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Spotted: TaylorMade’s 2017 M1 Fairway Woods and Hybrids

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A slot and a sliding weight? That’s what we’re seeing in a photo of a new TaylorMade M1 fairway wood, which is making the rounds in our forum after being posted on Instagram by an account associated with custom club maker TourQualityGolf in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

The photo of the fairway wood, which presumably is part of TaylorMade’s 2017 line, has the same graphics and color scheme as the M1 460 driver that appeared yesterday on social media.

The photo of the new driver was revealing because it indicates that TaylorMade will use more carbon fiber in the design of its 2017 drivers. While the new M1 fairway wood does not appear to use carbon fiber in the same way, there are some noteworthy changes.

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For one, the fairway wood’s sliding-weight track has been moved to the rear of the sole. In previous models, the M1 and the R15, a front weight track was used. According to TaylorMade, the front weight track created a low, forward center of gravity that encouraged the high-launching, low-spinning ball flight most golfers want from a fairway wood. With the weight track moved rearward, it’s clear that TaylorMade has found other means of moving the necessary amount of weight low and forward in the clubhead.

The rearward weight track also allowed TaylorMade to add a slot to the front of the club sole, a design strategy the company has been employing since its debut of the RBZ fairway woods in 2011. The slot is of the flat, handle bar-shaped variety used on TaylorMade’s M1 hybrids that were released in 2015. It is said to increase the flexibility of a club face, leading to increased ball speed, a higher launch angle and reduced spin, particularly on shots contacted low on the club face.

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A photo of TaylorMade’s 2017 M1 hybrid posted in our forum by user Ricky Ross shows that the company’s new hybrids will likely take the same approach as the company’s new fairway woods. It also appears to employ a rear sliding weight track and a flat, handle bar-shaped slot on the front of the sole.

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  1. suhdude

    Nov 14, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    taylorlame. sorry bruh.

  2. Rimjob

    Nov 3, 2016 at 3:05 am

    The slot of the Jetspeed with the added adjustability. Best of both worlds. These are gonna be heaters

  3. Mats B

    Nov 2, 2016 at 6:33 am

    One of the first Equipment signs that Adidas and Nike are discussing an Equipment deal with Nike as a new owner of Taylor Made. Look at the yellow/green colour of the 1 in M1. Same och very simular to the one used by Nike. The fact that McIlroy and Koepka has made a move to Taylor Made Woods is just adding to the fact that soon Taylor Made will be under new wings…..

    • Rimjob

      Nov 2, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      Nah. But this comment is an indication that you’re an idiot

    • Yawn

      Nov 2, 2016 at 9:54 pm

      Cut n pasting your own dribble?
      Good effort.

    • TomyD

      Nov 3, 2016 at 2:41 am

      It’s Lime not Volt… and why would they stop golf equipment to focus on clothes/shoes and buy a equipment brand few weeks later which is on sale for the same reason they cut their production… make no sense.

      • Mats B

        Nov 3, 2016 at 6:32 pm

        Tomy,
        Who knows!? There’s more than one way to get to the Top! After 15 years of trying to be one of the big brands without being successful even though they had one of the greatest Sport stars in their team and then went on to sign McIlroy without any added success. I guess then it’s time for a change of direction. Even though Taylor Made has flooded the market with new equipment launches, using a 6 months lifetime cycle, they still remain in the very front edge of performance, especially on their woods, where they outperform most, if not all of the competition…..no further explanation needed….Adidas has had it for sale for quite some time now and I think it’s getting to a point where they have to let it go for a bargain, compared to what they expected. I think that Nike has made their fair share of calculations and this can be the right time to make a move and get straight to the Top, quicker and with a lot less effort than continuing to knock their own head’s into a concrete wall! I guess we’ll have to wait and see!? I may be wrong!? But I wouldn’t be surprised if Nike will be involved somehow in Taylor Made in the future. 🙂

  4. FNM

    Nov 2, 2016 at 2:43 am

    I am going to murder that 3wood, I know I will

  5. JThunder

    Nov 2, 2016 at 12:36 am

    Actually M1 was just over a year ago, and M2 was end of Jan 2016. That’s only “dialed back” for TM, still fast for anyone else.

  6. Clay

    Nov 1, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    That hybrid looks awful. I was looking for words like Talor-Fit. It looks like a Chinese knock off of an actual hybrid.

