5 GolfWRX Members
Gamer vs. 2017 TaylorMade m1/m2 Drivers
+7.01 Yards Distance Gained on Average
-615 RPM Spin reduction on Average

What can the new 2017 TaylorMade M1 and M2 drivers do for your game?

Five GolfWRX Members found out last week when they pitted their drivers against TaylorMade’s latest models at The Kingdom, the custom-fitting facility at TaylorMade’s headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif.

The event was the first of #TaylorMadeTuesdays, a series of TaylorMade-sponsored events that are exclusive to GolfWRX Members. The five members received Trackman 4 fittings for their drivers, which were built immediately afterward so that they could test the clubs the next day at Aviara Golf Club, home course of the LPGA Tour’s Kia Classic.

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Our editorial team was present to observe and document the fittings, where they saw the five GolfWRX Members add an average of +7.01 yards to their drives with a new TaylorMade driver. Key to the success of TaylorMade’s 2017 M1 and M2 drivers was their ability to remove excess spin from the drives of each GolfWRX Member (-615 rpm on average). As a result, each player was hitting longer drives on their best shots, while achieving a straighter ball flight that was less affected by wind.

Every GolfWRX Member gained yardage with a new TaylorMade driver; the largest distance gain was an impressive +10.1 yards, while the smallest was a very respectable +4.8 yards.

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Our testers were better players, but they covered a range of handicaps (+1 to 7.1) and swing speeds (95 to 117.5 mph) within the better-player category. Learn more about the five GolfWRX Members, their new drivers and their experiences in our individual recaps below.

Andrew Harveson (drewtaylor21)

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  • Distance Gained: 4.8 yards
  • Handicap: +1
  • Swing Speed: 117.5 mph

New Driver: M2 D-Type (9.5 degrees, set to 9 degrees)
Shaft: UST Mamiya Elements Prototype PT6F5 (65X)

Old Driver: TaylorMade SLDR (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: UST Mamiya ProForce VTS 6X Silver

Andrew Harveson brought a TaylorMade SLDR (10.5 degrees) driver with him to his fitting, which was already optimized for his game. He fits into a group of golfers who are often hard pressed to see distance gains from new clubs. The former college golfer, now 34, has an ability to consistently contact drives in the center of the club face. He also has an upward angle of attack with his driver (+3 degrees on average) that helps him maximize the distance of his drives.

Nonetheless, TaylorMade’s fitters helped Andrew find an average of +4.8 yards with a new TaylorMade driver, but it took some experimentation and outside-the-box thinking.

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Andrew’s SLDR driver was set to a neutral loft and lie setting, but to combat his tendency to hit shots that slid to the right his SLDR’s front weight track was shifted to the max draw setting. According to TaylorMade fitter Jason Werner, the SLDR is a more draw-biased driver company’s current M1 460, M1 440 and M2 models. After seeing the ball fade too much with those drivers, Jason had Andrew try the company’s M2 D-Type driver (9.5 degrees), which is designed with more draw bias to help golfers eliminate excessive left-to-right curvature.

Andrew’s Dispersion Chart

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Andrew achieved slightly more left bias with the 2017 M2 D-Type, which was what he wanted for his tee game.

The M2 D-Type gave Andrew the confidence to play his preferred cut shot off the tee without fear that it would drift into the right rough. Actually, it created a bit too much draw bias for him, which is why the loft setting was lowered 1-click to 9 degrees. The change helped him lower his spin rate -553 rpm on average, while also opening the club face slightly to take the left side out of play.

“While the averages don’t really look better with the D-Type compared to SLDR, I had a few mishits in the D-Type grouping that, if removed, would have shown a more accurate picture of the results,” Andrew wrote in the forums.

The last piece of the puzzle for Andrew’s fitting was finding the correct shaft. He tried several low-launching shafts that proved to have too little torque for his swing, exacerbating his rightward miss. He ended up seeing the best performance from his gamer shaft, UST Mamiya’s ProForce VTS Silver 6X, which has a mid-torque design. TaylorMade’s Tour Department also provided him with a similar alternative that they thought he might like, UST’s Elements Prototype PT6F5 (65X), which proved to be a winner on the course the next day.

“[TaylorMade] gave me the newer [better] UST Elements Chrome Platinum Prototype PT6F5!” he wrote. “Supposed to be a very similar profile to the [Aldila] Rogue [Silver] 125. I was a bit anxious to see if it would hold up as the right fit, but after just a couple swings on the range at Aviara, I was convinced! It’s a bomber.”

