Taylormade R9 Driver Instructions – How to Configure the FCT and MWT Settings

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Taylormade Golf has combined two of their best customization features, FCT and MWT, into one golf club. First we’ll give basic definitions of each with detailed instructions to follow.

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. You will find a chart below for each loft that shows how each FCT setting affects the trajectory and specs of the driver.

Taylormade’s Moveable Weight Technology (MWT) was first introduced in the r7 Quad driver several years ago. 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 & Specs for Each Loft

The following charts show you how each FCT position effects the face angle, lie, loft, and trajectory bias.

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.

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 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 see that this is all pretty easy to comprehend. 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. So what if you want to achieve the same result but just by using the position of weight in the club head? 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. What about 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 changing how the weight is positioned from the front of the club near the face, to the back of the club. 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 trajectory 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
1g, 1g, 16g - Draw Bias
1g, 16g, 1g - Straight
16g, 1g, 1g - Fade Bias

With the above FCT and MWT instructions you should be able to easily fit yourself so that your R9 driver is truly optimized for your golf swing. The idea is to setup your R9 so that you do not have to change your golf swing to achieve the trajectory you want with your driver, whether it be a 5 yard fade or 10 yard draw. This will promote maximum accuracy as well as maximum distance with your R9 Driver. If you're currently shopping for an R9 or considering the purchase of a new driver, check this out first R9 Driver Comparison.


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