February’s release of the TaylorMade R9 driver (420cc clubhead) was exciting but the 460 model that hit the shelves in May was more appealing considering my level of golf (12 handicap). With a larger clubhead and deeper face I felt far more confident of making a sweet strike.
The 460 felt quite light and encouraged me to achieve a nice rounded, sweeping action through the ball. Despite playing into strong winds first time out with the R9, I also found myself recording some impressive distances with a penetrating ball flight. Confidence high, I also found it possible to shape my drives both ways.
The occasional off-centre strikes as a result of poor swings were not pretty but still travelled good distances. I’ve never opposed using clubs that may not look so appealing if they achieve good results, but this driver has the added bonus of good looks – the bullet shape just one of many appealing factors.
For those who like to tweak, the Flight Control Technology (FCT) also allows players to easily change the club’s face, loft and lie angle. Whether this aspect of technology is appealing or not, this driver ticks more than enough boxes and will be staying in the bag for an extended trial.