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R9 vs FT-9? Taylormade vs Callaway?


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#1 philfrance

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Posted 24 September 2009 - 02:24 PM

I'm not satisfied with my Titleist fiiting ( 909D2, 909F2, 909H) - thinking about changing over to TM R9 Driver, 3W, Rescue or FT9, FT 3W, FT Hybrid fitting.

What is your feed back for forgiveness? distance? stock shafts...?

I currently favor the FT9 for a good balance between distance and forgiveness, R9 is solid, but seems less forgiving?

Tks.

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Edited by philfrance, 25 September 2009 - 02:41 PM.


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Posted 24 September 2009 - 03:22 PM

Well I Had a D2, R9 and R9 460 and FT-I LCG and for me the D2 was the least forgiving followed by the FT-I and the R9 was the most forgiving for me so I went with the whole lined up in May, by the end of the year they were all gone except the R9 3wood that I had re-shafted with an Axiv blue. Reason loss of distance on the R9 and R9 460 driver then I found the R7 limited with xcon and that's the driver I've been using. Also got rid of the R9 rescues with the vodoo shafts, I didn't find them any better than my trusty steel shafted taylormade mid rescues so I went back to them. R9 fairway is solid.

I ususally stay a year behind new clubs to find value this year I went with something new. Wasn't worth it.
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Posted 24 September 2009 - 03:25 PM

i also lost distance with the r9...granted mine was the 460 non tp version, but it just ballooned on me even with a lower spinning shaft.  But in the end, if it works for you, game it.  good luck :)
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Posted 24 September 2009 - 08:09 PM

I currently play with an R9 driver and use to own the D2 (regret selling it).  The R9 is straight but I have lost about 20 or more yards compared to my old drivers.  The D2 was the longest hitting driver for me and I wished that I had it back.  Both are very good but in my opinion, you need a pretty high swing speed to get the most out of the r9.

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Posted 24 September 2009 - 08:53 PM

did you get fitted for the r9. There is no real reason to lose 20 yards with a driver if your fitted for it because they are all pretty much to limits. Find the one that looks good and feels good and get an in depth fitting, talk to Joe Kwok. Personally, I think have FCT with the R9 or r9 460 gives you a more better chance of getting the correct ball flight which could be a huge reason you have lost 20 yards. Many people have said the same as you but then tinkered with the setting and the weights and finally got everything they wanted out the driver.

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Posted 24 September 2009 - 10:26 PM

I did do a fitting at a local golf shop.  I originally was fitted for the R9 stiff stock shaft.  I played with it for about a month and noticed the distance loss so I changed shafts to the fubuki 63 regular flex and same thing. I've also tried it with the stock regular shaft.  I love the look and feel but I can't seem to get the distance that I had with other drivers.

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Posted 25 September 2009 - 02:42 PM

Anybody here favor the FT9 set up over the R9 setup?

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Posted 25 September 2009 - 05:30 PM

I have had both the Ft-9 and the R9 this year.  For me the R9 was better hands down.  The Ft-9 hit the ball really low, and just never felt quite right to me.  I am hitting the longest drives I have ever hit with the R9.  I have the R9 TP Fubuki and it is great.  Besides you can't go wrong with the R9 you can adjust it however you want it.  Plus it's so easy to change shafts.

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Posted 25 September 2009 - 05:31 PM

View Postphilfrance, on Sep 25 2009, 03:42 PM, said:

Anybody here favor the FT9 set up over the R9 setup?

look at my sig

I've hit both FT-9 tour and R9 TP as well as the 909D2 right before i bought my ft-9 tour

I liked all three drivers but the FT-9 tour seemed to have the hotter face of the three and i usually prefer hotter feeling club face (SQ tour was hot too)

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Posted 25 September 2009 - 05:33 PM

View Posteddiea54, on Sep 25 2009, 06:30 PM, said:

I have had both the Ft-9 and the R9 this year.  For me the R9 was better hands down.  The Ft-9 hit the ball really low, and just never felt quite right to me.  I am hitting the longest drives I have ever hit with the R9.  I have the R9 TP Fubuki and it is great.  Besides you can't go wrong with the R9 you can adjust it however you want it.  Plus it's so easy to change shafts.

really? I was getting similar trajectory with all three

I'm thinking about picking up the used WB 83x imix shaft from callaway to lower my trajectory


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Posted 25 September 2009 - 06:13 PM

View Postphilfrance, on Sep 24 2009, 12:24 PM, said:

I'm not satisfied with my Titleist fiiting ( 909D2, 909F2, 909H) - thinking about changing over to TM R9 Driver, 3W, Rescue or FT9, FT 3W, FT Hybrid fitting.

