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TaylorMade R9 Series and Flight Control Technology


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Shafts and Availability
TaylorMade R9 Driver Address
Courtesy of TaylorMade Golf; used with permission
A golfer who understands the effects of equipment choices on ball flight and trajectory - or just loves to experiment - can combine changes in FCT and the movable weights. And it is in that circumstance, TaylorMade says, that its testing shows changes of up to 75 yards in side-to-side ball flight can be achieved. (You cannot make those changes during a round under the Rules of Golf, however. You must choose the setup you want prior to the start of the round.)

You might be wondering what effect rotating the shaft has from an optical standpoint; won't such rotation result in the shaft and grip graphics appearing out of place? Won't that be a distraction to the golfer? There are no graphics on the R9 stock grip, and shaft label is a "rotating graphic" - it looks the same no matter what position the shaft is locked into in the FCT system.

And speaking of the shaft, the TaylorMade R9 driver comes with a 65-gram Fujikura Motore graphite shaft with a High Inertia Tip (or HIT) for extra kick.

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