Happy New Year! I want to thank everyone who has read and commented on our reviews in 2015 and 2016. The reviews are hard work, but a fun and rewarding process. My biggest enjoyment is providing unbiased opinions about new clubs that will help players navigate the waters of a new purchase. We take to heart your comments, thoughts and ideas for what you want to see included in these reviews. With that said, we are going to tinker with the process a bit and add some new features this year. We’ll begin with one of the most consistent trends in your comments, to include launch monitor numbers in the reviews.
So let’s start things off strong in 2017 with a review of the TaylorMade M family of clubs. After an incredible 2016, TaylorMade looks to keep up the momentum they created with the original M family of clubs by redesigning the M1 and M2 drivers, and adding an M2 D-Type driver to the 2017 lineup. (At the time of testing, we were only able to test the M1 and M2 heads, but will include the M2 D-Type down the road.)
I hope you enjoy the addition of the launch monitor numbers to the driver reviews. We look forward to providing you with even more info in the near future and possibly pitting OEM drivers vs other OEM drivers. All our hard work and testing is done in an effort to help you play better golf and enhance your buying experience here on GolfDiscount.com. Check back often for new reviews, and as always, please leave your comments below!
– Bob Gomavitz
Some Info About the Session
Launch monitor testing was done using a Foresight Launch Monitor. One thing to note, while I originally hit the new 2017 M family to write my reviews, due to a shoulder injury I was unable to hit when we went back to add the launch monitor numbers to the reviews. However, I sat in with the tester who provided us proper numbers to use with some pretty darn good swings.
Stats Included on Chart
- Swing Speed
- Ball Speed
- Launch Angle
- Spin Rate
- Carry Distance
- Total Distance
The testing was done with 9.5 degree of lofts on both heads, with the loft set to standard on the hosel adjustment setting. To ensure consistent results we used Titleist Pro V1 golf balls for all swings. For the M1 we put the front weight at neutral and the back weight all the way to the rear to help provide max forgiveness and launch. TaylorMade has made the T-Track slightly longer with the 2017 version to increase the MOI (read on below to learn more about it).
We chose the True Temper Project X HZRDUS Yellow 6.0 65 shaft, which is considered to be more on the lower launch side. The Project X HZRDUS Yellow 6.0 63 gram shaft provides excellent feel and control in the player’s hands and is one of many high-end shafts that you can get at no upcharge. For those of you who are big gear junkies like me, this shaft is similar to the PX LZ shaft which loads the middle of the shaft just a little bit more. So there you have it, and onto the data!
Based on the numbers, the M2 provided this player with better overall performance and fit. Plus, numbers aside, the player felt more comfortable with the M2 in his hands over the M1. The M2 produced a faster swing speed (104.8 MPH to 103.7 MPH), longer carry (265.9 yards to 263.8 yards), total distance (298.1 yards to 292.5 yards), and a lower spin rate (2280.5 RPM to 2348 RPM) than the M1. The M2 also produced the biggest bombs with one topping out at 319.9 yards versus the M1’s longest distance at 308.6 yards.
TaylorMade M1 Driver
Club Tested: M1 Driver 460cc Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 60; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 9.5°
TaylorMade has taken their Multi-Material construction to the next level with a revamped 6-layer carbon fiber crown and brand new carbon toe panel. These modifications increase the overall amount of carbon fiber on the club by 43%. As a result of the savings in weight TaylorMade’s engineers have produced a lower CG club head with an expanded T-Track weight system that promotes better launch conditions. The redesigned T-Track system allows for 64% more front-to-back CG movement compared to the original M1.
In addition, a new, more light-weight sleeve with 4 degrees of adjustability allows players to strategically place a greater amount of weight into the head instead of the hosel area. The iconic two-tone crown is precision-fit to a skeletal titanium body using an FF2FF process. This engineering technique results in craftsmanship of the highest quality giving the M1 an aggressive appearance and undeniable performance.
Who’s It For?
The M1 is somewhat thought of as more of a players club, but slower swing players who do not always spin the ball enough will see an increase in spin and a higher MOI from the ability to move the CG even further back on the new T-Track. With that being said, the 2017 M1 is a great Driver for all abilities! Plus to 36 handicaps.
