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First Look: 2017 TaylorMade M2 Drivers

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Will TaylorMade double up on the success of its M2 driver in 2017? It appears so. We’ve received photos of two new M2 drivers, one of which is marked “D-Type.”

2017 TaylorMade M2

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Photo from GolfWRX Forum Member BillMurrayGolfing.

Related: See more photos of TaylorMade’s 2017 M2 driver. 

2017 TaylorMade M2 D-Type

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TaylorMade has yet to announce the new drivers, but it seems that the company has made some noteworthy changes to the design of the 2017 M2 heads. Keep in mind that their predecessor, the 2016 M2, is the most played driver on the PGA Tour. Also of no small consequence; it’s Rory McIlroy‘s current driver of choice.

Related: See leaked photos of TaylorMade’s 2017 M1 460 and M1 440 drivers

TaylorMade's 2016 M2 driver (right)

TaylorMade’s 2016 M2 driver (right)

Both the 2017 M2 and 2017 M2 D-Type (if that’s what it’s called) have adjustable hosels and use TaylorMade’s Speed Pocket, a slot on the front of the driver’s sole that boosts performance, particularly on off-center hits. Both drivers also have what look to be removable weights on their rear portion of their soles, which indicate that the 2017 M2 will offer a more rearward center of gravity than the company’s 2017 M1 460 and M1 440 drivers.

One last thing to speculate about: the word “Geocoustic,” which appears on both driver heads. It’s seems like a safe bet that it has something to do with sound and feel.

Join the Discussion: What GolfWRX Members are saying about the 2017 TaylorMade M2 driver photos in our forum

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  1. Glenn kirk

    Mar 13, 2017 at 6:51 am

    Never liked Taylor made drivers always hit call away and titleist even epon took a demo m2 out last sat holy crap hit every fairway &along great sound going to try ping g Ls tech this sat then will decide but m2 very impressive????????

  2. Mike Honcho

    Nov 21, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    I’m sure retailing at $629.99 because you have to have it.

  3. RAT

    Nov 21, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Looks more like a Bridgestone driver. The ZLCobra 1st edition is still the King after all these years. Carbon fiber mix metal.

  4. Haxor13

    Nov 21, 2016 at 5:14 am

    Product looks like it’s been designed by a company very much in limbo. Recycled technology and not even creative enough to think of a new name! To be fair, why would adidas allow the R&D team to create anything new when they’re actively trying to offload the brand.

  5. Forsbrand

    Nov 20, 2016 at 6:52 am

    Ha ha you really are an amusing specimen, keep up your command of the English language and you’ll know doubt get emptied from this forum, although it won’t be a loss to 99% of the users.

  6. Mark

    Nov 20, 2016 at 4:35 am

    Two of my regular partners have just bought M2 drivers and fairways at full whack. They are raging that their clubs are obsolete already. TM really have lost the plot. They are more like a fashion business where every season needs something new.

    • Chill

      Nov 20, 2016 at 7:30 am

      It’s been out since the start of this year, and won’t be replaced until 2017. Your friends also probably got a discount with the clubs being out for so long and looking like being replaced in the future.

      Car’s get updated every year with new license plates and the depreciation is in the £000’s – not to mention any new tech / features.

      If you want the newest stuff, buy it when it comes out. Not 11 months later then whinge about it.

    • Matto

      Nov 21, 2016 at 1:21 am

      Um, your friends are new to this, huh?

    • tzed

      Nov 21, 2016 at 8:16 am

      That’s so ridiculous. Like they didn’t know a new driver was ever going to come out of Taylor Made’s plant? Do they wince and moan the year after they buy a new car? ‘Oh my God, the 2017 C Class just came out, my precious 2016 is obsolete!’ Get a friggin’ grip.

  7. KMcA

    Nov 20, 2016 at 4:09 am

    Why are the administraters allow MSIZZLE offensive comments to remain on the forum. This is a golf forum not somewhere to obuse European members and spout political points of view.
    M2 very good driver I saw my swing speed increase by 5mph and has been the only driver I have hit that has increased my driving distance. Please do an all black version

    • Forsbrand

      Nov 20, 2016 at 4:22 am

      All black would be fab, Same opinion, I had the all black R1

    • BrentF

      Nov 20, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      I just emailed the admins. This is ridiculous and disgusting. I am reporting GolfWRX for allowing racist and homophobic remarks while deleting one that I wrote speaking out against MSmizzle’s disgusting comments. GolfWRX has turned into a revolting website which allows hate speech.

