AUGUSTA, Ga. — The next version of the TaylorMade R9 driver family is making its debut this week at Augusta National Golf Club.
The R9 SuperDeep is black with red and white trim, like the R9 SuperTri, but is designed to optimize the games of accomplished players.
"If you go back a little ways in our driver line, back to the 510 Tour [2002-2004], it's got that type of head shape," says Paul Loegering, one of TaylorMade's PGA Tour reps.
The SuperDeep is the driver on the right in the photo above, and as you can see, the face is not as wide as the SuperTri's, but it is much taller.
"For better players, it will produce less spin. They will be able to play a driver with more loft, but that doesn't create more spin." That should translate into more distance, but less forgiveness. "It's not going to have the high MOI [Moment of Interia] of the SuperTri," Loegering says, "but this type of player isn't really looking for that."
While the R9 SuperTri features a 460cc head and three adjustable weight ports, the SuperDeep's 460cc head houses two adjustable weight ports. However, it does feature TaylorMade's adjustable head design—called Flight Control Technology—which allows golfers to unscrew the head from the shaft and then re-attach it into one of several positions to create a draw, fade or neutral bias.
According to Loegering, Sergio Garcia loved the look of the driver at first sight. He has practiced with it twice this week and will likely put it in the bag on Thursday morning. Another TaylorMade staff player, Kenny Perry, has also asked TaylorMade to make a SuperDeep driver to his specifications.
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