TaylorMade M1 Golf Clubs

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TaylorMade M1 Driver

T-Track System on the TaylorMade M1 driver
Two views of the T-Track System of sliding weights on the sole of the TaylorMade M1 driver. TaylorMade Golf

Sept. 10, 2015 - The TaylorMade M1 family of golf clubs is for golfers who understand how to use advanced adjustability features, and who don't mind paying for same. These are premium clubs: The driver is $500, fairway woods $300 and hybrids $250 (although street prices may be lower).

Below and on the following pages is a little more about the M1 woods (or "unmetalwoods," in TaylorMade's phrasing).

TaylorMade M1 Driver's T-Track System

TaylorMade's M1 driver includes two independent weight tracks, or sliders. The Front Track's sliding weight is 15 grams, and moves side-to-side (heel-to-toe); the Back Track's sliding weight is 10 grams and moves front-to-back (away from and closer to the clubface).

Together, the Front Track and Back Track make up the T-Track System, 25 grams of moveable weight.

The heel-to-toe weight of the Front Track affects side-to-side shot shaping: Change the position of the weight to create more or less draw bias or fade bias. The golfer can effect up to 25 yards difference in shot shaping, TaylorMade says, with the Front Track.

The Back Track, on the other hand, lets the golfer affect moment of inertia (forgiveness) and spin rate. The starting center of gravity position, TaylorMade says, is already lower than that of the R15 driver, so a golfer can move the Back Track weight rearward to boost the MOI, if desired.

Depending on the front-to-back positioning of the 10-gram weight, the golfer can change spin rate by up to 300 rpm and launch angle by 0.8 degrees, according to the company.

Where does the extra, or saved, weight come from that allowed TaylorMade to include two sliders? The multi-material construction.

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TaylorMade M1 Driver Crown and Specs

TaylorMade M1 driver crown and clubhead
An address-position view of the TaylorMade M1 driver, plus an exploded view of the clubhead. TaylorMade Golf

The multi-material construction of the M1 driver clubhead includes a newly designed carbon composite crown that decreased overall head weight enough for the addition of the T-Track System of moveable weights.

The titanium face is black; in the address position the golfer sees a white front part of the clubhead against the black rear part of the composite crown.

Additional adjustability comes in the form of the loft sleeve hosel, which has 12 settings and lets the golfer change loft up to four degrees higher or lower than the pre-set loft.

The TaylorMade M1 driver comes in two clubhead sizes - 460cc and 430cc. The smaller head comes in right-handed only, lofts of 8.5, 9.5 and 10.5 degrees. The M1 460 driver comes in RH and LH in lofts of 9.5 and 10.5 degrees, and right-handed only for lofts of 8.5 and 12 degrees.

Golfers have the choice of three stock shafts: a mid/high-flighted Fujikura Pro 60; a mid-flighted Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 60; or the lower-flighted Aldila Rogue 70 110 MSI.

The MSRP is $499 and the TaylorMade M1 drivers hit retail outlets on Oct. 8, 2015.

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M1 Fairway Woods

TaylorMade M1 fairway wood
A toe-view of the TaylorMade M1 fairway wood. TaylorMade Golf

The TaylorMade M1 fairway woods are the company's first multi-material fairway. The M1 fairways have a heel-to-toe track on the sole, but not the Back Track (no weights that move back from or up toward the clubface).

Even without the Back Track, the M1 fairways are the company's most adjustable ever. There is the front track, which consists of two 15-gram weights - that's five grams more moveable weight than the R15 fairway, thanks to the carbon composite crown.

Moving the weights one direction or the other affects draw or fade bias; splitting them is a "neutral" setting that increases moment of inertia (additional forgiveness).

The loft sleeve on the hosel is another adjustability feature of the M1 fairways, allowing golfers to change the loft plus or minus two degrees.

The TaylorMade M1 fairway woods come in three models: the 3-wood (15 degrees stated loft); the 3HL (17 degrees, right-hand only) and the 5-wood (19 degrees). The stock shaft is the Fujikura Pro 70.

Retail availability begins Oct. 8, 2015, and the MSRP is $299 each.

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M1 Rescue Clubs

TaylorMade M1 Rescue club
An exploded view of the TaylorMade M1 Rescue club and its adjustability. TaylorMade Golf

The hybrids in the family are the M1 Rescue clubs, and they boast a traditional shaping that is similar to the original TaylorMade Rescue.

The M1 Rescues have two adjustability features: A 1.5-degree loft sleeve (golfers can adjust the loft up to 1.5 degrees up or down); and two moveable weights (one 3 grams, the other 25 grams) that can be set to a neutral position or a fade bias position. They also include a Speed Pocket to reduce spin and boost ball speed.

The TaylorMade M1 Rescue clubs arrive at retail on Oct. 8, 2015, with MSRPs of $249 per club. The stock shaft is the Fujikura Pro 80h, and the lofts available are 17 degrees (2-Rescue), 19 degrees (3), 21 degrees (4) and 24 degrees (5).

For more info on any of the TaylorMade M1 golf clubs, visit TaylorMadeGolf.com.