TaylorMade AeroBurner Pro ball review

A ball for the bombers that doesn't cost a bomb

Andy Roberts's picture
Wed, 29 Apr 2015
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The words on the box might be deep, but TaylorMade is telling the truth when it comes to the new AeroBurner Pro ball. You will very likely "crush it, control it and score with it".

While we would not exactly say this new three-piece ball "explodes" and "travels flat-out far" as much as the press release informs us, we certainly received added distance gains and an accurate ball flight off the tee.  

The speed behind the AeroBurner Pro comes from a high-energy "React" core that stores and releases energy, while the hang time is attributed to a 342 high-lift, low-drag dimple pattern.

Despite the addition of a middle layer known as a "spin mantle" and the company's proprietary "Iothane" cover, greenside spin control both out the rough and sand was solid without being spectacular. 

It did not have that marshmallow-like texture of a Tour-category ball like the new TaylorMade Tour Preferred, but it still felt fairly soft and the sound was less "clicky" than the TaylorMade RBZ Urethane of several years ago. 

As a visual aid when putting, the straight "AeroBurner Pro" wording on the side works particularly well, as too the double numbering. 

Verdict

While we certainly prefer the all-round performance of TaylorMade's Tour Preferred ball, the AeroBurner Pro is a great option for players with higher ball speeds who want to lash it out there.

The AeroBurner Pro proved long, accurate and straight for the majority of our testing out on the course and with a GC2 launch monitor, while the sound represents a dramatic improvement for an out-and-out distance ball. 

Spin rates around the green were not exactly astounding but it still felt soft enough to get excited about, particularly for a ball retailing at £25 (some £20 cheaper than the more premium TaylorMade ball).

Website: www.taylormadegolf.co.uk

 

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