How to Adjust a TaylorMade R9
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The TaylorMade R9 driver is designed with two technologies that help correct the flaws in your swing that can create erratic flights down the fairway. Flight Control Technology and Moveable Weight Technology let you adjust your driver to one of the 24 combination of settings, allowing you to use the same driver with a different setting to play several different courses. Experiment with the different settings to find the correct combination for your swing and favorite course.
Return to Original Settings
Turn the driver over to expose the bottom of the driver head. Use the R9 TaylorMade white handled torque wrench provided with the driver and loosen the shaft bolt holding the shaft into the heel of the driver. Turn the bolt counterclockwise until you can lift the head off the shaft and expose the Flight Control Technology sleeve.
Line the “Neutral” setting up with the white line on the front of the hosel by turning the FCT sleeve. Replace the driver head onto the shaft and tighten the bolt in the heel of the driver head until the R9 wrench clicks.
Remove the weights from the toe, heel and back of the driver head using the same R9 torque wrench. Insert the 16g weight into the back cavity and the two 1 g weights into the toe and heel cavities. Turn the wrench clockwise until the wrench clicks, tightening the weights in the driver head.
Adjusting the Driver
Adjusting the Flight Control Technology sleeve to the “Left” position corrects a severe slice and raises the loft. The “Upright” FCT corrects a slight slice and leaves the loft neutral. The two additional unmarked positions between “Left” and “Upright” can continue to correct a slice in the ball trajectory. Moving the FCT sleeve to the “Right” position corrects a hook and lowers the loft of the ball’s flight. The “Neutral” position corrects a slight slice and leaves the loft of your ball unchanged.
Moving the 16 g weight to the toe cavity and the two 1 g weights to the middle and heel cavities helps straighten the trajectory when you hook the ball. Placing the 16 g weight in the heel cavity and the two 1 g weights in the middle and toe cavities helps correct your drive when you hook the ball. Leaving the 16 g weight in the center cavity with the two 1 g weights in the heel and toe cavities leaves the ball trajectory straight and adds distance to your drive.
Take your clubs and your R9 driver to a driving range. Warm up by hitting some golf balls with your irons and woods until you achieve your natural rhythm and swing.
Hit one or two golf balls with your TaylorMade R9 driver set in the original factory settings. Note the trajectory and flight of your ball off the face of your driver. Slicing the ball happens when you hit the ball away from your body. If you pull it toward your body, you are hooking the ball.
Move the FCT sleeve to the “Left” position to correct your slice and raise your loft. If the ball continues to slice off the face of your club, move the 16 g weight to the heel of the club head and the two 1 g weights to the center and toe cavities.
Twist the FCT sleeve to the “Upright” position if you have a slight slice in your ball trajectory and leave the 16 g weight in the center cavity
Move the FCT sleeve to the “Right” position to correct a hook in your ball’s flight. Move the 16 g weight to the toe of the club head to the two 1 g weights to the center and heel cavities to continue to correct your hook.
Twisting the FCT sleeve to the “Neutral” position corrects a slight hook in you ball’s trajectory. Leaving the 16 g weight in the center cavity can add length to the flight of your ball.
Continue to hit golf balls at the driving range, making adjustments to the weights and FCT sleeve between every two or three balls. Keep making adjustments to the R9 driver until you find a combination of weights and FCT setting that produces a true, straight ball trajectory off the club face.
Do not use anything but the R9 wrench to adjust the club weights and remove the club head from club. Using anything else can damage the threads on the bolt and weights.
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