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New TaylorMade M5 and M6 irons feature Speed Bridge Technology

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TaylorMade Golf has unveiled its new M-series irons for 2019: TaylorMade M5 irons and TaylorMade M6 irons, which are available to pre-order from January 18.

A brand new feature of both irons is TaylorMade’s new Speed Bridge Technology. The new technology from TaylorMade incorporates a high strength, mass-efficient structural beam spanning across the cavity back of the club to connect the top line with the back bar of the iron.

The Speed Bridge technology (4-PW), featured on both the 2019 TaylorMade M5 irons and the 2019 TaylorMade M6 irons, aims to increase distance and forgiveness while the increased rigidity in the top line and upper perimeter of the face is designed to improve both sound and feel.

Speaking concerning the new technology, Matt Bovee, Senior Manager of the company stated

“At TaylorMade, we have always strived to push the performance envelope to give players maximum distance and forgiveness in our game improvement irons. Our new SPEED BRIDGE technology allows us to do exactly that while improving sound and feel at the same time. Distance has never felt as good as it does with the M6 irons.”

Through this technology, TaylorMade has created a thru-slot Speed Pocket (4-7) for the first time in their irons, which the company claims is their “most flexible Speed Pocket to date”. The redesigned Speed Pocket has been created to provide greater face flexibility at impact to maximize ball speed and carry distance.

The combination of TaylorMade’s new Speed Bridge construction and thru-slot Speed Pocket are designed to work in unison, improving how the iron face performs during impact by shifting the point of maximum deflection lower on the face. According to TaylorMade, this deviation activates the Speed Pocket more efficiently, delivering extra flexibility over a large area of the face and delivering faster ball speeds than their previous irons.

Both irons also feature a new HYBRAR Compression Damper, which aims to control and minimize vibration for a soft and solid feel. The stiffer top line of the clubs means that the maximum point of deflection of the iron face at impact is lower than previous designs, and the lower deflection point aligned with the HYBRAR Damper aims to dampen unwanted vibrations more efficiently.

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The 2019 TaylorMade M5 and M6 irons also feature a low and deep center of gravity which aims to produce an efficient energy transfer at impact with a high launching, penetrating ball flight even for mis-hits low on the face. While the irons also contain a high MOI which is designed to provide greater stability and forgiveness.

As well as the irons deep CG and high MOI, they also contain an ultra-thin face design with TaylorMade’s patented Inverted Cone Technology (ICT). The ultra-thin face is designed to allow the iron to be flexible and fast, and paired with the ICT design the combination aims to provide players with a larger and more accurate sweet spot.

GolfWRX.com’s Johnny Wunder tested the irons in late November at “The Kingdom,” and this is what he thought.

TaylorMade M5 Irons

Look
“I mean its a distance driven, game improvement iron so I’m not really all that concerned with minimal off set and a thin top line. Thats not this club. HOWEVER the M5 is a great looking iron! The long irons may sneak into a tour bag or two.”
Feel
“The technology on the back do dampen the vibration and create some meat behind the ball. For a distance iron it feels great.”
Sound
“For a DI it sounds good but these irons typically sound almost like mini drivers to me. I don’t think the goal for TM was to create perfect acoustics, this club is supposed to fly and fly far.”
Overall
“The M5 is a good overall offering. The profile is eye pleasing enough that some lower handicappers looking to hit it a bit further may find it an easy transition into these. Thats saying that a lot for a DI.”

TaylorMade M6 Irons

Look
“In simple, frank terms….it looks like you are going to hit the 7 iron 220 at 35,000 feet. The M6 is a beefed up distance iron that looks like as such.”
Feel
“It feels and sounds like a mini driver, which is what is was designed to do.”
Overall
“The M6 was built and signed for someone looking for ULTIMATE forgiveness and distance. Mission accomplished.”

Specs, Pricing and Availability

M5

  • Product at Retail, (Pre-Order): February 1, (January 18)
  • MSRP: $999 steel/$1,199 graphite
  • Set: 4-AW, SW
  • Stock Shafts: True Temper XP100 (steel) (S, R), Mitsubishi Tensei Orange (graphite) (S, R)

M6

  • Product at Retail, (Pre-Oder): February 1, (January 18)
  • MSRP: $899 steel/$999 graphite
  • Set: 4-PW, SW
  • Stock Shafts: KBS Max 85 steel shafts (S, R) or Fujikura ATMOS Orange graphite shafts (7S, 6R & 5A). For women, the M6 irons will come equipped with the TaylorMade Tuned Performance shaft.

