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TaylorMade Superfast Driver Review
Just a few days ago I was asked to do a TaylorMade Superfast Driver Review. Reason being is that I picked up several clubs with all the same flex shafts (regular) and loft (10.5) and headed off to two different simulators to determine which driver was right for me. I was looking at both distance and consistency as well as feel of the club. I hit the Ping G15, Callaway Diablo Octane, and TaylorMade Burner Superfast. I actually hit the Taylormade Burner Superfast 1.0, although I don't think they called it the 1.0 at the time. I also tried keeping cost at a minimum by selecting last years drivers. I hit the Ping G15 driver whereas the G20 was also available. What you will find with golf drivers is that most of the time models change from year to year and there are different models available within the same manufacturer. The bottom line in my test is that I didn't want to test a $500 driver against a $100 driver and to make a long story short, the TaylorMade Burner Superfast 1.0 (for me) outhit the others in distance and was more consistent.
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So why continue this article then? Well, let me tell you where I was coming from. I normally play a course between 88-93 and am fairly good at being consistent off the tee. Some 20 years ago I was hitting 250+ yard drives off the tee and when I came to a very short (lets say 300 yard) par 4, if I laid into the ball with a good swing, I had a chance of hitting the green. However over the years I've gone from hitting drives over 250 yards to struggling to get to 200. I'm in good shape, as strong as I was when I was younger, and I could still strike the ball well. So, I couldn't understand this loss of distance. I visited a pro and a couple of simulators and hit the clubs that I spoke of above.
I took my current clubs which were about 20 years old and at the time they were setup to be a Ping knockoff. For that reason only, I was kind of leaning towards getting the Ping driver... that is until I hit the Ping G15. No offense against the club because it may work for plenty of people but I just couldn't get the distance. My drives were going about 200 yards and my clubhead speed was around 83 mph. The Callaway Diablo Octane increased my clubhead speed to about 86 to 88mph as I felt like I was not swinging any quicker but was just having a better swing versus the Ping G15. Then I picked up the TaylorMade Burner Superfast driver. Almost immediately I was swinging at 91mph with some swings hitting 93mph. Overall from start to finish, with my other clubs I was hitting around 193 yards to 200. The Ping G15 was getting me about 200 yards, the Callaway was getting me to about 213 or so and the TaylorMade Burner Superfast driver had me consistently at 220+ and hitting 231 on my final drive. In fact, the pro was really surprised at the difference between what my initial clubs were giving me for distance and what the TaylorMade Burner Superfast driver had me hitting on a consistent basis.
TaylorMade Superfast Driver Review
When all was said and done, I had tried out several different shaft flex's with the help of the pro and found that the regular shaft was best for me. I also was made aware that the TaylorMade Burner Superfast driver had a 46.5 inch length. Now, compare that to my previous driver that was 46 inches and maybe that slight increase in distance helped with the arc of my swing. If you think that you might not be able to handle a driver of that length, let me tell you one thing. I am a 5' 125 lb. male and I'm able to swing the club with no issues whatsoever. In fact, I was so consistent with the club that I purchased the TaylorMade Burner Superfast 1.0 driver. One day I'll hit the stores again and try out the 2.0 but for the time being, I couldn't be happier with both the length and consistency I saw out on the course.
Update 10-20-11: Went to the driving range after playing a couple of rounds and watching an AJ Reveals The Truth About Golf dvd set. As I found out after hitting balls (pushing) to the right, I was more or less doing a check swing with the ball. My way of not hitting the ball to the right was just to have an open stance and I knew where I could place (hit) the ball to put it in the fairway. Well, after figuring out through watching the dvd's that I was hitting a check swing rather than properly turning my hands over, I found myself at the range. Needless to say, after hitting a bunch of drives with the TaylorMade Superfast Driver, and figuring out how to hit a duck hook (rather than pushing the ball), I finally started to hit the ball with some oomph. Same driving range and the now the ball is forcefully hitting the fence (sometimes hitting the fence without bouncing) where I was lucky if it rolled up to the fence only 3 weeks ago. Easily added 20+ yards to the drive so I'm now back hitting 250+ yard drives.