Lofts: 9.5°, 10.5°, 12° Stock shaft: Fujikura Pro XLR8 56 Adjustable hosel: Yes How much loft change: 4° Draw version: The M2 D-Type has more weight towards the heel, to influence a right-to-left shot shape Contact: www.taylormadegolf.com
A new Speed Pocket is three times more flexible than last year’s M2, which maintains ball speeds from a larger area of the face. A sunken sole frees up volume, so the head has a larger footprint and 7% bigger face. Across-the-board weight savings mean 25g of mass is located low and back in the sole to improve forgiveness.
The 2016 M2 was more popular and successful than anyone imagined. TM didn’t expect so many tour players to use it, and its success came down to its ability to combine tons of forgiveness with power and distance. A price tag lower than the M1 didn’t do any harm, either. TaylorMade has performed some clever acoustic engineering on the new, bigger M2 to tune sound from its oversized, carbon head. We thought the impact sound was livelier and higher pitched than the M1 (club golfers often equate louder to longer), which two of our three testers really liked. The promise of higher ball speeds from the new M2 was borne out by a jump of 1.7mph averaged between the three testers. As far as cosmetics go we reckon you’ll struggle to find a better-looking driver at address.