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May 13, 2009

TaylorMade Releases R9 460 Drivers

Posted at 5:25 PM by David Dusek | Categories: Drivers, TaylorMade

TaylorMade R9 460 The second driver in the TaylorMade R9 family, the R9 460, will be available on May 16 for $299.

Like the original R9, the new R9 460 features Flight Control Technology (FCT), a system that allows golfers to change the face angle and lie angle of the driver by unscrewing the head from the shaft and re-attaching it in one of eight different positions.

While the all-titanium head of the newest R9 is a full 460cc, it does not have a movable weight system like its smaller sibling. But the R9 460 does have a deeper face and lower center of gravity than the original R9, which should help it resist twisting on off-center hits and promote a higher ball flight. It should also create more spin than the original R9, which should help slower-swinging players add distance.

According to TaylorMade, the adjustable head of the R9 460 can change the side-to-side trajectory of your shots by as much as 40 yards. The chart below shows how the adjustable ball flights of the R9 460 compare with those of the original R9.

TaylorMade R9 460 Flight Chart

The stock R9 460 will be longer than most drivers, 45.75 inches, and will come with an Aldila RE*AX 60-gram shaft in five different flexes.

The R9 460 will also be available in a TP version. The standard R9 460 and R9 460 TP will have identical clubheads, but the TP version will be available with the Fujikura Motore F1, Aldila Voodoo, Mitsubishi Fubuki and Matrix shafts. The R9 460 TP will cost $399.

For more information, go to taylormadegolf.com.

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