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2015 is all about “nostalgia” for TaylorMade as they bring back not only the R-series but the Burner name as well. Though our testing showed that the R15 is not destined to be a classic, the AeroBurner lives up to the Burner legacy of being easy to hit and long.
Like the R15, the TaylorMade AeroBurner sports a white crown. Yuck. Moving on…
As you’d expect from a Burner, this driver has a fairly big footprint, and it’s a little longer from front to back. You’ll also notice the “raised center crown,” which, along with the “hosel fin” are supposed to create a more aerodynamic shape.
Sound & Feel
The AeroBurner, though not the lightest club on the market, is noticeably light from the moment you pick it up. It combines a 50 gram Matrix shaft with a sub-200 gram head – another way to try to boost speed and distance.
At impact, the sound is similar to the R15 but slightly louder. The feel is hot and explosive which makes it really fun to hit. What you will notice if you use some impact tape is that the best-feeling shots – the ones that hit the sweet spot – are pretty far into the heel.
Last year, whether on Tour or at your local course, golfers found that the JetSpeed outperformed TaylorMade’s flagship driver, the SLDR. I think 2015 is going to see the same thing with the R15 and the AeroBurner. The reason? Forgiveness. The R15 does not have it, but the AeroBurner does.
Shots all over the face feel good and perform well. Of course, hitting the sweet spot is still the way to get maximum distance, but even bad mishits retain good ball speed and distance.
One thing that puzzles me about the AeroBurner is the lack of adjustability. With the exception of last year’s mid-season SLDR S driver, I can’t recall a recent TaylorMade driver with a glued hosel. Even at the lower $299 price, I think golfer’s deserve and benefit from adjustability.
The last thing that needs to be mentioned about the AeroBurner is that it is as draw-biased as any driver I’ve tested recently. The center of gravity is really deep in the heel, so if you tend to hit the toe, most of your shots are going to feel like mishits. Also, if you tend to hit the toe, expect to see tons of curve to the left. If you’re a player who doesn’t want or need this draw bias, you’ll need to opt for the heavier, more expensive TP model.
I mentioned TaylorMade nostalgia sarcastically in the opening, but, after testing it, I do think that the TaylorMade AeroBurner driver is the best kind of throwback. This driver is going to end up in many golf bags because it’s simply fun to hit. Better players will probably want to opt for the TP model, but most weekend golfers will be well served by the draw bias of this club.