    • Dumb

      Nov 21, 2016 at 10:33 am

      OOps. Wrong comment

    • mctrees02

      Nov 21, 2016 at 3:06 pm

      Wow you must have a lot of free time on your hands…

  8. Lloyd

    Nov 19, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    I’ve had Taylormade products for many years and trust me when I say it’s all the same I like the M1 hated the M2 so I went toTitleist which are really aimed at the lower handicap golfer so I ended up using a brand which I never really thought I would the Callaway X-RAY pro and it’s awesome

  9. soberD

    Nov 19, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    If they make an M3 it will have to be a bloated pig with no steering feel and fake engine sounds.

  10. Tony Rich

    Nov 19, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    They launched this one so fast they forgot to change the name. That’s why used clubs are worth nothing, people throw in the towel quit golf and try other sports, because you feel like you can’t keep up with the 3 month trends. These guys suck and so do their products, scru Taylor Made golf.

    • YoureAHack

      Nov 19, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      Taylormade has nothing to do with used clubs being worth nothing. Who cares anyway? I love being able to buy a great golf club for cheap just because it’s a year old. Only morons think they have to have the newest clubs. Taylormade makes great golf equipment. Piss off

    • Tony Rich

      Nov 19, 2016 at 11:36 pm

      Taylor Made has everything to do with golf equipment
      becoming a cheap worthless commodity….you Hack! With each successive launch every 6 weeks, the crap they made you spend $400 on the month before is worth nothing.
      Look at the used racks Hack, full of dirty white heads Hahahaha

      • Matt H

        Nov 21, 2016 at 3:38 pm

        Yes it’s just Taylormade. Give
        Me a break. Cally has flooded
        The market worse
        Than TM the last 3 years.

        Give
        It a rest

        • ACGolfwrx

          Nov 22, 2016 at 12:39 am

          TM and Cally are mass market giants!!! That’s why Titleist/Ping hold their value much better. Plain and simple….

    • Brad

      Dec 5, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      They’re products are not even bad and if anything them coming out with new ones so often is better for you so you can buy last years model for 300$ cheaper

  11. Square

    Nov 19, 2016 at 4:17 am

    I’ve been hypercritical of Taylormade for a many years. In my opinion, their equipment wasn’t up to par and they offered a new club every other month…..However, this changed with the 2016 M1/M2 launch and a few afternoons on a launch monitor. No other brand could touch the numbers I was getting with the M1 Driver. I played the M1 Driver last year and it was by far the most enjoyable driver I’ve played in years. Truthfully, I can’t imagine the 2017 line up will be that significant of an improvement over last years model, but they did produce a winner in the M1/M2 lineup.

    • D. Jenkins

      Nov 19, 2016 at 9:21 pm

      Hey Square- this is the same line of garbage we were fed with the SLDR. Turned out you need a microscope to find th sweet spot with either the 460 or 440. You want to end up in the fairway 15 yards further than you are now, buy a Ping G with Tour shaft and be done with it.

    • Mike

      Nov 22, 2016 at 11:39 am

      +1.

      I have always been a Titleist driver player and said I would never own a white driver head. Well, until the M1 came out this past year. As you stated, it really is a great driver. Will I buy the M2? No. I use to laugh at adjustable drivers until I worked with one. Now I depend on one so I can fine tune the head to my specs and once that is done I leave the wrench at home.

    • America

      Nov 22, 2016 at 12:31 pm

      Cant agree more. I’ve been a Taylormade “hater” for a few years now, but with the release of the M1/M2 and the longer product cycles, I can’t hate anymore.

      • Rads

        Nov 30, 2016 at 4:31 pm

        Me too. Been a staunch Titleist fan for years but tried an M2 last week and added an average of 20 yards!

  12. Rupesh

    Nov 19, 2016 at 3:33 am

    It may be a fantastic driver. But I am not going to buy it. Not a fan of black and white crowns

  13. Dat

    Nov 18, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Geocoustic? What gimmick will they think of next!

    • Mat

      Nov 19, 2016 at 12:44 am

      I dunno, but they didn’t even get their graphics guy to get them an M3 yet…

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The most popular golf shoes on Amazon right now (Fall 2020 edition)

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What are the most popular golf shoes on Amazon right now? From time to time, we like to get out of our little bubble of OEM releases and what’s being played on tour to look at what golf consumers are buying on one of the largest online retail marketplaces: Amazon.

Here are some of the best-selling golf shoes on Amazon as of October 2020.

1. Adidas Men’s Tech Response Golf Shoes

From the listing:Mesh/synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Thintech, adituff, thintech cleat, traxion, adiwear. Lightweight mesh and synthetic upper for enhanced breathability and comfort. Soft eva insole for lightweight comfort and cushioning. 6-spike configuration with thintech low-profile technology for improved traction and stability.”

Price: $59.99

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2. Skechers Go Golf Men’s Torque Waterproof Golf Shoe

From the listing:Synthetic. Imported. lace-up. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Replaceable soft spikes. Waterproof.”

