TaylorMade Fairway Wood & Hybrid Reviews
While TaylorMade's drivers might be getting the majority of recent attention given their dominance in 2016, TaylorMade's product team is very pleased with their line-up of fairway woods and rescues. The TGW team is lucky enough to visit H.Q. on a regular basis to review TaylorMade fairways and hybrid innovations and evaluate their performance, often inviting a few loyal customer to join us. The result is a lot of unique video and player reviews from golfers just like you. So you'll get opinions from more golfers than just Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia! To browse all our golf club reviews, visit the TGW Golf Guide.
2017 TaylorMade M1 and M2 Fairways. More speed, more forgiveness, more playability
TGW sat down with TaylorMade's Senior Director of Product Creation for Metalwoods, Brian Bazzel, to discuss 2017's new woods. As is the case with the new drivers, the new fairways and rescues feature ample technological improvements that are leading to performance gains. Brian is the guy you see working with top pros like Dustin Johnson, introducing them to new gear each season. So he's seen what it can do for the best. We asked him how it'll help the rest of us!
TaylorMade M1 Fairway:We’ll start with the M1 fairways, which like last year’s versions will again feature a carbon crown that enables a low, deep center of gravity. But in many ways, the similarities end there.
“The new M1 fairway is significantly longer than last year’s (M1) fairway,” said Brian Bazzel, TaylorMade Senior Director of Product Creation for Metalwoods. “It’s producing distances closer to what we saw with M2, but you still get all of the personalization. And we also improved ground interaction.”
A weight track that features a 25-gram sliding weight that allows players to create their preferred ball flight bias does return, but the track has been moved further away from the face to make room for a new Speed Pocket that creates more ball speed from impact points across the face.
A new sole shape has also been utilized in the design, which is allowing for better turf interaction from all lie conditions, as well as improved ball speed preservation on shots struck low on the face.
The M1 fairways also utilize a lightweight loft sleeve that allows players to adjust loft by +/- 2 degrees, as well as lie angle, which makes it easier to achieve one’s desired ball flight and trajectory.
M1 fairways are being offered in standard loft settings of 15, 17 (right-hand only), and 19 degrees, and they come with the Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 70 (mid-launch, mid-spin profile) as a stock shaft, with 30 additional premium shafts being offered at no upcharge. The stock grip, meanwhile, is the Lampkin UTX Cord.
TaylorMade M2 Fairway: Moving to the M2 fairways, they have also received a significant makeover that has enhanced their playability.
“The M2 fairway wood has a larger footprint but we wanted it to be more forgiving,” Bazzel said. “And we also wanted it to be more playable, which is why we changed the sole design. It also has incredible sound and feel.”
Of course the biggest difference between the original M1 and M2 fairway woods was adjustability, and the new M2, like the original, will not be adjustable, either in terms of moveable weights or an adjustable hosel.
That, however, didn’t prevent M2 from being one of the most popular fairway woods on Tour last year, and the new M2 is producing even faster ball speeds while also being more forgiving.
Leading to the faster ball speeds is a more flexible Speed Pocket that’s also longer in length, with the result being more ball speed on shots hit from the center of the face and better ball speed retention on mishits, especially strikes from low on the clubface.
Additionally, the use of a lighter fluted hosel saved weight in the design, which enabled a lower CG placement for even higher launch and less spin than the 2016 version.
Also being utilized for the first time in a TaylorMade fairway wood is Inverted Cone Technology, which effectively creates a larger sweet spot for more consistency on all strikes.
The new M2, which does have the same carbon composite crown as the M1, also features a new sole design, as two tiers now create more playability from any lie condition. And like the M2 driver, Geocoustic Technology has improved sound and feel at impact.
M2 fairway woods offer five different options for players to choose from: 3-wood (15 degrees), 3HL (16.5 degrees), 5-wood (18 degrees), 5HL (21 degrees), and 7HL (24 degrees). The last two of those options are only available for right-handers.
The stock shaft for the new M2 fairway woods is the TaylorMade REAX, which comes in different weight classes depending on the shaft flex a player chooses. Other premium shafts are also available at no upcharge as well, and the stock grip is the TaylorMade Dual Feel.
There are also women’s M2 fairway woods available in lofts of 16.5, 21, and 24 degrees. They come with TaylorMade REAX 45 shafts and Winn Dual Feel grips, but they are only available for right-handers.
2017 TaylorMade M1 and M2 Rescue
TaylorMade M1 Rescue: While the changes that have been made in the M1 fairways are significant, the changes that have been made to the M1 rescues might be even more significant.
“The M1 rescue was and is our most played rescue on Tour,” Bazzel said. “It was designed for the better player but we felt like more players could benefit from that smaller head shape, especially when hitting shots from the rough, so we made the new M1 rescue to benefit a much wider group of players.”
