TaylorMade R9 SuperTri Driver – Robert Garrigus test

PGA Tour Pro Robert Garrigus taking the TaylorMade R9 SuperTri out for a test drive. According to PGATour.com, his average driving distance is 289.5 and in the video he was cranking it over 300 yards.

I’m a pretty big fan of the company, they make quality golf products. Currently in my bag I have the 2009 TaylorMade Burner Irons and the TaylorMade Penta TP Golf Ball. A new TaylorMade Driver sure would round out the golf bag nicely! :)

This driver looks pretty sweet, see below press release for more info.

TaylorMade Introduces R9 SuperTri and R9® SuperTri TP Drivers

First Drivers to Incorporate Movable Weight Technology and Flight Control Technology in a 460cc Club head

Carlsbad, Calif. (January 13, 2010) – First came the R9 driver, which combined Flight Control Technolog (FCT) and Movable Weight Technology™ (MWT®) with three movable weights in a 420cc head. Next came the R9 460 driver with FCT alone, only in a larger and more forgiving 460cc head. “Those two drivers were created because TaylorMade didn’t yet have the ability to combine both FCT and MWT in a 460cc head,” said Todd Beach, TaylorMade’s senior director of metalwood development. “A year later, we do.”

Introducing the R9 SuperTri driver, which combines FCT and MWT with three movable weights in a 460cc head, marking the ultimate unification of TaylorMade’s major driver technologies with maximum size to deliver massive distance and forgiveness.

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.

FCT + MWT + 460cc = Supreme Adjustability, Distance and Forgiveness

The impact of incorporating FCT and MWT into a 460cc head is enormous. The larger head is more forgiving, and its CG is two millimeters farther back in the head than the R9 driver, making it easier to launch the ball higher and with more spin, helping players gain more distance. At the same time, the inclusion of MWT with three weights promotes a side-to-side trajectory change of up to 75 yards.

Inverted Cone Technology (ICT) is also a crucial piece of the R9 SuperTri’s makeup. Though it’s milled onto the back of the clubface where it’s out of sight, ICT plays a critical role by dramatically increasing the area of the clubface that delivers fast ball speed, promoting more distance on off-center hits.

R9 SuperTri Features Reshaped Crown, Lighter Shaft

The R9 SuperTri’s clubhead is sleeker than previous R9 driver heads, thanks to a reshaped crown that reduces wind resistance. Though the shape is more aerodynamic, the face is the deepest (62mm) TaylorMade has ever incorporated into a driver with MWT, and is deeper than most other competitive drivers currently on the market. Visually, the R9 SuperTri clubhead is a killer, thanks to its new shape and its black-on-black color scheme, including a black PVD clubface last seen in the r7 SuperQuad.

The R9 SuperTri is equipped with a Fujikura Motore 60-gram shaft, which is five grams lighter than the Motore 65 used in the R9 driver. In addition to being lighter, the Motore 60 makes it easier to launch the ball on a higher launch angle and at a higher spin-rate, which helps many players achieve longer carry for increased distance.

R9 SuperTri: The Most Advanced TaylorMade Driver Ever

The R9 SuperTri unites four viable performance technologies: FCT, MWT, UTW and ICT. Never before have four such impactful, performance-enhancing technologies been combined so effectively in a single driver. Plus, there’s the superior aerodynamics of the new crown shape.

The R9 SuperTri and R9 SuperTri TP are the most advanced, highest-performing drivers TaylorMade has ever developed. The distance-producing power and shot-straightening abilities created by their combined clubhead size, clubhead design, performance technologies and shaft specifications make them clubs that no golfer should be without.

The R9 SuperTri includes three weights – 16-gram, 1-gram, 1-gram – and an FCT torque wrench. It’s available in four lofts — 8.5, 9.5, 10.5, 11.5 – and five shaft flexes — L, M, R, S, X. Street price is $399. The R9 SuperTri TP features the same head as the R9 SuperTri but with a choice of ten premium shafts including the Aldila Voodoo, Mitsubishi Fubuki and Matrix Ozik. Choosing a custom TP shaft adds an additional $100 to the cost of the club. It becomes available starting on February 19, 2010.

  6 comments for “TaylorMade R9 SuperTri Driver – Robert Garrigus test

  1. DF
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    I dont see anything about a TP version anywhere.

  2. at

    Yeah, I noticed that too… I emailed the PR guy about it, hoping to get some additional info.

  3. at

    Hey DF, spoke to TM, the TP version of the SuperTri has custom shaft options.. Hope that helps!

  4. AliGator
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    I have an R9 SuperTri with a Matrix Ozik Xcon5 shaft which, by the definition above, makes it a TP model, but TP is not mentioned anywhere on the driver head.

  5. at

    “According to PGATour.com, his average driving distance is 289.5 and in the video he was cranking it over 300 yards.”

    Do you have any idea WHAT YOU’RE Talking about?

    Robert is the longest driver on tour, with or without the R9

  6. at

    Thanks for the comment Lagster, this post is a couple months old, but at the time, those were his stats summary. Just checked the website again and it looks like they’ve been updated to 308.9.

    Any yes, I believe I do know what I’m talking about.. :)

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