Testing in the winter presents its own set of challenges, but I shook off the rust and hit the range with the new M1. I set the rear weight all the way back and the front weight in the N position. By doing so, I set up the driver with the most forgiveness possible and a higher launch angle. At address, I saw only minor cosmetic differences, most notably the white of the crown is expanded slightly in the heel and toe areas. My guess is that this will help strengthen where the two materials meet. Compared to the 2016 M1, this year’s M1 is more muted acoustically.
The question I get asked the most about the new M1 is “Why should I buy the 2017 version over the 2016 version?” First off, the increased MOI now makes this head better for all abilities and produce more forgiveness. I hit a few drives off of the toe area and although I predictably lost some distance I still produced some fairly straight strikes. Another advantage is the ability to custom order an M1 (you cannot custom order the 2016 version). You will miss out on the overall playability of your driver if you simply buy one off the rack. With so many no charge shaft upgrades available, make sure to get the shaft that fits your swing and swing speed the best.
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TaylorMade M1 Fairway Wood
Club Tested: M1 Fairway Wood Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage TiNi Silver 70; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 17°
Similar to the M1 driver, the new 6-layer carbon composite crown design reallocates weight from the crown to other areas of the head for a lower CG. A new Open-Channel Speed Pocket increases forgiveness and ball speeds, and the new, more light-weight adjustment sleeve offers 4 degrees of lofts.
Who’s It For?
The adjustable weight track and loft sleeve make the 2017 M1 fairway woods for players of all abilities. Plus to 36 handicaps.
The first thing I noticed when looking at the club is that the weight track now has one 25 gram weight, compared to two 15 gram weights on the 2016 version. There is added forgiveness with the weight track set further back and the CG is pushed back away from the face. Unlike the 2016 version, which I found very solid but was unable to keep the ball in the air for a long time due to the lack of spin I produced, the 2017 version is far more forgiving and with an increased launch angle. I found a much improved playability to this head. Cosmetically, the M1 fairway woods look cleaner and are a little more appealing than the 2016 version, everything about it just looks good! This is a solid feeling club with square looks and a great flight pattern.
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TaylorMade M1 Rescue
Club Tested: M1 Rescue Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Silver 80 Hy; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 19°
To improve distance and increase versatility TaylorMade has introduced their first ever sliding weight track on a rescue. Along with a moderate-sized, Tour-proven shape to the head, the M1 Rescue also comes with a new sole that offers more playability out of a greater variety of lies.
Who’s It For?
Players who need help drawing the ball will find the new Weight Track draw bias setting useful, and there will still be a fade bias setting for those that tend to over hook hybrids. The M1 Rescue is now a perfect club for players of all abilities. Plus to 36 handicaps.
I have played TaylorMade rescues for over a decade, and the 2017 M1 rescue is one of the better versions I have tried. The all black head shape is inspired by an Adams Tour head design, similar to the “peanut head” that was a smash hit out on the tours. The higher box toe and small shape tends to be favored by better players, and while the ball flight was slightly high for a 19-degree hybrid, something I personally liked, it still delivered penetrating shots. When I mishit shots I found the results were also quite penetrating and did not lose too much distance. If you loved Adams Hybrids from the past but wished they had adjustability, give the 2017 M1 Rescue a try.
TaylorMade M2 Driver
Club Tested: M2 Driver 460cc Shaft: Fukijura Speeder XLR8 56; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 9.5°
The new M2 uses a lower density 9-1-1 Titanium body, 6-layer carbon composite crown and minimal sound ribs. All of this new technology has allowed TaylorMade engineers to relocate 25 grams of discretionary mass low and back into the sole of the club. Together these applications combine to increase the overall inertia without sacrificing a low CG, hot trajectory, or aerodynamic performance. The new Geocustic technology, with a re-invented Multi-Material construction, unlocks more forgiveness and best-in-class sound. The breakthrough in acoustic engineering was achieved by a new sunken sole curvature, stiffening the club head for easier vibration management at impact.
Who’s It For?
Everyone! From world class tour players to amateurs of all abilities. Plus to 36 handicaps.
