We spent the past week at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, following some of the world’s best golfers as they struggled to beat the Copperhead course. As someone that operates a website that reviews golf equipment, I pay extra attention to the equipment each golfer uses. The M2 driver was, by far, the most popular club on the course that day, and I would guess that it outnumbered the next by 2-to-1. At one point over half of the guys at the range were hitting it.
Obviously TaylorMade spends some big bucks to put this club in the bag of as many pro golfers as possible, but let me tell you that none of these guys are using clubs they don’t believe in. Especially when it comes to some of the amateurs and guys struggling to stay on the tour, that aren’t getting six-figure endorsement deals.
So what has made TaylorMade such a popular choice amongst professional and amateur golfers? TaylorMade is well-known for creating some of the best drivers on the market. This company has shown incredible dedication when it comes to offering the best levels of forgiveness and incredible distances. The M2 Driver is the company’s latest innovation and promises to offer a big focus on forgiveness, while also delivering those big hits that the company is famous for.
On the face of it, this club has an attractive design, some powerful technology and an affordable price tag. So how good is the TaylorMade M2 Driver and how well does it compare to its counterpart, the M1? Let’s take a closer look at the club to find out.
Is the M2 the Most Forgiving Driver on the Market?
The M2 Driver is being marketed as more forgiving than its predecessor and even than the AeroBurner, while still being capable of offering the maximum amount of distance on your drives. In many ways, this club isn’t hugely different from the M1, but in other ways this club represents quite a significant and distinctive product for the TaylorMade brand.
For a long time, the company seemed to be putting more focus on power over forgiveness, creating clubs like the R15 that featured a particular CG placement to provide shockingly high launches and massive distances. The R15 was capable of great things in the right hands, but it didn’t have the forgiveness that many golfers require.
The company therefore responded by developing the M1, which is already known as quite a forgiving driver. The M1 was launched late last year and received plenty of acclaim for managing to match power with reliability. The club works well in the hands of all sorts of golfers and can be recommended to people of different ability and experience levels.
We thought we’d seen the most forgiving driver to ever come out of TaylorMade labs, but now the M2 is here. If the M1 could appeal to a wide range of golfers, the M2 can appeal to even more. TaylorMade has clearly put a lot of priority on reaching out to every member of its audience with this ultra-forgiving driver.
Major Differences Between the M1 and M2 Drivers
So how exactly has the company managed to do this? Well, one of the first things you’ll notice if you stand the M1 and M2 side-by-side is that the M2 does not have the “T-Track” system on the club head. The T-Track allows players to adjust weights via a slider system to optimize their swing, but it also adds weight to the club. By removing this system, TaylorMade was able to have more control over the CG placement and improve the overall reliability of the club. On a scientific level, the M2’s moment of inertia is now greatly superior to that of the M1.
On the face of it, the removal of a system could be seen as a drawback. It’s true that many players appreciate the use of the T-Track system, but we think that TaylorMade has managed to compensate for its removal elsewhere in the club. For example, this driver still features the company’s “Loft Sleeve” technology, allowing players to adjust the loft of the club to suit their swing.
In addition, the amount of spin produced on drives with the M2 is significantly lower than the M1. The new club produces more friction at the moment of impact to offer a greater level of control. Impressively, under testing conditions, the M2 not only consistently offers less spin, but is also capable of providing better launch speeds and further distances than its forebear.
Reviewing M2 Club Head Speed
Of course, every individual has his or her own swing, so the real influence of this club will vary from one player to the next. However, testing shows in general that the M2 is undoubtedly able to offer a greater rate of forgiveness. If you’ve tested out the M1 before but couldn’t quite reach the heights and speeds you desired, the M2 could be perfectly suited for you.
Likewise, if the M1’s level of forgiveness wasn’t quite adequate for your style of swing, the M2 is the perfect upgrade. The M1 is currently the most-used driver on the PGA Tour and we don’t expect that to change as the pros don’t really need this sort of forgiveness, but the M2 will certainly see a lot of popularity among amateur and casual players.
M2 Driver Feel and Sound
Finally, let’s talk about how the club looks and how much it costs. Aesthetically, the M2 isn’t worlds apart from the M1, but the head of the new model is a little busy than before. The club looks and feels more subdued, while still emitting an air of modernity and style. Looks are a very subjective matter, but it’s hard to criticize the appearance of the M2.
The club also has a nice sound on impact, just a little softer than with the M1. In terms of the price, golfers can once again rejoice as the M2 is actually being sold for $100 less than its predecessor. The club costs $399 and also comes with a huge range of shaft styles for no extra upcharge. As we said, the loss of the T-Track system could be an issue for some users, but overall the M2 improves on the M1 in almost every way.
This club is cheaper, more forgiving, and even a little bit more attractive, so it’s sure to become a very popular addition to many golfing bags this year.