With the M2 D-Type, Andrew’s good shots got better. His peak ball speed went from 175 mph with his SLDR to 178 with the M2 D-Type, enhancing his distance potential. He was also seeing a lower ball height from the new driver — his peak height was reduced from 135 feet to 122 feet — that he “really liked.”

“It was a bit amusing though, everyone at [TaylorMade] seemed shocked that I got put into the D-Type,” he wrote.

You wouldn’t expect the fastest swinger and most accomplished player in the group to be a fit for TaylorMade’s most draw-biased driver, as the model is generally reserved for slower swingers. As a traveling +1 handicap, however, Andrew’s needs were very specific and met perfectly by the 2017 M2 D-Type.

In Their Own Words: See what Andrew said about his experience

Brian Ussery (BCULAW)

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  • Distance Gained: 5.5 yards
  • Handicap: 6
  • Swing Speed: 106 mph

New Driver: TaylorMade M1 460 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 6X

Old Driver: Titleist 915D2 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Black 60S

Brian Ussery arrived at The Kingdom with a Titleist 915D2 (9.5 degrees) driver that he knew wasn’t right for him. The 43-year-old was aware of the fact that his low-launching, high-spinning drives were costing him distance, but he wasn’t sure how to improve.

As it goes in a lot of fittings, Brian didn’t swing as well as he wanted to at The Kingdom, but his outlook on the game of golf allowed the fitting to be a success. “Golf is my therapy and my chance to find peace, quiet, time away and fun,” he wrote in the forum. Spending time with the former minor league baseball player who’s now a lawyer, his commitment to improving his game was immediately apparent. On this day, getting better required patience with his swing and an open mind to the recommendations of his fitters. He was up to the task, and in the end he was rewarded with a new solution for his tee game.

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The TaylorMade fitters started Brian with an M2 D-Type (9.5 degrees) driver, but he struggled to hit it high enough to be effective. He found much more success with an M1 460 that had more loft (10.5 degrees). Excessive spin was still an issue, however, especially with the added loft, but the M1 460 had a solution. By sliding the driver’s Back Track weight all the way to the front of the driver, he achieved a lower-spinning trajectory that not only allowed him to hit straighter drives but achieve more roll-out, too. It helped negate his negative angle of attack of -4.5 degrees, which was the main culprit for his low-launching, high-spinning trajectory.

It was at this point in the fitting that Brian had to make a decision. Did he want to continue to chase more distance or did he want a driver that would help him hit more fairways? With his busy work and family schedule, he’s only able to play nine holes of golf per week. That made the choice obvious; he was going to target consistency.

The TaylorMade fitters recommended Brian try a shorter driver. His 915D2 measured 45.25 inches on TaylorMade’s ruler, and he was advised to try a driver that measured 44.75 inches. With the shorter driver his consistency was immediately improved, and it was time to dial in the right shaft.

Brian’s Dispersion Chart

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Brian hit most of his shots with Fujikura’s Pro Tour Spec 73X shaft, which produced good results, but in the end he made the decision to go with Graphite Design’s Tour AD-DI 6X. It provided the stiffness he needed for straighter drives, but offered a smoother feel (Note: since Brian hit limited shots with the AD-DI 6X, the data displayed in the chart above shows his performance with the Fujikura shaft). His fitter, Jason Werner, supported his shaft decision. And as Brian put it: “Based on my on-course play … it would seem he is pretty spot on.”

With the M1 460, Brian saw an additional 5.5 yards of total distance over his gamer, but more important to him was the increased accuracy. Even at a higher loft, he was able to reduce his spin rate an average of -744 rpm. So now when his drives hit the fairway, they will keep rolling. And Brian expects to be hitting a lot more fairways.

In Their Own Words: See what Brian said about his experience

Chris Scheeweiss (Schnee)

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  • Distance Gained: 10.1 yards
  • Handicap: 3
  • Swing Speed: 112 mph

New Driver: TaylorMade M1 460 (8.5 degrees, set to 10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Black 65 (6.0 flex)

Old Driver: TaylorMade SLDR (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Blue 75TX

Chris Scheeweiss was the biggest gainer of the five GolfWRX Members, finding +10.1 yards on average when compared to the TaylorMade SLDR (10.5 degrees) driver he brought with him to the Kingdom.