I had a fantastic year with my 2016 M2 driver so I was very excited to try out the new version. First off, at address I noticed a slightly larger footprint and a slightly longer face length, which players who have confidence issues with the big stick will find appealing. I was greeted by a whole new sole design, including a much smaller and shorter Speed Pocket, and a larger (in appearance) back weight that should increase the MOI. Many earlier tests have shown a higher MOI for the 2017 version compared to the 2016 version.
The 2017 stock shaft felt better to me than the previous model because I use a version of this shaft with my 2016 M2. This head and shaft make a fantastic combo! Following the norm and conventional wisdom of a lighter shaft, I found the ball flight was slightly high. The feel, however, was buttery and it still created a penetrating flight, something that is tough to come by using a 56 gram shaft.
Hitting some exaggerated mishits off the toe produced some pretty darn straight shots or with just a slight push right. I look forward to more testing with some different shafts as the head lived up to my 2016 version. It is hard to follow up a smash hit but, with more forgiveness on mishits and their newly incorporated technologies, TaylorMade has managed to pull it off.
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TaylorMade M2 Fairway Wood
Club Tested: M2 Fairway Wood Shaft: Fujikura Reax 65; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 15°
Again, like the M2 driver, the fairway woods have a 6-layer carbon composite crown that saves weight and pushes the CG lower and back. A newly designed Speed Pocket gives players more distance and forgiveness on strikes low on the face, while the addition of the Inverted Cone Technology produces a larger sweet spot.
Who’s It For?
Like the M2 driver, without a doubt the M2 fairway woods are for players of all abilities. Plus to 36 handicaps
This bonded, non-adjustable head has a very similar look to the 2016 version. It produced a very satisfying, solid feel and thud to it. I played a 16.5-degree version of 2016 M2 in the latter part of the year and found the club to produce a high, hot trajectory that was very easy to hit.
I found pretty much the same results in my testing of the 2017 version. There was an ever so slight draw bias which will really fit some player’s swings well. For players who prefer a bonded head fairway wood, the M2 woods are hard to beat and seen in the bags of many touring pros.
Comparing the M2 to the M1, the M2 has a slightly larger head and slightly shallower face, which creates an easier club to hit for those that need a helping hand to elevate the ball better and more quickly.
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TaylorMade M2 Rescue
Club Tested: M2 Rescue Shaft: Fujikura Reax 75; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 22°
Geocustic technology has improved the club’s performance through advanced geometry and sound engineering. The shaping of the M2 Rescue Hybrid includes a two-tiered sole to promote added playability out of a variety of lies. The new sole design and a short, fluted hosel also works in tandem to optimize sound and feel at impact while at the same time lowering the overall CG.
Who’s It For?
The M2 Rescues are for anyone who prefers hybrids over long irons and especially players who need a draw bias to their rescues. Due to this slight draw bias that better players can struggle with when playing a Hybrid, the M2 rescues are for 10 to 36 handicaps.
However, if you fight a draw with your Hybrids, I suggest checking out the M1 rescues.
Right away I noticed at address that this was the first Rescue from the 2016 and 2017 lineup to incorporate the iconic two-tone crown that now make for a perfect match with the driver and fairway woods. Personally, I really like the looks even though the black is not a carbon composite. The flight was on the high side, yet hitting into the wind there was little ballooning. The feel was solid and the head sat as square as any non-TP (Tour Preferred) rescue from TaylorMade that I have tested. I still saw some sweeping hooks from this head which made the M2 version a much better choice for my game. Those that need a nice draw bias need to try this simple, easy to swing rescue.
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Comment below and let us know what clubs you’d like us to review next. If you want us to test two clubs against each other, just let us know what clubs you want to see go head to head. Thanks for reading!
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Really good information! I would love to see the M2 Driver go against the new Big Bertha Epic or even the Titleist 917 or the PING G. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts on the new M series from TaylorMade. If Tiger, who can pick any clubs he wants now that he is out of his Nike contract picks the M2, that really says A LOT about the new clubs from TaylorMade!
Thank you very much.
Remember, Tiger was not the only one from Nike to switch to the M Family…3-4 more off the top of head did so.
