Taylormade has history in the Mini driver department.
The introduction of the SLDR Mini Driver, a club created to be accurate off the tee and longer than a traditional fairway wood, was such a great success that the AeroBurner has been given the same treatment.
The AeroBurner has been chosen for a Mini version because TaylorMade want to bring the benefits of their lightweight distance driver to this increasingly popular new club type.
Designed with speed in mind, the AeroBurner driver features a shallow face, raised centre crown and a hosel fin, all features that make the club more aerodynamic and therefore faster through the air for more distance.
This extra club head speed is translated to ball speed through the AeroBurner's distinctive Speed Pocket, allowing the club to flex, increasing the sweet spot and reducing spin.
The AeroBurner Mini driver features the same matte white finish, black PVD face and linear AeroBurner crown graphic that combine to make alignment easy.
As both Tour and amateur players continue to use their 3-Woods from the tee more than from the fairway, bringing a larger hittable face area in relation to the decreased overall size to the more playable Mini is a natural step says Brian Bazzel, Senior Director Metalwood Product Creation at TaylorMade:
The SLDR Mini Driver captivated the golfing public by delivering better 3 wood performance from the tee. The AeroBurner Mini Driver brings more speed and forgiveness to this popular new club type.
TaylorMade AeroBurner Mini Driver
So how does the mini stack up against the standard AeroBurner driver?
The obvious place to start is with the size of the head, with the Mini's 253cc being over 200cc less than the 460cc of the regular AeroBurner driver, whilst still being appreciably larger than the AeroBurner fairway's 165cc.
Crucially, the Mini shaft is over 2 inches shorter as well, at 43.5 inches versus 45.75 inches, and it is this difference that TaylorMade attribute to golfers' ability to be so much more accurate with this new style of driver, lending itself to players who choose to hit their 3-wood from the tee to hit the fairways. With the AeroBurner Mini they will not have to sacrifice as much distance by making that choice.
The Mini also has a heavier 60g shaft, coming with the TM Matrix Speed RUL-Z 60 as standard, compared to the 50g shaft found in the regular AeroBurner driver.
TaylorMade AeroBurner Mini TP Driver
The AeroBurner Mini driver is also available in a TP version and although this means the usual change in shaft and grip options, with the TP boasting a Matrix Ozik White Tie 70X4 shaft and Lamkin UTx grip, the differences do not end there.
The TP offering has been designed with a longer hosel, a flatter lie angle, 55° as opposed to 57°, and a more open face angle, all designed to appeal to the better player.