Lofts: 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 12° Stock shafts: Fujikura Pro XLR8 56, Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 60, Project X HZRDUS Yellow 65. Adjustable hosel: Yes How much loft change: 4° Contact: www.taylormadegolf.com
This year’s M1 has 43% more carbon fibre, and 64% more front to back CG adjustability. Weight savings come from reducing crown thickness, a new finishing process and a new streamlined, skeletal titanium body. A recessed toe section frees up extra volume so forgiveness is the same as last year’s impressive M2.
Last year’s M1 was a cracking driver, but if it had a weakness it was lacking the same forgiveness on offer from the M2. That all came down to having weight tracks running straight through the head. But for 2017 TaylorMade’s engineers have raised MOI and forgiveness to the same levels as last year’s M2. That’s a big leap forward in terms of playability. The choice between M1 and M2 very much comes down to whether your game needs maximum forgiveness or maximum adjustability. Our consistent test pro racked up his longest average carry distance (by three yards) with the M1, while both amateur testers saw slightly better results (due to the extra forgiveness) with the M2. But all three agreed the M1 sits beautifully behind the ball and sounds absolutely fantastic.