We hope to have some friendly competition between different clubs in the near future….stay tuned!
Great info, thanks for the reviews. I’ve tried out the new M1 and M2 and they are quite an improvement from last year’s models.
Can you tell us why you felt so about the improvements?
Great review. Will definitely give them a go once I get a chance. Still gaming the R1.
Thank you very much.
That R1 is still a very good head, problem was it only came in one actual true loft with out any adjustments, which I am pretty sure was 10 degrees. It’s best to be checked on a launch monitor and see if your launch angle is correct. If it’s good, then great! If you need more loft or less and also some reduced spin, then either of the M Family driver would be a better choice. Proper launch angle and less spin will equal more distance.
Gonna be trying the M2 fairway for sure. Keep plugging away at my driver swing to boost th chances of a M series driver to go with it!
Work on your AOA (angle of attack) and the driver will become your friend much faster. Practice swing with your left foot on something that will have it higher than the right, or on a slight uphill lie. Another suggestion would be to get longer tees, a whiffle golf ball and work on hitting the ball on the face. You will have to start swing slightly up of the ball will just drop straight down after you only hit the tee! Add some black electrical tape on the crown just in case you do this to protect the leading edge.
Some other simple keys is to try a driver at about 44.5″ playing length. Add some weight to the head to make it balance properly.
It’s always best to see your local PGA Professional for advise and my comments are merely suggestions.
Thanks for the review. Gaming the sldr and rbz fairway woods still but I’m thinking about shopping for something new
Thanks for the comments.
As for something new compared to your current FW’s (SLDR and RBZ and both excellent clubs) I can comment that the M2 will just flat out outdistance those two. I play a 13 degree RBS and my 16.5HL 2016 M2 is almost as long. Also, the M2 2017 and 2016 are just simply easier off the deck and offer a slightly higher trajectory but still very flat. I personally add lead tape to both of my FW’s and play them slighty shorter too! Control and feel now could mes with their length.
Awesome reviews. Looking to get into your new line for 2017. Hopefully winning will speed up the process. Keep doing what you’re doing. Thanks
This is a great overall review. Gonna save it to my favorites. After reading, the M2 hybrids and fairways are looking good.
Wow….thank you for your kind words. Glad that you enjoyed them.
I was really looking at the M2 2016 but with the new information and the fact I cannot get the shaft I want in the 2016 model
Plus the information provided has really persuaded me that the 2017 model will be the club for me
Can’t wait to go test drive the new M2 and M1
Wise choice….with so many no charge upgrade shafts available with the 2017. Sure, it will be more $$$’s but look at all those choices with no extra charge! I am glad that you read that part!
I would love to hit the M1 and M2 rescue clubs. I tend to hit my hybrid quite often throughout most rounds whether off the tee or into a par 5.
I like the M1’s for both purposes mainly because I tend to hook hybrids off the tee at times. The M1 adjusted to a fade bias will have a big edge over the M2 for this.
Great reviews. I am now considering upgrading to the 2017 models. I have been very happy with the 2016 M2 woods and hybrids and M1 driver but your review has peaked my interest. Keep up the great work.
I did not see much diff between the 2016 and 2017 in the fairways and hy’s in my brief testing, but I sure felt that the M1 was better for those who need more forgiveness but still want all the adjustability in their driver. I like how the weight now goes further back into the head and increases the MOI.
Awesome review will help determine if I want to upgrade this year from my Taylormade R9!
Wise choice Tyler….those R9’s were tricky to fit.
On second thought that m1 hybrid is looking good
I play the 2011 TM Rescue….this one has me excited because it was very close to my current version but with extra “simple” adjustments that does not come with my 2011 version, plus it’s more of an Adams style which ch has always been rated super high when it comes to Hybrids.
I lean towards the Adams myself but also played an earlier TM rescue. The M1 is looking like a blend of the two. I’m excited to try it.
Can’t wait to test the new TM line. Hopefully I’ll love em as much as u love my TM 360 I’m still using. It’s time for an upgrade.
360! Wow! Try the 440 sized M Family driver…slightly smaller size with a smaller look for sure as a starting point, because every driver will look huge against that 360cc head!