  7. M1 Smizzle

    Nov 1, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    They look sweet!

  8. rechlo67

    Nov 1, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    If that 3 wood has a combination between the M2 (front slot) and M1 (track) that thing is going to be ridiculously hot.

  9. Dat

    Nov 1, 2016 at 11:35 am

    M1 Hybrids are gonna require a clean pick of the ball…if you have a less than ideal strike or lie the weight track will be a mud track.

  10. Chris

    Nov 1, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Any idea if the weight on the sliding weights is heavier or lighter than the 2016 M1?

  11. mitch

    Nov 1, 2016 at 9:55 am

    why do they need new woods out already! they just keep flooding the market!

    • Sean

      Nov 1, 2016 at 10:02 am

      If they dont release until after the pga show the driver would have had a full two year cycle. Callaway and other companies have flooded more in that time period. Just saying

      • Alan

        Nov 1, 2016 at 10:39 am

        How can it be a full 2 year cycle when the original M1 was unveiled and launched in September 2015?

      • Shooters Tour

        Nov 1, 2016 at 10:42 am

        …word.

    • cgasucks

      Nov 1, 2016 at 10:09 am

      They’ve actually dialed back the release frequency. The last time they debuted new woods was a year ago and will continue to dial back its offerings, especially since it’s up for sale and don’t want to scare off any potential buyers that they’re back to their old ways (which got them in trouble in the first place).

    • rolltherock

      Nov 1, 2016 at 10:36 am

      Calm down Mitch

    • SteveID

      Nov 1, 2016 at 12:04 pm

      Mitch, does it affect you at all?

      • mitch

        Nov 1, 2016 at 12:24 pm

        I guess time just flies and it seems like it has not been as long that they have been out idk..

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What GolfWRXers are saying about this ‘filthy good combo’

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In our forums, our members have been responding to a driver combo which one of our members swears by. The WRXer in question is ‘QuigleyDU’ who has paired up Taylormade’s Original One (13.5 degrees) with a Fujikura Ventus Red 9x (Tipped 1″). On the combo, ‘QuigleyDU’ says he uses it as a second option off the tee and praises its launch qualities.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • b.helts: “It sure looks good. I love the smaller size and the profile of the Original One. Been looking for an 11.5 to make up a short bag. But the 11.5 are rarer than hen’s teeth.”
  • BlueDragonKorea: “The creativity to build this club.. wow!”
  • Puttersaurus Rex: “Glad I clicked. Nice looking build! I also play driver, then OO mini. My mini is the 11.5 turned up. With Motore speeder 6.1 – not as beastly, but such a fun club. Mine is 43.5″, and is used as a safe option off the tee.”
  • bladehunter: “Ventus red – the underrated red-headed stepchild of the Ventus line. I love mine in a driver. If you’re a guy who doesn’t have a positive AOA with driver, try the red. Gets it up and doesn’t spin.”

Entire Thread: “This combo is filthy good”

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Collin Morikawa WITB (2020 ZOZO Championship)

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Driver: TaylorMade SIM (8 degrees @ 8.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Titanium (15 degrees @ 13.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White Hybrid 100 TX

Irons: TaylorMade P7MC (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (52-09SB), Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (56-14F @55), TaylorMade MG2 Hi-Toe (60)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: TaylorMade Spider FCG

  • Hosel: Short Slant
  • Alignment: No line
  • Length: 34.25”
  • Lie: 69.5°
  • Loft: 2.5°
  • SW: D4

Grip: TaylorMade Red Cap
Shaft: KBS CT Tour

Ball: TaylorMade TP5

Grips: Golf Pride Z-Grip Cord

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Cobra introduces new 2021 King Tour irons with MIM technology

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It’s been quite a while (three-plus years) since we have seen any new players irons from Cobra Golf. The Rev33 “Rickie iron” was teased out over the last year, but the focus has mainly stayed on its Forged Tec line, which has done well in the very competitive players distance category.

So why the long wait?

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According to Cobra’s VP of R&D Tom “TO” Olsavsky it was for a very specific reason…

“A long time ago we had actually planned it to launch at the end of 2019 as we usually try to launch players irons in the fall. Between COVID-19 delays and the new breakthrough innovation MIM process, it took us a little longer but it’s been worth the extra time, player feedback has been amazing so we are confident it will succeed.”

