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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.

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