Review of the TaylorMade R7 CGB Max Driver

By Jim Hagerty

Specs

From the 2009 line of Taylor Made drivers, the R7 CGB Max features titanium construction, a 460cc head, three different degrees of loft (9.5, 10.5 and 12) and three movable sole weights. The weighting system, which the manufacturer calls the Movable Weight Technology, allows for adjustments for faded and drawn shots. The triangular-shaped head comes with a standard D3 swing weight and 59-degree loft angle. The club is stocked with a Taylor Made Ultralight RE-AX shaft and ultralight grip.

Perks

The Movable Weight System makes this driver a fun game-improvement club to hit. Each setting lives up to its claim to produce large draws (heel weight), slight draws (back weight) and slight fades (toe weighting). Each setting is comfortable, producing nice, climbing trajectories.

Sacrifices

Like many Taylor Made drivers, the R7 CGB is slightly tip-stiff, which, for weaker players, can make for control problems and undesirable ball flights. Working the ball against the weight settings can also result in sharp hooks and lacing fades and slices, especially for the better player.

Bottom Line

The R7 CGB is a forgiving game-improvement driver. It is made with proven quality and craftsmanship. For players not trying to beat the world off the tee, the R7 CGB is a dependable club off the rack. It is commonly sold for about $300 to $350, depending on the retailer.

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About The Author

Jim Hagerty is a freelance writer and journalist. In addition to the hundreds of Web-based articles to his credit, he's a staff writer for "The Rock River Times," where he covers arts and entertainment, outdoors and human interest news events. Hagerty holds a Bachelor of Science in public relations and journalism from Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

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