Great, in depth, review of the new line up. I learned to play on a set of bubble-shaft Taylormade divers and woods… Thru my R9’s (which I loved) and my current R15’s. Each of which had great technical advances… So I’d love to try the new M series and co timid to keep Taylormade innovations in my golf bag! Thx.
The M Family have some really nice technological advances compared to that R9 for sure. I have a R9 SuperTri still because it was main driver for a few years. My M2 flat out is a better driver or I would be playing the R9 SuperTri still. I do bring it out here and there for fun, but never keep it in the bag because of less fairways hit and a few shorter drivers on miss-hits.
Thanks for your comments
Thanks for the launch angle information but can you test drivers of different lofts and swing speeds and provide the numbers for those? It would help those of us with slower swing speeds.
Thanks for the suggestions. The biggest issue with slower swings is finding a player that hits the center of the face often enough to get the proper numbers. We are talking about this as we would like to offer a few different swing speeds in these types of reviews. Testing different lofts will really change the spin numbers quite a bit. If the tester is paired with the incorrect loft, then the posted numbers will not be optimal. I hope this helps.
Very nice presentation, I’m looking to upgrade my driver this might be the one!
Have only had a chance to try the M1. It was better than the new Wilson Staff driver that I also tried.
I currently have TM SLDR driver, 3 wood, and 4 hybrid in my bag. I plan on upgrading all three at some poin this year. I have been a TM fan since I bought a titanium bubble driver in the 90’s. My only beef with TM is they come out with new clubs so often, the “latest” gear is often the previous generation by the time I get them in the bag, some times 2 or 3 generations. For instance, I didn’t think the feel, look at address, or performance change from SLDR to RSI’s irons was significant enough to justify switching. I tend to play my clubs until I feel actual gains in performance that are so obvious that I can see and feel without needing a launch monitor. I hit a couple of balls at the range with a friends first generation M1 but he uses senior shafts and fat grips, so I didn’t come away with that “I gotta have one” feeling. After reading your reviews, I think I’m gonna have to give these a try.
There can be similarities from past model to the current models, no doubt. It is very hard to have a break out product Year to Year in any industry. That being said, there are some years that are a nice step forward. Since I have played a Taylormade driver for the past 13 years I can tell you that I favored some and stayed away from some. The current M Drivers are a very nice change from and an feel a better product than the SLDR and R15 series and should be seriously considered if you are in the market.
Let me know if I can answer anymore questions
Enjoyed reading the reviews- I hit last years M2 driver at a retailer and it was fantastic… but I hit it high. Are there options for a heavier shaft in the 17 model?
Hope the shoulders better for the season!
If you came to me for a fitting and said that you hit it to high, I would need a better understand of what this means to you. We all have a vision of what to high is as yours might be higher than mine so tell me more please.
As for heavier shafts, yes there should be quite a few to choose from in no charge up charge shafts in the 70 series, but probably not as near the selection in the 80 series though.
If your hitting to high, then loft needs to the first to look at, not the shaft. Loft is instant spin and plenty of it for just a few degrees difference.
Taylormade has a great shaft chart by spin and launch angle on their site. I would have a look at that as a starting point at to what rather lower launching 70 shafts are for that no charge. You start by going into their Customs Department, then go thru all the asked questions till it brings you to the shaft selection page. The middle choice says “Manufacturer” and right to the right of it there is a “Help me decide”…..click this for the chart.
Thanks about the shoulder…..just time I am hoping. Seemed better when I tested the Epic.
I would love to hear what to high means from you as this may differ from player to player. There are plenty of no up charge shafts in the 70 gram range and only one in the 80 series.
The shaft has less to do with lowering the launch when compared to loft and or weight position. Your swing DNA has a lot to do with launch angle also.
Tell me more and let’s see if I can help dial you in.
