ClubTest 2015: TaylorMade AeroBurner Driver

TaylorMade AeroBruner Driver
Michael Chini

TaylorMade AeroBurner Driver

 

Category: Game-Improvement Drivers
Price: $299
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.

PROS

 

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.

CONS

 

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

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own TaylorMade AeroBurner

NEXT REVIEW: Titleist 915D2

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

NEXT REVIEW: Titleist 915D2

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