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As many readers on the THP forum know, I have played the Taylormade R9 since our review of the TP model well over a year ago. Over 50 drivers have come into my hands for review during that time and after the review was done, I always went back to my trusty R9. Was it comfort? Performance? Looks? I do not know the answer to that, but I can tell you that for my game the driver just flat out worked.

After the 2010 Driver Shoot Out, I was convinced that the newest technologies in the driver could help me and I set out on a quest to find the next driver for my bag. After weeks of testing a familiar face came out of the crowd and the sole of the club said TAYLORMADE!

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Tech Specs
From the company:
First came the R9 driver, which combined Flight Control Technolog (FCT) and Movable Weight Technology™ (MWT®) with three movable weights in a 420cc head. Next came the R9 460 driver with FCT alone, only in a larger and more forgiving 460cc head. “Those two drivers were created because TaylorMade didn’t yet have the ability to combine both FCT and MWT in a 460cc head,” said Todd Beach, TaylorMade’s senior director of metalwood development. “A year later, we do.” Introducing the R9 SuperTri driver, which combines FCT and MWT with three movable weights in a 460cc head, marking the ultimate unification of TaylorMade’s major driver technologies with maximum size to deliver massive distance and forgiveness. The R9 SuperTri was made possible by two crucial developments by TaylorMade engineers that saved enough weight to allow FCT and MWT to coexist in a 460cc head. The first is better, more widespread use of TaylorMade’s Ultra-Thin Wall technology throughout the clubhead. The second is a new, lighter FCT sleeve that does everything the former one did while weighing three grams less. FCT + MWT + 460cc = Supreme Adjustability, Distance and Forgiveness

The impact of incorporating FCT and MWT into a 460cc head is enormous. The larger head is more forgiving, and its CG is two millimeters farther back in the head than the R9 driver, making it easier to launch the ball higher and with more spin, helping players gain more distance. At the same time, the inclusion of MWT with three weights promotes a side-to-side trajectory change of up to 75 yards. Inverted Cone Technology (ICT) is also a crucial piece of the R9 SuperTri’s makeup. Though it’s milled onto the back of the clubface where it’s out of sight, ICT plays a critical role by dramatically increasing the area of the clubface that delivers fast ball speed, promoting more distance on off-center hits. R9 SuperTri Features Reshaped Crown, Lighter Shaft

The R9 SuperTri’s clubhead is sleeker than previous R9 driver heads, thanks to a reshaped crown that reduces wind resistance. Though the shape is more aerodynamic, the face is the deepest (62mm) TaylorMade has ever incorporated into a driver with MWT, and is deeper than most other competitive drivers currently on the market. Visually, the R9 SuperTri clubhead is a killer, thanks to its new shape and its black-on-black color scheme, including a black PVD clubface last seen in the r7 SuperQuad. The R9 SuperTri is equipped with a Fujikura Motore 60-gram shaft, which is five grams lighter than the Motore 65 used in the R9 driver. In addition to being lighter, the Motore 60 makes it easier to launch the ball on a higher launch angle and at a higher spin-rate, which helps many players achieve longer carry for increased distance. R9 SuperTri: The Most Advanced TaylorMade Driver Ever

The R9 SuperTri unites four viable performance technologies: FCT, MWT, UTW and ICT. Never before have four such impactful, performance-enhancing technologies been combined so effectively in a single driver. Plus, there’s the superior aerodynamics of the new crown shape. The R9 SuperTri and R9 SuperTri TP are the most advanced, highest-performing drivers TaylorMade has ever developed. The distance-producing power and shot-straightening abilities created by their combined clubhead size, clubhead design, performance technologies and shaft specifications make them clubs that no golfer should be without.

Traditional at Setup Brings Confidence

Range Testing the R9 SuperTri
Have you ever been walking through a mall or store and see a couple with their child and the child is simply adorable, but the couple looks “so-so” at best? Well, not to take anything away from the Taylormade R9 or R9 460, but the SuperTri looks like that child. Equal parts golf club and supermodel make this club stand out from the crowd.

At the range we set up our VectorX launch monitor and began to hit balls with both my original Taylormade R9 driver and the new R9 SuperTri. While it was not immediately apparent, the launch monitor did not lie and the newer beautiful child called SuperTri was outperforming the original and it was not even close. Each and every year we as consumers hear claims about adding X amount of yards to our drive, and so on and so forth. Well, when comparing my current driver to that of the new SuperTri, I was adding between 8-10 yards with each shot. Hype? Apparently not in this case. Is it the longest driver out there? Not according to the Driver Shoot Out THP conducted, but it is very close and certainly outperformed my current model of choice.