Introducing new 2021 Cobra King Tour irons

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Cobra King Tour MIM 7-iron – cavity view

Cobra King Tour MIM 7-iron – face view

Metal Injection Molding AKA MIM is a term we have heard a few times over the past year. Cobra just recently implemented this process into its MIM wedge line. Essentially, it’s a process that allows OEMs to fine-tune a club heads shape and spec to the nth degree all while dialing in the softest feel possible. Seems awesome for a wedge and even better for an iron. To make it really easy to understand, it’s not cast, it’s not forged, its MIM.

The multi-material 1025 iron head has a tungsten weight inserted into the toe section that dials in the CG directly to the sweet spot. This practice is very popular—and almost essential at this point—Cobra has done this in the past with its previous players irons and it was first introduced as a head weight adjustment for Rickie Fowler years ago.

The final step is a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) insert to ensure impact gives off that “Muscle Back” softness at impact, a good way for traditional players to try new tech and not sacrifice the familiar softness of a forged blade.

Who is it for?

According to Olsavsky

“The King Tour iron is designed for the range of Tour players to single-digit handicaps. It slots in nicely between the pure MB type irons and Players Distance. It’s also a slight merger between Forged Tour and Forged CB shapes, so hoping to cover both players that would have chosen one of these 2 irons.”

2021 Cobra King Tour irons: Optics

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Cobra King Tour MIM 7-iron – topline view

Cobra King Tour MIM 7-iron – toe view

The new 2021 Cobra King Tour has a slightly shorter blade from the previous King Forged Tour iron based on comments from staff, the top line has been thinned out (a hair) and offset was increased to satisfy staff feedback.

According to Cobra Director of Tour Operations Ben Schomin

“The initial shape was developed years ago in the AMP Cell Forged iron and then transitioned with a few tweaks into the King Forged Tour. The shape in general was always well liked, but there was a common theme among R&D/marketing employees and players that the long iron blade lengths were a little long from heel to toe. We made some design changes to the MIM Tour iron that addressed blade length along with a few other feel enhancing tweaks. Overall it is a very eye pleasing shape.”

To make it really uncomplicated: the new 2021 Cobra King Tour is a simple, compact player cavity back designed to do its job. Cobra irons have always gone through the turf well, and now has a softer feel thanks to the MIM process. Players will get the MB feel in a CB iron.

Cobra King Tour MIM 4-iron - cavity view

Cobra King Tour MIM 4-iron – cavity view

The Tour

Cobra doesn’t have the biggest Tour presence in the world, but it does have some VERY unique minds to pick from for R&D.

“Like all of our new gear, we love to get input from our staff. In this case, having players like Jason Dufner, Rickie Fowler and others giving specific feedback is always an integral part of the process. For example, Duf is as knowledgeable about what makes a good club as anyone out there. If he responds well to shape or feel we know we are in a good place.” -Ben Schomin

And we had to ask about BAD…Is this something Bryson would put in play? 

“At this time there is no plan to make one length out of this head. But who knows, if he gets fired up to play them we will make it happen. He seems to be doing fine with what he has in the bag now, lol.” -Ben Schomin

Cobra King Tour MIM pitching wedge – cavity view

2021 Cobra King Tour irons: Overall

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, these days any product that hits the market will be (for the most part) superb. Like its competitors, Cobra is offering a simple yet elegant players CB that will hold water with anything else.

The real question goes back to the players themselves: What are you looking for in your irons? Is it more distance (hopefully not), precision, turf interaction, curb appeal? We all respond to different parts and now more than ever there are options to satisfy your heart and your hands. This new Cobra iron has everything a player would want. So, get fit, and put ’em to the test.

Specs

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Per Cobra

The King Tour Irons with MIM Technology are available in a 4-PW set make-up in right hand only. 

A 3-iron and gap wedge are available via custom order. Each King Tour iron is equipped with a steel KBS $-Taper 120 shaft in the golfer’s choice of stiff or regular flex. In addition, each iron comes with a Cobra Lamkin Crossline Connect grip in black. 

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A wide selection of shaft and grip upgrades are also made available through custom order.  The stock steel set retails for $1,299 and will be available beginning October 30, 2020, on cobragolf.com and through Cobra’s entire network of off-course retailers/custom club fitters.    

 

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