TaylorMade AeroBurner driver review

What do we make of the new TaylorMade driver 'made for speed'?

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Thu, 9 Apr 2015
TaylorMade AeroBurner driver review

WATCH: Drivers Test 2015

READ: Drivers Test 2015

Name: TaylorMade AeroBurner
RRP: £269
Loft options: 9.5, 10.5, 12 and 14 degrees
Adjustability: None
45.75" Stock shaft: Matrix Speed RUL Z 50

Key features

  • TaylorMade's largest ever "Speed Pocket" (a groove in the sole) allows the lower portion of the face to flex more effectively at impact while also stretching the sweet spot lower on the face for added forgiveness
  • A raised centre crown keeps airflow attached longer, while a new "Aero" hosel has been added to the heel, reducing drag during the downswing to improve clubhead speed

Looks: The rounder toe and raised centre crown, aiding the aerodynamics, is visually appealing. While the "Aero" hosel represents a new addition, it is barely noticeable when standing over the ball. TaylorMade has gone back to white with its new range of metalwoods and the fresh finish mixed against a black face and neat crown graphic works nicely. The sole is also one of the most visually appealing - it screams speed. Tester's comment: "The raised centre crown and logo aids superb alignment."

Feel: Although feel is more of a personal preference, both testers considered the AeroBurner driver to be too light in the standard Matrix Speed RUL Z 50 shaft offering. The added length in the shaft also meant taking a step back. In terms of sound, there is a solid crack noise at impact. Tester's comment: "There is a grip and rip feel about this one."

Performance: Superb distance but not a great deal of accuracy. The AeroBurner proved one of the longest drivers in the test, with the majority of drives travelling five yards further than each tester's average. There was certainly an increase in clubhead speed, as expected from the aerodynamic head and lightweight shaft, but that meant losing an element of control. Offline dispersion for both testers sat in the middle of the pack. Tester's comment: "A driver packed with attitude."

Verdict: SILVER

Packed full of power, the AeroBurner driver is well worth a look if you are not fussed about tinkering with your driver. With no adjustability on offer, we recommend you choose your loft spec wisely as there is no going back. The clubhead-shaft combination felt a little too light and that cost us some control. This is potentially a superb driver if you can get yourself custom fitted into a better shaft. 

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