Price: $59.99

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3. FootJoy Men’s Fj Flex Golf Shoes

 

From the listing:100% Textile. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Performance Mesh – lightweight performance mesh delivers incredible comfort, breathability and all-day comfort. Complete support – a soft EVA midsole provides increased underfoot cushioning, enhanced comfort and exceptional stability.”

Price: $89.99

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4. PUMA Men’s Ignite Nxt Lace Golf Shoe

From the listing:100% Textile and Synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Sole shield. Performance Mesh +TPU. Ignite Foam.”

Price: $99.99

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5. Skechers GO GOLF Men’s Max Golf Shoe

From the listing:Imported. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Skechers Goga Max insole delivers enhanced high-rebound cushioning for all day comfort. Durable grip tpu outsole with a spikeless bottom. Lightweight. Water resistant. Synthetic upper.”

Price: $74.97

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6. Adidas Men’s Tour360 Xt Spikeless Golf Shoe

From the listing: Leather and Synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Leather and microfiber synthetic upper. Spikeless Puremotion outsole for enhanced flexibility and grip with X-Traxion primary lugs for grip and balance.”

Price: $135.59

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7. FootJoy Men’s Fj Originals Golf Shoes

From the listing: Built on the Austin Last, this last offers the fullest rounded toe character, fullest fit across forefoot, standard instep and heel. EVA (ethyl vinyl acetate) Fit-Beds provide lightweight cushioning underfoot. EVA does not take a set, so the cushioning will remain the same for the life of the shoe. This easy care synthetic upper offers outstanding 1 year waterproof comfort, breathability, and durability.”

Price: $89.95

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8. Skechers Women’s Max Golf Shoe

From the listing:Imported. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Spikeless, durable grip tpu outsole. Ultra-lightweight, responsive ULTRA Flight cushioning. Goga max insole delivers enhanced high-rebound cushioning. Water resistant. Synthetic upper.”

Price: $57.55

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9. FootJoy Women’s Sport Retro-Previous Season Style Golf Shoes

From the listing: ” Lightweight – the linen-textured synthetic uppers offer lightweight comfort and durability. Cushioned rubber – the gum rubber outsole is a soft rubber compound which provides flexibility and comfort. Enhanced traction – This molded rubber outsole provides turf gripping performance and durability.”

Price: $59.95

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10. New Balance Men’s Sweeper Waterproof Spiked Comfort Golf Shoe

From the listing: Synthetic. Imported.Rubber sole.Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Waterproof microfiber leather upper. REVlite 10mm drop* midsole provides lightweight cushioning & premium responsiveness. NDurance rubber outsole with removable FTS 3.0 Pulsar spikes.”

Price: $59.99

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Justin Thomas: What makes him an elite wedge player

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It might be easy to say that a player like Justin Thomas is near the top of the leaderboard because

  1. He hits it the best
  2. He drives it long and relatively straight
  3. He is having a good putting week

I would agree and disagree with all three. Yes, they are definitely factors, but in my opinion, it’s his wedge play that has been the most notable part of his game—especially in 2020.

If you look at the stats, you will find a player who is not only damn-near deadly from 150 yards and in, but also a player who gets out of trouble about as well as anyone in the top 10 in the world.

We are talking about 2020 as a whole FYI.

(Stats via PGATour.com)

Now strokes gained wedge stats have multiple variables affecting the ultimate stat, fairways hit, where a player misses it, out of the rough vs out of the fairway, putting, yada, yada, yada….

At this point, if I had to pick a player to get it done around the greens it would JT or Jon Rahm. True artists. Go back and watch some of the shots from the FedEx at TPC Southwind or even Kapalua this year, it was the reliance on his wedges that became the secret sauce. Like the putter, good wedge play can be an equalizer when anything else is falling short. And when the rest of the bag is decent, for a player like JT, good wedge play equals wins.

I wanted to dig in a little deeper, so I asked my old friend, Vokey’s Aaron Dill a few questions on what makes JT unique with a wedge in his hands…

JW: As far as technique, what in his action makes JT so good? And if you could compare him to someone who would it be?

AD: Justin’s technique is really something to watch. His ability to stay loose, calm, and maintain effortless speed while delivering the wedge accurately really shows his comfort with a wedge in his hands. Justin keeps the club out in front of him and he has mastered the ability to control his golf ball’s flight and spin.  I could compare him to many, but I sometimes feel he is in a league of his own.  

JW: Beyond the great shots we see on highlight reels, where does JT really get it done from an SG perspective? What do you see that the average person wouldn’t? 

