PRICE R15 999 PERFORMANCE ★★ ★ ★ ★ INNOVATION ★★ ★ ★ ½
VERDICT Designing clubs for better players is a strength of Taylor-Made. So in designing the M1 iron, the company sought to combine the speed and forgiveness of its M2 model with a more compact look that offers a hint of workability. The moderate offset and straighter leading edge provide an attractive look, and tungsten in the toe of the 3- through 7-irons gave designers more freedom to create the desired head shape without sacrificing ease of launch or forgiveness. Speed off the face isn’t an issue, either, because a pocket in the sole and slots in the face are technologies that have been carried over from previous Taylor-Made irons.
COMMENTS (L) These lead the league in hang time. The ball just stays in the air. (M) The sole slot must work. Good distance on shots hit two grooves low on the face.