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Not sure how many golf fans are out there but I happen to be a huge fan of the game and have played since I was six years old thanks to my grandparents.  I played consistenly until I was 15 years old, even played a few junior tournament circuits but my parents moved us from my local course (beautiful course) and we didn’t join another club in our new town so I left the game for about 8-10 years (only playing 1-2 times a summer max). 

Well, I have returned to the game I love recently and have found that old passion as I realized how much I missed it.  I have my handicap around 12-13 and am hopeful to really start working on my game (time  permitting) next golf season with a full golf season to work with.  The swing still feels solid but I find myself fighting it more than I used to with the limited amount of practise/time over the past ten years so it might take a while, patience is going to be needed needless to say!

From time to time I thought I would do a piece or two on the game of golf whether it is a PGA Tour article, a player profile or like today’s piece a review on golf equipment.  Hope there are some fellow golf fans out there who might enjoy the occassional golf content, it’s a great game and with Tiger Woods struggling on the PGA tour trying to find his groove and swing there are some excellent young (and old) golfers coming to the forefront of the sport.

Some of the rising stars include Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Hunter Mahan, Rickie Fowler , Paul Casey, Justin Rose and Matt Kuchar.  While the veterans who are still more than capable of winnings like Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald to name a few.  In short, this is actually an exciting new time in the history of golf and I think we have all learned it is foolish to count out Tiger Woods who is still lurking and working hard on his game (oh, and still ranked number one in the world, for now).

Sooo, I tested the Taylormade Burner 2.0 Irons today and well, these clubs are by far the worst club I have ever tried, in my life.  Actually, I just finished cleaning them in my basement as I took the plunge and purchased them today after a nice demo session, I even had a nice lengthy range session afterwards.

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To my quick review.

Looks: These bad boys are stunning, one of the better overall looking irons in the shop amongst the newer sets (store I went to has thousands and thousands clubs). They have a sleek yet stealthy look and the minute I saw they had a set in stock, I knew I was in trouble (well, my wallot anyway). They only had one set left which came with the stock shafts (stiff) and I was extra pumped as that was the exact shaft I wanted anyway. When you see them in person, you want to try them.

I went with the idea of test driving the MP58, Srixon Z-TX and maybe the Ping i15 however I bypassed the other’s and just asked for a Burner 2.0 4 and 7 iron and hit the range. The top line wasn’t as big as I thought and as other’s have commented the half gray topline really is slimming to the eye, kudos. The sole is pretty large, one of the bigger I saw at the store at first glance, but really who cares as at address you don’t notice or worry about the sole of the club. The look at address with the 4-iron was very similiar to the MX25 I had been gaming in terms of the cavity showing on the back of the club face, but not noticeably more protruding and didn’t distract shot making.

Feel: I was honestly expecting the feel to be meh or so-so given I play forged Mizuno’s (MX25) and had an older set of PowerBuilt blade-ish type irons prior to that (which I still love) but the feel of these was way above my expectations. A nice feel at impact, not buttery soft with the 4 iron but not clicky or harsh either. With the 7 iron the feel is just butter for a GI iron, they feel great.

Once I bought them and took the entire set to the range I was absolutely in heaven with the 6-AW as they all felt smooth and accurate. This set was sold to me 4-Attack Wedge so no 3-iron, which was actually a bonus in my mind as hitting a 3-iron can be tough no matter how Taylormade is promoting it.  The 4-iron can still be tricky but not ridiculous like some other newer sets.

No issues with the grips, I didn’t notice much of a difference between these and the golf pride grips on the MP25s, but a change could be possible if I have any problems going forward.

Distance/Ball-striking/Performance: The 4-iron has been a strength of my game for years and this is one of the more important factors for judging a new set of irons (for me at least) and after the range session the 4-iron was a solid club most of the time. I have been fighting my swing for a couple of weeks and with the weather in my area recently I am definitely not overly sharp but on good hits the 4-iron took off like a shot with a nice high penetrating ball flight with not much ballooning to speak of.

The conditions at the range were awful, it was very windy (though the temperature was pretty decent – nearly 70 degrees) and the grass I used wasn’t ideal for making solid golf shots. However, the Burners didn’t seem to mind and they cut through the surface nicely to give me fairly solid contact even on some questionable swings. As I stated before from about the 6-iron on down to the AW I was so impressed, even surprised at the accuracy and performance, very impressed.

Hard to tell how far these were going as the markings were terrible and likely not that accurate in terms of yardage and the wind was directly in my face but contact felt solid most of the time even on a few heel/toe shots, again very forgiving. I hope to get the 4-iron mastered early next season as that has always been the best club in my bag and old reliable for me.

I play a natural draw and 4-iron to 8-iron I was playing a fairly controlled draw while the 9-AW were pretty straight – and accurate.  These were very forgiving but even better provided enough feedback to know if you missed the sweet spot and when I did miss slightly I wasn’t punished much at all.  I hit a few and instantly knew I had toed/heeled the shot and that was a huge surprise to me, forgiving plus feedback is just the best of both worlds.

Overall: Way to early to tell and I am hoping the coming cooler weather holds for tomorrow to see if I can get a quick 18 holes in with these beauties otherwise it is going to be a LONGGGG winter indoors before I can actually put these stealth bombers into action.

Early impression is favourable but I will check back in again after some real practise/course time so I can get a better idea of what I am working with.  These irons are supposed to be extremely long and a lot of testers have struggled adjusting to the new yardage (lofts are 1-2* stronger on my clubs FYI) but have enjoyed hitting them, I really want to get dialed in as quickly as possible and see if these can help improve my game.

PART II – A follow-up review after multiple range sessions and on course testing.

See my review on the new Nike Pro VR Combo irons!

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