What is your feed back for forgiveness? distance? stock shafts...?

I currently favor the FT9 for a good balance between distance and forgiveness, R9 is solid, but seems less forgiving?

Tks.

5.2 hcp, SS 95 mph driver, 44 years old.

Yeah I tend to agree with you on that - the R9 seems to be just a fraction less forgiving - but then again you might like the R9 460?  

I'm about the same handicap as you. I like to keep the ball in play, so the distance is not a huge factor, as long as I am within 10-15 yards of the long hitters I am OK. But I have this one friend who smacks the R9 all over the place. He's a 3. But man, I don't think he realizes how often he sprays that R9.

I'd get the Cally.

Edited by RangerEsq., 25 September 2009 - 06:13 PM.


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Posted 25 September 2009 - 07:26 PM

View Postph00ny, on Sep 25 2009, 06:33 PM, said:

View Posteddiea54, on Sep 25 2009, 06:30 PM, said:

I have had both the Ft-9 and the R9 this year. For me the R9 was better hands down. The Ft-9 hit the ball really low, and just never felt quite right to me. I am hitting the longest drives I have ever hit with the R9. I have the R9 TP Fubuki and it is great. Besides you can't go wrong with the R9 you can adjust it however you want it. Plus it's so easy to change shafts.

really? I was getting similar trajectory with all three

I'm thinking about picking up the used WB 83x imix shaft from callaway to lower my trajectory


It was a ft-9 tour with 9.5* loft and I could hardly get that thing off the ground.  I sold it to my buddy and I swear his ball flight never gets 20 feet off the ground.  Don't get me wrong, he still hits it a long way though.  The R9  setup I have must be the right one for my swing I guess......  I think the R9 is a bit more forgiving.   I favor the sound of the R9 as well.

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Posted 26 September 2009 - 08:36 PM

Do you think distance-wise the FT-9 and R9 are equal, forgiveness goes to the FT-9 and those who like to tinker around favor the R9?

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Posted 26 September 2009 - 08:56 PM

Try the r7 Limited. Great driver! Same as R9 except with a 440cc head (instead of 420cc) and has just MWT. Much cheaper too. Hasn't gotten much attention because it was released only a few months before r9... :russian_roulette:
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Posted 26 September 2009 - 08:58 PM

View PostChris5573, on Sep 26 2009, 09:36 PM, said:

Do you think distance-wise the FT-9 and R9 are equal, forgiveness goes to the FT-9 and those who like to tinker around favor the R9?

I play an FT9 10* with Fubuki 63 Reg flex IMix....and love this combination get about 240 total yards out of a normal drive; high flight with a soft draw, or straight.

I just received a custom fit R9 as a tee gift at a tournament, at 9.5* with Aldila ReAx shaft in regular flex and closed 2* which makes the ball draw harder - I hit the R9 farther when I hit it decently...but I don't like the feel of the shaft so am looking to dicker around with the shaft (maybe just get another Fubuki).  I will probably do this strictly for feel purposes (I can tell where the head is during my swing so it helps with timing and better contact imho).

Keep in mind that the Callaway is 45"; and the R9 460 is 45.75"...so that accounts for a bit of the distance gain.  I suppose the harder draw spin also gets a few more yards, albeit a curving ball is harder to control or aim.  IMHO all things being the same - the COR limits have been maxed out.  Buy and hit a driver b/c it keeps you in the fairway easier imho.


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Posted 26 September 2009 - 09:07 PM

I'm pretty sure the answer to which is better really depends on the person and their swing. For me the FT-9 tour has been much better. The R9 with the same shaft would launch much higher. I also prefer the feel and sound of the FT-9. Just a personal preference and what works best for my swing.
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Posted 27 September 2009 - 03:35 PM

On the standard FT9, is the ZCOM 60 a decent shaft? how is trajectory? high? low? with  my SS of 95, will I be hitting knuckleballs with a fubuki? stiff or regular? I'm a lefty, and rarely have the opportunity to test.....

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 03:54 PM

I haven't hit the F9 yet. But I compared the R9 to the Speedline, G10, G15, SQ, and the Cleveland Hi Bore. I hit the R9 the straightest and was the most consistent club. The only other Club I was Hitting Further was the Speedline by about 12 yards.

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 03:59 PM

FT-9
for sure the R9 lost alot of distance compared to other TM drivers, Taylormade rushed this driver and focussed alot on the whole adjustable driver aspec then distance.
Definately would go with the FT-9
Also a good driver for less money is the SQ DYMO nikes best driver by far. Added 10 yards to my drive easily. Good sounding club too makes people turn their heads when they hear this beast.




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