The typical TaylorMade Burner iron set consist of eight clubs: 3-iron through pitching wedge. However, other wedges, such as sand, loft and approach can be special ordered and custom built to match the set. Approach wedges, also known as gap wedges or "A" wedges, are lofted to a degree that fits the gap between pitching and sand, which are 48 to 54 degrees, and are ideal for close-range approach shots that need to land softly on the green.
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The original burner irons came out in the late 1990s, but a revamped version was released in 2008 as well as a 2.0 series and tour series. Regular and 2.0 have deep cavity backs with heavy sole weighting to increase the centre of gravity. This in turn increases the spin and workability of the ball flight. The face is lined with deep Z grooves with sharp edges that also increase the spin rate. The tour series has a reduced cavity back, which adds force but provides less forgiveness.
Most TaylorMade irons come with a stiff flex graphite shaft, but they can be exchanged for steel if preferred. Wedges that are specifically aimed at matching a Burner set will also have these graphite shafts, unless specified otherwise. The graphite adds power to less forceful swings, but it can also magnify mistakes if not used properly. For short-range approach shots, steel offers more consistency and workability.
Many cloned TaylorMade irons and drivers appear similar but grossly pale in comparison to playability. The specifications almost never match the information stamped into the club and the weighting is hardly ever adequate. Authentic TaylorMade woods all have a serial number on them and either the 5 or 7-iron, depending on the set, will have a serial number stamped into the hosel. Potential buyers should only purchase from approved vendor, as Internet auction websites can be very risky.
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