The M family of drivers have proved a hit for TaylorMade. With the most wins on the PGA Tour in 2016, and recently seen in the hands of both Rory and Tiger, the M family hit the mark both on Tour and at retail.
TaylorMade is not resting on its laurels however. For 2017 they are releasing the next generation of M metalwoods with new M1 and M2 drivers, fairways and hybrids as well as M1 and M2 irons.
The distinctive multi-material construction is being elevated once again with a focus on materials and geometry, to deliver improved launch conditions, increased personalisation and more forgiveness.
TaylorMade M1 Driver 2017
The new M1 driver is a result of material research and groundbreaking engineering technique that deliver mass properties in the 460cc head for optimal launch, more personalisation and increased forgiveness.
Thanks to a lower density Titanium 9-1-1 and an added carbon toe panel the latest M1 driver features 43% more Carbon composite than the original M1.
6-layers of Carbon composite panel have been fitted to the skeletal titanium body using a breakthrough technique called FF2FF. This has allowed TaylorMade engineers to add the recessed Carbon toe panel that contributes to the weight savings in the updated head. The composite material is 10% thinner, the bonding ledge is 18% shorter and the adhesive is half the thickness used in the original M1, all adding up to a combined weight saving of 8g.
Add that to the 3g saved by using 9-1-1 titanium and TaylorMade engineers had double the weight savings to design the new, more aerodynamic T-Track system that now houses 27g of moveable weight, 2g more than in the previous driver.
12g of this sits in the back track which has also been lengthened by 12.7 mm to give more high-to-low adjustability with 64% more CG movement.
15g is located in the front track to adjust heel to toe weight distribution, resulting in a fade or draw bias of up to 25 yards. Extra discretionary weight has also been utilised to increase the footprint of the clubhead by 4% to increase its forgiveness.
A lower centre of gravity (CG) closer to the centre of the face means the new M1 has a hotter trajectory and more ball speed protection across all impact locations.
The 2017 M1 is also available in a 440cc configuration that pairs a deeper face with the smaller head and gives 30g of moveable weight deployed in the same weight track technologies as the 460cc version.
Both drivers have a new 4-degree ultra-lightweight aluminum loft sleeve (back sleeve compatible) and three new stock premium shafts: Fujikura XLR8 Pro 56 (hi-launch), MRC Kuro Kage Silver Dual Core TiNi 60 (mid) and Project X HZRDUS Yellow 65 (low) that will allow fitters to dial in the ideal launch profile for all golfers.
TaylorMade M2 Driver 2017
The new M2 driver uses an updated multi-material construction, a breakthrough design technique called 'Geocoustic' and a newly-designed Speed Pocket, that is three times more flexible than its predecessor, to raise the bar in both distance and forgiveness.
'Geocoustic' design combines geometry and acoustical engineering to give the M2 more forgiveness and a best-in-class sound thanks to the sunken sole portion of the driver. This utilises an ultra-light, thick-thin 9-1-1 Titanium to free up volume in the head without raising the centre of gravity.
As a result engineers have been able to make the head footprint larger, as well as increase the club's face by 7%, to make the M2 look and feel more forgiving.
The curvature of the sunken sole also creates the unique acoustics of the M2, making the driver stiffer and easier to manage vibrations at impact, meaning minimal sound ribs were required to deliver the distinctive impact sound.
Less sound ribs also added to the weight savings delivered by the 9-1-1 Titanium and 6-layer carbon composite resulting in 25g of mass relocated low and back in the sole of the club.
Together, these applications combine to increase the overall inertia of the M2 driver over the 5,000 g-cm2 barrier without sacrificing low CG, hot trajectory or aerodynamic performance.
The M2 comes with the new, ultra-lightweight 4 degree, 12 position aluminium loft sleeve and a Fujikura Pro XLR8 56 shaft.
For 2017 TaylorMade is also offering an M2 D-Type driver whose 460cc head uses draw bias technology to deliver an average of 12 yards, and up to 20 yards, of built-in draw-bias to help players who consistently fight fade-to-slice trajectories find more fairways. The M2 D-Type driver comes equipped with Matrix’ OZIK MFS X5 shaft.
TaylorMade 2017 M1 & M2 Fairway and Hybrids
Both the M1 and M2 range also see updated fairway woods and hybrids.
The M1 fairway is a challenge to the convention that a fairway cannot be both adjustable and incredibly long. Constructed with a 450 stainless steel body, strong Ni-Co C300 face and the same 6-layer Carbon composite crown as the M1 driver, the completely re-designed and reshaped M1 fairway has a track system that has been shifted more rearward to make room for a new open channel Speed Pocket, resulting in more ball speed & more forgiveness.
A carbon fibre crown is bonded onto the M1 fairway with the same FF2FF process used in the M1 driver and replaces the majority of the steel found in the previous model meaning a lower centre of gravity. The track has been moved behind the loft sleeve pocket to create room for a through-slot to promote faster face-flex and ball speed as well as reducing backspin.
The sides of the weight have been angled to maximise the length of the track allowing CG to remain as low as the original M1 while maintaining the same heel-to-toe CG movement. The new open-channel Speed Pocket increases speed and lowers spin as well as boosting forgiveness by protecting distance on shots hit low on the face.
The 2017 M2 fairway sees the unprecedented distance of the original made even more forgiving thanks to the incorporation of a recessed 6-layer carbon composite crown, inverted cone technology and a Geocoustic-driven sole design.
Add to that a more flexible Speed Pocket and a lighter fluted hosel to create low CG and result is a long, high launching and low spinning fairway.
A shallower lower-profile design increases forgiveness with the latest inverted cone technology meaning the club can deliver driver like performance across a larger area of the face.
The 2017 M1 Rescue has a newly designed sole to appeal to a wider range of player with better playability across a wider variety of lies.
Housing TaylorMade's first-ever sliding weight system in a hybrid the M1 Rescue gives an added draw setting to the neutral/fade biases available in its predecessor.
The M2 Rescue has a low-profile body with the distinctive two-tone crown that immediately identifies it as part of the M family. As with the other M2 metals the Rescue uses Geocoustic sole design and a short, fluted hosel work in tandem to optimise sound and feel at impact.
Specifically designed to help average golfers looking to replace long irons, the M2 Rescue delivers a higher, longer and more draw biased ball flight.