TaylorMade 2009 Burner Irons
I assume a lot of the negatives regarding this set must be due to the stock shafts???
I can not stress enough that you should always demo clubs and get fitted before buying a set of golf clubs... I personally tend to only use Project X and Dynamic Gold shafts and they usually weigh 120+ grams... with that said the stock shaft in the 2009 Burner did not perform well for me... I always love trying out new clubs and read all about the new KBS shafts... TaylorMade offered them as an upgrade so I decided to try/demo the new Burner with the KBS Tour stiff flex shafts... To make a long story short I got on eBay after hitting my demo club and bought a set to play the second half of this year... I have not been disappointed!!!
The Burner fitted with a top of the line KBS shaft outperformed both my Titleist sets with Project X shafts... I ended up selling all of my Titleist irons, hybrids, and wedges... Switched to the TaylorMade Burner line with all KBS Tour shafts... I have since lowered my handicap another 4 strokes!!!
I have seen more of a consistent mid/high ball flight with this combination and a gain of almost 10 yards in distance... I have my clubs at standard club lengths which is shorter than the listed lengths of the stock TM Burner shafts... The heads are not big and bulky like most game improvement irons... I was able to work the ball and on an occasional mishit the set was very forgiving... The only issue I have had is actually been with the longer irons in the set because they are more off set than the rest of the clubs... after a few adjustments and course time I have no complaints... Some may ask why I did not try the Titleist sets with the KBS shafts... The reason is mainly due to durability/wear because both AP iron sets are very soft and after only 15 rounds they looked like a 2-year-old set of clubs... The price tag of the Titleist set was not worth it in the long run... With all of that said two of my regular golf buddies have since tried my clubs and have them on order as we speak... If you have an opportunity to demo this club or any club with the new KBS shaft, I highly recommend that you do!!!
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Burner 09 iron set
I was a little hesitant at first when deciding to purchase these clubs. I am not a low handicap golfer and was really torn between these clubs and the burner plus series (as they are designed for a high handicap). I will say that unless you have a severe slice/hook or little to no swing consistency, than these clubs are an excellent choice. The low irons are very easy to hit and very long, I hit the 4 iron about 15-20 yards short of my typical drive, roughly 230. The clubs definitely add distance, but also give a very nice feel to the swing, as if they are guiding your down-swing in the right direction (could have to do with the lower COG of the club). The 6/7/8 feel like your typical club with a healthy mix of forgiveness and but also shot control (they are not just going to fly straight). the 9/pitching/sand have much more feel and allow you to really work the ball, I have a natural draw to my shot and it is reflected but not accentuated in these clubs.
That said I still hit bad shots now and then (as I assume you will as well) but these clubs really make the good shots feel great. A great set for a great price (really liked Jack's golf, look for his ebay store). I think these clubs are a good choice for anyone looking to bring out the best parts of their game without accentuating the bad parts.
For comparison to yourself I am around a 15-20 handicap, play about two full rounds a week. I am certainly not a great golfer, I have my double bogie holes, and bad shots, but I don't think this set was necessarily designed for the low handicapper as Taylormade says it is. Works well for me and I think it will work well for you as well.
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Great Irons For Me
Since I was getting older, I wanted to transition away from stiff steel shafts in my irons and started looking for some irons with graphite shafts to try and regain some of the lost distance and accuracy age takes away. I found a set of TaylorMade Burners (09 model) with a makeup of 6 iron through L wedge with stiff graphite shafts. This happened to fit my needs perfectly as I do use two hybrids. I had hit TM irons before but not this particular model. I purchased these irons based on manufactures reputation and owner reviews and am happy to say was not disappointed. After several rounds and driving range visits, I can honestly say these clubs make me better than I am. The look, feel, and confidence they give you is amazing, not to mention the distance. I would not recommend buying clubs without first trying them out, especially going from a steel shaft to graphite like I did, but I did not have that opportunity with these and fortunately they have worked out wonderfully. For me, the TaylorMade Burner Irons were the right fix for my ills and if you are in the market for a great looking, well made, distance enhancing, accurate iron give these a look. You, like me, may be pleasently supprised at what you discover.
Love these clubs. I have been playing with Cleveland CG-4 tour clubs which are very nice but not as forgiving as I would like. These new Burner irons are nice I wasn't sure how I would like them because they seem a little too much like game improvement irons (larger sole of the club)but when they are in your hand the look from the top is that more of players irons. For me they feel great and give better forgiveness but with the look of players irons (not too offset, but offset gets more with the longer irons). These clubs are long! I was hitting my 7 iron 200 yards on the range which is normally a 175 club. I know a little of this was my swing improvements. On my shorter irons I was about 10 to 15 yards longer. Not sure why because ball flight seems the same and the length of shaft on shorter irons are about the same with my old clubs. Longer shafts when you get past the six, my four iron is about 1 inch longer than my old Cleveland 3 iron. Still easier to hit than the old three but I must admit I don't have very good consistancy on my longer irons. All said these are great clubs that will give you greater confidence and lets be honest I would rather hit a seven iron into the green as opposed to a 5 or a 6 iron.
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New Iron review
These irons are as good as Taylor Made's reputation. I had a set of RAC CGBs and they help get the ball up but I could not work the ball as well. With these irons, you can work the ball. Each club has a different look as you address the ball. Some seem thin while others are like the RACs (thicker). The distance is the same, The feel is different - not as solid. Overall, I think these are a better club than the RACs if you want more control.