If you ask TaylorMade's engineers what the name 'Burner' means to them and they will tell you it is all about one thing. Speed.
The AeroBurner fairway wood certainly delivers on that front being TaylorMade's fastest fairway yet and as the name suggests, a lot of that can be put down to aerodynamics.
If you want to generate fast ball speed you need to ensure the club moves through the air as quickly as possible and just a glance at the 165cc head of the AeroBurner is enough to see the design elements that make the club look fast.
Brian Bazzel, Senior Director of Product Creation at TaylorMade, explained the design concept:
From a design perspective we spent as much time on the design as we would in engineering. We wanted this product to look like it was moving even when it was standing still. We wanted that a product, when you set it down, that looked fast.
The AeroBurner is the most aerodynamic club head that TaylorMade have ever made and to get there required rigorous development. They tested over 125 heads in more than 400 aerodynamic runs in the wind tunnel to observe factors such as how air flow over the crown changes and the impact of the hosel on drag.
The AeroBurner fairway has a shallow face and the crown of the club has a distinctive raised centre that serves to keep airflow attached longer, which in turn reduces drag.
This is complemented by a new fin that comes out of the back of the hosel to again reduce drag and ensure the club moves through the air as quickly as possible.
Creating speed through the air is the first part of the speed equation. To create a truly fast club this speed needs to be transferred to ballspeed, which is where the AeroBurner's new speed pocket comes in.
The open channel speed pocket has a triple effect of creating more flex from the face, increasing the size of the sweet spot and reducing the spin.
The slot drops the spin in the AeroBurner fairway by 700 rpm compared to previous TaylorMade fairways, which adds distance and leads the engineers to say that the club achieves driver-like launch conditions off the deck.
A comparison of the flex area on the AeroBurner fairway with that of the JetSpeed fairway clearly shows how much flex is created, up to twice that of the JetSpeed, and this in turn translates the ball speed by utilising the extra flex to add energy to the ball.
To achieve this the new cut through slot has been engineered from the strongest material available to allow the flex without compromising the overall structure of the face. The increased speed is aided by an expanded sweetspot across the face meaning a higher Coefficient of Restitution (COR) of 0.81 in the AeroBurner, compared to 0.8 in the JetSpeed, is achieved both in the centre of the club and across the face as a whole.
The AeroBurner fairways come in a striking matte white finish that contrasts with a black PVD face to make alignment easy and comes in a range of options to fit your bag with 3, 3HL, 5, 5HL and 7 wood options at lofts of 15°, 16.5°, 18°, 21° and 23° respectively.
An AeroBurner TP is also available in 3, 3HL and 5 woods and is differentiated by a unique Matrix Ozil White Tie 70X4 shaft offering.