Key to Chris’ success, a 3-handicap with ample club head speed (112 mph), was reducing the spin caused by his big miss, which was high and to the right. While that isn’t Chris’ typical miss, it’s what showed up at the Kingdom. TaylorMade’s M1 460 proved that he could handle that miss, as well as any other miss he might encounter on his journey to improve his game thanks to its wide-ranging adjustability features.

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During the fitting, the M1 460 scrubbed -627 rpm of spin off Chris’ drives. To do so, TaylorMade Fitter Jason Werner gave Chris a 8.5-degree M1 460, but he increased the loft of the driver to 10.5 degrees, maximizing the full range of TaylorMade’s 4-degree Loft Sleeve. Adding two degrees of loft closed the club face, which helped eliminate Chris’ slice spin.

Jason made the adjustment without telling Chris, however, and he was glad when Chris said he didn’t notice the change at address.

The reason Chris didn’t notice the more closed club face? The crowns of TaylorMade’s 2017 drivers are engineered to look as square as possible at address regardless of what setting is used due to their cleverly designed black-and-white graphics. Chris had recently been fit at a local club fitter for a 2017 M2 driver (10.5 degrees), but this setup was “much better than the combo I was previously fit for,” Chris wrote in the forum.

Finding the right shaft was a faster process that Chris expected. Project X’s HZRDUS Black 65 (6.0 flex) offered him the lower trajectory and added stability he needed to hit his best drives.

Chris’ Dispersion Chart

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“Jason … didn’t think we had to go much further,” Chris wrote in the forum. “I wasn’t completely sold on the combo, but I deferred to his knowledge. It wasn’t that I didn’t trust the combo itself, it’s that I wasn’t hitting ANYTHING all that well, so I didn’t know how it would perform on course when my swing was better. I’m glad I trusted him, because it was AMAZING on course.”

As Chris works to eliminate the right tendency in his swing, Jason recommended that he try lowering the loft of the driver, which will open to face to reduce left bias. They agreed that at some point in the future Chris may be able to return to the 8.5-degree loft setting, which could net him even more distance. And if he needs more spin to optimize his launch conditions at that point, he can gradually slide the Back Track’s weight rearward to achieve it.

In Their Own Words: See what Chris said about his experience

Darrin Sloan (DNice26)

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  • Distance Gained: 7.1 yards
  • Handicap: 1
  • Swing Speed: 110 mph

New Driver: TaylorMade M2 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Yellow 65 (6.0 flex)

Old Driver: Ping G (10.5)
Shaft: UST Mamiya ProForce AvixCore 69 Red (Tour-S flex)

Darrin Sloan, 36, knew exactly what he wanted from a new driver. He arrived at his fitting with a Ping G (10.5 degrees) that was giving him the height he wanted, but he was looking for a straighter ball flight.

The 1-handicap, former college golfer started his fitting with a TaylorMade M2 (10.5 degrees) with a Project X HZRDUS Black 65 (6.0 flex), a combo that significantly lowered his launch angle and spin rate. While it was giving him more distance, the ball flight was too low for his needs despite his 110 mph swing speed and average angle of attack of +2 degrees.

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Darrin told TaylorMade Fitter Jason Werner he needed a higher ball flight to cut the corners of the doglegs at his home course, where he plays 95 percent of his golf. So the two starting experimenting with different heads and different shafts in search of a more familiar trajectory, as well as more distance.

He actually preferred liked the look and the feel of TaylorMade’s M1 460 driver, but there was no denying the performance of the M2. It offered him nearly +4 mph of ball speed on average over his gamer, an incredible improvement.

Once the M2 (10.5 degrees) was linked up with a Project X HZRDUS Yellow 65 (6.0 flex) shaft, it was clear Darrin had a winner. The counter-balanced shaft helped him launch his drives higher, giving him the trajectory he needed to tackle his home course. It also helped him eliminate his miss to the right and easily execute his preferred right-to-left ball flight.

In terms of distance, Darrin was also able to sightly increase his carry distance (+0.6 yards) while significantly increasing his roll out (+6.5 yards). His total yardage gain with the new driver was +7.1 yards.

Darren’s Dispersion Chart

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The takeaway for GolfWRXers is that TaylorMade’s new M2 driver can offer more ball speed than the company’s M1 driver for certain players. And if you’re struggling with either a ball flight that’s too low or a rightward miss, a counter-balanced shaft like Project X’s HZRDUS Yellow can help.

