A year-and-a-half after introducing the Burner irons, TaylorMade Golf has unveiled the Burner 2.0, designed to combine distance with feel and playability.
“We’ve succeeded at creating a better-performing iron with the Burner 2.0, which is just as long, easier to play and more refined in its feel and sound,” said Bret Wahl, senior director of research and development for irons, wedges and putters.
“Every Burner 2.0 iron is better than its predecessor and, when compared against the longest, best-selling iron we’ve ever made, that says something truly significant,” added Wahl.
At first glance, the main difference is the Burner 2.0’s two-toned Burner Black PVD finish that’s in place for durability and glare resistance.
Multiple properties in the Burner 2.0s have been enhanced to promote distance, more uniform distance gaps, playability, feel and sound. Weight distribution varies in every clubheard to improve long, middle and short iron ball flight.
In the long irons, weight has been shifted toward the back of the head, to promote easy launch, and toward the toe and heel, to promote greater stability and forgiveness.
In the middle irons, weight is distributed more evenly and slightly higher to promote workability, while still providing forgiveness.
Individual Burner 2.0 irons boast a different face thickness with the thinnest and fastest faces in the long irons. The face in each successive iron grows thicker down through the middle and short irons.
Toplines in the Burner 2.0 irons are substantial and strong in the long irons and grow progressively thinner down through the middle and short irons.
The multi-functional sole, introduced in the original Burner iron, has been improved by recessing the heel and toe and beveling the rear, all to reduce drag and make it easier to make clean, solid contact.
On the rear side of the clubface, TaylorMade’s patented Inverted Cone Technology has been reconfigured, sized and positioned strategically in each individual iron to promote faster ball speed on off-centre hits for more consistent distance shot to shot.
Burner 2.0 long-irons combine a thin clubface for higher COR (1.8 mm in the four iron, for example) with higher MOI. Relief at the rear of the sole allows the sole to play narrower to promote more distance in long-irons, while making them significantly easier to hit and more playable.
“Golfers who play the current Burner iron will notice a difference in the sound and feel, which is significantly softer and more satisfying in the Burner 2.0,” said Brian Bazzel, TaylorMade’s manager of iron development..
“We put in a lot of effort to refine and improve the vibration management system in the cavity in order to reach our target for sound and feel,” he added.
Burner 2.0 irons are equipped with a new, flight-control shaft design in 85-gram steel or 65-gram graphite. The Women’s Burner 2.0s are equipped with a graphite RE*AX SuperFast 55-gram shaft.