Pros: Long, Forgiving, Easy to Hit, Fire Sale Pricing
Cons: Though fairly workable--it's not their strong point.
Okay, so these clubs are now a couple of iterations on the old side as compared to TaylorMade’s newer RocketBallz line which is supposed to act as the replacement for The Burner Series. While there is no question in my mind that The RocketBallz Woods are definitely a major improvement over the Burner Series of Woods, I’m not so sure that this holds true to the same degree as far as the irons are concerned. I was recently gifted a set of these Burner 2.0 Irons as well as a first generation RBZ Driver for certain services rendered, and I’ve just recently finished taking the cellophane off of the driver, and unboxing the irons.
Though my monstrously long first line and backup drivers can shame the poor little RBZ Driver, I’m having a hard time seeing very much difference in distance between my Adams Redline Irons with custom shafts, and my brand new TaylorMade Burner 2.0 off the rack model irons. Anyone who has read my reviews with any regularity knows that I have given Burner Irons mixed reviews over the years. I used to play the original titanium faced TaylorMade R7XD Irons way back in the day, and found the first couple of iterations of the Burner Series to be over-priced and underperforming as far as actual replacements for the old R7XD Irons. I still contend that TaylorMade made a huge mistake when they stopped making the R7 XDs at an affordable price and broke the concept into two fully priced but rather mediocre performing iron sets. The rather interesting but far from stellar first iteration of the rebirth of The Burner Irons, and the rather hideous and poor performing R7 Draw Irons were a sad day for TaylorMade Iron Lovers. The Burner 2.0 Series actually reminds me of what the next generation R7 XD Irons should have been. Here’s why.
Despite the fact that these are not the newest iron on the block, they certainly run well with this year’s latest and greatest. How come they get 5 stars when they might be a yard or two shorter than the absolute longest of this year’s crop? Well, let’s just say that the single digit distance winners are running for an average $699-799 per set vs. the $299 that these can be had for. I simply am not one to think that a $200 per yard differential is a credible price. I found these irons to be incredibly long as compared to what usually happens when an iron design becomes a couple of years old. Similar to the Adams Redlines which still command a premium price if you can find them, these are extremely long, and give you more distance for the dollar than just about anything else out there.
Workability—3 ½ Stars
Compared to a lot of TaylorMade Irons, these sport a bit more than their fair share of offset. They still sport less offset than most other irons in their Game Improvement/Super Game Improvement Irons categories. TM 2.0 7 Iron = .18” of offset vs. Ping G20 7 Iron with .24” of offset. Let’s just say that anything close to a decent swing should not result in anything resembling a slice off the face of either of these clubs, but the TaylorMade is going to be a heck of a lot easier to manufacture a high floating Power Fade with. This could be the reason why Ping's newest G25 Irons sport less offset than previous models. Still, as compared to truly workable mid-capper irons, I’d have to say---these are above average, but there are better options out there in this department.
Feel and Balance-4 Stars
Well these are definitely a touch “head heavy” as far as balance and finesse go, but that is also a good thing as far as mid-high cappers are concerned. The head heavy feel makes club head awareness a no-brainer. You will know where the head is at throughout the swing. It is far and away too heavy a feel to be called “Zen-Like” by any stretch of the imagination, but they aren’t exactly sledge hammers either. Finesse may be out the door, but there is a lot to be said for instant awareness, until you eventually achieve single digit handicap status.
No there is no sense of creamy smooth, or buttery cling at impact, but similar to my long lost R7 XD’s—these have so much “POP” at impact that it practically overrides any lack of buttery facial cling off the iron's face. If you like an iron that feels as “POPPY” as a good driver, then you will like these a lot. I like the “POPPY” feel a lot, in fact I used to love it, thus my former love for the old titanium faced R7 XD Irons. Over the years, however, I have developed a definite preference for a slight bit of buttery cling at impact just before the “POP.” None the less, these are well above average irons in this category.
I got mine for free, sort of a favour in return for a favour. Still, a little street shopping, and you can find new sets of these in the steel shafted version for $299. That is an out of the ballpark homerun value in my book when you consider the going rate for irons these days. I personally think that these irons are a screaming steal at this price. I actually bought my Adams Redlines at this same price 2 years ago, and eventually re-shafted them last year. To get irons that are at least the equal of these, for the same price two years later is a very good deal. If you doubt my word, just go price the latest offerings by the big boys. I have no problem recommending these, and currently—I bag them as well. Recommend them---hell I use them.