Reviews of the TaylorMade R7 Superquad

By Jim Hagerty

Specs

From its movable weights, which control launch angles, to its 460cc titanium head, the TaylorMade R7 Superquad is a game improvement driver made for the tech-savvy player wanting to dial in the perfect trajectory at the tee. The club is equipped with four removable weights, two on the back edge of the sole, one near the toe and one near the heel. It also boasts a low center of gravity and a large, thin face. Off the rack, the Superquad is fitted with a TaylorMade RE*AX 65 graphite shaft available in regular and stiff flex.

Perks

A slick design and concept, the Superquad does live up to its claim in its ability to change flight patterns with the adjustment of the sole weights. Like most TaylorMade drivers, the R7 Superquad is slightly tip stiff and can handle some hefty swings and still produce controlled distance and shot placement.

Sacrifices

The most serious flaw in the movable-weight technology is TaylorMade's decision to sell separately the wrench needed to remove the screws. The weights are also a bit difficult to dial in for the novice. Lead tape, for the advanced player, usually fares just as well. With this club, leaving the weights as-is and relying on solid swing mechanics, within the scope of the club's capability, eliminates the need to remove the weights.

Bottom Line

The R7 Superquad is a slick driver for the pragmatic player looking to tinker with launch angles. Its head-shaft marriage is a strong one and the Superquad produces solid distances for a big, game improvement club. Most retailers are unloading the now discontinued driver in the $300 range (2009 pricing).

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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