TGW Goes “Inside The Ropes” With TaylorMade
At TGW, we believe it’s part of our duty to help you make great choices when it comes to the golf clubs you purchase. So we headed to Carlsbad, California on March 9 for a VIP Tour of TaylorMade’s headquarters. We brought along four customers to spend the afternoon swinging the newest clubs at the renowned Kingdom fitting and performance center. Not only did we get excellent feedback about the new products from our customers, feedback that you’ll have video access to, we also received valuable insight into the inspiration for the 2016 products from the engineers who designed the clubs, as well as their thoughts on who those clubs were designed for. The end result is that we’re more knowledgeable than ever about TaylorMade’s 2016 club options and ready to pass that knowledge onto you. Enjoy!
At first glance, at least at address, it's pretty much impossible to tell the difference between the M1 and M2 driver, unless you're talking about the M1 430, which has a smaller overall profile than its 460cc counterparts. The composite crowns are identical in appearance and constructed from the same lightweight materials, and both drivers have the same loft adjustment sleeve. The difference, however, is on the bottom of the club. By using lighter materials in the crown, TaylorMade's engineers were able to redistribute weight. In the M1, that redistributed weight is used for the T-Track system, which allows golfers to more easily achieve their desired trajectory and ball flight. In the M2, weight has been moved to the lower back of the sole to create a low center of gravity and high launch angles. Additionally, the redesigned Speed Pocket, makes the M2 incredibly forgiving on mis-hits. Which one is right for you? If you struggle with consistency and want max forgiveness with a high-launch, low-spin ball flight, M2 is probably the better choice. But if you want to dial in the driver to hit your go-to shot time and again, be it a low fade or a high draw, M1 will give you that capability.
As is the case with the M1 and M2 driver, prioritizing what's important in terms of performance will help you make a fairway wood decision. That said, there are cosmetic differences betweenthe M1 and M2 fairway woods that don't exist between the drivers. More specifically, the M1 fairway woods have a smaller overall profile and a slightly deeper face, while the the M2 fairway woods feature a larger overall clubhead but a shallower clubface designed to make it easier to achieve higher launch. Whether you want customization or forgiveness, however, will likely be the determining factor in choosing either the M1 or the M2. The M1 has an adjustable loft sleeve and sliding weight system. Combined, they allow users to control launch conditions and ball flight. The M2, meanwhile, utilizes a low center of gravity and speed pocket to achieve a high ball flight and max ball speeds on shots hit off the heel or toe. But depending on your playing profile and what you want from a fairway wood, TaylorMade has a choice that will fit your needs.
If you're thinking about an M1 or M2 rescue club, much of the same decision-making process that exists in choosing between an M1 or M2 fairway wood will be in play. Like its fairway wood counterpart, the M1 rescue club features moveable weights and an adjustable loft sleeve designed to help golfers dial in their ideal ball flight and trajectory. It also, like the M1 fairway wood, has a smaller overall profile. The M2 rescue, meanwhile, has a slightly larger clubhead, and its shallow face is designed to achieve higher launch conditions. Additionally, improved forgiveness is made possible by the Speed Pocket. One difference, however, between the two rescue models is that the M2 was designed to have a bit of draw bias. The M1 is more neutral in its standard setting, but the moveable weights allow a golfer to set up the club to have either a fade or a draw bias.
If there's one problem that amateur golfers often share it's an inability to get enough height on their iron shots, especially when it comes to long and mid-irons. And it's no secret that almost all golfers are in search of more distance. Unfortunately, through the years, the game-improvement irons designed to remedy those issues were not exactly aesthetically pleasing. TaylorMade set out to solve that riddle with its new M2 and M2 Tour irons, as the company has achieved a clean look and solid feel in what performs as a game-improvement iron. From a technology standpoint, M2 and M2 Tour irons include TaylorMade's 360 Undercut and Speed Pocket. The 360 Undercut removes weight from the topline to lower the center of gravity and expands the unsupported area of the clubface to keep ball speeds high on mis-hits. The Speed Pocket, meanwhile, helps maintain high launch and ball speed for shots struck low on the face. In terms of looks, the M2 Tour has a thinner topline, less offset, and a smaller overall profile, but the results remain the same as the M2, which is a great combination of height, distance, and forgiveness.