www.taylormadegolf.com Lofts: 3/15°, 3HL/16.5°, 5/18°, 5HL/21°, 7HL/24° Stock shaft: TM REAX Adjustable hosel: No
TECH: Everything from last year’s M2 has been improved. The carbon crown’s reduced to six layers, there’s a longer and more flexible speed pocket and a lighter fluted hosel all to increase ball speed and forgiveness.
WE SAY: The M2 really is pimped for distance and forgiveness in the hands of the club golfer. Both amateurs found it a much better fit than M1, so it’s no surprise it delivered the longest carry – a full 12 yards further than the average. TaylorMade says a 16.5° 3-wood suits more modern golfers than a 15° model, so we tested both. Our data shows a rise of 1.8° in launch angle, 600rpm increase in backspin and a carry distance drop of eight yards by switching to 16.5° (3HL). We’d say eight yards is a decent trade-off, as 16.5° easier to launch off the deck particularly with a modern ball that spins less.
VERDICT: One of the very best fairways available this year. It’s more forgiving and playable for the club golfer over the M1 and it’s cheaper. Spend the saved cash on a dozen TP5 balls and you’ve got a great distance combination.