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21 Comments

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  1. Tom

    Jan 8, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Wow! Its glaringly obvious these guys have NOTHING new, so they reintroduce other manufacturer’s unsuccessful concepts (Nike Slingshot) in this case. They should be embarrassed.
    Save your money!!!

  2. ogo

    Jan 7, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    A WILLIAM ROSS PATENT SPRING-FACE IRON, CIRCA 1893
    http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2007/the-jeffery-b-ellis-antique-golf-club-collection-n08380/lot.379.html

    Well… so much for TM “engineering” innovative superiority… 😮

  3. Scheiss

    Jan 7, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    I love them
    hehehe

  4. Randy

    Jan 7, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    Nice add

  5. stevek

    Jan 7, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    That slit notch in the heel under the hosel is presumably to facilitate bending.
    The TM notch is an abrupt change in the hosel area and subject to high concentrated stress loading. The Ping scalloped notch is a gradual change in the hosel area and better for stress distribution. These TM irons are undoubtedly designed for the low swing speed recreational golfer to avoid stress problems and fractures.

    • CaoNiMa

      Jan 7, 2019 at 8:11 pm

      No, you’re wrong.
      That slit is to entice people to stick something in it
      It’s a slit after all
      lol

  6. KM01

    Jan 7, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    So they come off fast, and go far… No mention of stopping control though? So these go far and don’t hold greens? Longest playable iron is going to be about 8 iron for most!!!

  7. Rod

    Jan 7, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    Looks similar to Speedblades

  8. dat

    Jan 7, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    That thing is chunky, and expensive. No thank you.

  9. ~j~

    Jan 7, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    Wow, a clear miss to fans of previous M models. But hey, we’ll just keep dialing the lofts down till we have the furthest irons ever (until theor next fall release that is).

  10. Richard Douglas

    Jan 7, 2019 at 11:43 am

    I’m not a TM basher. I played the Rocketballz irons and the RSi1 in the past. But….

    This chase for more distance is irons is silly. First, I doubt seriously you’d see any–or much–improvement from recent designs. If you have much older clubs, sure, but you’re due for an upgrade from those Macgregor blades anyway, right?

    But the bottom line is this: if you want to hit your 8-iron 10 yards farther, go grab the 7. (Oh, and if you play single-length irons, that is a really simple prospect.)

  11. T R

    Jan 7, 2019 at 11:06 am

    Remember the Nike Slingshot?

  12. 2putttom

    Jan 7, 2019 at 10:57 am

    wonderful, ant pro’s carrying em’ in their bag yet?

  13. Ronald

    Jan 7, 2019 at 10:47 am

    7 iron is now 27 degrees of loft??

  14. Chip

    Jan 7, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Now my m3 irons are worthless!

    • Jerry G

      Jan 7, 2019 at 10:34 am

      I learned about 5 yrs ago to avoid all things TM.

  15. John

    Jan 7, 2019 at 9:42 am

    That’s basically the exact thing Callaway did with Epic irons… years ago..

  16. Brian McGranahan

    Jan 7, 2019 at 8:51 am

    More garbage.

  17. Jerry G

    Jan 7, 2019 at 7:36 am

    So that the faces will not collapse any longer, they made a speed bridge… another TM gimmick marketed as innovation. Makes sense.

    • Stoney

      Jan 21, 2019 at 9:43 pm

      At least no one will have to return these due to the face collapsing. They got something right.

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3-wood: TaylorMade M2 Tour HL (16.5 degrees)
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Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord (Midsize) with one wrap of 2-way tape and one wrap of masking tape

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from jjfcpa who asks fellow members what their preferred choice of club is when their ball is in thick rough. A variety of irons and hybrids are mentioned by our members who delve into the discussion of course management.

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.

  • RainShadow: “For me, that sot would be a 7 iron, open the face a little and play a runner up to the front of the green. Open face will help a bit with getting stuck in the grass.”
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Entire Thread: “Ball in the thick rough – what club to use?”

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