Most notable among the changes is that the new M1 will be the first TaylorMade rescue to ever feature a sliding weight track, as a 27-gram weight can be positioned along the track to create neutral, draw, or fade biases depending on a player’s preference.
From a profile standpoint, the new M1 rescue remains slightly smaller than its M2 stablemate, but it’s compact, tour-proven shape includes a new sole design that makes it more playable from any lie condition a golfer might encounter.
And adding to the industry-leading personalization that’s available is an adjustable loft sleeve that enables loft to be adjusted by +/- 1.5 degrees. That, along with lie angle adjustment, allows players to generate the exact flight conditions and distance they’re looking for.
M1 rescues are available in lofts of 17, 19, 21, and 24 degrees, with only the 19- and 21-degree models available for left-handers. The stock shaft is the Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Silver 80, while the stock grip is the Lampkin UTX Cord.
TaylorMade M2 Rescue:Moving to the new M2 rescues, one change will be obvious to players immediately, as the M2 rescues now feature the distinctive two-tone black and white crown that can be found in all M family woods with the exception of the M1 rescues.
The changes to the M2 rescues are more than cosmetic, however. The Speed Pocket is now longer and more flexible, which creates faster ball speeds from across the clubface.
The new Geocoustic design also works in unison with a less pronounced fluted hosel to improve sound and feel at impact, and the reshaped sole delivers more consistent strikes from even the most challenging of lies.
One thing that hasn’t changed with the M2 rescue, however, is that golfers can still expect to find a club that produces a slight draw bias in terms of ball flight and a naturally high trajectory.
M2 rescues will be offered in lofts of 19, 22, 25, and 28 degrees, with the latter two of those options available for right-handers only. The stock shaft is the TaylorMade REAX, which will vary in weight depending on the flex chosen, and the stock grip is the TaylorMade Dual Feel.
Women’s versions of the M2 rescues will also be available in right-handed models at 22, 25, and 28 degrees. They feature the TaylorMade REAX 45 as a stock shaft, and the stock grip is the Winn Dual Feel.
2016 TaylorMade M1 and M2 Fairway
2016 TaylorMade M1 Fairway: The lightweight, composite crown utilized in the M1 fairway woods creates a lower center of gravity, which allows golfers to enjoy optimal launch conditions from a tee or the fairway. Additionally, M1 fairway woods offer an adjustable loft sleeve and sliding weight system that enable players to personalize trajectory. Lofts of 15, 17, and 19 degrees (15 and 19 only for left-handers) are available. The 15- and 17-degree models are 43.25 inches in length, while the 19-degree model is 42.25 inches. The stock shaft is the Fujikura Pro 70 but multiple premium shafts are also available at no upcharge.
2016 TaylorMade M2 Fairway: TaylorMade’s M2 fairway woods were designed with one simple goal in mind: to give golfers maximum distance and forgiveness in a fairway wood. M2 features a shallow face to help improve launch, especially from the fairway, and a larger sweet spot that keeps ball speeds high on shots struck low on the clubface or off the heel or toe. The stock shaft for the M2 fairway woods is the TM REAX, which comes in 55 and 65 gram models, but multiple premium shafts are also available at no upcharge.
2016 TaylorMade M1 and M2 Rescue
2016 TaylorMade M1 Rescue: If you were to pick one word to describe TaylorMade’s M1 line, customization would be a good choice. As is the case with the M1 driver and fairway woods, the design of the M1 rescues was intended to give players every opportunity to personalize these clubs for maximum performance. Included in that functionality are moveable weights of 3 and 25 grams that can be positioned to create either a fade or neutral bias. The M1 rescues, unlike the M2s, do not have a draw bias. Additionally, an adjustable loft sleeve gives players the option to change loft and lie to control trajectory and hit the ball the exact yardages they’re looking for. Also, compared to the M2, the M1 rescues have a more compact, tour-inspired shape, which will allow for greater workability. The stock shaft for the M1 hybrids is the Fujikura Pro 80, which at 79-87 grams depending on flex is significantly heavier than the stock shaft in the M2.
2016 TaylorMade M2 Rescue: TaylorMade’s M2 rescue clubs share many of the same performance attributes as their M2 driver and fairway wood counterparts. These are clubs that were designed to produce high launch angles, be extremely forgiving, and create fast ball speeds. The catalyst for that performance is a redesigned Speed Pocket, which because of its increased flexibility creates higher MOI and faster ball speeds from impact points across the clubface. Additionally, the CG in the M2 has been lowered to generate the higher launch angles. Compared to the M1 rescues, the M2 has a larger profile and its new shape was designed to inspire confidence in players who see it as visually easy to hit. Golfers can also expect a bit of draw bias from the M2. TaylorMade’s REAX shaft, which varies in weight depending on flex, is the stock option for the M2 hybrids, but other options are available at no upcharge as well.