Martin Hopley
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TaylorMade want you to reach new heights with your iron play so they have engineered the M2 irons to deliver this.

TaylorMade M2 Irons

As iron faces get faster, manufacturers have been strengthening lofts to keep the same trajectory height, but if you don't have the necessary club head speed then the ball lands too shallow and fails to stop on the green.

The TaylorMade M2 irons come in two models and combines a faster face and stronger lofts with a lower Centre of Gravity (CG) to launch the ball higher and land steeper.

TaylorMade M2 Irons Review

The M2 irons achieve this performance by having a large unsupported face that can flex more thanks to a new Speed Pocket in the sole.

TaylorMade M2 Irons

The lofts are pretty much the same as the AeroBurner with the 5, 6 and 7 irons being marginally stronger and the 8-iron, where the Speed Pocket slots stop, being 0.5° weaker.

TaylorMade M2 Irons

Behind the face is TaylorMade's Inverted Cone variable face thickness design that started life in their woods and this is supported by two ribs that provide the stiffness to the face at impact.

TaylorMade M2 Irons

These give the M2 iron a dramatic look and support the trailing edge section of the head that is responsible for that low and back CG.

The sole is generally a little wider than the AeroBurner iron with a consistent width down the full length, instead of a toe heavy design.

TaylorMade M2 Irons

The hosel features a 'Thick-Thin Fluted' design that saves 3g of weight and has a larger offset than the AeroBurner, but the same thick top line, even though it is disguised by the silver and black finish.

TaylorMade M2 Irons

I say black, but it is more of a dark smoke PVD that TaylorMade has used on other clubs like the TaylorMade TP EF wedge. It does make the face stand out at address and may appeal to some more than others.

TaylorMade M2 Irons

The M2 comes with a Reax graphite shaft or the Reax 88HL High Launch steel shaft, which I tested and is nice and light and performs well.

TaylorMade M2 Irons

The different head construction gives a slightly firmer and more hollow sound to the M2 compared to the AeroBurner at impact.

The flight is very similar to the naked eye, but using SkyTrak I did see an extra couple of yards of carry as the club generated an extra 1mph ball speed from the same 77mph club head speed on a 7-iron.

TaylorMade M2 Irons

The M2 is supposed to be TaylorMade's super game improvement iron, taking over from the AeroBurner and the face-slotted RSi 1 iron, although the latter will still be available for a while as a custom order.

TaylorMade M2 Irons

The fact that this is the case shows that the RSi 1 still stacks up pretty well for this sector of the market as the forgiveness from the face slots does work and it is a surprise not to see these continuing in one of their larger headed irons.

Apparently the face slots are not required in the M2 as the head is much larger and aims to deliver a different type of flight. The larger head has a greater MOI and wider sweet spot already, plus having slots up the face would raise the CG, rather than keeping it low to get that higher flight.

The M2 is probably aimed as slower swing speed players than the RSi1 though and despite the compromises on sound and feel, it certainly delivers more performance than the AeroBurner.

TaylorMade M2 Tour Irons Review

If the M2 head is too large for you, then it also comes in an M2 Tour version that is a little more compact with a thinner top line and sole.

TaylorMade M2 Tour Irons

This is the business, as the sound and feel is much better than the M2 and the shape is more what I would expect for the mainstream golfer.

TaylorMade M2 Tour Irons

This is due in part to the stiffened badge on the back of the head that creates the rigidity to complement the more flexible face. Having handled many of these badges over the years, you can bend most quite easily, but both the M2 and smaller M2 Tour badges were very firm and could hardly be moved.

TaylorMade M2 Tour Irons

Usually in game improvement sets, it is the long irons where things sometimes trail off, but as you go up the M2 Tour set the mid and long irons just get better.

TaylorMade M2 Tour Irons

The 4-iron was one of the best of its kind I have hit lately, delivering a high penetrating flight that just seemed to keep going. At the launch we were shown a video of Jason Day hitting a stock M2 Tour 4-iron out the box a measly 295 yards.

TaylorMade M2 Tour Irons

Now it may not go that far for you, but it demonstrates how fast the floating face of the current crop of TaylorMade irons is as the benefits of wood technology comes into irons.

TaylorMade M2 Tour Irons

The shorter irons were pretty good for this type of set and the feel as you go through the set was very consistent. The P wedge is very strong at 43.5°, so you may want to include the 49° A wedge in your set before you get to the specialise wedges.

Unlike the PSi irons, the M2 Tour are the same type of construction throughout and feel better as a result, so if you are between the two then I would go for M2 Tour.

TaylorMade M2 Tour Irons

The M2 Tour irons will suit anyone from high single figures up into the 20's handicap, with the standard M2 irons coming in for players around this area who really need that extra forgiveness.

Golfalot Rating: 5 stars
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TaylorMade M2 Tour Irons - Product Details

Launch UK19 February 2016
Launch USA19 February 2016
Launch RRP£699
Handicap Range
Low
High
GolferMens
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
ManufactureCast
MaterialSteel
Shaft NameTrue Temper XP95
Shaft TypesSteel, Graphite
Shaft FlexRegular, Stiff
DesignCavity Back
Set Makeup4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, PW
Additional Clubs3, GW, SW
Manufacturer's WebsiteTaylorMade Website

User Reviews

July 2016

Best irons I've ever played! Thin and off center hits travel straight with little loss of distance. The ball rockets off the club face, travelling high, long and straight. I hit these irons easily 10 yards further than my old clubs. I'm 68 and , of course, have lost some distance on my irons, that is until I bought the M2 irons! I'm again hitting my irons as far as I did in my 40's with much more consistency and accuracy! I find that I'm swinging within myself and allowing the club to do the work. The M2 irons are better than advertised!

May 2016

Was fitted by Tour X in Wigan - Nick Hibbs is a magician. I am 65 years old and play off 5 still but had been struggling with distance and clean shots with my irons. As I am not a gym person I turned to clubs and the magic solution all manufacturers promise. Nick spent an hour and the difference was marked with the M2. I have had irons over the years that play well in the fitting centre and then get them on the course and they are not as good. These irons are the opposite. The performance on the course is to say the least outstanding.

Yes everyone will say beefy lofts etc. But so what! The mental lift you get from hitting a 9 iron the same as my old 7 iron is immense and transfers across your whole game. They go almost as far on mis-hits, the noise is loud on mis-hits but really nice on clean shots . They don't look too big in fact I like the looks.

I have never been a TaylorMade player apart from their drivers, always had Callaway. These M2 irons are the bees knees though. Forget the people who don't like it, buy a set and start to enjoy playing again.

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