Taylormade R7 Draw Reviews

By Jim Hagerty

Specs

The TaylorMade R7 Draw is a 460cc, game-improvement titanium driver constructed with the ability, according to TaylorMade, to eliminate slices and promote straight shots, draws and more distance. The R7, predecessor of the new R9 Series driver, is a heel-weighted club with a slightly closed face, which promote its draw characteristics. The driver is still available with a variety of shafts such as the Mitsubishi Rayon RE-AX 55. Many dealers still carry the 9- and 10.5-degree drivers.

Perks

The R7 Draw is slightly tip-stiff, making harder swings possible. On over-the-top, open-face shots, the heel weight corrects the plane, working the ball toward the center of the fairway nicely. Ball flights are attractive and penetrating, and the face is extremely responsive at impact.

Sacrifices

The R7Draw leaves a bit to be desired when you try to shape shots. The heel weighting also can promote hooked tee shots when attempting to draw the ball. The club feels significantly light, which might cause jerky swing motions, most notably casting and coming over the top.

Bottom Line

The R7 Draw is satisfactory with solid characteristics to help keep the ball toward the middle of the fairway. While not a club geared toward advanced players, this TaylorMade is a quality buy for the novice. The R7 Draw is still available in the $100 to $200 range (2009).

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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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