The R9 Driver hit the market with a bang and since then has been put into cheap golf bags across every major tour and golfers all around the world. The R9 460 looks strikingly similar in pictures that were sent to us to the original R9 Driver. When one arrived at our offices a few weeks back it took putting them side by side to notice a difference for us.
What set the R9apart from the rest of the golf marketplace was its Flight Control Technology (FCT). The TaylorMade R9 460 allows the users to adjust the lie angle and open/shut the face plus or minus two degrees with the provided wrench. With eight combinations available, a player can adjust the club to create a psychological comfort level when looking at the club - or the more advanced player can tune their driver to perform in accordance with their mechanics.
Compared to the R9 Driver, the R9 460 driver has a larger head, deeper clubface, and lower and deeper-back center of gravity (CG), qualities that deliver a higher MOI for greater forgiveness and a higher spin-rate, helping low-spin players keep the ball in the air longer for increased carry and distance. Another major difference is the lack of Movable Weight Technology (MWT) that was found in the original driver. It gives players more ability to customize the ball flight and my initial reaction was that I was going to miss this cheap golf club quite a bit.