TaylorMade Aeroburner Driver Review

In 2014, leading golf manufacturer TaylorMade announced details of a brand new line. It was called the Aeroburner and it included a driver, a fairway, and a rescue club, as part of a cohesive and innovative trio of clubs. All of the pieces in the line went on to become fairly popular with players, but it was the Aeroburner driver that really stood out. The question is, has it managed to stand the test of time too?

This review of the TaylorMade Aeroburner Driver aims to find out by taking a closer look at some of its major weaknesses and key benefits.

What TaylorMade Says

According to the manufacturer, the Aeroburner line is the natural next step on from the Rockballz range. It offers a substantially improved performance, thanks to the Speed Pocket in the sole. The driver, in particular, can provide much more efficient aerodynamics, because they are designed to support maximum speed. In fact, the term ‘aerodynamic’ is key to pretty much every product that TaylorMade puts out. The maker is fixated on its quest to deliver the fastest driver heads on the market.

Getting to Grips with the Technology

Improved Club Head Speed

It has long been known that the faster you can move the club head, the more chance there is of hitting a ball that disappears over the fairway. This is why TaylorMade is so obsessed with speed and it has found an interesting way to boost the acceleration of its Aeroburner Driver. In this product, it brings together three classic approaches; the lightweight structure, the aerodynamic head, and the longer, sleeker shaft.

Club head speed is significantly increased because airflow is encouraged to wrap around a small fin-like component positioned alongside the hosel. During a swing, this lowers resistance and raises momentum. So, while it may look like a rather superficial design choice, it is worth taking some out on the green to play around with the Aeroburner driver and really get to grips with the difference that the tiny fin can make to thequality of impact.

More Flexible Speed Pocket

The Speed Pocket is a small slot that is cut into the sole of the driver. You’ll find it just behind the face. It is a common feature to the TaylorMade clubs, but on this particular product, it is much deeper and longer than it has been in the past. As the feature helps the face to express more flex and, consequently, adapt better to a wider range of strikes, a larger Speed Pocket expands the scale of the so-called sweet spot and reduces spin.

In fact, it causes the sweet spot on the driver to be around 10% larger than it on any of the other TaylorMade drivers. It is noticeably bigger, for example than the same area on the JetSpeed club. As a result, flexibility on low struck and off centre shots is raised. According to keen golfers who regularly play with the Aeroburner, most abilities can gain an approximately one mile per hour on their usual swing speed.

Lightweight Frame and Shaft

TaylorMade has always been very clear about its primary objective. According to its senior director, the primary aim for the Aeroburner was speed. While the driver needed to remain hefty enough to create quality impacts, it also had to be light enough to whip through the air at a remarkable rate. The decision not to offer an adjustable hosel sleeve was part of this process. Without it, the club weighs a mere 300 grammes and is one of the lightest available.

If you appreciate a robust degree of support when it comes to getting the ball moving, the Aeroburner is a great choice. The super light shaft is certainly part of this, but the aerodynamic upgrades are just as helpful. They ensure that the ball is launched up higher with a greater amount of spin. The only downside is that some higher swing speed players might find it to be too light for comfort and precision. When paired with a stiff flex, however, the driver is both robust and agile in the air.

Appearance/Visual Features

The aesthetic of the Aeroburner has, in the past, divided both players and reviewers. Once again, there are some who love its bold and unapologetic design. But, there are others who prefer a slightly more subtle look and are discouraged by the big, bright graphics on the sole and shaft. The white crown has also come under fire before, because it, perhaps, doesn’t look as sophisticated or professional as drivers in grey, black, or silver.

Yet, it is all down to personal preference really and, if you don’t have a problem with the conspicuous white crown, you’ll likely grow quite fond of the Aeroburner and its quirky design. The club is a little longer from front to back than previous TaylorMade products. It also has that raised fin along the hosel, which creates a more aerodynamic shape and helps swings to cut through the air at a much faster speed.

Performance/Handling

The TaylorMade Aeroburner does everything that it promises. It offers speed and this is what it provides out on the green. So, if you see yourself as a ‘grip it and rip it’ kind of player, you’ll get a lot of joy and pleasure out of creating big impacts with this stick. The aerodynamic head and lighter, lengthier shaft are great for experimenting with acceleration and keeping shots precise, without compromising on force.

The lack of hosel adjustability can be a problem for those who are used to swinging fast already because the stock stiff has a tendency to fly too high and produce too much spin. Fortunately, you can modify and correct this with the use of a TP option. It offers a lie that is two degrees flatter and, if required, a slightly heftier shaft. The modifications make for a really fun and custom driver, but they must be purchased separately.

Sound and Feel

The TaylorMade clubs have always been known to produce satisfying acoustics. If you stripe one of their sticks, you’ll get an unmistakeable (and, frankly, rather gorgeous) sound. The use of a larger club head, with a thinner face, has only intensified this, so get ready to sigh every time that you bring the ball and the driver together with a sufficient amount of speed.While the Aeroburner may be pretty slim and trim, it is surprisingly explosive when it strikes.

Ultimately, this makes it just as fun to play with as it is efficient and great for precision shots. Plus, aligning for address is really simple with the help of the black and white contrast inherent within the design. The Aeroburner driver is approximately one-quarter inch longer than the R15 and this contributes to club speed and quality of impact.

The Bottom Line

Major Pros

For players who often have difficulty getting the ball going and in the air, the TaylorMade Aeroburner is a pretty magic product. It has the capacity to transform hooks into draws and slices into skilful fades. It offers huge amounts of forgiveness and can rake back a decent amount of distance even if strikes are messy and not centred. With its lightweight shaft and aerodynamic design, there are few drivers that can match it for pure heft and impact.

Major Cons

In truth, the Aeroburner will feel too light for some players. However, there are options for modification and plenty of ways to add more physical presence. The disadvantage to this is that such customizations can be pricey. It is worth thinking about whether or not you’d rather make the changes or simply buy a different driver. There is no adjustability via the hosel either. If this is an essential feature, the Aeroburner isn’t the right choice for you.

The Final Word

The Aeroburner driver is a curious mixture of design innovation and nostalgia. TaylorMade have been around for a long time and their clubs are a common sight in golf bags, even after players have moved on to more technical products. It is true that this stick doesn’t quite match up to some of the more advanced and expensive options on the market, particularly in terms of precision, but it is still a premium piece of golfing technology.

It is packed full of power, is wonderfully fun to play with, and comes with all kinds of nifty aerodynamic elements. So, if you are not too fussed about the technical details and would rather spend more time out on the green playing than modifying your sticks, do take a look at the Aeroburner. Just make sure that you consider your loft specifications carefully before you buy, because there are no adjustments once you’ve given the go ahead.