But here's the backstory: Watson had just won the 2005 Senior British Open and was playing a practice round for the U.S. Senior when he damaged the driver head. He was speaking off-the-cuff and didn't even mention the name of the driver - which makes me think he was simply being honest.
"That driver was really a great driver," Watson said, "the best driver I ever had in my life." Watson had started using the RPM Dual 460 only about a month earlier. "I've been driving it very good ever since. I hit it longer. I hit it straighter."
Longer and straighter. That's only what every golfer wants.
The newer Redline RPM Dual 460, like TaylorMade's follow-up to the r7 Quad, the r5 Dual, has two weight ports rather than four. Which simplifies things for golfers who aren't gearheads.
The RPM Dual 460 is also larger than the 430Q. In fact, according to Adams, the RPM Dual 460 is the very first 460cc driver with a composite crown and adjustable weights, combining three of the latest innovations in driver technology into one driver.
Are two weights better than four? For most golfers, the answer is probably yes. Switching out weights is simpler with the two weight ports of the RPM Dual 460 than with the four of the 430Q. Simpler both in terms of time and effort, and in terms of understanding the effect on ballflight. Sure, you can't get as in-depth with two weight ports as you can with four, but you can find what works for you more quickly and easier.
The Redline RPM 460 Dual comes with 14 grams of adjustable weight in the form of four screws: two 7-gram screws, one 12-gram and one 2-gram. Weights can be swapped out of the weight ports in the sole (one near the toe, one near the heel) to create a draw or fade bias, or have a neutral effect.
The Adams Redline RPM Dual 460 was a big hit with all our testers, who felt it was confidence-building at address and forgiving in action. But it was the adjustable weight technology that most crowed about - both how easy it was to use the weights and to understand the effects, and how convenient it was to have a driver so easily adjustable.
This driver wasn't considered one of the longest ever tried by many of our testers, but distance performance was very good. Accuracy - putting the ball in the fairway - was the biggest plus for most of our testers. They simply hit the ball better after determining the weighting properties that worked best for them, and the added confidence was a nice bonus.