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Golfers typically expect a lot from their drivers but the main two things every player wants when teeing off is distance and accuracy. This makes perfect sense. It also makes sense that it is these two main factors TaylorMade focused on when designing and developing the Aeroburner Driver. Speak to most people who are using the latest Aeroburner and they will tell you that TaylorMade achieved this goal admirably, with a few other great touches as well. In this TaylorMade Aeroburner Driver review we’ll take a look at what exactly makes the club so great. Let’s start from the beginning.
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A Long History
The Burner name has been in TaylorMade’s arsenal since the early 80s when they were making waves with their new metal drivers. They were great then and TaylorMade drivers had already become one of the most popular choices on the pro circuit, an accomplishment that still rings true to this day. The Burner has come and gone over the years and each time it returns it gets bigger, better, faster, and more accurate.
The latest incarnation, the Aeroburner is the fastest and most aerodynamic driver they have produced and they have also kept it ultra-light. This will appeal to the vast majority of golfers from beginners to the more regular golfer playing off a low handicap.
The top guys, particularly those with a really fast swing, might find the Aeroburner a bit light for their needs and could either opt for the TP version and select a heavier shaft or go for the magnificent TaylorMade R15. The Aeroburner is a game improver that will help most golfers achieve greater ball speed and therefore more distance while offering them plenty of forgiveness.
In aiming to make a faster driver, TaylorMade went back to combining the three most important elements in their design - great aerodynamics, lightweight, and a slightly longer shaft.
This is not the first time they have used the speed pocket but it is larger, deeper, and better than ever and produces noticeably faster ball speeds and help forgiveness tremendously by allowing your off-center hits to still travel a respectable distance.
The new and improved speed pocket covers the length of the sole for greater face flexibility on off-center hits. The speed pocket increases the COR across the entire face keeping it just within legal limits under the current golf rules. The sweet spot is 10 percent larger than the earlier JetSpeed. Although the Aeroburner does not have an adjustable hosel, you have a choice of four loft configurations: 9.5°, 10.5°, 12°, and 15° (HL – High Loft).
In keeping the weight down, the Aeroburner uses a white 50-gram Matrix Speed RUL-Z shaft. Length is 45.75 inches, a quarter-inch longer than the R15. Most players found the shaft to have a good degree of stiffness without being too whippy, something that is common to many lighter shafts. This is great for the majority of players but as previously mentioned, if you have a fast swing speed, you might find it too light for your needs. Shafts are available as Regular, Senior, Stiff, X-Stiff, and TM Speed.
The first thing TaylorMade used to improve the aerodynamics that lends itself to the name of the driver is the Aero Hosel, a small fin on the back of the hosel where it meets the head. The hosel fin reduces drag by improving air flow around the hosel. TaylorMade maintains that the raised crown also assists in lowering drag.
Remember, they use highly sophisticated equipment and technology to design, test, and fine tune these seemingly minor additions but there is little doubt that, in combination with other features, they improve the speed and performance of the driver.
Secondly, they went for a textured crown and a rounder toe, combined with a center section that is raised and smooth to allow the head to cut through the air with minimum resistance.
The Aeroburner can not be accused of being conservative in appearance like some of its predecessors. It is bright and vibrant while still retaining a sense of dignity and professionalism. They have managed to balance the bold graphics very well so it will appeal to most players without offending too many of the more conservative golfers.
The matte-white raised crown might take a bit of getting used to but I think it looks great in combination with the black face. The practical Aeroburner crown alignment aid shows up perfectly on the white crown. If the white is really not your scene, it is available in a more traditional black still with the alignment aid.
The Aeroburner has a pleasant, powerful sound. TaylorMade has always had a great, distinctive sound at impact and this has only improved with the larger heads and thinner crowns.
The 460cc head and large sweet spot provide good forgiveness and the enhanced speed pocket also helps in this regard. The lack of adjustability on the Aeroburner means you can not dial it in to compensate for any swing quirks you might have so those will have to be worked on the old fashioned way.
TaylorMade achieved their goal of creating a faster driver and the combination of the sub-300 gram weight and great aerodynamics means that the average golfer will be able to swing this driver faster for a good, fast launch, good spin, and great distance.
Quite simply, the Aeroburner has a fixed hosel offering no adjustability. This was done to keep the weight down so it is a bit of a compromise. While many might feel they need the advantage of these modern adjustable loft sleeves, so few golfers actually use them and even fewer use them correctly.
I am not against them, for some golfers they are a big advantage but for most golfers in the market this driver is aimed at, they are better off with a fast, lighter driver and one less thing to worry about.
What the Reviews Had to Say
There are many reviews on this driver and the feedback from those who have purchased and used the Aeroburner was overwhelmingly positive. Although some wanted more adjustability, most people were enthusiastic in their praise for the driver's speed, distance, and forgiveness. You can never please everyone with aesthetics but on the whole, people like the look of the Aeroburner.
Unless you are one of the fortunate super fast swingers, or you absolutely insist on being able to fiddle with hosels and weights, the Aeroburner is an absolute winner. The design, engineering and weight are perfectly set up to give you consistent high launches, great forgiveness, and remarkable distance off the tee. Another major plus is that it will not break the bank.