TAY­LORMADE M1

Golf Asia (Malaysia) - - GOLFING | GEARGUIDE -

www.tay­lor­made­golf.com Lofts: 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 12° Stock shaft: Project X HZRDUS / Fu­jikura Pro XLR8 / Mit­subishi Kuro Kage and 30+ op­tions Ad­justable hosel: Yes

How much loft change: +/- 2°

TECH: This year’s M1 has 43% more car­bon, 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.

WE SAY: We’ve been asked a mil­lion times why we use three testers, and why we picked the players we have. Well, the M1’s test per­for­mance ex­plains our de­ci­sion per­fectly. For our con­sis­tent pro, it was his long­est driver of 2017. His re­peat­able swing de­liv­ered an av­er­age 171mph of ball speed and a 274m av­er­age carry; 5mph faster and 13.8m longer than his av­er­age. The am­a­teurs saw bet­ter re­sults from the uber-for­giv­ing M2. Our pro felt the M1’s head size wasn’t quite as wide as the M2 and bet­ter suited his eye, whereas our am­a­teurs, like lots of club golfers, felt the M2’s ex­tra size breeds more con­fi­dence.

VER­DICT: Only you can de­cide whether your game ben­e­fits more from the M1’s slid­ing weight tech or M2’s ex­tra for­give­ness.

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