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TaylorMade R9 – 24 Drivers in One!

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

With the 2009 golf season beginning, it is without a doubt that many golfers are starting to look at all the latest and greatest golf gear coming on the market.   One club that golfers have been chomping at the bit to get a glimpse of is the new TaylorMade R9 driver.  I personally had a chance to visit the Buick Open at Torrey Pines last week and let me tell you, there were many R9’s in the bag.  When the pro’s are playing it there is obviously a reason why.  Here is a quick overview of the club and the premise behind it:

TaylorMade Flight Control Technology (FCT)
Change the face angle, lie angle and loft to affect side-to-side flight by up to 40 yards – 8 different club head positions.

TaylorMade Movable Weight Technology (MWT)
The TaylorMade R9 driver includes one 16-gram & two 1-gram changeable weights. This allows you to change the clubs center of gravity location to affect side-to-side flight by up to 35 yards. Put the heavy weight in the heel port to promote a draw, in the toe port to promote a fade, and in the middle port to promote a straight flight
The R9 driver has a small metallic sleeve positioned over the tip of the shaft. The shaft is secured to the club head with a specially made bolt in the bottom of the club head. The FCT bolt is designed to be retained in the well to eliminate the chance of losing it. At the bottom of the sleeve is a ring of small, gear like teeth, which tightly mesh with a second ring of matching teeth within the hosel. You can change the club head’s characteristics (face angle, loft, lie) by loosening the FCT bolt, removing the shaft from the head, rotating the sleeve and shaft into a specified position, then locking them into that position within the head with the FCT bolt.

Total adjustability for maximum flight control; up to 75 yards of side-to-side adjustability. Various multiple settings are made possible by combining FCT with MWT: Eight club head positions made possible by FCT multiplied by three MWT configurations: 8 x 3 = 24. 24 drivers in 1 club.

  • TaylorMade Flight Control Technology (FCT) lets you change the face angle, loft and lie
  •  Movable Weight Technology (MWT) lets you change the club head’s center of gravity
  •  FCT and MWT together offer total adjustability to promote up to 75 yards of side-to-side trajectory change
  •  Inverted Cone Technology increases ball speed and distance on off-center hits
  •  New classic club head shape combines super-high MOI and easy-launching CG position
  •  Fujikura Motore 65-gram shaft with High Inertia Tip (H.I.T.) technology promotes faster ball speed

So, the bottom line is that with one golf club, you have the ability to change the playing characteristics of it 24 times! 24 drivers in one…… beats any 2 for 1 deal I’ve ever heard of.. The TaylorMade R9 driver will retail at $499.99 CDN and $399.99 USD.

For US purchases check out your local pro shops.
For Canadian purchase inquiries on the TaylorMade R9 or other products you may contact me at:

Jay Barrett
CPGA Head Professional
(780) 987-3569

Christmas Golf Gift Ideas

Monday, December 15th, 2008

With Christmas almost here many are probably still scrambling to find that last minute item or perfect gift to put beneath the tree for the golfer in your family. Here are some great ideas that are sure to please anyone with the golf bug.

The Adams Insight XTD a3 Driver is engineered for maximum distance off the tee for mid to high swing speed players. Built with Boxer Technology, the innovative geometric shaping used in the company’s industry-leading hybrids, the impact zone of the face is expanded for maximized ball speed on center and off-center hits.

Advancing the revolutionary ideas of the FT-i Driver, the new Callaway FT-iQ Driver features the best combination of distance and accuracy. The refined head shape has a sleek and stealthy look while raising the MOI for unprecedented accuracy off the tee. Hyperbolic Face Technology significantly raises ball speeds across the entire face for increased distance. The exclusive Fubuki shaft from Mitsubishi Rayon adds to the incredible feel and performance.

The TaylorMade Burner Driver, redesigned for 2009, features legendary Burner speed united with next generation Dual Crown technology. A super-stable, high-MOI head design takes forgiveness and consistency to new levels on off-center hits. A permanent draw bias helps to minimize slices and fades for a stronger trajectory and greater distance.

Callaway X-22 Irons are the best X Series irons Callaway Golf has ever created. By maximizing perimeter weighting, these irons boast an MOI that’s 10 percent higher than their predecessors. The ideal CG position has been preserved, generating optimal ball-flight trajectories. The Modified Tru-Bore design has been incorporated, dampening vibration for enhanced feel and the tour-inspired head shape has a slightly thinner topline and sole with a large sweet spot for improved aesthetics and forgiveness that will boost any golfer’s confidence.

TaylorMade Burner Plus Irons deliver legendary Burner power plus maximum TaylorMade forgiveness. Large clubheads with Inverted Cone Technology, advanced perimeter weighting and a multi-functional sole make these irons easy to launch and easy to play. The Combo set introduces Burner Rescue #3 & 4 hybrids in place of traditional 3 & 4 irons for increased playability and performance in the longer clubs.

Purchasing New Golf Clubs in 2009

Friday, November 14th, 2008

I recently attended the 2008 Alberta PGA buying show and had the chance to view the latest golf equipment coming out for the 2009 golfing season. Golf clubs over the past ten years have undergone radical changes thanks to advancements in technology and materials being used to construct the clubs. Manufacturers have managed to maximize distance while increasing playability and forgiveness for all players.

The most advancement is coming in the “game improvement” market. These are clubs that are designed for higher handicap players looking for that extra advantage. With all of these recent advancements, the golf industry has seen manufacturers push the capabilities and properties of golf clubs to the limit in terms of conforming to the rules of golf. Over the last few seasons, manufacturers have been showing products that are very close to what has already been on the market and clubs are all beginning to look more and more alike. We now have to question, are the benefits truly that different from one company to the next?

