Completing TaylorMade’s M2 line up are the M2 irons that combine distance and higher peak trajectory with playability in a game improvement iron.
TaylorMade say the idea was to create a blend of look, sound and feel with distance and height to give improving golfers “a level of performance they didn’t know was possible”.
To achieve this the engineers have had to use many innovative features, including a new fluted hosel, a 360° undercut, Inverted Cone Technology (ICT), a new 3D badge and TaylorMade’s patented Speed Pocket Technology.
Saving weight that can then be used elsewhere in the clubhead to position centre of gravity or increase forgiveness is one of the keys to golf club design and in all irons a significant amount of mass can be found in the hosel of the club.
To utilise some of this mass elsewhere TaylorMade’s engineers created a lighter fluted hosel design that allowed them to move the weight saved lower and further back in the clubhead.
Further weight to lower CG was leveraged using the 360° undercut cavity that increases the unsupported face area to boost ball speed.
The combination of low CG and high ball speed results in an optimised launch angle and spin rate meaning long distance and a very high peak trajectory for a steep descent angle in the greens.
The hosel and 360° undercut in the M2 irons are complemented by a newly designed Speed Pocket and a thin face that incorporates TaylorMade’s Inverted Cone Technology. The Speed Pocket has been re-engineered to increase launch angle and ball speed whilst providing forgiveness for shots struck low on the club face.
Sound and feel are always a challenge in high ball speed irons and TaylorMade has addressed this with an extremely stiff 3D badge in the cavity of the M2 irons that incorporates multi-material V-shaped struts that improve sound and dampen vibration.
The M2 iron is also available in a Tour version for players still looking for the forgiveness and distance of a game improvement iron but who prefer a more compact shape and a degree of workability.
Distance is still the priority in the M2 Tour iron but size, shape, offset, topline thickness, sole width, sound and feel have all been moved closer to the look and workability expected in a more player’s style club.