My first impressions on picking up and swinging TaylorMade’s Burner XD Irons were just how light these clubs were. Even with a somewhat large-looking clubhead – which TaylorMade suggest is an ultra-large clubhead – the lightweight feel inspired much confidence at set-up and also promoted a faster swing speed.
With forgiveness high on TaylorMade’s priority list, the backside of the clubface features TaylorMade’s Inverted Cone Technology (ICT). ICT expands the part of the clubface that delivers high-ball speed. Between that and the large and stable clubhead, I found these irons incredibly easy to hit.
In fact, if I could draw any sort of criticism, I would have to say that at times the ball striking was just too true. Launching the ball high on a long, strong flight was never too much of a problem with the SuperFast Graphite Shafts.
Available in 3-9 irons with PW, AW, SW and LW, a left-handed option is available (except LW). The graphite shaft option retails at £749.00, with the steel option at £649.00.
If forgiveness is what you are looking for, then the TaylorMade Burner XD Irons could be for you. Off the deck, the light pick-up allowed me to hit through the ball, while the added feel around the greens only added to the package. Just don’t nudge them too hard; I found that at times I was hitting one club too many!
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