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TaylorMade Launches 2008 Burner Fairway Woods and Rescue Hybrids

Jul. 22, 2008     By     Comments (5)

TaylorMade adds some fairway woods and hybrids to their Burner line.

Bag DropTaylormade has been busy the last month or so adding to the Burner line with the addition of fairway woods and hybrids to go along with the Tour Burner driver and irons.

The Burner fairway woods and hybrids boast most of same technology as the Tour Burner and Tour Burner TP drivers with an emphasis on making them lighter in order to help you generate more clubhead speed in the ever present pursuit of more distance.

Tag along as we check out the rest of what Burner lineup has to offer.Burner Fairway Woods
The Burner fairway woods come in two flavors, High Launch, which is designed to help golfers with average swing speeds launch the ball on a "towering, long-carrying flight" and Tour Launch which is designed for better players with higher swing speeds to give them a more penetrating ball flight while still allowing for workability.

TaylorMade Burner Fairways

Both versions share several design characteristics, the first being the Dual Crown technology which is also featured in the Tour Burner driver. Featuring a crown that is smaller than the sole helps to lower the center of gravity to make it easier to launch the ball higher with less spin. What does this technology mean to you? More distance, baby!

The Burner fairway woods also boast what TaylorMade calls "Ultra-Thin Wall technology" meaning the walls of the clubhead is a measly .55 millimeters, making them easier to generate some serious clubhead speed.

The last feature is a "fast-looking" triangular head shape that due to its larger size should help to give you more confidence when addressing the ball and also provides more forgiveness, which is something we could all use a bit more of. The Burner Tour Launch has a more compact head shape and the center of gravity (CG) location that is a bit more forward than the High Launch.

Generating more swing speed is what is needed for more distance and both Burner fairway woods incorporate TaylorMade's SuperFast technology to help with that. The Burner High Launch comes standard with a SuperFast 49-gram graphite shaft (available in Senior, Regular and Stiff flex) while the Burner Tour Launch comes with a 70-gram graphite shaft (available in Regular, Stiff and X-Stiff flex). Lightweight shafts in addition to the thin walls should help nicely in your quest for some additional distance.

The Burner High Launch fairway woods are available for righties and lefties in 3-wood (15°), 5-wood (18°) and 7-wood (21°) varieties and will set you back about $200.. The Tour Launch fairway woods come in a TS model (Tour Spoon) at 13°, T3 (14.5°), and T5 (17.5°) for both righties and lefties (with the exception of the Tour Spoon which is only available for righties) and will set you back about $200 as well. Both are available right now so go out and give them a test drive (after you finish reading this article first).

Burner Rescue Hybrids
Not to be left out in all this Burner madness, two new hybrids are available as well. The Burner Rescue High Launch, which was designed to help make it easier for golfers with average swing speeds to launch the ball on a "towering, long-carrying flight" and the Burner Rescue Tour Launch, which is designed for the better player in mind with a higher swing speed and has a lower, penetrating and workable ball flight.

TaylorMade Burner Hybrids

Just like the rest of the Burner line, the Burner Rescue High Launch and Burner Rescue Tour Launch hybrids share the same key performance elements such as Dual Crown technology as well as a "fast-looking triangular Burner head shape" that allows the center-of-gravity (CG) location to be lower and deeper which helps make both the High Launch and Tour Launch easier hit the ball high and long.

There are a few differences between the two. The High Launch has a shallower clubface to help get more spin to keep the ball up longer in the air or more distance and has a draw bias to help eliminate (or lessen) the banana ball while the Tour Launch's CG is closer to the clubface than the High Launch, which gives it a lower ball flight and more workability for the better players.

The Burner Rescue Tour Launch was designed with input from tour pros with a slightly taller face profile and larger toe area and has a slight fade bias to help prevent a hook (hey, that's what I've been looking for!)

Both hybrids have TaylorMade's SuperFast technology that help promote faster swing speeds to give you more distance. The Burner High Launch comes with a SuperFast 60-gram graphite shaft in Senior, Regular and Stiff flex as well as a RE-AX 85-gram steel shaft in Regular and Stiff flex while the Burner Tour Launch comes with an 85-gram graphite shaft in Regular, Stiff and X-Stiff flex.

Burner High Launch Rescue Hybrids come in five lofts: 2 (17°) 3 (19°), 4 (22°), 5 (25°) and 6 (28°) and is available for righties and lefties with the exception of the 2 & 6 lofts which are available for righties only. Price is $140 for steel and $160 for graphite.

The Burner Tour Launch Rescue hybrids are available for both righties and lefties and comes in three lofts: T2 (18°), T3 (20°) and T4 (23°) and will set you back about $160.

Conclusion
It appears, at least at the present time, that TaylorMade is moving a bit away from the moveable weight technology that had made up a great deal of their woods and hybrids line of the past several years and offering several categories of products for various caliber of golfers under the Burner name.

I'm still a bit unsure of the triangular shape of the Tour Burner driver but I must say that I like the looks of the Burner Rescues and Burner Fairways and will have to give them a try during my next trip to my favorite golf shop.

Posted in: Bag Drop Comments (5)

Discussion

  1. headtilt says:

    I have the CRB 3 wood and that goes for miles,and I find the triangular shape just fine. It beats square

  2. RCH says:

    I found this article more like an infomercial at best and late out of the gate at worst (these products have been on the market for 1 month already).

    What I'd like to see is an indepth review of the fairway woods, similar to what Erik does for various products. Then, it would be worth my time to read.

  3. Alan says:

    I found this article more like an infomercial at best and late out of the gate at worst (these products have been on the market for 1 month already).

    What I'd like to see is an indepth review of the fairway woods, similar to what Erik does for various products. Then, it would be worth my time to read.

    Thanks for reading. The Bag Drop column is just a brief informational column of new products that have hit the market with my opinion tossed in and is not a review column (a very brief review might be included from time to time but that is pretty rare). I was just recently able to get a look at these in person so the article was a bit later than the release date of the clubs.

    As for your wanting of in-depth reviews of various products, you can check out the Reviews tab to get the information you are looking for.

  4. ScottySnapps says:

    Great info - thanks for a thorough and informative review. Keep it up.

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