The TaylorMade Burner Superfast driver is a worthy successor to the Burner name. The distinctive elongated head looks like Chris Hoy's helmet, but we like it and it helps provide the low deep centre of gravity that gives this club the extra forgiveness it needs. TaylorMade say this club is all about distance and there are several features that help it live up to this claim. The shaft is 1 inch longer than usual and this is really noticeable at address. The club is also lighter at well under 300 grams thanks to a lighter 48 gram shaft.
However there is a downside to all this in that the shot dispersion is likely to be wider than the R9 driver range as the longer shaft will be harder to control. TaylorMade say that is OK as the feedback they got from the market was that amateurs wanted distance over accuracy and were quite happy to play from the semi-rough a bit further down the fairway. To help with this, the Burner Superfast driver also has TaylorMade's largest face they have ever made on a driver and combined with the inverted cone technology, the extra forgiveness does well to keep the ball on the straight and narrow.
We found the performance to be very good with great sound and feel and a nice trajectory. The looks and colour scheme on top of the head divided opinion among our testers, with some liking the modern looks and others put off by the red line on the crown. It was a little longer than the equivalent R9 driver but the longer shaft did mean a little less directional consistency. However if distance is your thing then the TaylorMade Burner Superfast driver is worth trying out.