Taylormade R9 Driver: How to Configure the FCT and MWT
Several years ago Taylormade introduced their MWT technology in the r7 Quad, which at the time we thought it was revolutionary. Well Taylormade has outdone themselves again by enabling golfers the ability to use their new FCT technology on top of MWT technology in their R9 drivers. These two features combined into a single golf club gives golfers the ability to customize their drivers to achieve the exact trajectory they’ve always wanted without having to completely overhaul their golf swings. Well as nice as this is, it can get quite confusing, so we have put together instructions for both the FCT and MWT features so you can turn your new R9 into a tremendous weapon that you’ve never had the opportunity to own before.
There are four main FCT (Flight Control Technology) options, N, NU, R, L, and four more settings in between for a total of eight FCT settings. The change the FCT setting, you just use the wrench to unscrew the shaft, turn it to the setting you want, and screw it back in. The FCT settings affect the face angle, loft, and lie which in turn manipulates the trajectory of the ball. Below are charts for each driver loft describing how each setting affects all of these specs.
Taylormade’s Moveable Weight Technology (MWT) was first introduced in the r7 Quad driver. This technology allows you to move the center of gravity (CG) in the club head by changing the position of weight around the perimeter of the head. This in turn has a profound effect on the trajectory of the ball. The R9 driver comes standard with two 1 gram weights and one 16 gram weight. You’ll find more detailed information below on how the position of each weight affects the trajectory.
FCT Instructions for Each Loft Driver
The following charts are read left to right showing the following specs in the order below.
Note: The lofts in the below chart are when the club head is square. The negative numbers for trajectory bias mean a bias to the left or a draw bias, whereas a positive number reflects a bias to the right or a fade.
FCT Position, Face Angle, Lie, Loft, Trajectory Bias
10.5 Loft Drivers
Pos. 1 R, 2 Open, 59, 9.5, 16
Pos. 2 N-R, 1 Open, 58.5, 10.0, 10
Pos. 3 NU-R, 1 Open, 59.5, 10.0, 8
Pos. 4 N, Square, 58, 10.5, -2
Pos. 5 NU, Square, 60, 10.5, -6
Pos. 6 NU-L, 1 Closed, 59.5, 11.0, -16
Pos. 7 N-L, 1 Closed, 58.5, 11.0, -18
Pos. 8 L, 2 Closed, 59.0, 11.5, -24
9.5 Loft Drivers
Pos. 1 R, 2 Open, 59, 8.5, 16
Pos. 2 N-R, 1 Open, 58.5, 9.0, 10
Pos. 3 NU-R, 1 Open, 59.5, 9.0, 8
Pos. 4 N, Square, 58, 9.5, -2
Pos. 5 NU, Square, 60, 9.5, -6
Pos. 6 NU-L, 1 Closed, 59.5, 10.0, -16
Pos. 7 N-L, 1 Closed, 58.5, 10.0, -18
Pos. 8 L, 2 Closed, 59.0, 10.5, -24
8.5 Loft Drivers
Pos. 1 R, 2 Open, 59, 7.5, 16
Pos. 2 N-R, 1 Open, 58.5, 8.0, 10
Pos. 3 NU-R, 1 Open, 59.5, 8.0, 8
Pos. 4 N, Square, 58, 8.5, -2
Pos. 5 NU, Square, 60, 8.5, -6
Pos. 6 NU-L, 1 Closed, 59.5, 9.0, -16
Pos. 7 N-L, 1 Closed, 58.5, 9.0, -18
Pos. 8 L, 2 Closed, 59.0, 9.5, -24
MWT Instructions and Trajectory Bias for Each Weight Configuration
If you try to use simple logic and physics, then you shouldn’t have too much of a problem mastering Taylormade’s MWT technology. You can use MWT on top of FCT to increase the draw or fade bias you want even more.
If you think logically about how the weight is positioned around the perimeter of the club head you’ll find this is all fairly easy to understand. If you’re trying to hit a draw you’d try to rotate your right hand a little more through impact to close the face through impact. So what you’re essentially doing is closing the toe of the club even more as the head goes through the hitting zone. Well if you want to do this by using weight, all you would need to do is make sure the toe is lighter than the heel of the club. So to hit a draw, all you would do is put your 16g weight on the heel and put your 1g weight on the toe. And for a fade? You guessed it, the exact opposite, position the 16g weight on the toe and the 1g weight in the heel to help slow down the closing of the face. So try to commit at least this part to memory so if you are out on the course or range without a chart you’ll know the basics when adjusting your R9. If you’re wondering how to use MWT to change the height of your drives you can do this by moving weight forward and backward in the head. If you add more weight to the back-center of the head this moves the CG back, which in turn raises your trajectory and will also increase your spin rate. To lower the height of your drives just add weight to the front of the club near the face, which will also lower your spin rate.
The following chart is a basic guideline for the 3 weights that come with the R9.
Toe, Center, Heel – Trajectory Bias
16g, 1g, 1g – Fade Bias
1g, 16g, 1g – Straight
1g, 1g, 16g – Draw Bias
So with the above FCT & MWT Instructions you now have the tools to fit yourself so that your R9 driver is truly optimized for your golf swing. Now you’ll be able to hit drives you never thought you could before with your new R9 SuperTri Driver.