In Their Own Words: See what Darrin said about his experience

George Cellette (GC70)

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  • Distance Gained: 7.6 yards
  • Handicap: 7.1
  • Swing Speed: 95 mph

New Driver: TaylorMade M1 460 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-BB 6S

Old Driver: Callaway XR (9 degrees)
Shaft: Fujkura Speeder Evolution 565 (S-Flex)

Like a diesel engine, George needed some time to warm up during his fitting. But once he did, he began pounding drives down the left center of The Kingdom’s range.

At first, it looked as though George might post a ridiculous distance gain with a TaylorMade M1 460. He increased his distance more than 30 yards over the Callaway XR ’16 he hit at the beginning of the fitting. As he and TaylorMade Fitter Jason Werner dialed in the loft, shaft and CG setting, however, Jason noticed that George’s swing speed had jumped nearly 10 mph from 85 mph to 95 mph since he first started hitting balls. He asked George to retest his Callaway to make sure that the final data would reflect a fair comparison of his old and new drivers.

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The result was a smaller average distance gain with his new TaylorMade, but still an impressive one.

George first tested TaylorMade’s M1 460 with 8.5 degrees of loft, but because George was fighting a slice he closed the face to 10.5 degrees to create a left bias. As George loosened up, however, his slice turned into a gentle fade. For that reason, he switched George from the 8.5-degree head to a 9.5-degree head in a neutral setting.

While George’s warmed-up swing was the biggest contributor to the improved trajectory, a new shaft and weight setting also helped. At first Jason gave George a Project X HZRDUS Black 65 (6.0 flex) shaft, a low-launch shaft with ample stability to help him reduce spin. It would have been a good combo, but George wanted to test a few more shafts to see if there was more distance available to him. The winning shaft ended up being Graphite Design’s Tour AD-BB 6S, which gave George an even lower-spinning trajectory.

The adjustable weight settings of the M1 460 further optimized George’s ball flight. Since he already had enough height on his drives, Jason was able to slide the M1 460’s Back Track weight all the way forward to decrease spin. He also slid the driver’s Front Track weight all the way to the heel to maximize draw bias. The two changes had George hitting high-launching, low-spinning bombs that barely had any curvature.

George’s Dispersion Chart

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When all was said and done, George was able to scrub an incredible -908 rpm of spin off his drives. And along with his straighter trajectory, he walked away with +7.6 yards of added distance.

In Their Own Words: See what George said about his experience

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  1. They didn’t gain anything. The new carry is the same or less than their gamers. And they switched shafts, which says nothing about how much of the gain (due to roll) is due to the TM head. Save your money, guys. Nothing to see here.

  2. Lots of hoopla about the EPIC line but honestly the ’17 M1 set up better for me and dispersion with an assortment of shafts was always tighter in factory weigh settings middle/middle. It was noticeable. Distance was similar..same as every other driver. All drivers are long these days. But direction was very focused for me. Im playing the 460 M1 (2017) with KK X-stiff.

  3. Why is total distance the main focus? Sure its the total distance of your drive, but having 10+ yards of roll does not happen in Sweden. Carry distance is what I look for, sure roll will have an effect as well but these results show that you don´t gain flight distance, you gain roll distance with the new drivers.

  4. These types of articles just goes to show how many of us play drivers that are not optimally fit for us.

  5. I bet a 2002 driver would go further than my current 2016 M1 if it was a slightly lower launch. (Of course with an optimized shaft/head combo)

  6. I like it. The message to me is that you have to get fit by a good fitter and you will get yards. These drivers are so good now if you have anything over 5 years old you have to get fit again.

      • There are hater around – everywhere and every time – isn´t it?
        The truth is, that you would have to get fit – after every swing change…
        …which can happen more than once a year!

  7. Tested both against my SLDR 430. The best was M2 which only equaled my average SLDR drive. Hats off to the pro, Randy, who tried every fitting trick he knew. And with all that, both M drivers looked, sounded, and felt like crap anyway. The closest anything has come so far is the new Callaway Epic. Very nice driver, but no better. Just a slightly larger version of my old Razr Fit Xtreme. I will say for the folks swinging about 95-100mph, the PX HZRDUS T800 55 6.0 shaft in the Callaway is worth a look.

