If you’re a typical golfer, you’re constantly alert for potential swing changes to gain a bit more distance or to hit the ball straighter. Alternatively, you can sometimes leave your swing alone and tweak your equipment to improve your game. That’s the theory behind adjustable-weight drivers, such as the TaylorMade r7 Limited. The club comes with three movable weights -- a 16-gram tungsten weight and two 1-gram aluminum weights -- that you can insert and remove from the clubhead’s three weight ports by using the included torque wrench.
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Place the tungsten weight in the rear port and the aluminum weights in the clubhead’s heel and toe ports to establish a fairly neutral setting. If you hit the ball perfectly straight off the tee, this setup should create a 5-yard draw as the ball travels through the air. That means the ball will curve 5 yards to the left during its flight, if you’re right-handed.
Position the 16-gram weight in the clubhead’s heel port and the 1-gram weights in the remaining ports to turn an otherwise straight shot into a 20-yard a draw.
Move the larger weight to the toe port to produce a 15-yard fade.
Place the larger tungsten weight in the heel port if you tend to slice the ball. The added weight slows down the clubhead’s heel -- the part closest to the shaft -- allowing the toe to move forward so you can hit the ball squarely and produce a straight shot.
Put the 16-gram weight in the toe port if you typically hook the ball.