TaylorMade Burner 2.0 Irons
From Golf Magazine (April 2011)
Category: Game-Improvement Irons
We tested: 3-PW with SuperFast graphite shaft; 3-PW with TaylorMade Ultralite steel shaft
Key Technologies: The set is designed to create optimal distance gapping (12 yards) between clubs. Weighting is higher in short irons for more workability and gets progressively lower and more rearward in long irons for forgiveness. The sole design (raised in center, recessed in heel and toe) reduces drag and should increase playability.
OUR TESTERS SAY: Relatively easy to hit and hit high; great stopping power on short and mid-irons; one of the more forgiving clubs tested.
PLAYABILITY: Short irons can be manipulated to hit shots high or low; rounded soles are nimble enough to pick balls off tight lies, soft fairways or sand.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Several testers believe shots hardly waver in flight (little sidespin) and go where you aim.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Well-struck shots produce expected, repeatable distances; shorter hitters receive a boost from lighter shafts and lively face.
FEEL: Center hits provide a soft, compressed, almost weightless feel.
LOOK: Thick topline says easy to hit; single white groove on bottom of clubface aids alignment while red and white diagrams on grip assist, too.
Lightweight graphite shafts feel too light and flexible for some testers; many testers experience little workability left or right throughout set.
From Sports Illustrated Golf+ (February 7, 2011)
The irons were engineered to deliver legendary Burner distance and more playability, and refinements to the Burner 2.0 vibration-management system improve sound and feel.
From Golf Magazine (December 2010)
The current Burner iron is widely known as a big-hitting iron, due in part to stronger lofts and longer shafts (particularly in long irons) than other models. Now comes Burner 2.0 to take its place.
These new sticks incorporate several subtle performance enhancements into the same spec package (lofts and shaft length) as the original. For instance, the set has a distinct size progression—long irons have the largest heads, thickest toplines and widest soles; more compact short irons have the narrowest toplines and sole widths. Thinner clubfaces (up to 5 percent) than in Burner irons deliver faster ball speed—and higher flight—for added distance. Recessed areas along the heel and toe are intended to reduce turf drag for crisper contact.
Look for Burner 2.0 to gain its own loyal following based on overall distance output, reliable directional control and improved feel.
From The Shop blog (September 10, 2010)
CARLSBAD, Calif. — For more than a year, TaylorMade's Burner irons have been among the best selling irons in the game. The combination of distance and ease of use made them especially popular with mid- and higher-handicap players.
Tinkering with that success was not without risk, but Brett Wahl, TaylorMade's senior director of product development for irons, says that the new Burner 2.0 irons are simply better than their predecessors — for several reasons.
"In a way, we took the concept of developing eight individual clubs a little more seriously this time," Wahl says. "Each of these clubheads have more beneficial features built into them than the previous Burner irons."
For example, the faces of the Burner 2.0 long-irons are thinner than the faces of the original Burner long-irons, which should help golfers create more ball speed and distance. The weight saved by making the faces thinner has been redistributed to the lower section of the clubs, near the heel and toe areas, which Wahl says should make them more forgiving too.
At the same time, the faces of the short irons are thicker than the original Burner's, and the heads are smaller and feature thinner top lines. Doing this puts a greater emphasis on accuracy and control at address, but also puts more weight directly behind the ball to enhance feel.
The multi-material badge on the back of the Burner 2.0 is also an upgrade over the original Burner's. "It has a softer material integrated with the aluminum which gives it better dampening, in terms of managing vibration," Wahl says. "And in the long-irons, there is a stiff nylon layer of material that you can't see that really helps to improve the sound."
Wahl says that the sound-enhancing layer was not used in the mid- and short-irons, and the badge used is thinner because their heads have thicker faces. They naturally create a more-pleasing sound.
ICP In addition to the badge, on the back of all the Burner 2.0 irons you'll see a circular piece of metal that is part of TaylorMade's Inverted Cone Technology (ICT). But once again, it's been upgraded.
"The ICT has been re-shaped and re-positioned slightly in the long-irons in order to ensure the clubs deliver faster ball speeds, but also have consistency on mis-hits," Wahl says.
The soles of the short irons, like the 9-iron, are also thinner than the long irons because golfers swing a 9-iron more vertically into the ball. In contrast, most players sweep the ball using a flatter swing when hitting a 4-iron, so a wide sole is beneficial.
Each of the eight iron shafts flexes in a slightly different area, or kick point. The long irons have a lower kick point to help players get shots higher; the short irons have a higher kick point to encourage a slightly lower trajectory; and the mid-irons' kick point is in between.
$699, steel; $899, graphite