AD: Justin does it all very well. You know this because he is 9th in SG around the green and this is partly due to his spotless technique but his ability to scramble in difficult situations. Something he does that amazes me is his creative vision of shots. There are times when he is in a situation where he hits a shot we don’t expect or think of. His comfort with a wedge is fun to watch, he makes all short game shots seem like they are no big deal and you can see this by his free-flowing, loose and speedy wedge action. You can tell he feels at peace with his wedge technique.

JW: He has an interesting set up for his wedges that has been well covered, but since you first met him, how has his understanding and approach to his wedges and wedge play evolved?

AD: Justin’s wedge set is unique, however, a lot of thought and intelligence has gone into crafting this matrix. Since the first time I met him, he has worked hard and he has always had the desire to want to improve and push himself. You can see it in his strength training, his increase in ball speed, and his general approach to competitive golf. His knowledge of his short game has improved over the years and it shows in his success. You can see how comfortable he feels when a wedge is pulled from the bag, you can bet he will be landing the ball close to the hole setting himself up for a makable putt.

Justin Thomas’ wedge specs 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Raw SM7 (46-10F @47.5, 52-12F @52.5), Vokey SM8 (56-14F @57), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks (60T @ 60.5)

Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (46), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (52-60)

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How to pick the right putter

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In the game of golf, putting is the great equalizer. It doesn’t take speed or strength and simply requires you to select a line and hit a ball at the right speed—easier said than done. But regardless of your skill level, it is the one club in your set you really never have to upgrade once you find the right one, which is why knowing how to pick the right putter is so important.

This is the GolfWRX guide to selecting the right putter for you.

How to pick the right putter: The right look

This one seems simple, but you have to like the look of your putter and feel comfortable lining it up. For some golfers, that means finding a more traditional heel and toe weighted blade with a basic metal finish, for others that could also mean a larger mallet style that inspires confidence thanks to its larger footprint and contrasting colors.

Between the two aforementioned styles, there are still varying hosel/neck (where the shaft meet the head) configurations that can change how a putter wants to naturally rest when being held which can, in turn, change the natural toe hang of the putter and how it will fit.

How to pick the right putter: Understanding putter toe hang types

  • Face Balanced – Depending on the hosel configuration, this style can be found on both mallet and blade-style putters, and when being balanced by the shaft, the face will sit perpendicular to 12 o’clock. These are intended to fit golfers with a straight back-straight through stroke/minimal face rotation.

  • 1/2 Toe Hang – This is the most neutral type of toe hang and sits between the face balanced and full toe down. It is found on most heel-toe blade putters with full-shaft offset (Scotty Cameron Newport 2 shown) and is for slightly arcing strokes with medium face rotation.

  • Toe Down/Full Toe Hang  – This type is only going to be found on the most heel-shafted blade-style putters, and when being balanced by the shaft, the toe will face “6 0’clock”—directly down to the ground. These are intended to fit golfers with the most extremely arcing stroke and high level of face rotation.

NOTE: There are multiple variations of 1/2 toe hang that sit both closer to full toe down and face-balanced all designed to fit various stroked depending on the amount of arc and face rotation.

Whatever reason you have for picking the putter you ultimately use, make sure you like the looks of it because you’re going to be seeing a lot of each other.

How to pick the right putter: Understanding your stroke style

Your putting stroke will inevitably play a big role in the putter you select because certain styles are going to work better for certain golfers depending on their putting stroke style, which is referenced above. To make it easy to understand—putting strokes can be put into three categories, and for visual reference, check out the handy guide below with pictures supplied by our friends at Ping.

Slight Arc

Fitter and golfer reviewing PING Color Code Chart

This is where most golfers fit in since it is the most natural stroke to make. A slight arc is also what I like to call a neutral stroke, meaning that when it comes to picking a putter it gives the golfers the most options for finding one that is going to fit best.

Straight back and straight through

Fitter applying impact tape to bottom of iron

A straight back and straight through stroke can help a lot of golfers eliminate variables, and when paired with the right putter can really help those that struggle to get putts started on line. Golfers in this category usually perform best with a face-balanced putter.

Strong Arc

Fitter watching golfer hit shots

A strongly arced stroke is the exact opposite of straight back-straight through and requires the most amount of practice and technique to maintain consistency. Players with a strong arc generally also use a lot more wrist in their stroke and because of the inconsistency, this stroke creates, there are fewer putters on the market that fit this type.

Putting it all together

Once you have selected your putter, the last step is getting it dialed into your final spec for length, lie, and loft. For length, the goal is to be able to stand in a comfortable putting position with your eyes over the ball or, just inside of your eye line.

For lie and loft, it is best to see a fitter, since it requires specialized tools to properly adjust, but if you are trying to get an idea for the direction your putter will need to be bent use the reference guide below.

To see how a professional putting fitting is conducted, check out the video below from TXG

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