So I got to play a couple of mid-November golf rounds recently, which in Canada is a serious bonus.  The weather was gorgeous (nearly 70*) and the conditions were perfect so I decided it was time to give my brand new Taylormade Burner 2.0 irons their first on course testing.  I was absolutely itching to play and looking at these beauties in the basement is torture so I played two rounds in the span of three days and I thought I would share my thoughts on how the clubs performed for me.

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I played at Tarandowah in Southern Ontario and I while I have played it before I must say it is an absolutely beautiful course – a hidden gem.  It is links style golf with a real rustic appeal, you almost feel like you are teeing it up for the final round of the British Open.  It plays over 7,000 yards from the tips though I decided to play from one tee block inward as it was my first round with the irons and well, my game really hasn’t been sharp.

Look at address:

For a game improvement iron they did not appear “clunky” or huge by any stretch and there wasn’t anything jetting out where it shouldn’t have been (in a distractive sense) so that was the first positive.  They have a beautiful finish and they definitely inspire confidence when about to “unleash the fury”.  They get more streamlined as you go up in loft and the 8-iron through to my attack wedge looked amazing.

The guy I was playing with noticed these were the “new Burners” and was pretty impressed I was already hitting with them.   I almost felt obligated to let him try one out – almost.

Grips:

The grips were ok but they were a bit slick at times even wearing a golf glove.  A lot has been made about the grips by some reviewers and while they weren’t the greatest, they weren’t the worst.  I will give strong consideration to having them re-gripped however, if that tells you anything.

Feel:

The Burners have a nice feel at impact, much better than I had anticipated when I had first tested them.  I hit all sorts of shots on the course, with a tee, from tight fairway lies to being buried in the fescue.  The feel was almost always superb and definitely not an issue or negative factor with the Burners.

Performance:

Considering this was my first couple of rounds with a brand new set of irons I’d say they were a great success.  I was hitting a lot of quality iron shots and the clubs really responded well.  On miss-hits I was still blown away by the lack of punishment on distance and accuracy and when I really hit one flush they were long gone, these sticks are long.

I use a long iron a lot off the tee and now I wish I actually had the 3-iron as well because I was absolutely crushing the 4-iron off the tee.  I played with a couple older gentlemen who were hitting around 240-260 with their drivers and I was not much behind them with my 4-iron.  One of them commented if he could hit a 3-iron like that he wouldn’t use a driver either, when I told him it was actually a 4-iron he got pretty quiet!

My distance control as expected was awful and I did not get dialled in at all and that will be my next challenge to really utilize these amazing clubs.  I was a club, club and a half longer with every iron.  The lofts are strong of course but these are easy to hit and do exactly what they claim – which is going a mile.  I might even look into getting a 2 or 3-iron if one is available in my area and just say goodbye to the driver forever.

I hit a nice 5-iron approach from about 205 yards and put it to the back edge of the green.  With my Mizuno MX25s that would have taken a massive 4-iron so again they are about a club stronger (strong lofts do play a role) overall.  It does something for your confidence when standing over a ball knowing you are taking a full club less and might not even have to hit it flush to get the required distance.

I also felt I was pretty accurate with the shorter irons but again I really was almost shooting blind in terms of distance and feel given this was my first couple of rounds.  But this was my biggest struggle in terms of distance, control and accuracy.  However that is nothing some good old fashioned range sessions can’t help.

Overall:

Considering the substantial distance control issues and overall foreign feel of my new Burner 2.0 irons I would have expected to shoot a lot worse but I was right around my recent scoring average.  My general opinion is that these clubs helped my game based on how I was swinging and will continue to maximize the level of talent I have once I really get dialled in and my swing is where it needs to be.

If you are in the market and you are considering testing out a few irons I would highly recommend adding these to your list.

Check out my review of the brand new Nike Pro VR Combo irons!

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Comments
  1. […] Taylormade Burner 2.0 Irons Review – Part II […]

  2. Nathan Artz says:

    This review rally helped, I am a 16 year old with a junior set of walter hagens still and am hoping to soon get these. I know for sure these are the clubs i want but ive been looking through reviews to make sure. What puzzles me is that at the beginning i think i saw “these were the worst clubs i ever tried”. i’m not sure if you said that or if that was someone else. Nevertheless thanks and hopefully these clubs will help me break 80 this high school year.

    p.s.

  3. Nathan Artz says:

    This review rally helped, I am a 16 year old with a junior set of walter hagens still and am hoping to soon get these. I know for sure these are the clubs i want but ive been looking through reviews to make sure. What puzzles me is that at the beginning i think i saw “these were the worst clubs i ever tried”. i’m not sure if you said that or if that was someone else. Nevertheless thanks and hopefully these clubs will help me break 80 this high school year.

    p.s. think ishould quit baseball to devote my life to golf, i really love it, but id be viewed as a kid who only plays a sport that doesnt take much effort, i know us golfers don’t believe that but my whole school does

  4. Left handed says:

    Thanks for the great review buddy – I’ve played a round with the burner 2.0 irons and I mus say they rock. I’m left handed and I can hit the 6 iron 200 yards. I use to hit it around 175. I very excited to play golf again.

  5. John says:

    Why would a skilled player like you tdotsport pick a game improvement club when you can control a nice wedge shaped cast club? I’m a rank beginner with a 105 + game and I am looking at something up the scale of performance. I don’t have issues with the good feel and long distance, I noticed that too when I tried them out. Perhaps thats all you need to look at?

  6. tom says:

    Thanks for the review. I’m considering these irons, too. I’ve hit the 7-iron in simulator bays and it feels great and clearly distances other irons in its class. But I’ve also read one review that complained that the black finish deteriorated terribly after only a few outings. Have you had that problem? Anyway, thanks, and have a great season.

  7. […] did I make the switch?  I loved the Burner 2.0s and still recommend them to anyone looking for added distance, forgiveness and overall technology built into a top iron but in the end they weren’t for my bag […]

  8. Peter Macdonald says:

    Good review. Nice blog. Did you not consider getting properly custom fit for your new irons, and do you think it would have made a difference?

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