TaylorMade AeroBurner Driver
Category: Game-Improvement Drivers
WE TESTED: 9.5°, 10.5°, 12°, 14.5° with Matrix Speed Rul-Z shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Weighing less than 300 grams, the AeroBurner is one of the lightest drivers in its class.
DISTANCE: Provides serious hang time, ideal for guys who struggle to get the ball airborne.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Its best attribute—the AeroBurner turns slices into fades and hooks into draws; fistfuls of forgiveness, recovers solid yardage on off-center hits; consistent results let testers take a confident cut at it.
FEEL: Super lightweight but stable overall; the hard, hot feel at impact makes it a fun club to hit.
PLAYABILITY: For most guys, the highest trajectory of the drivers tested; some panelists might maneuver it a touch, but mostly shots stay pretty straight; what you see is what you get, since there’s no hosel adjustability.
LOOK: For many testers, the clean, white clubhead is a welcome back-to-basics for TaylorMade; the raised portion of the crown makes it easy to align; color scheme is slimming, giving it a more compact setup.
Too light for some, which can make it hard to control; a few panelists are bothered by the lack of adjustability; shots spin more than a handful of guys prefer; a group of testers find it trades a bit of distance for height.
BOTTOM LINE: Best for light swingers who need an altitude adjustment. The AeroBurner is a consistent, high-launching driver with forgiveness to spare at a pretty reasonable price.
HOT STIX'S TAKE: A high-launching, bonded (nonadjustable) driver geared to players seeking more distance through a lighter overall weight.Launch - High; Spin - High
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MORE INFO ON THE TAYLORMADE AEROBURNER DRIVER
From Golf.com, November 13, 2014
The AeroBurner boasts subtle yet significant aerodynamic upgrades to help you generate faster clubhead speeds off the tee. During the swing, airflow attaches to a fin-like piece along the hosel [see photo, right], while the rounded toe design and curvature of the crown (from topline to peak height) also reduce overall drag. Besides that, the club's overall weight is sub-300 grams.
Testing conducted by TaylorMade shows that players swing the AeroBurner 1 mph faster than the JetSpeed and SLDR drivers. In addition, the updated "speed pocket" extends the length of the sole, which increases face flexibility on shots struck low on the face and in the heel or toe, and expands the club's sweetspot by 10 percent compared to the JetSpeed driver.
It's worth noting that the 460cc AeroBurner has a fixed (glued) hosel. According to company officials, an adjustable loft sleeve in the sole would've negatively affected the speed pocket's performance. Lofts: 9.5°, 10.5°, 12° or HL (17°). Available January 9, 2015. -- Rob Sauerhaft
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