After spending some time with this model, I made a rather longwinded forum post about my thoughts and comparing them to other drivers I had been testing. Here are those thoughts and what others had to say as well.

Dark Finish Makes This A Beauty

On the Course
The love affair with the Taylormade R9 SuperTri continued on the course and we have put this driver in play for 11 rounds of golf and with each time out, the driver continues to make us say “Where have you been all my life?”. More distance as was previously mentioned was routine with this club, but more accuracy was as well. The added forgiveness in the head is apparent on mis-hits as the ball still seems to travel high and straight. This was most noticeable on the drives that were missed out on the toe than any place else.

As with all the clubs from R9 wood line, this is a tinkerer’s dream. We won’t go into details about the abilities here, as they were outlined above, but it is safe to say that you can make yourself crazy (in a good way) with all of the different setups available. Being familiar with the R9 setup made it a breeze for me to find exactly what setting I like and making the switch even easier of a transition.

Was I hitting more fairways during play? Check! Was I longer off the tee? Check! The fact that my scores were not going down was puzzling to me and then I realized that it was because at my home course, I was so used to hitting the same approach shots for the last year, that changing to this driver put a different club in my hands and it was something that I had to get used to. Easy problem to have and something that I wish was a problem more often.

It took 18 months for me to find a new driver and I hope that it takes another 18 months for me to replace this one. It is a rare case when something we review ends up being in my bag permanently and in this case, it is 2 times in a row for one company. Something that had not been done before and based on the track record will be another 18 months before it happens again. When you combine incredible looks (perhaps the best we have seen to date), solid distance, and an overall performance that makes your head spin, you have something special on your hands. But to top that, it is a rare case today when companies put out a product and the marketing hype lives up to it. With the Taylormade R9 SuperTri driver, it is not hype, and the proof is in the results. For more information on this driver or any other Taylormade Golf products, check out their website at

Till Next Time

Josh B.

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Josh is the Publisher of The Hackers Paradise and co-founder of THP Media with his wife Morgan Babbitt. Together they share a passion for golf, and they travel the country along with their two dogs in the THP Tour Van bringing their love and knowledge of the game to golfers everywhere.

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  1. royalwulff says:

    Very Nice Review!! Now to decide if i want to go out and hit one and tempt myself, and drive the wife crazy…LOL

  2. tcalloway1 says:

    excellent review JB. first off, i’m glad that you found a driver that fits your game, it’s something that you constantly preach and believe in. this is a club that i’m extremely interested in trying!

  3. Smallville says:

    I hit this at the Florida Outing in April and it is a great club. I used it on my Saturday round and hit nearly every fairway. Hope it keeps performing for you!

  4. thainer21 says:

    Great review jb

  5. Floppy says:

    One day….some day….this driver will be mine!

    Great review JB. The single best looking club on the market, IMO, and apparently it performs just as well.

  6. tconso says:

    Nice review. Does this have the longer shaft like the superfast?

  7. Administrator says:

    Not as long, no.

  8. Fernando says:

    I already have the R9 460, is it worth it to chnage to the new tri?

  9. Admin says:

    They are very different drivers. I would say it is worth testing out.

  10. MO_Hacker says:

    I have got to get to the golf shop and hit one of these! I’m definitely in love with the look of it.

  11. Jake says:

    Can you review the Method 005 Putter, and Machspeed Driver.

  12. Administrator says:

    If you follow our forum, you will see that both of those reviews are coming.

  13. Jake says:

    Is this forgiving enough for amateurs or should I go elsewhere.

  14. Administrator says:

    It is extremely forgiving.

  15. Sam says:

    In your testing did you find the r9 460 or the supertri to be longer and more forgiving.

  16. Admin says:

    It was not even close. In the forum we have been discussing it now for a couple of weeks. I found it both longer and more forgiving.

  17. JAMES says:

    Does the Supertri Driver correct a slice. Or do you have to adjust it.

  18. Dennis says:

    I’m assuming you tested the r9 versus the Supertri with the same lofts/shafts? In that case, wow!