  8. Man all this negativity is terrible. Yes fitting matters; yes TM needs to sell new drivers to stay in business. I cant wait to test drive my new fitted m1 17 on course. I hope TM gets through this rough patch. This article was amazing thank you TM and Golfwrx.

  9. Interesting test Taylormade are the marketing kings everyone knows that there has been numerous test with Taylormade new driver & last year model & they usually are very close just 1-2 yards in it you need to remember distance sells these guys who tested these drivers are low handy cap players the average joke probley wouldn’t get the same result. Put them against the callaway epic

  10. So are we supposed to assume that the TM M1/M2 are the greatest drivers ever and are always the best fit for every single golfer??? Doesn’t sound right…. I think shaft has the most to do with the number changes

  11. Average swing speed well over 100 mph (even with a 95) not really relevant for the majority. $500 for a maybe 5-7 yard gain, ridiculous. At 68 with a 92 mph swing speed I would expect less than 5 yards gain. What would the average 85 swing speed player gain? Nothing, but a lesson in how to waste money.

    • At 67 and a 95 swing speed, I enjoy the game when it’s set up between 6000 and 6200 yards.
      Whatever tees that may be: blue, white,or yellow. In many instances, my repeatable 235 yard draw puts me in a better position than the competitors 250 yard fade. So I don’t see this as a game changer.

  12. Does it really matter? Wonder how they shoot and break 70 in past 30 or 40 years ago without ever knowing this technology.

  13. More of a fitting report than a story about the Tm drivers. Still interesting to read.

    • I agree. That is exactly what I got out of it, too. So, If I have the best fitters in the game with all technology that TM has available, I can gain 5 to 7 yards.

  14. A load of rubbish. A recent report stated that the average distance gain on the world tours was only 4 yards in 15 years!! This suggests that if you were fitted properly in the first place there is barely perceptible distance gain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • …and those 4 yards may come due to the longer shafts, they use nowadays on average, in comparison to 15 years ago!

  15. Honestly, every serious golfer deserves a tour-level fitting to get the most out of their equipment. Chances are you’ll see some gains. It’s probably better if the fitting is brand agnostic (especially for all these TM haters in the comments) to really find out what brand will win out. For me, I tried everything and the 2016 M2 is still the best club for me.

  16. This article is not relevant for the vast majority of golfers who swing 85 mph or less. Not even close to an adequate sample to be meaningful for the masses besides the other variables within the test group others have noted.

  17. Agree with most of the posters saying a lot of these guys came with poor fits. Not to mention a lot of the gains came with shorter carries. A ’16 M2 would at least keep up with these clubs. Save your money comrades.

  18. It’s interesting and concerning to me that some of the testers had higher ball speeds with their current gamer than the new model they were fitted to. Ball speed is the name of the game, but I realize spin has a lot to do with it too. I think you can teach a golfer to reduce spin through a swig change, but you can’t change ball speed unless they swing harder or hit it more consistently in the center of the face. Some of these gains come through added roll due to lower spin, but a shorter carry distance isn’t optimal for those playing at courses where the ball doesn’t roll much on the fairway.

  19. I agree with 1 of the above comments. I was going to get the 17 M1 but Rick Shields does product test videos all the time and he was getting much greater distance with his 16 M1. All he did was switch the head with the shaft he currently games and right on his video, the 17 M1 was shorter in distance.
    Could of Rick Shields gained more distance with a different shaft?
    I too would like to see a test by Taylormade where the 17 M1 is somehow longer than the 2016 M1

  20. Interesting that the ’16 M1/M2 wasn’t in this list. Some testers here said it was better than the ’17 M1/M2.

  21. I’m still loathe to fit anyone above 7-9 hcp by opening/closing the face to adjust loft…There’s a big slice or duck hook waiting around the corner of the next $3 press…

    The biggest breakthrough in drivers has been the shaft technology. 20 yrs ago we were using silly lofts like 6.5, 7 on drivers because the COG was always very low and only the heaviest, stiffest (felt like rebar) shafts could keep the ball from ballooning…the heads got better – mixed materials, better weight distribution and that helped a lot – but about 10 years ago, shafts started to explode. Before adjustable loft heads we were able to move (even strong hitters) to more loft (more forgiving) and keep the trajectory down by better shafts (and bettet shaft ffitting) a 70gr White Board on a 10.5 FT-5 Launched as low as a long drive XX Harrison did with a 7 degree GBB – better weight distribution in the head and a high-flex shaft. WAY more forgiving than the old combo.

