TaylorMade Golf has combined Flight Control Technology (FCT) with a 460 c.c. club head, more club length and a lightweight graphite shaft with the introduction of its R9 460 driver.
FCT offers golfers the opportunity to change the club’s face angle, loft and lie angle by loosening a bolt in the sole and rotating the shaft into the designated position before tightening.
“FCT proved itself to be a major metalwood innovation immediately after we launched the R9 driver earlier this year,” said Sean Toulon, TaylorMade’s executive vice president of innovation.
“Tour pros took to it right away, and it quickly became the No. 1 driver model on the PGA Tour. Amateur golfers also embraced it quickly, as sales have been fantastic around the world, especially in the United States, Europe and Japan,” added Toulon.
Compared to the R9 driver, the R9 460 driver has a larger head, deeper clubface and lower and deeper-back center of gravity to deliver a higher moment of inertia for greater forgiveness and a higher spin-rate, helping low-spin players keep the ball in the air longer for increased carry and distance.
“In addition to the advantages of FCT in a 460 c.c. clubhead, the R9 460 also delivers the kind of shape, feel and sound that TaylorMade drivers are famous for, and which our competitors can’t come close to matching,” said Harry Arnett, TaylorMade’s senior category director for metalwoods.
TaylorMade is calling the new shape of the R9 460 the “new classic,” saying it allows for a deep, back, far-from-the-face CG location, contributes to higher MOI and allows for an exceptionally low CG location.
The R9 460’s clubhead is also built with TaylorMade’s Ultra-Thin Wall (UTW) technology, which allows for clubhead walls measuring as thin as 0.6 millimeters, with the saved weight redistributed to help make the low and-deep-back CG possible.
The R9 460 is longer at 45.75 inches and equipped with an Aldila RE*AX 60-gram, tip-soft shaft that is available in five flexes.
“Players who put a premium on distance are going to want to put the R9 460 in play,” said Arnett.
“It features a variety of characteristics designed to work together to promote faster ball speed and distance-enhancing launch conditions, while FCT technology will help them achieve the shot-shape they want to help keep the ball in the short grass.”
The R9 460 driver also incorporates TaylorMade’s Inverted Cone clubface technology, which expands the area of the clubface that delivers high ball speed.
The R9 460 TP is also being introduced for tour pros and skilled players. It features the same clubhead, but is equipped with a Fujikura Motore F1 65 graphite shaft with a .335-inch tip. Other custom shaft offerings are available in three flexes.
Both drivers are available in 8.5. 9.5, 10.5 and 11.5-degree lofts in right-handed and 9.5 and 10.5 degrees in left-handed.