TaylorMade Tour Burner Driver Review: Specs, Pros and Cons

By Savannah Richardson

TaylorMade Tour Burner driver club

Released in 2008, TaylorMade’s Tour Burner Driver was for the players who loved to bomb it on the golf course. The club led an era of improved club technology from TaylorMade. At the time pro golfers like Sergio Garcia, Charles Howell III and Justin Rose put the Burner in play.

Tour Burner Driver 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.

Loft Left Handed Lie Head Length Swing Weight
8.5 No 60° 450 cc 45.5" D5
9.5 Yes 60° 450 cc 45.5" D5
10.5 Yes 60° 450 cc 45.5" D5

TaylorMade equipped the Tour Burner with a TaylorMade RE-AX, 60g graphite shaft available in regular, stiff and extra stiff flex. Custom shafts by Aldila, Fujikara, Mitsubishi and Matrix HD are also available.

Shaft Flex Shaft Torque Tip Size Butt Diameter Shaft Weight Grip Grip Weight
RE* AX SuperFast 60 by Fujikura X 3.1° 350” 600” 60 g TV Lite 60 44 g
RE* AX SuperFast 60 by Fujikura S 3.1° 350” 600” 60 g TV Lite 60 44 g
RE* AX SuperFast 60 by Fujikura R 3.2° 350” 600” 60 g TV Lite 60 44 g

TaylorMade Tour Burner Driver Review

With the stock RE-AX a 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.

The driver's Dual Crown features a small thin top with a large weighted power-base. TaylorMade incorporated its Inverted Cone Technology which helps players produce faster swing speeds and ball speeds.

TaylorMade made sure this driver had ample forgiveness across the face and engineered it to produce a lower trajectory. The club is designed to provide more consistency than the Burner driver before it.

Who Should Play the Tour Burner Driver?

The Tour Burner is a bit draw-biased, which means a shot-shaping player could get into trouble on fast, steep swings. The club performs best with controlled and powerful tendencies. With a D5 swing weight, the Tour Burner may check in slightly lighter than some big hitters prefer. If you’re a player who knows how to control the club face, the Tour Burner could help you find the added consistency every golfer pursues.

Tour Burner Driver Value

According to the PGA Value Guide, TaylorMade’s Tour Burner Driver, resale value isn’t very high, ranging between $40 and $53. Brand new the driver listed at $699.

Where to Buy Tour Burner Driver

Players who want to try out the Tour Burner drivers can find them on sites like eBay and 2ndswing.com where they can buy them for around 100 bucks. On eBay, they range from $40, $50, and for the most part are under $100.

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.

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About the Author

Savannah Richardson is a staff writer for GolfLink. She’s a daily golfer and has worked for two years covering amateur and professional golf events with Amateurgolf.com and The Brunswick News. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia.