With holiday presents to be bought and wish lists to be filled this is the time of the year to ask Old Saint Nick to upgrade your clubs. The big new thing this year – white-topped clubs, such as the TaylorMade R11 driver and its running partner the TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0.
Able to test out both the R11 and Burner Superfast 2.0 recently, the first thing that struck me was the white top. It is a little unnerving the first time you line up. The talk on the range claimed the white was implemented because of its soothing, tranquil effect. However, I like to back up $400 design specs with facts. Officially, the white has been deemed suitable because it aids golfers in lining up properly – the idea being you can easily see the sharp “contrast between the white crown and the black clubface” making the direction of the face more obvious and thus alignment should be better visualized. The white also prevents glare and reflection that can distract the golfer.
Aerodynamically designed to increase clubhead speed, the Burner SuperFast 2.0’s tapering head with a ridged ventral surface has an interesting appearance. The club is designed to cut down on drag and promote more smooth flow of wind over the top. The first noticeable difference between the Burner and the R11 – besides price – is weight. The Burner boasts “Ultra-Thin Wall Technology,” allowing for a 0.6 mm thick clubhead wall. Explained as an enhancement in engineering to “strategically position the center of gravity,” the lack of weight, however, is personally distracting. The barely-there clubhead does not give much feedback in terms of feel during the swing.
The R11 might just be the most adjustable driver in the golfing industry. The first customizable aspect is the loft via the featured “Flight Control Technology;” capable of adjusting launch angle. Secondly, the “Adjustable Sole Plate Technology” changes the face angle – closed, open, square – by two degrees without affecting loft. Finally, the “Movable Weight Technology” – two different weights located either at the toe or heel of the club – can be used to promote a drawing or neutral flight path.
A stark difference between the clubs when testing them out was the inherent need to make swing adjustments and tweak alignment for a desirable drive with the Burner, whereas the R11 facilitated a normal, natural swing with effortlessly ideal results.
The Burner SuperFast 2.0 is a meticulously designed club; however, based on personal experience the R11 is the obvious winner. With so many adjustable aspects this club can easily be made to fit your swing and can significantly improve your game off the tee.