I know it is a bit late in the season to be testing new products like the 18 degree TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 Hybrid, but as fortune would have it I was blessed by the golf gods with two 70 degree days in mid November. Thus, I am happy to bring you my first impressions; as well as performance and comparison test between the club I intend to replace, a knock-off 19 degree 5 Wood. You can find the video at the end of this post.
On the left you see the 5 Wood, followed by the TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 Hybrid, and lastly, the 22 degree TaylorMade Raylor.
My very first impression was the offset. Initially it was very off-putting, primarily because I do not own any offset clubs, so my mind envisioned an instant “pull” on every shot. After getting past that I noticed it has a fairly flat sole, so unlike the Raylor it may not preform as well out of the tall grass. Off the fairway or an otherwise decent lie, I imagined it would be a beast!
At the course:
After warming up and getting my feel back (I had not played in 4 weeks) I unsheathed the White Beauty from my bag and filmed from the first shot. Overall, the biggest issue I had with the club was its length. Being a standard length hybrid, it is a good 2 inches shorter than my 5 Wood (also seen in the video). I found that I was hitting every shot off the toe. Even with that, however, I was still getting good distances and virtually no horizontal movement while the ball was in flight (that’s a fancy way to describe “strait”). Finally, after a bit I took a bit of my own advise and “Practiced like a Pro” where I went through a proper pre-shot routine and I began to hit the ball more toward the sweet spot.
Back at home:
As I was editing the video I thought about my day with this new 18 degree TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 Hybrid and I cannot find many negative things to say. The offset made no difference to me and I literally forgot about it as I was hitting away. The flat sole (it does have a little curvature) preformed very well from a tight lie. My main issue, again, was realizing the shorter length and adjusting myself accordingly. Really the main problem was “user error”, but isn’t that most always the case?!
Enjoy the video!