Selecting a driver is a complicated process. The golf industry introduces technological advancements each year, and every season a driver is introduced with claims to solve your problems. The evolution of driver technology makes finding your perfect match difficult. This is where an honest examination of your abilities needs to take place. Don't be pulled into buying a tour performance club when you struggle to break 100. TaylorMade introduced the R7 and R7 460 for two different players, and though no longer in production these drivers are still available on the secondary market. Here's how to determine which player you are and which club would benefit your game.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Decide what kind of ball flight, spin rate, forgiveness and workability you expect from your driver.
Consider the drivers' benefits and restrictions. The R7 and R7 460 may look nearly identical, but their shot characteristics differ greatly. The R7 is designed for faster swingers looking for a more penetrating ball flight and greater workability. The R7 460 focuses on forgiveness with low spin and doesn't feature movable weight technology.
Choose your technology. TaylorMade introduced movable weight technology in its R7 driver. Weighted screws are inserted in two or four places on the club head and their configuration can change the flight path over 30 yards of lateral distance. The R7 460 doesn't feature movable weight technology.
Address a ball with both drivers. One of the most underappreciated aspects of choosing a driver is looking at address. The R7 460 has a large hitting area that can be distracting at address, which some players find uncomfortable. The R7 has a more compact appearance at address.
Study your ball flight. The R7 460's emphasis on forgiveness reduces hooks and slices, and reduces your draw or fade. The 460 gets in the air faster than the R7 and fights to reduce side spin. If shot making is a big part of your game from the tee, the 460 is not your driver.
Get a sense of how the club feels in your hands. No amount of tech speak can replace hitting a club for yourself. Find a retailer and try out both clubs and see which model feels better in your hands and which performs better for you.