As the name suggests the 425 driver has a 425cc head with a compact look to it at address and this gives a good sound and feel at impact. The weights in the back of the head are movable, but are closer together and lower down than in the R5 Dual TP, TaylorMade's other driver with 2 moveable weights.
The TaylorMade r7 425 is the best driver I have ever owned. I am typically a bad slice, but this one straightens me right out. I am a long hitter, but the slice kills the length. With just a quick adjustment of the weights, you're slice is not rocking down the middle of the fairway. I strongly suggest you test all the weight settings at the driving range for a bit, just to get the feel down for each. You don't want to set the club too weighted if you don't need it. I found just a slight adjustment made all the difference in the world. This club is long too. I have had the pleasure of hitting the Nike SasQuatch Sumo2 (square head), Cleveland HiBore, and the Callaway FT-5 this past season, and this smaller TaylorMade r7 425 just makes the ball cut through the air much cleaner, faster, and farther. I have the stock stiff shaft and it's at 9.5 degrees loft. This club truly makes teeing off fun again. Best club in my bag, bar none.
The TaylorMade R7 425 is probably the best TaylorMade driver I've tried. I liked the looks, the compact head and the results with the ball which is probably the most important. It gave me a good penetrating flight and despite the smaller head gives a whole lot of confidence through impact.
One port is located on the heel side while the other is placed behind the toe. You can adjust the weights with a wrench to tweak the CG from side to side. This feature alone will make this driver viable for a lot of different high handicap players with different shot biases.
Instead, they went with the inertia generator which places a heavy steel weight far back in the head. While not as versatile as the Taylormade R7, the SIM2 Max driver is definitely forgiving and delivers distance comparable to the Taylormade R7 driver.
EstheticsTaylorMade seems to have embraced the triangle as their shape of choice for drivers, fairway woods, and to some extent, hybrids. The r7 Limited clubhead is a softened triangle with rounded angles. The new R9 features an even more softened triangle, though the shape is still recognizable, and the r7 Limited head from front to back is deeper than the R9. At first look, I would place the r7 Limited into the geometric, game-improvement school of drivers, but first looks can be deceiving.
I came to prefer the occasional smother-hook to the odd block-push, because the block-push had a nasty habit of going OB or into water. While my hook in the Carolina pines tended to get knocked down by the branches before getting into too much trouble, the block push gets high enough to get over some of the trees and into some real ugly spots. And that is really the best aspect of having movable weights in a driver: you can pick your miss, which can be very useful on the course.
While much of this gain is due to moving the ball forward in my setup, the r7 Limited does generate a lot of carry. Lower spin has been a selling point of drivers in recent years, but the fact is you need some spin to generate lift and keep the ball aloft. Too much spin or too little spin are equally bad and will rob you of carry and distance. The Limited produces more spin than many drivers, which will help slow swing speed or low spin players keep the ball in the air longer.
I just purchased the Patriot Limited driver off e-bay for $199.00. I noticed you said there were only two shaft choices. My driver has a Fujikura Re Ax 60. I enjoyed your review my finding is similiar. I had the Burner TP with the 75 gram shaft. I find the face of this Limited driver is hotter and carries further. The adjustability really works.
Test drove the R7 Limited recently and came to the determination that it honestly offers no tangible upgrade from any previous version of the R7 series of drivers. As mentioned previously and by others, this club started out overpriced to begin with and still remains priced equally high now that the R9 is on board. The real question is why not wait until the price is reduced following what The R11
I like the new R7 limited. It plays like the old R7 460 but with more playability. Its longer too! You can hit it high or low. You can hit a draw or fade. I play the stock version in 9.5 stiff with the taylormade/matrix shaft. The shaft is pretty easy to load. Which for me is great considering my ss is only 95mph . I have always been a fan of Taylormade drivers and really want to see the new R9 460 coming out May of 09. I heard the R9 460 is supposed to drive the ball longer with just as much control as the R9 420.
