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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

21 Comments

  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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WRX Spotlight: AfterShokz Trekz Air headphones

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AfterShokz Trekz Air Wireless Open Ear Headphones

Honestly, this is not a review we intended on doing. Wireless headphones were not on our radar for 2019, and certainly not on our list of “golf essential” equipment. But an ad for Aftershokz headphones caught our eye. Sleek. Lightweight and “Open Ear”? We needed to check them out in person. With that, here we are.

Product: AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless open air headphones

Basically, this is a wireless headset with bluetooth connectivity with and open ear design. You can still hear your music AND the world around you at the same time. It’s a bit of genius. If you like sports but are one of those “one earbud in, one out so you can hear your surroundings” people, AfterShokz is marketing to you.

Pitch: From AfterShokz: “The next generation of bone conduction technology is what’s inside our lightest and most organically designed open ear headphones to date. We cut the bulk and used titanium everywhere possible to ensure they not only fit more securely but sound better too. Trekz Air are inspired by the demands of elite and aspiring athletes motivated by their music and their world.”

Our take on the AfterShokz Trekz

While the AfterShokz Trekz Air are not golf specific, they are a nearly perfect accessory for your range practice time. They are comfortable, sweat and water resistant and have very good sound. The open air nature is a huge plus, so you can still hear the world around you while listening to music, a recorded lesson, or a golf tempo trainer. Aftershokz claims up to a 6-hours of continuous use on a single charge. We found that to be fairly accurate.

While the $149 price point is not small change, these are not golf specific and can be worn daily. We found them to be plenty comfortable jogging, biking and just running errands. Some reviewers on the internet claim they weren’t as comfortable on the ears over a long period of time, but we didn’t experience it. We were able to wear them comfortably for extended periods with and without glasses or with or without a hat or helmet.

Very impressed.

One criticism is we felt the mic functionality was a little spotty. The users on the other end had some difficulty hearing us on the phone. It works in a pinch, but for longer conversations, we thought it was just easier to disconnect the device and put the phone to our ear.

While AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless headphones won’t make your golf game better, their one of our favorite golf accessories of 2019 so far.

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WRX Spotlight Review: Miura KM-009 putter

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Product: Miura KM-009 putter

Pitch: From Miura: “A rolled top line and a tapered heel help to deliver a putter head which is both pleasing to the eye and easy to square to your putting line. As is the case with our other putters, the milled face is extremely forgiving and produces a strike which transmits to the feel, distance control and in achieving the truest of rolls from reduced skid. This classic putter design goes through the same forging process as our irons.”

Our take on the Miura KM-009 putter

When you hear the name Miura, you think of forged irons, forged wedges, and tales of Tiger’s old clubs. Rarely do we think of putters when we hear that legendary name. Like the classic, legendary name’s wares, the KM-009 putter has a classic shape and great lines.

The Miura KM-009 is a chunky looking version of the classic Anser blade putter in a brushed white chrome. From address, it has a thick top line and looks a little shorter heel to toe, with slightly rounded bumpers. Almost like a Newport and Newport 2 had a child!

The flange seems to be a standard length with a single thin sight line. From behind the flange and bumpers are thick and hefty, giving you the look of being really solid. I am typically not a blade putter guy, but I like the thicker look of the KM-009, as other blades can get to small and thin for my eye. The face milling looks great going from shallow at the top of the putter to deeper near the bottom.

On the green the white chrome color contrasts well and I personally like the shape. I know shape is personal and how it looks to your eye could be drastically different. With the thicker top line I think the heavier bumpers help frame the ball well and focus your eyes more towards the sightline. Again, putter feel and sound really depends on the player and to me the KM-009 is a great feeling and sounding flatstick. The thicker face provides a really solid feel, responsive but without any unnecessary vibration.

Even putts off the heel and toe have a solid feel with just a slight bit more vibration to them. The distance on those mishits was actually better than I thought. For a putter that doesn’t have touted technology in the face the rollout was really good. Now those same mishit shots did travel farther offline, missing the cup by more than a couple inches each way.

The sound of the putter to me was perfect, with just the light click on impact.

The only negative to the putter is that the milling on my head wasn’t flawless. Inside the logo on the sole and near the model number you could see some milling that shouldn’t be there, something that shouldn’t be an issue on a $400 putter. From images on the web I haven’t seen other heads with similar issues, so it is probably just this one.

Overall, the KM-009 is for the player who wants great feel and sound, without caring about tech. Miura club users will find themselves in familiar territory with the KM-009: phenomenal feel and sound in a traditional package.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “The hunt for the perfect 5-wood”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from keithrichards, who is looking to add a 5-wood to his bag. Good elevation off the deck is a crucial requirement in his search, and ignoring the latest lines, our members discuss what 5-wood they believe is the best option.

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.

  • uwhockey14: “Sonartec, 19* is an awesome club with the right shaft in it. Excellent off the deck! Only 5-Wood I’ve been able to be somewhat consistent with as I played 2-Iron for years and years and struggle with hybrids!”
  • mwink822: “I like my Titleist 917 F2 from all areas (tee, fairway and rough).  The Ping G400 was also a good performer, but I hated the way it looked behind the ball.  The Callaway Steelhead XR is also a good option, but I elected not to go that avenue myself as the 5-wood has a slightly closed (to my eyes anyway) appearance at address.”
  • mowakebum: “G400 5 wood, easy to hit, put it in the bag last year and it’s in no danger of being replaced. Point and shoot full send.”
  • Mitchell: “In a 5-wood, still very difficult to beat a V steel with the appropriate shaft for your stated needs in a non-adjustable.In adjustable, the various Cobra clubs with baffler rail system would be a great place to start, f6 baffler is phenomenal out of rough.”

Entire Thread: “The hunt for the perfect 5-wood”

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