TaylorMade Tour Burner Driver Review

If you are the type of golfer who is looking to get tour-caliber distance and ball launch conditions, then look no further than the TaylorMade Tour Burner driver. “Tour pros hit the ball long because their launch conditions are comprised of fast ball speed with a high launch angle and low spin-rate,” said Sean Toulon, TaylorMade’s executive vice president of innovation and product creation. “The Tour Burner driver is engineered to help the average golfer generate tour-caliber launch conditions in order to promote tour-caliber distance.”

Over the pass three weeks I’ve been testing the TaylorMade Tour Burner driver and the results have been nothing short of spectacular.

Look and Feel

The first thing you’ll notice about the Tour Burner is the large size of the sole of the club which is larger than the crown. This is part of the new Dual Crown technology, which is crucial to the driver’s performance. A clearly delineated groove encircles the extra large clubhead, separating the crown and the sole, giving the club a unique look. An advantage of having a smaller crown is the reduction in weight, making the Tour Burner 18% lighter than the crown of Taylor Made’s Burner Driver. Also crucial is the Ultra-Thin Wall casting technology, which allows the clubhead walls to measure as little as .55 millimeters thick. The two weight saving technologies create an exceptionally low Center of Gravity (CG) which results in a higher launch angle and reduced backspin. This is something you’ll immediately notice when you hold the Tour Burner, it’s simply amazing how light such a big club feels in your hands and how you get that optimal mid-high launch angle of your drives. I normally play a Callaway BigBertha 460 Driver and compared to the Tour Burner, it feels heavy and I don’t get as consistent results with the flight trajectory of my drives.

The exceptionally high MOI of the Tour Burner driver head makes it extremely stable and forgiving on off-center hits. During my tests at both the driving range and on the golf course my off-center hits still went straight and long, thanks to the high MOI. That benefit, combined with the advantage provided by TaylorMade’s patented Inverted Cone Technology (ICT), result in even higher ball speed on off-center hits. Inverted Cone Technology is characterized by a shallow cone milled directly onto the inner side of the clubface and changes the way the face behaves at impact so that a larger area of the face delivers higher ball speed. Higher ball speeds leads to the tour-caliber distance we all desire.

The Tour Burner also features TaylorMade’s SuperFast technology, embodied by the combination of a Fujikura SuperFast 60-gram shaft that combines low torque with a stiff .350″ tip, an extra-light Golf Pride Tour Velvet grip and a club-length of 45.5″. As mentioned before the club feels so light in your hand and looks svelte. Together these premium components promote faster swing speed for increased distance.

When I got my Tour Burner driver, I went directly to the driving range to see how well the driver performed vs. my BigBertha. My initial reaction after hitting my first ball was: “WOW!”. I could not believe my eyes when I saw how far and straight my drives went. I normally can only hit my BigBertha 460 driver about 200 yards on a good day, but with the Tour Burner driver I was able to launch the ball consistently 225-230 yards.  I was blown away at those results.  Another thing I noticed, was that the flight path of my shots was consistent every time, flying the perfect trajectory, even on off-center hits. This was in part to the high MOI and Inverted Cone Technology which promote stability and higher ball speeds off the square face of the club. The low center of gravity causes the ball to launch at a higher angle and reduces the amount of backspin on the ball. The result is increased carry and distance.

On the Golf course, the results were identical. I found myself very confident that I would be able to drive the ball well every time I stepped into the tee box.. The Tour Burner’s large sole serves a second valuable purpose by creating an expansive address footprint that promotes increased confidence, and the advanced clubhead geometry that delivers the kind of great impact sound and feel for which TaylorMade drivers are famous. I always heard that TaylorMade produced excellent golf clubs, especially their drivers, and the Tour Burner Driver has made me a believer. I now welcome the opportunity to tee up the ball and blast away with TaylorMade Tour Burner driver whenever I get a chance. The TaylorMade Tour Burner will now become my driver of choice and will be replacing my BigBertha. So if your in the market for a tour-caliber distance driver that lives up to the hype of the #1 driver in golf, pickup a TaylorMade Tour Burner Driver.

Club Specs
Loft:     10.5°
Head Properties
Head Size: 450cc Titanium
Lie Angle: 60°

Club Properties
Club Length: 45.5″
Club Swing Weight: D5

Shaft Properties: RE*AX® SuperFast 60 by Fujikura
Flex: Regular
Shaft Torque: 3.2°
Tip Size: .350″
Butt Diameter: .600″
Shaft Weight:     60g
Grip: Golf Pride TV Lite 60
Grip Weight: 44 g

Author: Rob Hayashida

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