The truth is that with all the wonderful technological advancements, golf clubs are very close to maxing out their performance characteristics to maintain accordance to the rules of golf. The trick for consumers is to pick a club with the right performance characteristics for your game. It is important to be honest with yourself when looking to purchase golf clubs. A golfer may like the look of a classic forged iron with the traditional clean look and shape, but really how many players with a 10 handicap or higher can really hit such irons effectively. On a miss hit shot you are really going to sacrifice distance and direction. Why make the game harder than it already is?

Make sure when buying new clubs to talk to the sales representatives, especially your local CPGA or PGA golf professional. They can effectively match up your game to the correct type of club you should be hitting. They are also able to custom fit you for golf clubs with the proper shaft flex and lie angle. Buying clubs directly off the “rack” is not usually the best way to go, as those golf clubs have not been specifically fit for your body and swing type. Everyone has different body types and builds so what is good for one person may not be good for another.

The other factor to consider is that with the advancements in golf clubs it is unlikely you can make a bad purchase. It really doesn’t matter if you prefer Ping, Taylor Made, Callaway, Titleist or any other brand. The truth is… that all golf clubs made today are good. The issue for the consumer is what type of club are you comfortable with and what looks and feels good to you personally. Once this has been determined, then it is time to look further into the different options presented from that manufacturer and look into being fit for a set.

Head to your nearest golf course and hit some of their demo clubs and talk to your Pro about them. Have a professional watch your ball flight and your swing. There are so many options for the consumer today when choosing golf clubs, but remember there are no bad choices, just the right steps to follow to ensure you spend your money on the proper equipment for your game. Happy Shopping!

Jay Barrett
Head Professional
Devon Golf and CC
Devon, AB, Canada
(780) 987-3569

What Clubs Does Tiger Woods Play?

Monday, July 21st, 2008

One of our most popular blog posts last summer was a brief reference to what golf clubs Tiger Woods was using in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational. Since 1-year has passed I felt it was time to update golfers on what clubs are in Tiger’s bag currently and provide everyone the best sources to find out this information in the future.

The following information can be found updated at all times on Tiger’s Official Website (; simply navigate to the “On Tour” section and click on “In The Bag”.

Tiger’s Driver
Nike SasQuatch Tour 460 cc driver (7.5 degree)

Fairway Woods
Nike SQ II 3 Wood (15 degrees) and Nike SQ II 5 Wood (19 degrees)
* Tiger will put his 5 Wood or 2 Iron in the bag depending upon the course setup and conditions

Nike Forged Irons (2-PW) (all irons are 1 degree upright, have D4 swingweight, standard size Tour Velvet grips and True Temper Dynamic Gold X-100 shafts)

Nike 56 degree Pro Combo SW and 60 degree SV LW

Scotty Cameron by Titleist Studio Stainless Newport 2 putter
(standard loft and lie, 35 inches long)

Golf Ball
Nike One Platinum (only ones with TIGER on them)

Golf Cloves
Nike Dri-FIT Tour glove

Golf Shoes
Air Tour TW 8.5

If you’re interested in knowing the exact golf clubs Tiger carried for a specific tournament, you can visit The Golf Channel website and their “What’s In The Bag” section, found here. I wish you the best of luck equipping yourself like Tiger and can only hope it helps you capture some of his magic!

What Golf Clubs Does Tiger Play? – 2007 WGC

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

Tiger Woods blew past Rory Sabatini on the leader board Sunday by shooting 65 in the final round on his way to winning the 2007 WGC Bridgestone Invitational. Do you want to know what Tiger was carrying in his golf bag during his win?

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5 Most Important Things To Consider When Choosing Golf Clubs

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

By John Bolt

Every golfer knows that having proper equipment is essential. Choosing golf clubs has become some what of a daunting task because of the enormous market out there. We have come up with 5 simple things to consider when choosing golf clubs.

1. First of all you have to be honest with yourself in deciding what skill level you’re at. Are you a beginner just starting out, an intermediate weekend golfer, or an expert golfer who plays all the time? This is critical because there are different types of equipment designed to help every level of player. Playing with expert equipment if you are just starting out will only hurt your game.

2. Stay within your spending limits. You have to know what type of budget you are working with. Golf can become very expensive if you don’t stay within your means. There is equipment and accessories designed for every budget, you just have to know where to look.

3. Figure out your strengths and weaknesses. Do you know hook or slice the ball? Are you a long or short hitter? Do you sink many puts when you have to, etc.? You must know these qualities of your game. When you go to your local shop or golf pro it will be easy for them to get you fitted correctly if you know this information.

4. How often do you play? Are you a weekend golfer or an addict who plays all the time? This will determine what golf clubs and accessories you should purchase. Don’t go out and spend a fortune on complex equipment and other things if you only play the game on the weekend with your buddies. On the other hand if you travel all over competing and playing, you are going to need the quality equipment that allows that.

5. Finally make sure you do your own research. Read golf magazines, articles, newspapers, and anything else you can get your hands on. Go to demo days at your local club or driving range and any local golf shows. Check online at manufacturer’s websites and other informative golf club websites. You can find anything online. Doing research is the key to getting what you want.

If you use these 5 simple tips to choosing golf clubs it will be simple for you to get fitted with exactly what you need. So go out and get those brand new clubs you have been thinking about for while.

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