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TaylorMade extends AeroBurner line with Mini Driver

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TaylorMade’s AeroBurner Mini Driver exists in the space between the company’s drivers and fairway woods, and that’s the beauty of it.

Buzz around the Mini Driver category reached new heights after the 2015 Honda Classic, where it earned its first PGA Tour win. Padraig Harrington used TaylorMade’s original Mini Driver — a 12-degree SLDR S — as a driver alternative in route to his first PGA Tour victory since 2008.

[quote_box_center]”It’s too soon to tell, but it could be a category that becomes as popular as our rescue clubs,” said TaylorMade’s Senior Director of Product Creation Brian Bazzel. “Demand [for the SLDR S Mini Driver] was greater than we expected.” [/quote_box_center]

The new Mini Driver has a marginally smaller head size — 253 cubic centimeters, which is 9 cubic centimeters less than the original. That makes it substantially bigger than a fairway wood, for more forgiveness from the tee, but small enough that golfers can hit it off the ground if necessary.

The biggest changes to the club, however, revolve not around its size, but its sole and its shape.

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At address: TaylorMade’s AeroBurner Mini Driver (left) and AeroBurner Driver.

Like the AeroBurner metal woods, the AeroBurner Mini Driver uses the company’s latest Speed Pocket, a deep slot that extends across the entirety of its sole. According to Bazzel, the Speed Pocket increases the AeroBurner’s sweet spot, allowing it to launch the ball with slightly more ball speed and a little less spin (about 100-to-200 rpm) than the SLDR Mini Driver.

The sole of the club is also flatter, a change that will make the Mini Driver easier to use from the fairway and light rough, and it borrows the more aerodynamic shape of the AeroBurner metal woods. Its crown has a raised center that gently slopes from the front of the club to the back, and a “fin” on its hosel are both said to improve aerodynamics.

Related: Click here to learn about TaylorMade’s AeroBurner irons. 

Golfers comparing the AeroBurner Mini Driver to the SLDR S Mini Driver will notice that the AeroBurner shape at address is more symmetrical, whereas the SLDR S was more elongated in its back toe section.

As for the results? Our internal testing has seen some golfers hit the Mini Driver just as far and much straighter than their regular driver, but there are a lot of different variables at play. They include:

  • The Mini Driver’s 43.5-inch length, which is roughly 2-inches shorter than a driver.
  • Its smaller head size, which is easier for many golfers to square at impact.
  • The increased loft, relative to a driver, which helps many golfers launch the ball higher and with less spin — one of the keys to more distance.

The bottom line is this: If you find yourself using your lowest-lofted fairway wood primarily from the tee, why wouldn’t you want its head to be bigger, and thus more forgiving?

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At address: TaylorMade’s AeroBurner Mini Driver and AeroBurner Mini Driver TP (right).

The AeroBurner Mini Driver ($279) is available in lofts of 12, 14 and 16 degrees (RH only) and comes stock with Matrix’s Speed RUL-Z 60 shaft.

A TP version ($349), which has a flatter lie angle and more open face angle for more fade bias, is also available in lofts of 12 and 14 degrees (both RH only). It comes stock with a Matrix White Tie MSS 70X4 shaft.

They’ll be in stores March 27.

Click here to see what GolfWRX Members are saying about the AeroBurner Mini Drivers in our forum. 

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  1. RG

    Mar 12, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    I have an old school Callaway Big bertha 11 degree club. It was considered a ladies driver. I put a neww shaft in it and let me tell u off the deck or of the tee I’ll put it against any of these new “mini drivers.” It is hot and very accurate. This is not a new concept and there are clubs out there that are better and 1/3 the cost.

  2. james

    Mar 11, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    cant wait to get one of these! oh wait I cant as I’m a leftie

  3. Justin

    Mar 11, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    It’s really frustrating that it seems for this year, TaylorMade feels that there are no lefties who want TP clubs. As a lefty whose miss is a draw, I need the square to open face of a TP model.

  4. Leon

    Mar 11, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Cut your driver shaft to 43 inches, your driver will be much more forgiving than the mini ones. It will hit the ball much longer too, not only because of the lower loft of the driver, but also due to the higher COR from the Titanium face than the steel face.

    Plus, it will not cost you a stupid $300, but rather a reasonable $20 for a new grip and some lead tapes to bring the swing weight back to your comfort zone.

  5. GW

    Mar 11, 2015 at 11:45 am

    My favorite “mini driver” of all time is the original R7 line. I don’t see a point in buying a brand new driver that is smaller just so I can fill a gap between a driver and a 3 wood. Now, if I hit it as far as my current driver, or close to it, and kept it in the fairway more often then I might be interested in that.

  6. gwillis7

    Mar 11, 2015 at 11:31 am

    I always struggle from the tee….use a jetspeed and it has given me my best results (I only slice 3 out of 10 times from the tee now lol). But I will give this a try, if I can keep most my shots straight and only lose 15 yards or so I would jump on board. Not a TM guy, I am a Ping fan by far, but don’t mind their product cycle and I think a lot of their stuff looks good (not all, but a lot).

