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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.