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Spotted: A TaylorMade “M4” driver (via Instagram)

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We’ve spotted two photos of a TaylorMade M4 driver making the rounds on Instagram and in our TaylorMade M3/M4 forum thread. While Instagram username “Golfization” — whom we believe to be the originator of the photos — has been deleted, below is a screenshot of the original post. The photos have since been shared by a variety of other Instagram users, as well. TaylorMade currently has no comment on the photos or the driver.

Based on the photos of the driver, it appears that the TaylorMade M4 pictured has the company’s “Geocoustic” technology that uses geometries to improve sound and feel. It also displays a new “Hammerhead” technology, based on writing written on a slot in the sole of the driver in the photo above. Even if the photo does not picture an M4 that will hit retail, the photo at least shows that TaylorMade has made a driver that goes away from it’s popular white-centric color scheme, replacing it with silver, much like a previous SLDR S design.

Is this TaylorMade’s new M4? That question has yet to be answered. But click here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about the Instagram photos.

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  1. Joro

    Nov 13, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Y’all better run out and get in line, cause with that amazing Driver you will be so much longer and is what it is all about, can’t play a lick, but long. And that is a promise from TM. No guarantee, but a promise. Hurry and get you one. lololololol

  2. MuskieCy

    Nov 11, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Raider Nation will eat it up.

  3. Bernard

    Nov 11, 2017 at 10:57 am

    I actually like it quite a bit because it definitely has looks of BMW. Enough for a lawsuit or some agreement to be in place. Porche has trademark on their fonts, would be surprised if BMW did not go just as far.

  4. Bobby Wallace

    Nov 11, 2017 at 10:35 am

    The silver looks horrible. Black and white looked amazing.

  5. Had Enuff

    Nov 10, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    M4 — Febr’18
    M5 — June’18
    M6 — Nov’18
    M7 — Mar’19
    M8 — ??????

  6. Mr Muira

    Nov 10, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    Taylormade have only ever built one club (an iron) that was good, but they don’t even know it. They jagged the design of it. If they knew they would bring it back. The R9 tour.

  7. Anthony

    Nov 10, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    HammerHead? Oh my god, it all started with rockets and nutz ????

    TaylorMade, Your dead to many people!!!

  8. F the French

    Nov 10, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    As long as it performs, and that the head isn’t too light like the retail M2, but as heavy as the SLDR

  9. steve c

    Nov 10, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Taylormade cash-grab? I think so…

  10. Bob Rockwell

    Nov 10, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    The silver looks like sh*t. Go back to white with black.

    • Joe Dallas

      Nov 10, 2017 at 4:47 pm

      I agree, no comparison between this and the old M1’s and M2’s. Which are not that old LOL The white and black color schemes look amazing. This is so muhhhhhhhhh.

      • Bo Pence

        Nov 10, 2017 at 4:49 pm

        Hopefully they will have color options,(white on black, grey on black, and black on black etc) That would be great!

  11. SUHDUDE

    Nov 10, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    The Ultimate Copyright Infringement Machine

    • Mr. Replier Guy

      Nov 10, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      This.
      Pandering to wannabe Bimmerheads.

  12. Taylormade Fan

    Nov 10, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Can’t stand the grey with the black. The white looks so much better. Why can’t they just keep the crown like it was?

  13. etc.

    Nov 10, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Looks like no sliding or screw-in weights, just some fancy internal structures to reinforce the driver head and give the impression that it’s something important for performance. Another semi-annual WITB scam for gullible gearheads.

    • Brian

      Nov 10, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      I’m guessing there will be an “M3” version with the adjustable weights.

  14. CB

    Nov 10, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Does its engine catch fire and explode like made-in-USA junk BMWs too? lmao

  15. John K

    Nov 10, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Make the top all honeycomb black and I’m in. Really don’t like the multiple colors.

  16. Bishop

    Nov 10, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    I wonder how much in royalties BMW will be receiving from Taylormade… if none, I’m sure we can expect to see a lawsuit in the near future.

    I suppose the slogan can still remain the same for both companies, though: “The Ultimate Driving Machine”.

    • saveva

      Nov 10, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      lawsuits? I guess if BMW also applied their trademarks to golf equipment…

      • Bishop

        Nov 10, 2017 at 3:20 pm

        Or a trademark on the “M4” emblem…

        • Mr. Divot

          Nov 10, 2017 at 4:25 pm

          When you apply for a trademark, it has to be specified which category the trademark will be used. Then you have to prove usage in that category after receiving the trademark. Also, you can’t use a super broad description of intended trademark usage so that it covers a bunch of different industries and uses, when in reality, you plan to only use it in one or two particular industry categories. It’s doubtful BMW applied for usage of the ‘M4’ trademark in the golf club category, although they definitely would have applied for clothing, so there may be some overlap there.

    • xjohnx

      Nov 10, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      I’m not a lawyer so I wont comment on the legality of it but, I think calling them M3/M4 and using this color scheme is just flat out desperate and disrespectful.

