The 2008 TaylorMade Burner Wood models are a pretty plain looking set of clubs in terms of graphics. But by woods standards do have quite large, modern triangular shaped heads, which can look very big behind the ball at address.
The range comes in a 3 wood at 15 degree loft, a 5 wood at 18 degree loft, and a 7 wood at 21 degree of loft. All are available in left and right hand versions.
The model that was tested was the 3 wood, fitted with a RE*AX SF 49 FW shaft stiff flex. Like with many fairway woods though, other shafts are available to try out for a personal fitting.
As mentioned, at address the club head does look quite large for a 3 wood, thanks to the triangular shaped head. You could be forgiven for thinking it was a Driver you were lining up to hit with sometimes.
However despite the larger head, the 3 wood was noticeably light in weight, which is no bad thing, and also did look fairly nice at address due to the attractive triangular shape.
If you're not used to playing with lighter clubs, it can take a few shots to get used to this TaylorMade Burner Wood. But from what we saw in the 3 wood tested, any time taken to adapt is definitely worth the effort.
This was one the most forgiving and easiest to hit woods we've seen. The larger head really gives you a great amount of forgiveness.
Probably slightly easier to hit off the tee, as is the case with most Fairway Woods, but even off the fairway it's actually difficult to not get a ball up and away with this club.
The triangular bullet shape head really drives through the golf ball and gets it flying through the air.
The launch angle and ball flight was also pretty high, something that may appeal to many mid and higher handicappers. Along with that the distance was fantastic, from both the deck and the tee, the higher trajectory doesn't take away any distance.
Never mind filling the gap between the irons and the Driver, this TaylorMade Burner 3 Wood could actually replace a Driver in some players bags, we found it just as long if not longer off the tee, than some of the newer Drivers around just now.
As mentioned the forgiveness of this Wood is also almost without parallel, it takes a very bad strike to send a shot offline with the Burner 08 3 Wood, how straight this club can be has to be seen to be believed.
The Burner Fairway 3 Wood is literally a club that we would recommend to any golfer to try out, it's going to be hard for Taylor Made to ever make a better performing Fairway Wood.
The distance of a Driver, combined with the accuracy and forgiveness of a Hybrid make this a superb club. The TaylorMade Burner Wood 08 range are on a par, if not better performers than the Callaway Big Bertha Wood range at times.
Also one last thing to mention about the TaylorMade Burner Wood 08 range is the price. As of 2011, you can buy a brand new Burner 08 Fairway Wood for around £110 or $174.
Not as cheap as some competitors, but if you have the money, still pretty decent value, considering what the Burner 08 Wood can give you in performance.
LOOKS __________________ 7/10
EASY TO HIT ____________ 10/10
FORGIVENESS ____________ 10/10
WORKABILITY ____________ 6/10
DISTANCE _______________ 10/10
VALUE FOR MONEY ________ 8/10