (MWT) via two weight ports and flight control technology (FCT) to allow for 448 launch condition combos.

At address the first thing I noticed was how traditional and compact the club looks for a 460cc driver. The face of the SuperDeep has been stretched to lower spin and maximize performance by sacrificing some MOI and forgiveness, but improving shot shaping. This is truly a throwback driver and for those TaylorMade loyalists it is hard not to feel some familiarity to some of the all time greats such as the 300 Tour, R510TP, and R7 425 TP.

Right off the shelf the R9 SuperDeep comes stock with a 70 gram S and X flex, 60 gram in regular flex, Aldila R.I.P. shaft with the Reverse Interlaminar Placement technology that provides low torque for increased tip stability. The weights are positioned 16 in the toe and 1 in the heel to promote a slight fade bias, but reversing the weight to the heel aids in clubhead rotation promoting a draw and reducing a slice. What becomes evident on hitting the sweet spot is the tremendous amount of trampoline effect created by the ultra thin wall technology.  

I started with the stock weight set up and was hitting a slight fade with the FCT in the neutral position. After a few trials I found that the 16 gram weight in the heel, 8 gram in the toe, and driver head slightly open to be my ideal set up. This produces a very slight draw that hit the ground running.  For the record I am a higher swing speed player whose misses can be quite erratic, but felt confident enough to really get after the ball and my results just kept getting better.  This driver is not for everybody, but for a player that hits the ball with a tremendous amount of spin and high launch this is one of the best drivers on the market for both playability and distance.

 

The R9 SuperDeep TP driver is available in three right-handed lofts (8.5, 9.5, and 10.5) and one left-handed loft (9.5). Three R.I.P. shaft options are the R (60 grams), S (70 grams), and X (70 grams). My shafts from an R9 TP also fit the SuperDeep and SuperTri drivers as well. You also get a TP case with an R9 torque wrench (to adjust the FCT position and remove and install MWT weights) and eight MWT weights: 1-gram, 4-gram, 6-gram, 8-gram, 10-gram, 12-gram, 14-gram, and 16-gram.

For pictures and more discussion on the SuperDeep follow this link and get in the conversation: 

http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/topic/349603-taylormade-r9-superdeep-in-hand-pics/  

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Justin Thomas’ WITB for course-record 61 at Medinah

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Driver: Titleist TS3 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana BF 60TX

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3-wood: Titleist TS3 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 80TX

5-wood: Titleist 915FD (18 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2 Tour Spec X

Irons: Titleist T100 (4), Titleist 718 MB
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Vokey Design SM7 (46, 52, 56 degrees), Vokey Design SM6 (60 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Photo via Vokey wedge rep Aaron Dill

Putter: Scotty Cameron X5

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord
Grip: SuperStroke Pistol GT Tour

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Best ball for players with slower swing speeds?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from ghoul31 who created a thread dedicated to finding the ideal golf ball for players with slower swing speeds. Our members have their say on what is the ball most suited to slower swing speeds, with a variety of models receiving a mention.

Here are a few posts from the thread but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Hogan9: “My SS is 80 to 85. I play the Titleist AVX. Many people on these forums tell it’s wrong for me. I’ve tried several brands and types over the last year ( Pro-V-1 and 1X, Cally Supersoft and Chrome Soft, TM TP5X, Wilson Duo Soft and the Snell MTB. The AVX gives me the best overall performance for my game. I’ve had to slightly adjust to how it reacts on chips and pitches, but the extra distance off the tee is well worth it. “
  • North Butte: “Maybe 90mph driver swing on a good day. Driver 205-ish hit 6-iron from 150. Pro V1x but I have played AVX, B330, TP5 with pretty much similar results to my favorite V1x. Also played the Chrome Soft for a while but it seemed to fly a little low and sometimes have trouble holding greens (or maybe I just didn’t give it a long enough chance to know for sure).”
  • Hat Trick: “Pro V1X – Spin and higher launch keeps it in the air longer, but at the same time that spin holds the greens – SS 96-98 mph.”
  • Kmac: “My SS is right around 95-100, and I find the QST to the perfect for my game. I will also play the AVX or Chrome Soft Truvis. But for the money, nothing beats the QST.”

Entire Thread: “Best ball for players with slower swing speeds?”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Single length irons stunting development?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from rbark11 who has sparked an interesting debate over single length irons in our forums. Rbark11 has been playing single length irons for the past seven months, and he is concerned that he may have issues changing back to regular length irons. Our members give their take on the matter, as well as discussing single length irons in general.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • mcs4: “No, it will not. Both my father and I are currently playing Cobra One Length irons after decades of playing variable length irons. It took both of us maybe a few rounds to feel comfortable with the switch. This weekend I played a round with my old irons, and it was different but not a big deal. My opinion is that there are pros and cons with each approach, but I don’t think picking one will make any particular negative impact on your ability to later switch to the other.”
  • Quadra: “I’ve played both. Right now I am back to VL clubs ( Wishon 560 irons). Find VL gives me more shot-making options. With uneven lies, especially with the ball above or below foot level, the shot seems easier with a more upright or flatter lie, rather than trying to manipulate a shot from clubs with only a single length/lie. VL = more shot possibilities.”
  • Aucaveman: “I played Cobra ftbo for a year. Shot my best scores ever. Our club switched to Mizuno exclusively, so I had my first real fitting. I switched to the 919 forged and had to sell the Cobras to fund the mizunos. Really wished I hadn’t. I really liked the Cobras. The shafts in the Mizuno’s are better suited for me but had I put the same shafts in the Cobras; I’d prob been better off. At some point, I’ll prob do it and go back to one lengths. I was perusing eBay yesterday actually.”
  • Brandons68: “I think that the consistency you gain from SL irons is pretty great. I have not played them personally, but have talked to several people that have, and they really like the feel of the irons and the fact that they swing every iron the same because they are all the same length.”

Entire Thread: “Single length irons stunting development?”

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