    Point being, we’re always looking to get as much loft on the face and keep it neutral – then fit the shaft.

    Look for some premium bonded offerings to hit the market. Honma Tour World & Tour Edge. Both are excellent drivers with premium shafts ;)

  22. just think hey they keep doing this fitting every year…
    Look out WinStar Casino & Resort, here comes George Cellette

  23. The question you have to ask is an increase of about 7 yards between your current driver and the new TM worth spending around $500. Or would you improve your golf by spending the $500 on lessons. You all know the answer…… One final thought if the golfers old clubs were properly fitted what would be the difference? The improved distance from one version of a club to the next one is now so small, if anything, that the companies no longer highlight the “improvement”. Apologies if I sound cynical but maybe many others have the same view hence the alleged reduction in annual sales of TM.

    • I like this….let WRX sponsor 5 players …..let them take 8 lessons (with speed training) and watch these results. Spoiler alert……they would gain 15 yards with their current gamer. A much more profitable return…….wait, I almost forgot ….most of us are fat and lazy to take that route…DOH!!!….see ya at the cash register

      • I would bet, that Brian is spot on…
        …because I never heard about a $500 driver, that could hurt your game in the same way, than $500 in lessons with the wrong Pro!

  24. When I watch PGA pros their drives go on a trajectory like my 9 irons. When I speak to pro fitters, they emphasize trajectory that is low in short irons and high in long irons/driver. So why is it good to hit a 7-8* launch? Makes no sense. Run out is so variable depending on the conditions, Carry is more consistent and controlable

  25. Andrew has a +3 swing angle of attack and was using a 10.5 driver fit to his game???? Zero chance… his new driver at 9.5 is much more likely to be fit properly..the SLDR was a dog with fleas for his game.

      • I’m really confused why the dispersion isn’t mentioned more. It’s a marginal increase in distance and a big hit to accuracy (for most of these golfers).

    • Tell that to the #1 player in the world.

      According to his 2016 WITB, he’s gaming – Driver: TaylorMade M1 460 Patriotic (10.5 degrees)

    • Hi Jack, we’ve never played together, so let me tell you about my game. I absolutely love the SLDR and have been hitting it great for ~4 years now. My peak height was a bit higher than I wanted of late, but I’ve never hit it better than at this fitting. The D-type gave me increased ball speed on good hits and I was hitting it on a better trajectory with the same control. Easy decision.

    • Drew has tested many clubs (including the Epic) to try to oust the SLDR, but all have failed. This one actually is good not only because it’s longer but also is a better fit for his swing.

  26. new stuff is great but the best way to increase distance is to hit the gym and increase strength and speed.

  27. Funny,,,
    All the gains came from an reduction in carry distance, but an increase in roll. I’m not sure that really amounts to a distance increase. If you can’t carry the bunker, it won’t roll thru it.

    • I guess I’ll just hit them straighter then LOL. Seriously though, a few yards variance isn’t something I will risk with a bunk in play either way, especially with a driver. I can only judge with is it a smooth driver swing or is it a boom driver swing.

      The clear difference for these clubs is that they are lower spinning (probably not much compared to 16 versions), and that’s it. Do you like lower spinning with more roll or higher spinning with more carry? In the wind lower spinning would be better.

  28. I bet if you gave them the 2016 M1/M2 they would have had the exact same numbers. Speaking of which, why didn’t you find a golfer with lasts years version as his gamer to see what improvement they would get. Guessing zero yards gained.

  29. Looks like they were all poorly fit to their old drivers, or at least the shafts…..

      • Not sure why. Common sense would assume that a higher launch would get better carry numbers, but I’m guessing overall the higher launch didn’t equal more distance which is their motto. Probably a little better dispersion though. I’m guessing that’s the reasoning behind posting the lower launch combos.

        For Drew it didn’t matter though since he hits it a mile and a half.

        • The optimum launch depends on the ball, the ball speed and the spin numbers.
          Thus it can happen, that a high spin player needs a lower launch, than a low spin player, despite the same ball speed.
          If you use a ball that suits your spin profile, you can mitigate this effect…
          …this is also a reason why not every ball fits everyone.

  30. this article has proves again why golfers should pay for a top fitter. nice write up and congrats to the guys that went. it would be great to have head to head tests with testers fitting guys with ALL of the new driver types.

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