TaylorMade r7 Steel and r7 Ti Fairway Woods

TaylorMade r7 Steel Fairway Wood
The TaylorMade r7 Steel Fairway Wood. TaylorMade Golf

The TaylorMade r7 Steel and r7 Ti fairway woods were among the first expansions of the r7 line after TaylorMade introduced that family of woods. The "Ti" is for "titanium" - one version of these fairway woods featured a titanium clubhead, the other a steel clubhead.

They were introduced in 2006 and were themselves followed by several other iterations of the r7 fairway line: The r7 Draw, the r7 CGB Max. In 2008 TaylorMade launched Burner fairways and in 2009  the r9 family, and the r7 Steel and r7 Ti fairways were discontinued.

Buying TaylorMade r7 Steel or Ti Fairway Woods Used

These clubs are not that easy to find because of their vintage, but also because TaylorMade has released so many models of fairway woods since. You might run across them in a golf shop that has a large selection of used clubs, and some online retailers may offer them. Start by searching TaylorMadePreOwned.com, but know there's a good chance none will be listed.

We have seen r7 Steel and r7 Ti fairway woods occasionally listed on Amazon, however, so you might get lucky there.

Original Report: TaylorMade Introduces r7 Steel, r7 Ti Fairway Woods

(Following is our original story on these fairway woods from the time of their release. The following was first published on Jan. 20, 2006.)

TaylorMade's r7 Steel and r7 Ti fairway woods both offer moveable weight technology, but with slightly different options available to the golfer.

The most obvious difference between the two clubs is, of course, that one of them utilizes a steel construction while the other utilizes a pull-face titanium construction.

Another difference is the clubhead size. The r7 Ti clubhead is 15-percent larger than that on the r7 Steel, 179cc compared to 155cc. The r7 Steel clubhead is also more traditional in shape.

Golfers who want moveable weight technology in a traditionally shaped and sized fairway wood are likely to prefer the r7 Steel; those seeking moveable weight technology but with a larger, more forgiving - and titanium - clubhead will prefer the r7 Ti.

Both versions include one permanent weight plug in the rear of the clubhead along the sole, plus two weight ports that each accommodate a 2-gram or 14-gram weight. The clubs can be configured for a neutral bias or a draw bias, but not a fade bias.

The r7 Steel is available in Tour Strong 3-wood (13 degrees of loft), 3-wood (15 degrees), 4-wood (16.5 degrees), 5-wood (18 degrees ) and 7-wood (21 degrees). The stock shafts are TaylorMade RE*AX 70 graphite shaft with a stiff tip, or True Temper Dynamic Gold Lite steel shaft.

The MSRP for the r7 Steel at the time of release is $300 when they are equipped with graphite shafts or $270 when outfitted with steel shafts, and the clubs are scheduled to reach retail outlets beginning in April of 2006.

The stock shaft for the r7 Ti is the TaylorMade RE*AX 60 graphite shaft with a soft tip (the r7 Ti is not offered with a steel shaft).

The r7 Ti is available in 3-wood (15 degrees), 5-wood (18 degrees) and 7-wood (21 degrees) versions, with retail availability beginning in April 2006. The MSRP is $400 per club.