I have a driver speed of approximately 97/98 mph (as of last Oct) I recently started to hit a Callaway XR with a stock Stiff shaft with a high kick pt. But haven’t had enough swings to call the ball on that club. Previous club played for the last 5yrs was the original Rocketballz 9.5 w stock mid kick factory shaft. I’m pretty consistent at 245/250 distance but hit the ball so high I get no roll out at all so I know I’m losing tons of distance right there putting pressure on my iron game. Attack angle is slightly steep but not excessively steep but the ball flight is still towering – think full 56* wedge height trajectory. Hope that helps you visualize what I meant by high… I was hitting the stock M2 on a sim at Golf Galaxy and appeared to be having better dispersion patterns than my Rbz and slightly better numbers distance wise, but still a high flight and no roll out.
Glad to hear your shoulder feels better…I had a full separation last winter and barely got back for the season…
Our swing speed is fairly close. It would be better if you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and discussing my thoughts over there. I have plenty of thoughts on this subject for us to go over.
Informative reviews, thanks
On the driver side of things I had last years M1 until my oldest son confiscated it. I like it but am also ope to the M2
More and more pros switching to Taylor Made after Nike’s exit from golf equipment. Wish I would have waited to buy new clubs
Great observation Brian,
Yes many did and they could have chosen any brand that they wanted because their contracts were freed up since Nike exited the hard goods biz. Says something about the product doesn’t it?
New year, same story: players prefer fixed heads over adjustable heads when they hit them side by side. I repeatedly watched players try M1 and M2 drivers last year, alost always choosing a well fit M2, even when price wasn’t on the table. I tried Epic and Epic Sub Zero a few weeks ago and the Sub Zero produced consistently better numbers and ball flight. No doubt in my mind…you give up at least a little in terms of performance in exchange for adjustability.
Chad, some great observations….fixed heads, or glued on heads tend to produce a better feel more than anything, because they eliminate the screwed on sequence which takes always from some of the feel of the club. I personally do not think that it makes the club and better or worse if you need zero adjustments to dial in a driver via the hosel or head adjustments. As for the Epic….my reviews are coming and I like you preferred the Sub Zero also.
Great information!! I can’t wait to try out the new M family. I’m curious, it seems more pros are even playing the M2 vs the M1. With more adjustability in the M1, what is it that is steering everyone to the M2?
Very good question Adam……..it’s all about the numbers with the Pro’s. For some reason the M2 seems to produce better numbers for quite a few of them. Remember, they get their heads totally customize, meaning adding weight and something called hot melt which can create a nice bias to the head and help with a small amount of movement of the CG. I personally added weight to the head of my M2 and shorten the length which go hand in hand for what I feel creates better results in fairways hit.
This is why Taylormade also makes two different Drivers with different CG locations, as what works well for one may nit work as well for someone else.
I like the reviews I read on the new m2 and the m1 right now I have the 2016 m2 driver and the 3 wood but it seams that I lost distants can it be the shafts and if so can I get shafts from you guys I hope this makes sense
You will need to explain the reason why you feel that you lost distance with the new clubs better to me for me to help you out. Shafts have a small effect on overall distance. The weight of the shaft, plus the launch angle and the spin when matched up with your swing will help overall distance some. With fairways, it’s all about control more than distance for me.
Thanks for the info. I will be buying a new driver before this season. I cracked the face on my SLDR driver toward the end of the season last year. I have already hit the M2 and loved it. I wasn’t sure what the difference between 2016-2017 versions was but you summed it up. Now I just have to pick out what shaft I want to use. I have a high swing speed. Any suggestions?
The best advise that I can give you is to go to Taylormades Custom page and to the right of where it says Manufactor, there is a a spot that says, Help me decide. Click this and have a look at the Shaft options and concentrate on the lower left side and middle of the graph as a starting point. Just telling me that you have a high swing speed will not help me with making a suggestion, sorry. I good club fitter, or builder should be able to assist you based on your Attack Angle, Tempo, Where you release the club at, Swing Speed and abilities to help in this decision.
Any more questions, please ask.
Been playing Taylormade woods for over 10 years now. Hands down, the best woods I’ve played.
I’m going to a TM demo today. Looking forward to it after ready this.
Love the new M2!! Hit it on the range last week, and the results we great!!!
Excellent review. Still playing the R11 and R9 fairways. Time to change!
I would really suggest testing out the M Family Fairways because it is time for a change….if you like more distance that is!