TaylorMade BRNR Mini Driver Review

In this TaylorMade BRNR Mini driver review, Neil Tappin puts it through its paces to find out who this 304cc driver is aimed at

TaylorMade BRNR Mini Driver Review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

By shrinking the size of this driver, reducing the length of the shaft and adding loft, TaylorMade is offering something genuinely worth considering for confident ball strikers in search of control.

Reasons to buy
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    Excellent control

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    Aspirational, retro aesthetics

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    Powerful sound and feel

Reasons to avoid
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    Limited appeal among regular golfers

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TaylorMade is billing its new BRNR Mini Driver as ‘a modern interpretation of a classic design’. By shrinking the size of the head (in comparison to the brand’s 460cc Stealth 2 driver), and injecting some retro styling, TaylorMade is hoping to use this model to engage with a specific group of golfers.

As mentioned, the stand-out feature of this driver is the size. At just 304cc, it is noticeably more compact than any of the best golf drivers on the market. There are two moveable weights in the sole of the club that can be switched to dial in the spin profile and overall flight on offer. In addition to that there is also a ‘K Sole’ design which should help with turf interaction for those looking to use this from the deck.

TaylorMade BRNR Mini face view

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We wanted to see what the TaylorMade BRNR Mini driver had to offer so I tested it over two recent rounds and have used my Arccos data to compare the performance with the Titleist TSR2 driver that is currently in my bag. 

The first thing to talk about are the aesthetics. The black and bronze colour scheme works well here and to my eye at least, evoked memories of the TaylorMade Bubble Burner. I tested the 13.5˚ version (there is a lower lofted option too), with the heavier weight at the back of the sole. The loft set-up (as well as the length of the shaft) made this feel like a pumped-up 2-wood. Given that I’d been struggling for control off the tee, I liked this visual and despite the more compact look, I felt more confident standing over the BRNR Mini.

I also loved the retro TaylorMade headcover (scroll through the images above to see for yourself!).

Looking at my Arccos data below, one thing jumped out - how many more fairways I hit. In fact, during the second of the two rounds, I only missed one fairway using the BRNR Mini. This is highly unusual for me! The flight was possibly a fraction higher than I’d usually expect but the difference wasn’t huge and I could have used the loft sleeve or moveable weights to bring down that flight (and potentially add a little more distance).

Arccos data BRNR Mini

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Of course, the trade-off came with the overall distance. The three drives shown above were some of my best hits. With my current 460cc driver (with its 45-inch shaft), I’d expect more distance from my best hit. And likewise, I’d also expect a little more from my mishits.

It is worth saying here that I’d expect some of the draw-backs highlighted here to be mitigated by the effect of the shorter driver shaft (43.5-inches). I’m confident this would help me find the centre of the clubface more often so whilst the sweetspot is more compact, I’d expect my own strike pattern to be tighter. 

TaylorMade BRNR Mini Testing

Neil tests the TaylorMade BRNR Mini driver at Tandridge Golf Club

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By doing something different with the BRNR Mini, TaylorMade is offering certain golfers a choice well worth considering. While the appeal might be narrower than with, for instance the most forgiving drivers on the market, it will be compelling for some. Confident ball strikers and longer hitters who are searching for control off the tee above all else and are happy to look down on something more compact at address, are the target. It has an aspirational aesthetic, feels superb and offers the sort of modern, performance-enhancing tech inside the head you’d expect from TaylorMade.

Throw in the fact that this can be used off the fairway and you have a product, that whilst it won’t suit a vast spectrum of golfers, has worthy space on the market in 2023.

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Neil Tappin

In July 2023, Neil became just the 9th editor in Golf Monthly's 112-year history. Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he has also presented many Golf Monthly videos looking at all areas of the game from Tour player interviews to the rules of golf. 

Throughout his time with the brand he has also covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points. 

Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSR2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons: PING Blueprint S (4&5), PING Blueprint T (6-PW) Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X