  17. Scott

    Nov 10, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Boo ya baby! Gonna be an expensive spring. Can’t wait to read what tweaks they made. Is Sergio crying now or is he already dialing in on an epic now? Wow

  18. nyguy

    Nov 10, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    meh… awful M4 logo like the m1 logo, just awful.. Taylormade needs a new art director… does this club come with the purchase of a BMW M-series???

  19. dude

    Nov 10, 2017 at 11:55 am

    I thought RM said it was the ball anyway? Is that silver?

  20. Spitfisher

    Nov 10, 2017 at 11:54 am

    M4, Looks like a BMW rear badge

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Andrew “Beef” Johnston WITB 2017

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2017 RSM Classic (11/14/17).

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 70TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F3 (15 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 80TX

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H2 (19 Degrees)
Shafts: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 90HY TX

Driving Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB 2 & 3 Iron (17 & 20 Degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Irons: Titleist 718 MB (3-9)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (46-10F, 50-08F, 54-10S)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Super Rat I GSS Inlay
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Pistol

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Newport 2
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Cord Pistol

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Super Rat II GSS Inlay
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Cord Pistol

WITB Notes: Beef was testing a variety of putters ahead of The RSM Classic. We will update this post when his choice is confirmed. 

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Beef’s clubs. 

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As we’ve written before, the decision to put a new driver in the bag is usually obvious. Better numbers at testing, perceptibly longer distance, and as long as your bank account allows, you have your new gamer.

The iron switch, however, is a trickier beast. Comfort with the variety of shots one needs to hit is key. Confidence from one’s long irons through the higher lofts is critical. Thus, even the greatest enthusiasm for a new iron release isn’t always followed by a mass exodus to gaming said irons. This is doubly true at the professional level, where the tools are critical to a player’s livelihood.

That said, the combination of forum chatter, GolfWRX member enthusiasm, and what we’re spotting in our WITB photos from tour stops are a reliable indicator of the hottest irons in the game.

And judging by the response to our recent Instagram post, we’re confident that these four models are the hottest blade irons in golf right now.

Callaway Apex MB

Buzz built steadily for the Apex MB iron when we first spotted them in Tour players’ bags at the beginning of 2017. The irons are the product of direct feedback from the company’s Tour staffers, according to Luke Williams, Director of Product and Brand Management at Callaway. Forged from 1025 Carbon Steel, these irons have the shortest blade lengths, the thinnest soles and the smallest overall heads in the vast line of Callaway irons. They’re designed for maximum workability, and for tour-desired turf interaction.

Related: Callaway (finally) launches new Apex MB and X Forged irons

Mizuno MP-18

The pioneers of Grain-Flow Forging, Mizuno went back to its roots with the MP-18 iron model. A throwback to the great muscle backs in the company’s history, Mizuno was shooting for the look of an iron that could have been forged a century ago. Shorter blade length, cambered top line, sharp, compact wedges, all combined with the most minimal badging make the MP-18 an instant classic that set the GolfWRX forums afire.

Related: Mizuno brings the MP family closer together

TaylorMade P730

TaylorMade’s P730, particularly in its prototype incarnations, made quite a splash on the PGA Tour. Building on the heritage of the TP-MB irons, P730 was developed in collaboration with the very best players in the world. The 1025 carbon steel irons irons feature a smaller profile and crisper lines than the MB series irons. The combination of the clean look and a deep rear groove have players drooling. Discussing working with Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose to design the P730, TM’s Senior Director of Irons, Tomo Bystedt said, “What these players need is a very low-inertia club that they can [manipulate] easily, almost like a surgeon’s scalpel.” Behold the scalpel.

Related: Taylormade expands forged offerings with P730 and P790

Titleist 718 MB

“For the purist there is no substitute for a one-piece, muscle back iron. The 718 MB is the modern choice for those desiring a traditional forged look and feel,” says Titleist in the 718 MB marketing materials.

It’s hard to argue with that statement from the “appearance of a classic forged iron” standpoint. Purists appreciate that the 718 MB maintains Titleist’s traditional lofts (the 6-iron is 31 degrees, the pitching-wedge is 47 degrees), thin top-line, minimal offset, and limited badging. In short, if it ain’t broke…

Related: Titleist’s 718 irons offer endless possibilities.

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Austin Cook’s Winning WITB: The 2017 RSM Classic

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Driver: Ping G400 LST (8.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution TX-Flex

3 Wood: Ping G400 Stretch (13 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujifuke Motore Speeder VC 7.2 TX-Flex

Hybrid: Ping G400 3 Hybrid (19 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91X

Hybrid: Ping G400 4 Hybrid (22 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91 X

Irons: Ping S55 Orange Dot (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour S-Flex

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 SS (50-12, 56-12), Ping Glide 2.0 WS (60)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne 
Grip: SuperStroke Mid-Slim 2.0

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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