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The TaylorMade AeroBurner fairway wood is a good choice for players who tend to slice their fairway woods. Forgiving and very easy to hit left.
Few lines of clubs have the lifespan of TaylorMade’s Burner family. Though it’s gone away at times and gone by slightly varied monikers, the heart of the Burner line has always been the same: clubs that are easy for any player to hit a long way. Among the best-loved clubs in the Burner family are the fairway woods – historically they’ve been both long and easy to elevate. With numerous new features, does the TaylorMade AeroBurner fairway wood deserve its place at the table?
The TaylorMade AeroBurner fairway wood has a lot going on at address. Not only is the crown white, but the center of it is raised. The fin-shaped “Aero Hosel” and bumps on the crown create even more to look at. Whether this all adds up to a distraction or simply visual interest is in the eye of the beholder.
Sound & Feel
At impact, the TaylorMade AeroBurner fairway wood produces a loud, slightly metallic crack. As a club geared more towards the game improvement segment, this is pretty much what I expected. This loud impact sound enhances the firm feel. Perhaps because of the canyon-esque slot in the sole, the feedback on mishits is fairly minimal.
TaylorMade’s hashtag for the AeroBurner line is #SwingFaster. If you read the list of features, you get a pretty clear picture that this club is supposed to be all about speed: the raised center of the crown reduces drag and even the hosel is aerodynamic.
For me, however, this club was less about speed and more about left, as in the left side of the golf course. The face is noticeably closed at address, and the stock shaft is soft in the tip section. This combination led me to hit a lot of shots that started left and went even further left. Because most of my shots were hit with a closed face, the launch tended to be low as did the spin.
Ultimately, I think the TaylorMade AeroBurner fairway wood could be a good choice for the high handicap player who struggles with slicing their fairway woods. For them, the anti-right features of this club will produce straight shots with stronger trajectory. For better players, I would advise looking into the TP model of this club or checking out another fairway wood altogether.
For me, the TaylorMade AeroBurner fairway wood was not a good fit, but I do credit TaylorMade with creating more distinction between their two lines this year, the AeroBurner and the R15. The AeroBurner line is clearly geared towards higher handicap players looking for more distance and help with their slice.