Wednesday, July 7, 2010
TaylorMade Burner SuperFast vs. TaylorMade R9 SuperTri
When you first pick up the TaylorMade Burner SuperFast driver you immediately notice that it is extremely light. So light, in fact, that it is 14 grams lighter than the TaylorMade Burner 2009 driver. Now, 14 grams is not very much, .03125 lbs actually, but when you compare this to other drivers the difference is astounding! With this difference in weight comes more speed in your swing, which equals longer distance on your drives. Not only is the club lighter, it is more aerodynamic as well. Take a look at the picture and you can see the cone shaped head which helps increase your club head speed by reducing drag throughout the different phases of your swing. These two changes help increase your swing speed without added effort.
Ok, enough about all of the technical mumbo-jumbo, let’s get down to brass tacks here. How did the club hit? Amazing! All of the time that the TaylorMade engineers spent in designing one of the easiest clubs to swing has paid off. It feels like swinging a feather; a feather that was rocketing my golf ball down the range!
My biggest concern was accuracy with the TaylorMade Burner SuperFast driver. I was worried that all of this new swing speed would result in my ball being a rocket without a guidance chip; out of control. It was actually the complete opposite. Now, you must remember that I am nowhere near being a professional golfer (golf is my favorite hobby) but I sure felt like one. I was swinging very hard and the ball was going very straight. I felt like I needed a guy behind me yelling “GET IN THE HOLE!!” after the TaylorMade Burner SuperFast driver sent my golf ball into orbit.
But the best part about the TaylorMade Burner SuperFast is not only the increased swing speed, but the forgiveness the club gives you. The reason? The Burner SuperFast does not require a ton of spin on the ball to make it go further. So if you don’t get your wrists through in time or if you’re too early, there will not be excessive spin which causes slices and hooks. Thus, your miss-hits will not be as pronounced as they would have been.
Unfortunately for the TaylorMade Burner SuperFast, I was comparing it to the TaylorMade R9 SuperTri. I hit the Burner SuperFast first because I wanted to save the best for last. And to my surprise, I actually hit the Burner SuperFast the same as I hit the TaylorMade R9 SuperTri. The difference that you notice right away when you switch from the Burner SuperFast to the R9 SuperTri is, of course, the weight. I preferred the weight of the R9 SuperTri over the Burner SuperFast, but the adjustability of the Moveable Weight Technology (MWT) and the Flight Control Technology (FTC) are what make the club a little bit heavier. It is the first time that MWT and FTC have been incorporated in the same 460cc head. With these technologies, the TaylorMade R9 SuperTri superb adjustability and forgiveness.
When I hit the TaylorMade R9 SuperTri I was crushing the ball. I thought they were surpassing the Burner SuperFast drives, but they weren’t. I was actually hitting them about the same distance. The one drawback of hitting the SuperTri was the fact that I was more inaccurate than I was with the Burner SuperFast. This fact surprised me. Even after tinkering with all of the adjustments, I was still fairly erratic with the SuperTri. I think that if I were to spend a great deal of time with the SuperTri and get all of the config-changes where I need them to be I would be more accurate. But the fact is, when you are testing a club at the range, you don’t have that kind of time to adjust and re-adjust the weights.
So let’s get to the results…
Winner----------TaylorMade Burner SuperFast
This was a close call for me. The sound and the config-change on the R9 SuperTri are unmatchable. They have a comparable distance, but I saw a few of the Burner SuperFast’s going past the R9’s on several occasions. The two deal breakers are the fact that I was drastically more accurate with the Burner SuperFast and the fact that the Burner SuperFast is much less expensive. Being a cost efficient golfer, which I will proudly say I am, I would choose the Burner SuperFast. But being a golf enthusiast and wanting the best driver I can find, I would still choose the Burner SuperFast.