Did you miss Face Slots? They’re back.
With TaylorMade’s RSi irons, released in 2015, the company introduced a never-before-seen, ultra-visible technology on its club faces. Two polymer-filled slots — one on the heel, one on the toe — were added to help raise ball speeds on off-center hits.
With the company’s 2016 game-improve release, the M2 and M2 Tour irons, Face Slots went away. But for TaylorMade’s 2017 release of the irons bearing the same name, the forgiveness-based, Face-Slot technology is back.
According to TaylorMade, Face Slots are most effective on shots hit high and on the toe of the club face, an area where the majority of golfers contact their irons shots. The Face Slots couple with several new design features to further increase distance and forgiveness compared to the 2016 M2 irons.
Also new for 2017 are TaylorMade’s M1 irons, the first edition of irons with that name. They replace the M2 Tour irons in the company line, a compact distance iron that we’ve spotted in the bags of PGA Tour players, who use them as long-iron and hybrid replacements.
The M1 name in TaylorMade’s M-Series is synonymous with more compact heads, clubs that serious golfers tend to prefer. Keeping with that theme, the M1 irons have smaller bodies, thinner soles and thinner top lines, but are made with many of the same technologies as the 2017 M2 irons.
Learn more about each of the new iron designs below.
2017 M2 irons
TaylorMade’s new M2 irons are made with 33 percent thinner top lines, meaning they will look sleeker at address than their predecessors. They also have a 7 percent shallower blade height, helping to lower center of gravity (CG) for a higher launch.
Speed Pockets in the 4, 5, 6 and 7 irons, which were used in previous iterations to increase ball speeds on off-center hits, were made 20 percent deeper to improve the flexibility of the club faces. They help improve ball speed on center strikes, but more importantly they promote more ball speed on off-center hits than their predecessors.
As seen in the 2016 M2 irons, the 2017 M2 irons also have fluted hosels to save weight, except the six-sided flutes are now wider and thinner, saving an additional 2 grams that was used to lower the CG of the iron heads. With what may be music to club fitters’ ears, TaylorMade added a slot at the hosel bend, allowing the clubs to be bent easier for less restriction on loft and lie angle adjustments.
As with the M1 and M2 drivers, the M2 irons have a “Geocoustic” design to improve sound and feel. For the irons, that means there’s a vibration-dampening badge behind the face, and a rib structure tucked below the topline that creates better sound and feel.
The M2 irons are also available with a sand wedge (54 degrees) that’s designed specifically for bunker play, rather than full shots from grass. It uses more bounce to help golfers more easily move the club through sand. A 59-degree lob wedge has a low-bounce design to perform better from tight lies.
The M2 irons (4-LW) will sell for $799 with steel REAX HL 88 shafts by FST (S and R flexes) and $899 with M2 REAX graphite shafts (S, R, A, L flexes). They will be available Jan. 27, 2017.
Although TaylorMade’s M1 irons are made to be more compact and sleeker than the M2 irons, they use tungsten in the toes of the long irons (3-7) to ensure forgiveness is not sacrificed. The addition of tungsten in the M1 irons allowed TaylorMade to nearly center CG in the irons — about 1 millimeter from center, according to TaylorMade — from heel-to-toe, and drop CG lower in the head for a higher launch and a greater MOI (moment of inertia, a measure of forgiveness).
The M1 irons also have a fluted hosel to save weight, but it’s used only on the under portion of the hosel, effectively blocking the weight-saving design from a golfer’s view at address.
Compared to the 2017 M2 irons, the M1 irons have many of the same technologies, including a “Geocoustic” design for better sound and feel. They also have Face Slots and Speed Pockets in their soles (also used in the 3-7 irons) to improve forgiveness on off-center strikes.
The leading edges and sole widths are thinner on the M1 irons when compared to the M2 irons, helping improve turf interaction for better players who are likely to have slightly shallower angles of attack.