  19. Joey says:

    I found this club to be extremely forgiving on missed shots. I found the fairways 14/18 times for the first time. This number is usually around 8/18. I also logged my longest drive yet of 307 yards which around 8 yards longer than my previous best. My swing speed is only 105..ish so I’m sure those with faster swing speeds could really utilize the inner core better. Combined with the TM Penta, it was a fun round!

  20. Joey says:

    Sorry…my last post I mentioned “inner core.” I was referring the inner core of the Penta. 🙂

  21. Charles says:

    Did you like the grip on the Super Tri ? Is it a standard weight, about 50g or lighter, ie winn lite grip. What type replacement grip would you recommend ?

  22. Administrator says:

    I do not like the standard TM grip. It seems standard in weight to us. Replacement would be completely up to the individual and what they like.

  23. itsbarker says:

    I hope to have the same success as others with my new Super Tri. Does anyone have feedback on the standard Super Tri shaft? How do you order premium shafts?

  24. Swifty says:

    I own this bad boy, and it’s bloody awsome. Its true about the miss hits, it still goes relatively straight. Has a solid feel on impact (balls seem to just scream off the face), a very reasuring driver, very enjoyable and easy to hit, that it builds your confidence. Have had a lot of good comments from the guys at my club at just how beautiful the ball flight comes of this club.
    I also own the new model R9 19deg 5W. Also a great club to hit with. Got ride of my Cleaveland xls hybore 3w for this R9 5W and im hittin it further and straight all times.
    Get one. U wont be disapointed!

  25. BWB says:

    We tested this driver and the R9 today for my daughter. The swing monitor showed increased trajectory and ball speed. Of course she picked this driver. We will be playing a round tomorrow.

  26. Troy says:

    I have been fighting a slice for a while now. I heard the Super Tri has a high spin rate. Will i be able to make the correct adjustments to eliminate my slice? And by making the adjustments i want to make sure the ball wont balloon. I just purchased a Supertri 9.5 stiff. Thanks for your help.

  27. Administrator says:

    Spin rate off a driver does not really mean side spin. I think people get confused with that and I also think people think ballooning means large slice rather than the intended definition of too much backspin causing distance loss.

    High spin drivers can help TONS of golfers generate more height and more distance. The best way to figure this out is to hit it on a monitor and see if the launch conditions work for you.

  28. Chris says:

    I just bought this driver at Golf Town as a demo the reason is simple on the monitor it was 25 yards further than any driver out there including the superfast. This was fitted with the mortore f1 65 shaft That was the same for another guy out there too This is a great product nd if you find one pick it up

  29. Nate says:

    I recently just bought the supertri tp. I find it a lil too stiff. I have thirty days to return. Should I get the 60 gr adilla shaft or just use the Fct n mwt to try to fix slight slice

  30. Nathan P says:

    I bought this driver last year and loved it. Problem is, I hung up golf for 5 months (winter hybernation) and now I don’t remember what setup I need. I basically bought the off-the-shelf model with a stiff shaft, 10.5 degree. My ball flight (before I bought this ball) was mainly a high -near slice if I was aggressive with it. Usually 1 of 3 drives is perfect, but I cannot have that ration on the course. So my question is: Do I need to change the weights (heavier and at which of the positions) and should I clamp the setting on the (L) setting to straghiten my near slice out every time?

    Thanks again. Great review!

  31. Ed says:

    I’ve been using the r9 460 these past years & have found it long & straight. Recently
    tried a sldr & hated it..sounded awful… then I found the r9 supertri & a new one, w/the specs desired;
    just ordered, after several rounds of haggling. I can’t wait to try it out! Planning to
    order the r9 woods, as well. I didn’t know these clubs existed; but the recent search
    for improvement paid off. I have so much faith in the r9 & am certain I won’t be
    disappointed.Thanks for all you wrote; which confirms my own beliefs & joy that
    taylormade actually built this club.

  32. Michael says:

    I picked up a used R9 Supertri in excellent shape. I have been hitting it on a launch monitor in the practice bay at a local PGA Tour Superstore. Both times I hit it I also hit the driver I have been using – a Callaway BB 815 Double Black Diamond. The Callaway is a little longer and still has the longest carry of the two days.However, today I was not hitting the ball quite as crisp as I was in my last session. However, after I made some corrections, I began improving. I carried the Supertri the longest today but the 815 rolled out to 3 yards longer. The Supertri is an amazing club. In both sessions I included other drivers from the used rack including the Callaway GBB and the 816 DBD (the model that replaced the one I use). The R9 was longer than all of them. Still a great driver.

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