The TaylorMade Burner Rescue 08 clubs are a range of Hybrids designed to be very easy to launch high and carry far, for both slower and faster swing speeds alike.
The range includes 5 clubs, a number 2 Hybrid at 17 degrees of loft, a number 3 at 19 degrees, a number 4 at 22 degrees, a number 5 at 25 degrees, and a number 6 at 28 degrees.
Most retailers do supply a TaylorMade Burner Rescue 08 club with the option of a steel or graphite shaft, with both being generally around the same price.
The stock graphite shaft is the RE*AX SF 60g shaft, available in regular and stiff flex. With the steel shaft being the RE*AX SF 85g, also available in regular and stiff flex.
The model we tested was the Burner 08 number 3 Rescue, fitted with the stock Graphite shaft in stiff flex.
These Hybrid clubs have the modern triangular head shape, now a feature on many of the newer TaylorMade Woods and Drivers. Which is designed with the intention of making it easier for the golfer to launch the ball high and get good power.
The heads on the Burner 08 Rescue clubs do seem to be a bit on the large side, but that doesn't really put you off at address as the clubs still set up well, it just looks like a small wood really. The number 3 Burner 08 Rescue tested was also pretty light in weight compared to a lot of other Hybrid clubs.
As with most modern hybrid clubs, the Taylor Made Burner 08 was very easy to hit, it does honestly at times feel like you could be hitting a 6 or 7 iron.
And even with the number 3 hybrid tested, the flight of the golf ball wasn't too far away from being similar to what you would get in a mid iron as well.
Whether a shot is hit well or poorly, the club really does almost always launch the golf ball high and bring it down softly. Which is perfect for long approach shots or safe tee shots to tight, firm fairways.
Being easy to launch is actually the case from a variety of lies, even from the rough, as long it's not too thick. The Taylor Made Burner 08 Rescue should still catch the ball well and get it away in the majority of golfers hands.
In terms of distance, the Burner 08 Rescue from both tee and fairway was good without being fantastic. Generally this was due to the higher ball flight, and the fact that there's very rarely much roll on tee shots.
Forgiveness was probably the most impressive aspect of the TaylorMade Burner Rescue 08. The club was very, very forgiving, probably one of the safest and most reliable Hybrid clubs we've seen.
This would be a lovely club to try for a higher handicapper or someone new to the game of golf. The combination of being easy to hit and forgiving will really make playing golf more enjoyable, and easier.
So if you're someone looking for the length of a long iron, but need the extra forgiveness, then the TaylorMade Burner Rescue 08 is definitely worth a look.
As of 2011, a brand new Burner 08 Rescue retails at around £99 or $158, so the value for money isn't too bad either.
Looks: 7/10         Easy To Hit: 9/10       Forgiveness: 10/10
Distance: 7/10     Workability: 6/10       Value For Money: 8/10