TaylorMade Releases new Burner Irons

Once the design team was satisfied that they had created a great
4-iron, they built the 3- and 5-irons with similar qualities.The
mid-irons were created around an easy-to-hit 7-iron. Again, the heads
were made larger, the soles were widened, and the face was made thinner.
When it came to the short-irons, Bret Wahl, TaylorMade’s senior
director of iron development, said, "We kept the clubheads relatively
compact, thinned the clubface—though not as much as in the
middle-irons—and thinned the topline." He also noted that the sole of
the short irons is slightly thinner than the middle-irons and
long-irons, as is the topline.
The irons also have a backing made of  a carbon composite material,
aluminum and a polymer, and the company says it enhances feel and
improves the sound at impact. Taylormade_iron_chart_2 As the chart on the right shows (click on it to get a better look), the
new Burner irons are made for players who want to maximize forgiveness,
typically mid- and high-handicappers. However, more accomplished
golfers who want to add distance and and create a straighter ball
flight might also want to try them. For low-handicap players who put a
premium on shaping shots and maximizing control, the rac MB blades and Tour Preferred irons may still be the best option.
But don’t be surprised to see the new Burner in the bags of PGA Tour
players soon. "This is a golf club that we believe is going to be our
most-played iron on tour," Toulin said recently. "And if things go the
way I think they can go,
I believe this will be the No. 1 played iron on Tour."
Several PGA Tour players have stopped by TaylorMade’s
Carlsbad, Calif., headquarters to try the new Burners, including Kenny
Perry, who reportedly laughed at dinner about hitting a Burner 5-iron about 230 yards.
The new Burners will retail for about $699 with steel shafts, and $899 with graphite shafts.