    • gwillis7

      Mar 11, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      Ok I just saw on TM website that they are gonna make aeroburner irons….The loft of the 4 iron is 19 degrees…19!!
      The PW is 43 and the AW is 49….

      I don’t care about them coming out with new stuff every 6 months, I don’t have to buy it. But I don’t like the fact that lofts have gotten absolutely crazy….4 iron that is 19 degrees, that’s just stupid

  7. Chad

    Mar 11, 2015 at 10:49 am

    I bet this thing is stupid long.

  8. Cally

    Mar 11, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Stop this product cycle comments….if you don’t like it don’t buy it, easy as that.

    • marty

      Mar 11, 2015 at 11:03 am

      Those are guys who are cheap and can’t afford new clubs.

  9. Josh

    Mar 11, 2015 at 10:07 am

    That didn’t take long.

    Looks like the market cycle is getting even faster.

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GolfWRX Classifieds (01/22/21): MEVO+, Limited edition staff bag, brand new Srixon Z945’s

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member TheButteryCut – Brand New Srixon Z945 Irons

It’s Friday and we’re bringing heat!
This is a brand new never used set of Srixon Z945 irons. The likelihood of finding a set in this condition and at this price is rare.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Srixon Z945

Member RN4Lgolfer – FLightScope Mevo+

Skip the line and buy now. There is still al long waiting list to get your hands on one of these units and thanks to the WRX Classifieds, you can skip wait time and have this at your door asap.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Mevo +

Member – Kev-Golfnut61 – Callaway US Open Staff bag

Just in time for inauguration day – there is no better way to celebrate the US than with a limited edition US Open staff bag from Callaway. I should also mention it comes with matching covers!

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: US Open Staff Bag

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds

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Phil Mickelson WITB 2021 (January)

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Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (8 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X (@47.5 inches)

2-wood: TaylorMade “Original One” Mini Driver
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X

4-wood: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: KBS TD 80 C5 TX

Irons: Callaway Epic Forged (4), Callaway Apex MB ‘21 (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour V 125 S+

Wedges: Callaway PM Grind ’19 “Raw” (54-10, 60-12, 64-10)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125 S+

Putter: Odyssey Milled Blade “Phil Mickelson”
Grip: SuperStroke Pistol GT Tour

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X w/Triple Track

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Wilson introduces 2021 D9 driver, fairway woods and hybrid

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Wilson Sporting Goods has officially launched the new D9 driver along with their line of D9 fairway woods and hybrids for the 2021 season.

2021 Wilson D9 Driver

 

Wilson’s new D9 driver features a new peak kinetic response club face (PKR). By dividing the face into a series of fractural zones and fine-tuning every millimeter of the surface, Wilson has engineered a new club face designed to deliver explosive distance and performance.

Per Wilson, the PKR Face is the most technologically advanced face  ever from the company, and the design has already been tested on the PGA Tour in 2020 by Gary Woodland and Brendan Steele.

Speaking on the new D9 driver, Jon Pergande, Global Innovation Manager at Wilson Golf said

“Utilizing our proprietary software, alongside Wilson Labs and our Wilson Advisory Staff members, the D9 driver is our best driver offering yet.”

The 2021 Wilson D9 driver contains a three-layer composite crown which neutralizes vibration and reduces weight, in design to ensure a lower center of gravity for improved ball flight.

Players can also choose between a standard 10-gram or super lightweight 3-gram weight configuration to fine-tune moment of inertia (MOI) and forgiveness.

Specs, Availability & Pricing

Loft options: 9.0, 10.5 o and 13.0 degrees

Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue shaft available in A (50 Series – 53 grams), R (50 Series – 54 grams) and S (60 Series – 67 grams).

Grip: Lamkin Crossline Genesis

Availability: January 26, 2021

Price: $349.99

2021 Wilson D9 Fairway Woods and Hybrid

For the first time, the new Wilson D9 fairway woods and hybrid feature new variable face technology designed to deliver high ball speeds and higher launch angles regardless of where on the face the ball makes contact.

Both clubs feature a premium maraging steel insert to provide a thin, hot face to give players more speed, more feel and more distance performance.

The D9 fairway woods are available in three loft options – 15 degrees (3-wood); 18 degrees (5-wood); and 21 degrees (7-wood) – with the Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue shaft and Lamkin Crossline Genesis grip. Shaft weight options include A (50 Series – 53 grams), R (50 Series – 54 grams) and S (60 Series – 67 grams).

The D9 hybrids are available in six loft options (17, 19, 22, 25, 28 and 31 degrees) with the Mitsubishi Tensei AV Silver shaft and Lamkin Crossline Genesis grip. Shaft weight options include A (55 Series – 61 grams), R (60 Series – 64 grams) and S (70 Series – 77 grams).

Availability & Pricing

Availability: January 26, 2021

Price: Fairway Wood: $219.99, Hybrid: $199.99

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