TaylorMade R9 TP Irons Reviews

TaylorMade R9 TP Irons

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TaylorMade R9 TP Irons Review

Mar 11, 2010
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Pros:Well balanced, well made, good distance, fairly priced

Cons:Not as forgiving as they could be, but after all, they are Player's Clubs

The Bottom Line: TaylorMade seems to be coming out with some seriously good irons for the first time in a long time. These are their best Player's Clubs in a while.


The Scratch/Low Capper's Cavity Back

I have played a lot of demoes lately, and I have found that this year in particular seems to be the year that makers are really breaking things up into several categories to help better focus their marketing efforts. These babies are aimed dead center at the Scratch to Low Capper who wants just a little forgiveness without giving up their shot shaping ability and blade like control. Unlike the Callaway Forged Irons (both X and Diablo), which can be a crossover all the way up to Lower Mid-Cappers, these performance machines are best served by those with handicaps under 10. They are definitely a bit more refined than something you would find in my 14/15 capper bag, but I enjoyed using them for the following reasons.

BALANCE

I really like the R9 Iron Series better than I do the R9 Driver Series. These clubs have exceptional balance, and club head awareness is never called into question, no matter what part of the swing we are referring to. From address to follow through--these babies have balance. A lot of that can be attributed to the KBS Tour Quality Shafts on these. I say this mainly because the D1 Swing Weight from 2I-9I is a little on the feathery side for me. The fact that the wedges only go up slightly to D 1.5 is even further evidence of this. I tend to prefer a swingweight of at least D2 on my irons. There's a lot to be said for those KBS Shafts, but we'll bring that back up later. Making something this light feel this well balanced is as much an art form as it is a science.

DISTANCE

These Irons are very long when hit right on the screws, but unlike the regular R9's, the forgiveness is not there on a miss hit. It's not as bad a distance loss as some, but compared to it's much more forgiving sibling--The R9 Irons (second coming of the R7 XD's in my humble opinion) --they are not nearly as forgiving. The distance remains well above average, however, which is quite an accomplishment, as, unlike other makers this year, TaylorMade did not juice the lofts on these and still try to pass them off as Player's Clubs. These are indeed--47* Pitching Wedge and all--player's clubs.

TECHS and SPECS

As I mentioned earlier, the lofts on these are much closer to traditional than the vast majority of makers this year. If you are looking for easy distance--go somewhere else. If, however, you enjoy working the ball, and have a very reppeatable swing, these clubs are going to feel very good to you.  The lofts are as follows:

2I-19.5*
3I-21.5*
4I-24.5*
5I-27.5*
6I-31*
7I-35*
8I-39*
9I-43*
PW-47*
AW-51*

Bsically these are playing roughly 1-1.5* weaker than many comparable irons in their class, while playing roughly 1* stronger than the lofts of a little over a decade ago. It's a bold move that pays off nicely for those who have a repeatable swing.

The shafts are KBS Tour Shafts which are really popping up everywhere as THE alternative to Dynamic Golds and Rifle's. The reason is their unique approach to shaft construction itself. They are literally thinking from the inside out. As the shaft tapers, the inner walls get thicker. These are, perhaps, the most stable shaft available on the market today.

OVERALL

The handsome look of the bevelled top line, and the narrow soles work well with the blended hosel and minimal offset to provide the look as well as the performance of a true Player's Iron. Just as the
R9's are the best Game Improvement Iron to come out of the TaylorMade Factory in many---and I mean Many--years--The R9 TP's are their best Player's Iron in some time. While $899 is not exactly cheap in this recession ridden day and age---it's relatively inexpensive for clubs in this category. If you have the dough and the swing--they are well worth the expense.


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