Having played the R580XD for several years, I decided to look at replacing it. It does what I need it to do, but seems heavier then other newer TM drivers and I like that. If you were to compare the two, would the R7 Limited be a better choice for a 60 yr old with a lowering ss
I recieved the r7 Limited this past Christmas as a surprise- my wonderful wife heard me talking about it and pleasantly surprised me- it is BY FAR the best driver I have played- the slice is non-existent and i am hitting the ball on average about 30-35 yards longer than before. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Of course, the 55-gram RE*AX shaft by Mitsubishi Rayon is the main reason the r7 Draw feels so much lighter than other drivers on the market. In comparison, my Titleist 905T has a Grafalloy Blue shaft that weighs 63 grams and the TaylorMade r7 460 features shafts ranging anywhere from 56-65 grams.
SpecificationsThe r7 Draw is available for men in lofts of 9.0 and 10.5 degrees, all measuring 45 inches. These specifications are also available for left-handed golfers. For the women, the driver is available with a 10.5 degree loft only, measuring 44 inches.
Just purchased this club R7 draw. I went to the golf mart in Forster city, CA so I could try the demo out on the range next door. Only missed two shots all day on the first outing at Spring Valley. Consistantly hitting an extra 30 to 50 yards. I was a huge bannana ball driver for the past 20 years. This corrected my slice enought to consistantly hit the fairway. I realy like the lightness of this club. I tried the R7 460 and you coud really feel the wieght difference.
Infriggingcreadable driver Ive never played this side of the fairway . Hits like a dream I love it. won halve its price from my regular partner he grumblied about a club makes a diference but yours is unbeliveable. I lost two balls left unheard of prior to this club I had always played my banana by aiming 15 degrees left onj the tee. I just had to ajust my set up t6he ball not only goes straight but with more loft and distance then ever . This club has alowwed me to break 100 on my first 2 trips out Ive played for just over 2 years an never broke 100 shot a 90 on my third trip God I love this club.
WOW WOW WOW.This thing is the real deal. Before becoming a fire fighter i was an assistant super on a golf course and would play 40 to 50 rounds a year and I was a 6 handcap. My prob was always my slice off the tee. I havent played in three years due to kids. I went last week to Golf Town and bought the draw driver and three as well as the racs, I didnt even demo them first because it was busy and didnt want anyone to see what my swing had become.My first trip to the range i could not believe the diff in my distance and every swing was a draw. I LOVE THIS CLUB
I just hit the R7 Draw at a demo day event. It was the straightest driver I tested. I looked at the Cleveland HiBore and Mizuno MX500. Both seemed heavier. The Taylormade was light, well balanced, provided a great launch angle, good distance and excellent control and feel. I will definitely buy a R7 Draw when I can find a good deal.
I am a lefty, so of course I always want to hit to the right side :-). I purchased an r7 draw 10.5 degree driver the other day and justspent some time on the range with it this morning. Still had a slice about 60% of the time. Slice was less than what I saw with my old driver. So still trying to work it out. I can say that I am getting more height and quite a bit more length than I was getting with my old driver. Ball hits were centered on the head and has a great feel through the hit. I have a 90 trial period, so will spend some more time seeing if I can improve my swing before the trial period runs out. Overall I do like the club.
Only just got this r7 draw driver this week and only been down local range with it, but imediately hitting longer and straighter shots , well impressed with it so far . I am playing on sat with it so will let you know the outcome with it after .It has certainly cured my slice and added distance , poss 40yds ..
I am only 14 years old and playing for the golf team in high school. I have a horrible slice on occasions with my 3-wood. my driver is consistently hitting the right side of the fairways. My iron play and short game are spectacular!! About 2 nights ago I purchased a r7 Draw. I have spent a number of days researching to make sure this was the club for me. Once the club comes in i am going to adapt to it for a couple of hours then go play.
I have been playing golf on and off for 23 years and have always had a problem with a fade or slice (there, I said it!). I can crush a ball off the tee with my 3-wood, keeping up with my partners that have an average drive. Over the winter I bought a new set of TM OS irons and then someone suggested an R7 Draw. I went to a shop and tried it out on a simulator. The rest is history folks! I have NEVER hit a driver like this before. I can count on it 9 out of 10 times to stay straight. Still have to go back to my 3-wood to pull a left but I can deal with that. Great club! 1e1e36bf2d