Taylormade Aeroburner Irons Review – Still Good And Forgiving For High Handicappers?
“The Taylormade Aeroburner irons were released in 2014 and were an immediate hit with high handicap players.”
At a glance, the Taylormade Aeroburners look like traditional game improvement irons. Pretty standard overall. There aren’t a lot of bells and whistles – just a confidence-inspiring look at address.
But it takes more than looks to win over today’s high handicap players. After all, the game improvement market in 2023 is practically inundated with GI irons. So why should players look to irons that are nearly ten years-old? The answer may surprise you.
Are Taylormade Aeroburner Irons Still Good?
“The Taylormade Aeroburner irons feature a clean cavity back design, a thick top line and a long blade.”
When you look at these irons behind the ball, you will know who they were made for. The Taylormade Aeroburner irons look chunky without looking ugly. Their proportions are extremely forgiving and they were clearly designed with beginners and high handicappers in mind.
In fact, they kind of remind me of the Callaway Big Bertha irons from a few years ago. At any rate, the Taylormade Aeroburner irons feature the classic Speed Pocket which is a channel bored into the sole just under the sweet spot. This cavity increases face flexion especially on low-face shots.
The Taylormade Aeroburner irons also feature progressive offset. There is tons of offset in the long irons and it doesn’t close up too much in the short irons. I was really surprised when I was testing these irons because I wasn’t expecting them to fly very high.
Based on their loft profile, I was expecting a low, penetrating trajectory. But the low CG and the thick soles help get the ball in the air. The strong lofts also keep the apex height in check so I never ballooned the ball in my testing.
After just 2 swings with the 7-iron, I was able to smash the ball for 182 yards. To be quite honest, I’m not sure why they stopped making the Taylormade Aeroburner irons. They do exactly what they were made to do: they play very long. But are they forgiving?
Are the Taylormade Aeroburner Irons Forgiving for High Handicappers?
“During my testing, I hit only one shot that landed wide right of the target.”
Other than that, I was easily hitting high draws. The dispersion wasn’t as tight as I was hoping but I had no trouble hitting face-center with these irons. To me, the pronounced offset of these irons is a bit off-putting. But these irons weren’t made for players like me. For high handicappers, the wide offset will be a welcome sight and more importantly, it will help them square up at impact.
I felt like I had an eternity to turn the club over when testing the Taylormade Aeroburner irons. So much time in fact that it sort of affected my swing. Again though, this is a subjective problem.
And I was really surprised at how well my swing speed was getting along with these irons. The Taylormade Aeroburner irons should play long if you have a slow swing speed but maybe that has more to do with the 60g graphite shaft that these irons come stock with.
At any rate, the Taylormade Aeroburner irons are excellent for high handicappers who are focusing primarily on distance.
Taylormade Aeroburner Vs Taylormade Stealth HD Irons
“The Taylormade Stealth HD’s are basically hybrid irons.”
They have much thicker soles than the Taylormade Aeroburners and wider top lines. They launch higher than the Taylormade Aeroburners and have inherent draw bias. If forgiveness is of chief importance to you, then check out the Taylormade Stealth HD irons. But if you want to maximize your distance, I would stick with the Taylormade Aeroburner irons.