TaylorMade AeroBurner Driver Review

TaylorMade Aeroburner Driver_0045

50 Words or Less

The TaylorMade AeroBurner driver is really light and easy to hit.  Unlike last year’s JetSpeed, this driver is not adjustable.  Very draw biased.

TaylorMade Aeroburner Driver_0039

Introduction

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.

TaylorMade Aeroburner Driver_0029

Looks

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.

TaylorMade Aeroburner Driver_0046

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.

TMAG AeroBurner LM Data

Performance

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.

TaylorMade Aeroburner Driver_0043

Conclusion

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.

Buy the TaylorMade AeroBurner driver HERE

Matt Saternus
Latest posts by Matt Saternus (see all)

One Comment

  1. Gerry Laymon Jr.

    Matt,
    I purchased the Aeroburner HL version Driver, but can’t find any literature that describes the degrees of loft on this Driver. Every article I’ve researched indicates the lofts as 9.5; 10.5; 12; and HL. Would very much appreciate any information you can provide as to the actual degrees in loft for the HL model.

    Great Work you’re doing—love reading all of your reviews and questions/answers sessions!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *