For 2016 TaylorMade has introduced the M2 as a complement to the current M1 family. The M2 family consists of a driver, fairway woods, rescues and irons. The driver and fairway woods incorporate a multi-material construction like the M1. The Driver is adjustable at the hosel while the other clubs are a fixed hosel design, and two different iron sets will complete the lineup. The M2 family should be more on the forgiving side with distance in mind.
TaylorMade M2 Driver
Club Tested: Driver Shaft: Fujikura Pro 60; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 9.5°
The M2 features a multi-material construction highlighted by a proprietary 7-Layer Carbon Composite Construction Crown that allows more weight to be positioned in the bottom of the sole. Additionally, in the M2’s case, a Low-Back CG will enhance forgiveness and increase distance. The Speed Pocket provides hotter ball speeds, lower spin, and really enhances hits low on the face. Internal Acoustic Design delivers a solid hit and crisp sound at impact.
Who’s It For?
The M2, with its Low-Back CG will fit just about any player out there who just does not want to mess with an adjustable driver like the M1. Players with negative attack angles might see better numbers with the weight moved forward on the M1 over the M2. This is TaylorMade’s distance club with a longer and lighter shaft.
Having played so many different TaylorMade drivers in the past, I was very interested in the M series but found myself waiting to hit the M2 based on the low-back CG. The head at 460cc seems a tad big to me, even though the face depth is slightly on the shallower side. The contrast of the black face against the white front crown area makes the face size look on the small side compared to past TaylorMade offerings.
I found the sound and feel were fairly muted. Both have excellent penetrating ball flights with lower spin rate. The 45.75” stock length is way too much from most, but through TaylorMade’s Custom department you can order any length of the 30+ no up charge shafts that are offered, the most in the industry. Lots to like about this new offering.
TaylorMade M2 Fairway Wood
Club Tested: 3 Wood Shaft: Reax 65; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 15°
Like the driver, the new M2 Fairway Woods incorporate multi-material construction, a shallower head design, Speed Pocket technology and introduces the addition of a new longer, fluted hosel design. This design removes weight and actually acts as a damping tool to enhance the sound and feel produced by the larger, more flexible Speed Pocket.
Who’s It For?
Everyone! The shallower face design help players who struggle with elevating the ball with their fairway woods. It even looks easier to hit since the face seems to be more under the top line of the ball.
While writing this, the M2 fairway woods are in hot demand out on the tours for good reason. This club is very hot, with a super penetrating ball flight that produces great distance off the deck and when teed up. I felt the sound was 100% different from the driver and different from my RBZ Tour head. The reduction of weight from the crown and hosel allowed the weight to be put into the spots that really make this club go. If you want a more towering shot from your fairways woods, more drop and stop with the addition of hosel adjustments, I would suggest the M1 over the M2.
TaylorMade M2 Rescue
Club Tested: 3 Hybrid Shaft: Reax 75; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 19°
The key technology for the new M2 Rescues is a new Speed Pocket, which is an open channel behind the face that creates a larger sweet spot and ensures distance from any lie. Low CG, in conjunction with the Speed Pocket delivers effortless launch and max distance. The combination of the Fluted Hosel Design and Internal Acoustics Engineering manages vibrations and pitches to produce as solid, hot and crisp sounds with tremendous feedback at impact.
Who’s It For?
Most players will find the new M2 very easy to hit with an excellent ball flight and distance. The player that has some issues hooking rescues might look at the M1 over the M2 because of the adjustable hosel design.
The all black M2 Rescue has a great look at address. The face might sit a touch closed to my eye and my shot results confirmed this as I watched a small draw from this club quite often. However, it has excellent feel and sound, super easy to launch with plenty of distance from any lie.
TaylorMade M2 Irons
Club Tested: 7 Iron Shaft: KBS Tour 105; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 28.5°
The new M2 Irons feature a Thick-Thin Fluted Hosel design that removes 3 grams of weight from the hosel. That weight is then distributed as low as possible throughout the head to lower the CG and promote higher launch and greater ball speeds. The 360 Degree Undercut expands the unsupported face area for more ball speed across the face, while also removing weight from the topline to create an Ultra-Low CG. In turn, this allows stronger lofts to maximize distance without sacrificing the high peak trajectory. Speed Pocket works in conjunction with the Thin Face Inverted Cone Technology to enable fast, consistent ball speeds across the face. The 3D Badging System is extremely stiff, but manages sound and eliminates unwanted vibrations for superior feel.
Who’s It For?
The M2 iron is all about distance with the new design that allows stronger lofts without creating elevation issues. In the end, this is more of a Game Improvement/Super Game Improvement head that will appeal to those with mid to higher handicaps.
This head is shaped like so many of the past TaylorMade head designs, but with some new features. A thicker top line and slightly larger offset head size is complemented by a high polished black colorway. The distance of these irons stood out, and rightfully so with the 7 iron loft of 28.5 degrees. The head felt very solid, without any clicking noise (feel) that comes with many of the GI/SGI type of heads. The ball flight was about right for a 7 iron, even though the loft is more like a strong 6 iron. Overall, a very easy to swing club and should be looked at if you are in the market for a new set of Game Improvement Irons.