Connect with us

Opinion & Analysis

New vs. Old: Mark Crossfield tests TaylorMade’s 2017 M2 driver

Published

on

In this video, I do an on-course test and compare launch monitor data to show you the difference between TaylorMade’s 2017 M2 driver and the company’s 2016 M2 driver… it’s a close one.

Your Reaction?
  • 62
  • LEGIT5
  • WOW3
  • LOL3
  • IDHT3
  • FLOP3
  • OB4
  • SHANK5

Mark Crossfield has been coaching golf for more than 20 years, and has enjoyed shaping the digital golf world with fresh, original and educated videos. Basically, I am that guy from YouTube. You can connect with Mark on Periscope (4golfonline) and Snapchat (AskGolfGuru), as well through the social media accounts linked below.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. MrPoopoo

    Jan 9, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    On course review was great! The last hole had two very good swings and 5 yards on real turf is nothing, as course conditions could account for the difference. Having the shot tracer is such a nice tool for on course reviews.

    In terms of human performance, this may have been the best one, but again, I don’t see the need to switch from old to new M1/M2. As for fitting, yes, you probably can’t get shipped from factory old M2 to retail anymore, but since TM hasn’t changed their shaft adapters, it’s not hard to swap and test difference shafts.

  2. MrPoopoo

    Jan 9, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    If you take out the last shot with the old M2, which the numbers hint at a heel-push-cut… the old M12 would have averaged:

    2015 M2
    Ball Speed: 151 mph
    Side Spin: 57.8 L
    Back Spin: 2219 rpm
    Height: 37 yd
    Carry: 265 yd
    Dispersion: 7.7 R

    Minus the bad shot, the old M2 averaged 3 yrs more and was 2 yards longer on the longest shot from each. This is not much difference, but definitely enough evidence to not buy the 2017 M2.

  3. MR B

    Jan 9, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    found the same thing with g30 ls vs. gls. just not enough difference to justify the change. Both great clubs, though, in their own regards. slight tweaks and nuances…great review

  4. Golfwhiler

    Jan 9, 2017 at 5:30 am

    Useful review, Mark. Also, very nice consistent driving.

  5. The dude

    Jan 8, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Excellent!….need more from this bloke! Good swing too..

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Flatstick Focus

Flatstick Focus: Interview with Joe Legendre – Legend Golf Company

Published

on

In Episode 26 Glenn is back and we interview the owner of Legend Golf Company, Joe Legendre.

Your Reaction?
  • 0
  • LEGIT0
  • WOW0
  • LOL0
  • IDHT0
  • FLOP0
  • OB0
  • SHANK0

Continue Reading

Podcasts

The 19th Hole Episode 141: The (golf) show must go on!

Published

on

Host Michael Williams has breaking news on The PGA Merchandise Show going virtual in 2021 from Marc Simon of PGA Golf Exhibitions. Also features John Buboltz with the latest putters and irons from Argolf.

Your Reaction?
  • 0
  • LEGIT0
  • WOW0
  • LOL0
  • IDHT0
  • FLOP0
  • OB0
  • SHANK0

Continue Reading

Opinion & Analysis

Barney Adams: Ball rollback isn’t the right move to combat “The Golfer of Tomorrow”

Published

on

The announcing crew at the 2020 U.S. Open seemed obsessed with “the bombers”—players who drove the ball extreme distances with little regard for the occasional tee shot into the rough. TV has selected Bryson DeChambeau as their representative, given his length and victory.

I thought I’d wait a bit to see what the industry sources had to say. I can’t say it’s unanimous, because I haven’t seen everything, but the theme is: “Get Ready for The Golfer of Tomorrow”

  • 350-yard carry
  • Clubhead speed which tears through the rough allowing the ball to launch high and carry to the green
  • The ‘new’ instructor who teaches distance be it ground up or whatever new method is used
  • Gym sessions producing athletes who look more like football players
  • And last, a whole new shelf of steroids for golf

At the same time the USGA and its organizational allies are planning meetings focusing on not if the ball will be rolled back, but when—clearly, influenced by visual evidence from a great Winged Foot course in our national championship.

Let’s look deeper!

A hypothetical: go back a few months. You are on the planning committee for the U.S. Open to be held at Winged Foot, one of America’s great venues. This year because of COVID-19 there will be no galleries, something never experienced at a USGA major golf event. I repeat, your committee is planning for the U.S. Open. That implies “Open Rough” a term that is significant on its own. You don’t play from Open Rough, you escape…maybe.

The nature of Open Rough is a thick chunky base with long tendrils reaching skyward. These make it very difficult to find your ball in the best of circumstances and when attempting to advance these tendrils wrap themselves around your hosel closing the face, sending your ball deeper into hostile territory. That’s if you can even find it, Open rough has “disappeared” many balls over the years and done so within full view of gallery spectators aiding course marshals. The rule of thumb for competitors has always been to find the most reasonable patch of fairway and get out.

But this is the year of COVID-19. No galleries. Marshals, but relatively few because of no galleries. Now, considering that normal U.S. Open rough will produce many searches where marshals are important, the shortage of them will cause endless searches—which don’t make for great TV viewing. So, a decision is made, cut the rough down so shots can be found. Still in the rough but sitting on the chunky base and very often can be played. A tough call for the purist but an objective economic evaluation leaves no choice.

The announcers regale us with astonishing distances and swing speeds that allow escape from Open Rough that used to be impossible! The golf publications jump on this theme and predict that the Golfer of Tomorrow will be “DeChambeau-like” not sweet swingers but physical hulks rewriting the book on distance strongly influenced by no fear of the rough.

My point here is those publications and instructors, jumping on the “longer and slightly crooked is better” bandwagon have added 2+2 and gotten 5 when using the 2020 U.S. Open as a premise.

DeChambeau is a great and powerful player, however, I don’t think he’s known for his putting. Now I may have dozed off but I don’t remember him being widely praised for his putting. He should have been, it was terrific, probably influenced his score! He is our National Champion, an unsurpassable honor. But his style has me betting that the USGA is working on dates to discuss changing the golf ball, as in making it shorter.

I’m 100% against such a move. Golf is a game where amateurs can go to the same course play the same clubs and given a huge difference in skill achieve some measure of affiliation with the pros. A birdie is a birdie, not a long or short ball birdie. From a business perspective, the overwhelming majority of those golfers financially supporting golf are over 50. And we want them to hit it shorter?

Well, Mr. Adams what would you do? I know zero about golf ball manufacturing, but keeping the distance the same I’d change the dimples to increase curvature—just enough so it doesn’t affect slower swings that much but very high swing speeds so it’s in the player’s head

More thoughts. As an admitted TV viewer, get rid of those yardage books. Fine for practice rounds but when the bell rings it should be player and caddie, not an “on green” conference. What’s next, a staff meeting?

I’ll conclude with a note to the PGA Tour and, importantly, an admonition. To the PGA Tour: The minute a tee goes into the ground on #1 every player is on the clock. Stroke penalties, not fines, will get their attention.

To the rest of the golfing world: Let’s not blindly pursue the Golfer of Tomorrow concept without considerably deeper study.

Your Reaction?
  • 86
  • LEGIT9
  • WOW1
  • LOL1
  • IDHT0
  • FLOP4
  • OB0
  • SHANK29

Continue Reading

WITB

Facebook

Trending