TaylorMade is looking to make its driver line even more formidable with the addition of a pair of new bombers – the R9 SuperDeep TP (for Tour Preferred) and the Burner SuperFast TP.
Both are high-performance versions of existing clubs that are geared to the better player. Both have sleek, black looks, and both are being used extensively on tours. Jason Day played the SuperFast TP when he won his first PGA Tour event, at the HP Byron Nelson Championship in mid-May, while Y.E. Yang had a SuperFast in his bag when he captured the European Tour’s Volvo China Open in April. And he joins a group currently using the club that includes Retief Goosen, Rory Sabbatini and Mike Weir.
The SuperDeep made its first appearance on the PGA Tour this year at the Zurich Classic, when 10 pros put it into play, among them Sergio Garcia.
According to Tom Olsasky, senior director of product creation at TaylorMade, the R9 SuperDeep TP is targeted for the low-handicap player who wants lower spin and a mid launch angle. It features a 460cc clubhead with a “super deep” face that has an overall height equal to the USGA limit of 2.76 inches.
“We gave the head shape and size a more traditional, compact look at address as we moved the center of gravity forward and created a lower moment of inertia,” he says. “The idea is to increase workability as we lessen spin.”
Olsasky explains that TaylorMade’s Flight Control Technology, or FCT, which allows players to adjust the hosel into eight positions, enhances SuperDeep’s performance attributes. A pair of Moveable Weight Ports gives golfers greater options by allowing them to adjust swing weight and position the center of gravity in 56 locations, he says.
The Burner SuperFast features an aerodynamic head shape, expansive clubface and a slightly open alignment. According to Olsasky, the inner side of the clubface incorporates the equipment maker’s Inverted Cone Technology to promote faster ball speed on off-center hits. And SuperFast also utilizes TaylorMade’s Dual Crown technology, which lowers and pulls back the center of gravity to promote a higher launch angle and less spin.
“The players who have put SuperFast into play have done so mostly because they are getting more ball speed and distance with it,” says Keith Sbarbaro, TaylorMade’s vice president of tour operations. “The aerodynamics of the head promotes more clubhead speed, and the big face and high MOI (moment of inertia) allow them to go after the ball more.”
The SuperDeep began shipping to retailers in mid-April. It comes in three lofts – 8.5, 9.5 and 10.5 – and with a total of eight Movable Weights ranging in size from one to 16 grams. The SuperFast was available as of mid-May in three right-handed lofts – 8.5, 9.5 and 10.5 and one left-handed (9.5).