Reviews of TaylorMade Tour Burner Drivers

By Jim Hagerty

Specs

Made for advanced players, the TaylorMade's new Tour Burner driver features a 450cc titanium head. It is streamlined with a steel dual crown and unique perimeter weighting. The Tour Burner is available in 8.5, 9.5 and 10.5 degrees of loft (neutral lie). Off the rack, the driver is equipped with a TaylorMade RE-AX, 60g graphite shaft available in regular, stiff and extra stiff flex. Tour Burners also are available with custom shafts by Aldila, Fujikara, Mitsubishi and Matrix HD.

Perks

With the stock RE-AX slightly tip-stiff shaft, the Tour Burner's aerodynamic head rips through the ball with ease. It's low- to mid-kick point characteristics and slight draw-bias make it fun to really let go off the tee. It's a comfortable player's club with a significant amount of game-improvement tendencies.

Sacrifices

The Tour Burner is a bit draw-biased, which means a shot-shaping low handicapper could get into trouble on fast, steep swings. The club performs best with controlled and powerful tendencies. The club also is slightly lighter than some big hitters may prefer.

Bottom Line

The TaylorMade Tour Burner is a true premium driver meant for shot-shapers and low handicappers. It is also a solid club off the rack for novice golfers looking to grow into a tool with pro-level characteristics. As of 2009, most retailers price them in the $250 to $400 range.

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About The Author

Jim Hagerty is a freelance writer and journalist. In addition to the hundreds of Web-based articles to his credit, he's a staff writer for "The Rock River Times," where he covers arts and entertainment, outdoors and human interest news events. Hagerty holds a Bachelor of Science in public relations and journalism from Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

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