Tuesday, March 29, 2011
We Tried It: Taylormade Burner Superfast 2.0 & Burner 2.0 Irons
First Impression: Like the driver and 3-wood I tested, the Burner SuperFast 2.0 Rescue features a nonglare white crown and black face. It’s longer in length than a normal hybrid, albeit by only a half inch or so. Also like the 3-wood and drivers, its head is triangular in shape, but less so than its two bigger siblings. (With a volume of only 115cc, there’s not a lot of room to make it too geometric.) Maybe that’s why I really liked the looks of it at address—nothing too different, just a solid-looking clubhead.
Performance: The Rescue is incredibly forgiving, something I normally wouldn’t expect from such a lightweight utility club. It’s a bold choice to make a hybrid this light, but it works. That said, if you’re a better player, you might generate more spin, but then again, these are TaylorMade’s game-improvement clubs, so better players might be better off hitting TM’s Rescue 11 TP.
Specs: 18°, RE*AX 60-gram stiff shaft, $160
First Impression: Sleek, black finish, handsome design….wait a minute. Is this my 5-iron? When I first addressed the ball with the Burner 2.0 6-iron, it felt so long, I could swear it was my 5-iron. Then I compared it to my current 5-iron. It measured the exact same length.
TaylorMade has claimed that the introduction of these Burner irons marked the biggest technological breakthrough in the category since the PING Eye 2s were introduced in 1982. These clubs are long, lightweight (the steel shaft weighs 90 grams) and feature oversized, stronger-lofted clubheads that claim to make contact much more forgiving. Consider that the 6-iron loft is 27°, which is 1-3° stronger than a typical 6-iron.
Performance: After I adjusted to the extra length, these clubs really flew, especially the mid- to long irons. And that’s exactly what TaylorMade wants. The big question for potential buyers is how much extra distance do you want with your irons?
Specs: The longer irons have bigger, more forgiving heads, while the shorter clubs have a more compact head. The face thickness varies with each club. Look for stronger lofts and more offset on longer irons. $700
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