Tay­lorMade M1

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

Golf Asia (Malaysia) - - GEARGUIDE -

THE TECH

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.

OUR VER­DICT

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.

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