TaylorMade Burner SuperLaunch Irons

From Golf Magazine (April 2011)
Category: Max Game-Improvement Irons
We tested: 4-PW with Burner Reax SuperFast 60 graphite shaft; 4-PW with Burner Reax SuperFast 85 steel shaft

Key Technologies: The low-profile design helps moderate speed swingers launch the ball in the air more easily, while the wide, beveled sole prevents digging. Plentiful offset is aimed at keeping slices at bay by promoting right-to-left spin.

OUR TESTERS SAY: Respectable performer in all categories without shining in one specific area.

PROS
PLAYABILITY: The wide sole makes solid contact easy from a variety of conditions; most testers see a consistent high ball fight.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Maintains straight flight on off-center hits; some testers say slice spin is minimized.
DISTANCE CONTROL: A bit longer than average on solid hits; reliable short irons on approach shots.
FEEL: Well-balanced, substantial head is stable throughout the swing; powerful impact sensation.
LOOK: Low-profile head; no distracting cosmetics.

CONS
Not as much feedback as some like; big, thick topline and large degree of offset has its detractors.

From the Shop Blog (February 2010)
The Burner irons released in 2009have proven to be extremely popular, but TaylorMade admits that slower-swinging players and golfers who naturally produce a lower ball flight don't get the full benefit of the clubs.

With the release of the new Burner SuperLaunch irons on April 1, TaylorMade hopes to address that shortcoming.

According to a release, the Burner SuperLaunch offers the highest moment of inertia (MOI) of any iron the company has ever produced, which means it will resist twisting on off-center hits and be more forgiving than just about any irons in TaylorMade's lineup.

Like last season's Burner irons, three sub-groups make up a single set of Burner SuperLaunch irons.

The long irons have an extremely wide sole that helps them work through the turf effectively and lowers the center of gravity; thin faces to create more ball speed; and a lower profile to make them easier to hit. In contrast, the short irons have a thinner sole, slightly thicker faces and higher, more-traditional profiles. The mid-irons bridge the other two designs.

Unlike better-player irons, the Burner SuperLaunch has a thick topline, which is reassuring and helps high-handicappers and slow swingers hit straight shots more easily.

Have you tried this club? Tell us what you think here.

$599, steel; $799, graphite
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