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Here I will be reviewing the TaylorMade AeroBurner driver.
TaylorMade has introduced new improvements and efficiencies over the previous year’s JetSpeed that allow for more forgiveness, more distance, and hopefully a great experience for the golfer.
Read on to find out what you need to know about this quality driver to make an informed purchase.
Note: Unless otherwise stated, stock shafts and stock grips are used when evaluating this club. In most cases, the golf clubs reviewed on Golfstead are acquired temporarily for testing purposes and are not purchased. The review that follows is based on the personal experience and research of the author. Because everyone’s swing and body are different, results with a particular club may differ from person to person.
What are the reviews like?
The AeroBurner game-improvement driver has been received extremely well. It has a 4.9/5 rating on Global Golf, a 4.7/5 rating on the DSG website, and a 4.7/5 (95% recommended) on the official TaylorMade website.
What People Like
- solid strikes produce a consistently straight, high and long ball flight
- sharp aesthetic
- excellent forgiveness
Many really appreciate the light weight (less than 300 grams) of the AeroBurner, but some do not.
What People Don’t Like
- some are disappointed in the lack of adjustability
- some dislike the white crown
Overview & Features
The 460cc AeroBurner driver’s aerodynamic shape — a raised front crown, rounder toe, and a flap near the hosel called a “hosel fin” — is designed to reduce drag during the swing and thus increase clubhead speed.
Open Channel Speed Pocket
The AeroBurner also has “Open Channel Speed Pocket” technology that is designed to reduce spin and effectively increase the size of the sweet spot by increasing ball speeds all across the face.
This is just a variation of Speed Pocket technology that can be found on most modern TaylorMade drivers and woods.
Even more ball speed is realized through the driver’s super-flexible clubface.
As is shown in the table above, the AeroBurner is available in four standard loft configurations: 9.5°, 10.5°, 12° and 15° (HL).
The stock graphite shaft and grip are the Matrix Speed RUL-Z 50 (Regular, Senior, Stiff, X-Stiff) and TM Speed, respectively.
The full specs for the AeroBurner driver are below:
|Loft||Hand||Lie||Volume||Length (Men/Women)||Swing Weight (Men/Women)|
|10.5°||Right/Left||61°||460cc||45.75" https://golfstead.b-cdn.net/ 44.75"||D3 / D0|
|12°||Right/Left||61°||460cc||45.75" https://golfstead.b-cdn.net/ 44.75"||D3 / D0|
|15° (HL)||Right||61°||460cc||45.75" https://golfstead.b-cdn.net/ 44.75"||D3 / D0|
How does this driver perform?
Not only do mishits (even severe ones) retain a respectable ball speed and yardage, but dispersion is relatively tight; any slices that you might otherwise hit are mitigated.
All in all, the forgiveness of the AeroBurner is certainly one of its best attributes.
The aerodynamic shape (reduced drag) combined with the low center of gravity produce relatively straight, higher-trajectory shots that go quite a long way.
Sweet-spot strikes, of course, see the longest results, while mishits still retain a good ball speed.
Chances are very good that you’ll realize a substantial distance gain over your previous driver despite the fact that the spin rate isn’t particularly low.
The center of gravity (CG) is located low and towards the heel of the club; this tends to result in the toe leading the heel at impact and the production of a slight draw or straight shot.
This driver may not be the best choice for you if you’re someone who battles a hook, since neither the loft or shape bias can be adjusted.
What about look, sound and feel?
The original version of the AeroBurner sports a white crown that not everyone will find appealing; fortunately, the driver also comes in black at no extra cost.
The footprint of the 460cc driver is fairly large and elongated.
The crown itself has a smooth, clean look, with a drag-reducing fin and an AeroBurner logo that acts as an alignment aid.
The raised portion of the crown also helps with alignment in addition to increasing the aerodynamic efficiency of the driver.
The Sound & Feel
The light weight of the AeroBurner makes the driver a good choice for those looking for more control in their swing.
Solid hits with the driver feel hot and explosive, and the sound can be characterized as a “clink” — similar in ways to the R15 but louder.
Some people may not particularly like the sound, but I’d say it’s much less important than the actual performance of the driver, which is excellent.
Where should you buy this driver online?
The AeroBurner driver has dropped in price substantially since it first came onto the market.
Through this Global Golf page you can grab the stock that is left for less than $80. If you’re at all interested in the driver, you might want to act fast because there’s no telling when or if it will go out of stock.
You can also find new and used AeroBurner drivers at fantastic prices on eBay.
- sharp aesthetics
- draw bias can take off sidespin to alleviate slices
- good strikes fly long and straight
- forgiveness is superb
- impact feel is very satisfying
- no adjustability
- some don’t appreciate the light weight of the driver
- other drivers have a lower spin rate
- white crown might be unappealing to some
- natural drawers or hookers may have problems with the driver
The TaylorMade AeroBurner driver is most ideal for mid-to-high handicap golfers who have reasonable control of their swing but consistently battle a slice.
Golfers who naturally draw the ball may find themselves hitting a stronger draw or even a hook, and might want to look into other options.
If you have any thoughts or opinions about the AeroBurner driver, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!