TaylorMade is expanding its AeroBurner family, introducing a new set of irons, two golf balls and additional woods under the line which aims to invoke the idea of more speed for players.
The new irons, which hit stores March 18, are built to help players hit the ball higher and longer. TaylorMade built these irons with a new iteration of their sole-slot technology, which first debuted in irons in the 2012 RocketBladez set. The slot is almost broken in two in the AeroBurner irons. There's the classic slot -- as they call it, the Speed Pocket -- that sits near the leading edge, but missing are the face-mounted slots on the RSi line of irons. Those slots are designed to flex to improve mishits on the edges of the club face. In this oversize iron, those slots were deemed unnecessary.
The irons feature your typical TaylorMade technologies, as well, including the inverted-cone design behind the club face to offer additional forgiveness, especially to prevent shots from drifting right. (There's a slight offset as well to help with that.)
The AeroBurner irons will cost $700 in a steel set. Tack on $100 more for graphite shafts.
The new wood in the AeroBurner family is the evolution of one of best surprise of the SLDR line. The AeroBurner Mini driver evolves the company's concept of an oversized fairway wood -- akin to the X2 Hot from Callaway -- or a smaller-head driver. The idea is that these clubs have more loft than a typical driver, usually 12 degrees, and a shorter shaft to accompany the smaller head (253 cc in the new AeroBurner Mini) to give a player more control with a driver-type club off the tee without having to sacrifice too much distance. The club could also be handy for a better player angling to get a little extra pop in the bat from fairway lies to reach par 5s in two.
The Speed Pocket slot is larger on the AeroBurner Mini, while the face is shllower and the head is also slightly larger than the SLDR Mini. Like its AeroBurner cousins, the Mini features a hosel fin and crown ridge for more speed. The club debuts March 22 for $280. A TP (Tour Preferred) model will run $349.
TaylorMade would love for you to pair either of these new offerings with one of two AeroBurner golf balls the company is introducing, intended for the average to below-average player.
The AeroBurner Soft is a two-piece ball with a softer core and an ionomer cover, designed for to offer higher ball flight and a softer landing for players who hit the ball too low and without enough spin to get much check. The AeroBurner Pro is a three-piece ball with a small layer underneath the thin cover to offer better feel than the Soft line. Both balls (the Soft is $20 per dozen, Pro at $27 per dozen) are now available.