Martin Hopley

The TaylorMade M1 fairway continues the trend created by the R15 fairway of an adjustable alternative to the current AeroBurner fairway and its likely successor.

TaylorMade M1 Fairway

The shape is broadly familiar, but what you notice right away is the new Carbon Composite crown behind the white titanium top line.

TaylorMade M1 Fairway

Like the M1 driver, TaylorMade has used the lighter material to save weight, which they have then relocated to the sole of the club.

TaylorMade M1 Fairway

It also has the benefit of giving the M1 fairway a great look at address and the white leading edge acts as a good alignment aid and I found I almost forgot about the dark part of the head being there.

TaylorMade M1 Fairway

In the R15 fairway the sole featured a single sliding 25 gram weight, but now the extra 5 grams enables TaylorMade to create space for two 15 gram tungsten nickel alloy weights.

TaylorMade M1 Fairway

With the M1 driver going from two weights to one in front track and the M1 fairway going the other direction, you could be forgiven for thinking that TaylorMade are getting mixed up, but actually there is a good reason for this.

With the single weight in the R15 fairway, it was a fairly blunt tool that would just change the left to right shape of the shot. Having two weights in the M1 enables them to not only affect shot shape more subtly, but it also increases the stability of the head by moving both weights to the opposite end of the front track, which they could not do before with one weight.

TaylorMade M1 Fairway

Splitting the weights increases the forgiveness of the M1 a little and you can really feel this at impact as off centre hits retain more ball speed than before.

The M1 also goes over the turf a lot smoother than before as the edges of the front track have been bevelled off and the weights set flush with the rest of the sole.

TaylorMade M1 Fairway

Unlike the R15, there are no hash marks on the slot of the M1 to aid positioning, which seems a little odd when you have two weights.

The sound and feel at impact is also very good thanks to the extra forgiveness and the benefits of the Carbon Composite material in the crown.

TaylorMade M1 Fairway

The flight from the M1 was a solid medium trajectory, which can be varied using the adjustable hosel by +/- 2 degrees in a standard or upright lie.

TaylorMade Adjustable Hosel

The M1 comes with the excellent Fujikura Pro 70 shaft in a 3, HL and 5 wood models that cover lofts from 15° to 19°.

TaylorMade M1 Fairway

The TaylorMade M1 is a very good fairway, but it still has the same issue as the R15 and that is why you would go for it over the cheaper, non-adjustable, Speed Pocketed TaylorMade fairway option that is currently the AeroBurner?

TaylorMade M1 Fairway

The M1 feels a touch heavier and even with the weights at both ends, is unlikely to be substantially more forgiving or create more ball speed with them both in the middle than the AeroBurner.

However, it does have the adjustability options and it also sounds and looks better, so if any of these things matter to you then the TaylorMade M1 fairway will be worth the extra investment.

Golfalot Rating: 4 stars
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TaylorMade M1 Fairway Wood - Product Details

UK Launch08 October 2015
UK Launch RRP£249
USA Launch08 October 2015
USA Launch RRP$249.99
Handicap Range
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
Left Handed Lofts15°, 19°
Right Handed Lofts15°, 17°, 19°
MaterialTitanium, Carbon
Head Volume150 cc
Club Length43.25 inches
Swing WeightD4
AdjustabilityLoft, Weight
Shaft NameFujikura Pro 70
Shaft TypesGraphite
Shaft FlexRegular, Stiff, X Stiff
Shaft Weight70g
GripTM Lamkin Performance 360
Number/Loft3/15°, 3HL/17°, 5/19°
Manufacturer's WebsiteTaylorMade Website

User Reviews

October 2015

This review misses the mark by a mile. First, this club is markedly better than the Aeroburner. The control off the face is like no other fairway wood. It's extremely long but I'm more interested in the accuracy. This M1 lineup is a grand slam. Length, accuracy, and it looks great too. To compare this to the R15 is a huge miss.

October 2015

Let me start by saying I'm a Callaway guy through and through biu I did buy the M1 3 wood and it has given me more control and about 18 yards more than my Callaway 3 wood. Club looks great and performs great so it is well worth the money.

October 2015

I bouught mine in Dubai yesterday - I had previously hit the Aeroburner and R15 in a store with my recollections being that the Aeroburner went as far for me but didn't have a nice feel etc.

I had actually planned on getting an R15 hoping for a deal however there wasn't much of a price jump for the M1 so I jumped at it. I'm a massive racing guy so the carbon fibre was the big seller for me to be totally honest :)

The trackman was telling me constant 225+ yd carry so was pretty happy with that.

Now have the bag full and ready to attack the courses !!

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