TAYLORMADE M1 (2017)
PRICE R7 999 PERFORMANCE ★★ ★ ★ ★ INNOVATION ★★ ★ ★ ★
VERDICT The second generation of golf’s most adjustable driver might look like the original – with its T-track of sliding weights that tweak shots vertically and horizontally. But look again. Always a force in our Innovation category, there’s now a lighter titanium alloy in the body, and half the sole and most of the crown is weight-saving carbon composite. All this means Taylor-Made can position more mass low and deep so mis-hits lose less speed, and all shots launch with less spin. The centre track now extends almost a half-inch longer and with a heavier weight. The result is nearly 5 800 settings on each head, 132 percent more than last year. COMMENTS (L) They make a big head look smaller. Mishits were good, and the launch monitor showed high launch with good spin. (M) A less-than-quality swing still gets a good result. It’s easy to launch the ball high. (H) With the weight back, it’s hard to miss.