At first glance the TaylorMade Burner Irons 09 are undoubtedly one of the best looking irons that TaylorMade have produced. They really are well designed and are finished off with some lovely graphics.
Graphite and steel shaft options are both available for players to try. The set we tested were equipped with the Burner Super Fast 85 steel shafts in stiff flex.
Looking at the set as a whole, the longer irons are definitely a bit chunkier than the shorter irons. With the idea being to make the longer irons not too dissimilar to hybrids so that they will hopefully be very easy to hit, from all sorts of lies.
Along with that these Burner irons are also designed to give golfers an impressively high ball speed off the club face, which is a feature of many recent irons made by TaylorMade.
The clubs do set up very well at address, and in fact look very similar to the TaylorMade Burner XD irons, when positioned behind the ball.
As far as being easy to hit is concerned, the Burner Irons 09 pretty much do the job. All through the whole set, most golfers of reasonable ability should have no trouble in getting the golf ball airborne. Even if they're not overly fond of the chunkier look of the longer irons.
Distance wise these clubs performed very similarly to the Burner XD irons. Which is to say they are long, very long. When struck well, the golf ball really does fly off the face as TaylorMade intended. Resulting in shots that consistently carry a very long way, despite a rather high trajectory that is often produced.
So like in the case of the Burner XD irons, it may take a lot of players a bit of time to adjust, and get used to the extra distance that the Burner 09 irons will give you. A bit of practice time on the range would be needed for each player to find their own distance levels.
As long as the conditions you're playing in aren't too windy, these irons will be very accurate. The high ball flight means that high winds can affect some approach shots with these irons more than others, but this is something that players can learn to take into account.
However if you're playing with these clubs on a day that's relatively calm, then you should find them to be very forgiving and a joy to play with. Very few shots go astray with these irons, even on miss-hits the ball generally holds its line very well once airborne.
And combining that with the higher trajectory that you get with these TaylorMade Burner Irons, even the longer ones. Most approach shots do come down with a soft landing.
These clubs would be a good club to try for any golfer who often struggles to hold greens a lot of the time when playing approach shots.
A slight draw back of the great forgiveness is that it's quite difficult to manipulate the flight of the golf ball and shape your shots with the TaylorMade Burner irons 09. However this isn't really what they were made for, or what players will be buying them for.
Despite being aimed mostly at mid handicappers, we would say that these irons would likely be suitable to try for almost any level of golfer. The TaylorMade Burner Irons 09 really are one of the companies best to date.
With regards to the price, the steel shaft versions as of 2012 retail for around £250 or $400, while the graphite shaft Burner irons are usually priced at around £290 or $464.
|Easy To Hit||9/10|
|Value For Money||7/10|