CATEGORY: Max Game Improvement Irons
PRICE: $400, steel; $500, graphite
WE TESTED: 4–PW with Reax 88 HL steel shafts
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A "Speed Pocket" cut into the sole creates higher launch and more speed on low-impact shots.
PLAYABILITY: The wide sole cuts through the turf with ease, and helps on heavy contact; pitching wedge is quite helpful in the scoring area; expect a high, powerful ball flight.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Your ticket to straight shots; laser-accurate on solid strikes; they do a decent job of covering up directional misses; generates enough distance on off-center hits to get you within a few yards of your target.
DISTANCE CONTROL: One of the longer models in the category; predictable carry distances throughout the set; short irons are easy to lock in on the pin.
FEEL: Pure strikes have that "crushed it" feel; enough head weight to remain stable through the swing; consistent and pleasant enough on slight misses.
LOOK: Thick topline and full sole are apparent at address, which gives testers the confidence that they'll strike it solidly; frames the ball nicely; enough offset without drawing attention away from the task at hand.
Doesn't salvage misses to the right as much as some guys would like; a few testers experience dim feedback with these irons; not the most forgiving sticks in the group.
BOTTOM LINE: With the TaylorMade AeroBurner, you get serious pop in a good-looking package. Higher-handicappers will also enjoy the booming ball flight.