The M1 irons (3-PW) will be available on March 1, 2017, and will come stock with True Temper’s XP95 steel shafts ($999) or Mitsubishi Rayon’s Kuro Kage Silver graphite shafts ($1,199). Additional shafts options are also available for no upcharge.
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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (04/05/21): Rare TaylorMade 3-wood
At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.
We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing, including equipment or, in this case, a killer 3-wood.
Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for TaylorMade R7 Titanium TP 3-wood, which much like the well-loved V-Steel has a strong following in the used market still.
To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: R7 TP 13.5°, SIM Max 15° and MORE.
A Masters-winning Scotty Cameron putter is up for sale
If you have ever wanted to own a putter used to win the Masters, here is your chance. No, it’s not a putter from Tiger, Phil, or Jordan Spieth, but it is still a very special flatstick from a two-time winner.
Golden Age Golf Actions has the one and only Scotty Cameron used by Bernhard Langer to win the 1993 Masters up for sale now, and the asking price is just under $45,000.
Not only does it hold a place in history with the tournament but also for putter maker Scotty Cameron. Here are the deatils from the auction:
“Offered here is what many consider the Scotty Cameron “Holy Grail” – the actual putter that launched Scotty Cameron’s career. This is Bernhard Langer’s actual putter used to win the 1993 Masters Tournament. A pre-Titleist Classic I in black oxide finish with initials “B.L.” The original Mizuno stamp on the toe was famously “X’d” out by Scotty Cameron at the following year’s Tournament of Champions at La Costa. Scotty Cameron was gaining a great deal of recognition at the time, and did not want Mizuno to keep showing up on the Darrell Survey that tracked manufacturers’ clubs being used at each PGA Tour event.”
“The offered putter not only won the Masters Tournament, but it is at least partially responsible for the entire putter market today. Most people don’t collect wedges or drivers or 3-irons. They collect putters; and you could make an argument that without this putter, the entire collector market would be quite a bit different today. 35 1/4”
You can check out the listing and place your bid here: Bernhard Langer’s Actual 1993 Masters Tournament Winning Scotty Cameron Putter
Cobra launches limited-edition ‘Majors Collection’ of RadSpeed and RadSpeed XB drivers
Cobra Golf has unveiled its limited-edition ‘Majors Collection’ of RadSpeed and RadSpeed XB drivers, each with a colorway inspired by the four 2021 major championships, which are all available at CobraGolf.com and select retailers from today.
The King LE RadSpeed Season Opener
The first in the collection is the King LE RadSpeed Season Opener driver, featuring an action green colorway inspired by the lush fairways, pure greens, and the iconic jacket synonymous with the Masters.
The driver comes equipped with a premium Project X Hzrdus Smoke Green Small Batch shaft in an IP finish and a custom black, and green Lamkin Crossline Connect grip to further the Augusta National vibes.
The King LE RadSpeed Island
The 2021 PGA Championship-inspired RadSpeed driver features a light cobalt blue and white colorway that pays homage to the classic styles of the South, a traditional blue and white seersucker, and the emerald blue ocean and white sands of the Charleston coast.
The driver is equipped with a Project X Hzrdus RDX smoke and a custom black and blue Lamkin Crossline Connect grip.
The King LE RadSpeed Pars and Stripes
The RadSpeed Pars and Stripes driver boasts a patriotic red, white, and blue colorway and comes equipped with a Project X Hzrdus Smoke RDX Blue shaft in an IP finish and a custom black and red Lamkin Crossline Connect grip.
King LE RadSpeed Season Closer
The Sean Closer RadSpeed driver takes design inspiration from the orange sunsets over the sand dunes on Sandwich Bay at the Royal St. George’s Golf Club, home of the season’s final Major Championship.
The driver is equipped with a premium Tensei AV Raw Orange shaft and a custom black, and orange Lamkin Crossline Connect grip.
All four limited-edition drivers cost $549 each and are available from today at CobraGolf.com and select retailers.
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