Ft. Worth, Texas -- TaylorMade released the new R9 460 driver two weeks ago, but Tuesday at Colonial Country Club, Kenny Perry got his first chance to hit the club. A few minutes later, the seventh-ranked player in the world had a new driver in his bag and a smile on his face.
The R9 460 does not feature movable weights like the original R9, but it does allows golfers to adjust the face angle and lie angle by unscrewing the head and re-attaching it into one of eight positions. Perry's driver has 9.5° of loft and a Matrix Ozik F7M2 X shaft.
For Perry, the switch was made for more power.
"I jumped up five miles per hour in ball speed immediately," he said on the driving range Tuesday.
Perry won the FBR Open in Scottsdale earlier this season using a TaylorMade Tour Burner driver, then switched to a TaylorMade R9 (9.5°) with Matrix Ozik HD6 before the Masters. At Augusta, Perry was successful with the R9, "because it is really straight. But now I've switched to this one because it's really long."
The next major championship is the U.S. Open at Bethpage in a few weeks, where both distance and accuracy off the tee will be critical.
"I'll go to Bethpage early and I'll take both my drivers," Perry said. "My regular R9 and this one [the R9 460]. If I feel like I need to hit it straight, I'll use the R9. If I feel like I need to bomb it, then I'll use that one [R9 460]."
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