Pros: A more rearward center of gravity makes the M2 drivers more forgiving than previous TaylorMade drivers. They have the same head shape and Carbon Composite Crown as the M1, and cost $100 less.
Cons: No CG adjustability.
Who it’s for: The M2 can suit any golfer looking for maximum performance on off-center hits, as well as those who can benefit from a slightly higher overall trajectory or more draw bias than the M1 drivers can provide.
- Lofts: 9.5, 10.5, 12 degrees (all available in RH and LH)
- Stock Shafts: M2 Reax 45 (L), Fujikura Pro 50 (M, R), Fujikura Pro 60 (S, X). More than 30 shafts available at no upcharge.
TaylorMade’s M2 drivers are meant to complement the company’s existing M1 drivers, and positioned to be the most forgiving M-Series driver. While the M1 and M2 are more alike than they are different, the release of the M2 driver marks an important shift in TaylorMade’s design philosophy.
In recent years, TaylorMade was bullish on improving driver distance through launch conditions. And by creating drivers with extremely forward center of gravity (CG) positions, the company’s products were successful in helping many golfers break new distance ground.
Take TaylorMade’s R15 driver, for example. With its forward CG placement, which saw as much as 75 percent of its head mass located in the front of the driver, it produced some of the most enviable peak launch conditions among 2015’s driver crop, according to our Gear Trials Panel, but weren’t as forgiving as other models.
When the company’s M1 drivers were launched in October, we praised them for their “new level of forgiveness that allows them to work for nearly any golfer.” The golfers the M1 models wouldn’t work for, we thought, would be those who needed even more forgiveness than the M1 offered.
It’s exactly those golfers TaylorMade is addressing with the M2 drivers.
To make the M2 drivers more forgiving, TaylorMade removed the “T-Track” sliding weight system it employed on its M1 drivers: a Front Track used to adjust the draw and fade bias of the driver, as well as a Back Track used to manipulate launch and spin conditions. The removal of the T-Track created 15 grams of discretionary weight, which was redistributed low and rearward in the driver heads, approximately where its gold sole weight is located.
The change improved the M2’s moment of inertia (MOI), a measure of ball speed retention by 17 percent, even when compared to the M1 460 with its highest-MOI setting.
While the M2’s lack of moveable weights removes a golfer’s ability to make adjustments to the CG of the driver head, launch conditions can be adjusted through the company’s Loft Sleeve, which provides +/- 2 degrees of adjustment from the available lofts of 9.5, 10.5 and 12 degrees.
According to TaylorMade, the M2 will launch roughly 0.5 degrees lower with 100 rpm more spin compared to the M1 460 when the M1’s Back Track weight in its most rearward position. In my testing of the M2 driver, however, I found that the M2 not only produced more consistent launch conditions than the M1 in its most rearward setting, but offered higher ball speeds on average. With the same shaft, I was able to maintain my launch conditions increasing ball speed about 2 mph. For that reason, I hit the M2 a few yards farther than the M1.
It should be noted that since I was already achieving favorable launch conditions with an M1 in its rearward-weight setting, I was a prime candidate for the M2 driver. Golfers who currently play the M1 460 or M1 430 and use a forward weight position will likely not be able to achieve the same launch conditions from an M2 on their best hits, nor will they be able to affect launch conditions and trajectory bias independently of loft, one of the M1’s biggest selling points.
The advantages of the M2 will be for golfers who struggled to create maximum ball speed with the M1, or are looking for more consistency. An M2 driver will also assist golfers who tend to fade their drives, as its more rearward weight position not only creates an overall higher ball flight, but more dynamic lofting at impact that generates increased face closure for added draw bias.
As for aesthetics, the M1 460 and M2 have the same head shape, but the drivers will sound and feel slightly different. The M2 makes a quieter sound at impact that most golfers will identify as “softer,” while the M1 makes a louder sound.
TaylorMade officials expect the M1 driver to continue to be its most-played driver on the PGA Tour, estimating that 80 percent of Tour players will prefer it to the M2. A much higher percentage of average golfers will benefit from the M2, however, due to its improved forgiveness and added draw bias.
The M2’s $399 price point, $100 cheaper than the M1, will also be enticing for price-sensitive golfers, especially given the fact that the M2 will be available with the same array of no-upcharge, custom shaft options.
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