Selling points: Aimed at players looking for maximum distance, the new AeroBurner irons feature TaylorMade’s Speed Pocket technology. The cutout along the sole helps to increase flex low on the face for higher launch angles while maintaining ball speeds on shots struck away from the sweet spot. In addition, an “inverted cone” behind the thin face is positioned toward the toe. This makes the toe area relatively stiff compared to the heel, which creates more consistent flex across the face and more of a draw-bias design. Thick weight pads in the heel and toe boost stability and forgiveness. The heads have a dark, matte finish to reduce glare, long blade lengths, thick toplines and a fair amount of offset.
Our Take: TaylorMade engineers are masters at crafting max-distance irons, and we expect the AeroBurner to be one of the longer models on the market.
Fine print: Available in an eight-piece set with choice of REAX 88 High Launch steel shafts or AeroBurner REAX 60 graphite shafts in stiff, regular, senior or ladies flex.
Bottom line: $699, steel, $799, graphite
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