Re: Taylormade R9 Driver - Good Bad & Ugly?I was having the same problems as the OP and swapped my HiBore XLS Monster for the R9 today. I adjusted it to correct the slice and took it to the range. I hit 50 balls and 49 of them were dead center. I couldn't believe the amount of control I had with this club.
I only hit the ball about the same distance as you and I honestly didn't notice a big difference in yardage either way, but again everything I hit was center cut. It was my most consistent time at the range ever.
I agree with everyone that lessons are ultimately the way to go (for both of us), but this club will help. It's not a cure all and won't replace learning to swing properly, but it is an excellent club. The way I look at it is that you can always return the club to the neutral position once you fix your swing.
Also, once you get it fixed it won't matter if you're swinging an R9, R7, Titleist, Ping, etc... Guys didn't just start hitting 250+ yard drives in the last 10 years, they were hitting them with wooden clubs... so again, lessons are the only "cure".
just my $.02