TaylorMade's 2017 M Family: M1 and M2 Drivers, Woods, Hybrids, Irons

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M1 and M2 Drivers

2017-model M1 driver by TaylorMade
The 2017-model M1 driver by TaylorMade. TaylorMade Golf

TaylorMade Golf is introducing a re-imagined family of M Series woods, hybrids and irons early in 2017, including M1 and M2 drivers and irons. In most cases, the 2017 models are newly updated and improved with new designs, but in the case of the M1 irons are brand new.

We'll take a look at the TaylorMade 2017 M Family here and on the following pages, beginning with the big sticks. For more info about any of the M Series clubs, visit taylormadegolf.com.

Both the 2017 M Series drivers, the M1 and M2, are about helping golfers hit it farther with forgiveness on mishits. But the M1 has an additional focus on "complete personalization," giving golfers an array of ways to dial in the clubhead to personal specs and  preferences.

Both drivers are marketed to golfers of all skill levels. Yes, you can think of the M1 driver as the one that lower-handicappers might veer toward, and the M2 as the one that mid- and higher handicappers might be drawn to. You can. But you don't have to. Some of TaylorMade's tour golfers will play the M2, not the M1. Some higher-handicappers may love the fun they can have with the adjustability features of the M1; some lower-handicappers may love the raw power of the M2.

If you're looking for a new driver, and will consider TaylorMade, hit 'em both and compare the results.

2017 TaylorMade M1 Driver

TaylorMade touts the 2017 M1 driver with the tagline, "distance, forgiveness, complete personalization."

This model has a longer T-track than its predecessor. There are two sliders on the sole:

  • one going heel to toe (which impacts right-to-left shot dispersion - draw bias and fade bias, in other words);
  • the other going from the club's face to the club's rear (which impacts shot height - lowering or raising the trajectory).

The T-track sliders have 27 grams of weight and, TaylorMade says, provide 64-percent more front-to-back center-of-gravity movement than the original M1. The M1 440 model has 94-percent more CG movement than the original M1 430 model.

Also new in the 2017 M1 is a carbon toe panel. Combined with the carbon crown, there is 43-percent more carbon fiber this year. That's a big way the club saves weight that is repositioned to other locations around the clubhead (including to the T-track).

The weight savings also results in a club with a larger footprint, which helps boost the MOI, resulting in more forgiveness.

The clubhead has that 2-tone, white-and-black appearance at address. The 2017 TaylorMade M1 driver comes in 460cc and 440cc models, both available beginning Jan. 27, 2017, with MSRPs of $499.99.

2017 M2 Driver

The TaylorMade tagline for the 2017 M2 driver is "new level of distance and forgiveness." The company says the key is a new design it calls "Geocoustic" (a combination of "geometry" and "acoustic").

A "sunken sole" shape saves weight on the bottom of the club, allowing for a larger clubface and more forgiveness. External sound ribs help manage vibrations and sound at impact.

The M2 also comes with a new Speed Pocket that is three times more flexible than the one in the 2016 M2.

Like the M1, the M2 driver has a 4-degree, 12-position loft sleeve for adjusting the loft angle, but the M2 does not have the T-track sliders. That simplifies things for those golfers who want a driver that requires less technical knowledge or experimentation.

In addition to the standard model, there is also the M2 D-Type, which comes with several draw-bias technologies to help golfers who slice. Both M2 models have 460cc heads, reach retail outlets on Jan. 27, 2017, and have MSRPs of $399.99.

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M1 and M2 Irons

The 2017-model M1 and M2 irons by TaylorMade
TaylorMade's M1 and M2 irons, model year 2017. TaylorMade Golf

TaylorMade has redesigned its existing M2 irons for the 2017 models, and added the M1 irons to round out the family. You can think of the M1 set as control-oriented, and the M2 as forgiveness-oriented.

Both models have vertical face slots running up-and-down just outside the grooved part of the clubface. Those slots add some extra flex on mishits struck near the heel or toe, helping minimize loss of distance and control.

Both also have speed pockets on the soles, helping boost distance and forgiveness performance on shots struck lower on the face.

M1 Irons

The all-new TaylorMade M1 irons are, compared to the M2 sticks, smaller ironheads - lower profiles, slightly more compact looking. Better golfers who like that smaller profile and prefer more workability may be drawn to the M1 set.

The M1 irons come in 3-iron through sand wedge. The stock shaft is either the True Temper XP95 steel or MRC Kuro Kage Silver graphite. MSRP is $999 with steel shafts, $1,199 with graphite.

M2 Irons

Despite the addition of face slots (which normally raise the CG position) to the 2017 model, the CG is lower in these irons due to several advances over the 2016 model:

  • The toplines are 33-percent thinner;
  • the blade heights are 7-percent shallower;
  • the Speed pockets are 20-percent deeper and have front walls 33-percent thinner, which doesn't just save weight but boosts flexibility.

The backs of the clubheads sport a new Geocoustic badge (just as the M1 irons do) to help manage vibration and sound.

The 2017 model TaylorMade M2 irons are available beginning Jan. 27, 2017 (same as the M1 set) with an MSRP of $799 with steel shafts or $899 with graphite shafts. Those stock shafts are the REAX HL 88 steel and M2 REAX graphite. The M2 irons come in 4-iron through lob wedge.

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M1/M2 Fairway Woods

TaylorMade M2 fairway wood (2017 model)
The M2 fairway wood by TaylorMade (2017 model). TaylorMade Golf

TaylorMade's M1 Fairway for 2017 has a single slider on the sole, a 25-gram weight track that can be positioned neutrally or to promote a draw or fade.

There's also a Speed Pocket to help generate more power on shots struck lower on the face. And the loft sleeve allows golfers to increase or decrease loft to personal preferances.

The 2017 model of the M2 Fairway brings one of TaylorMade's signature driver technologies, Inverted Cone, into its fairway woods for the first time. One of the results is maximum COR and increased forgiveness.

There is no slider or loft adjustability on the M2, but there is a longer, more flexible Speed Pocket plus the Geocoustic design to manage vibration and sound.

Both models reach retail outlets in the USA on Jan. 27, 2017. The MSRP on the M1 is $299.99, on the M2, $249.99. There's also an M2 Tour model with a smaller shape and a forward weight port.

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M1/M2 Hybrids

2017-model-year TaylorMade M1/M2 rescue clubs.
TaylorMade M1 and M2 rescue clubs, 2017 models. TaylorMade Golf

As in the other 2017-model M Family metalwoods by TaylorMade, the hybrids include adjustability in the M1 Rescue and the Geocoustic design in the M2 Rescue.

The slider on the sole of the M1 Rescue is the first adjustable weight track in a TaylorMade hybrid. The M1 also includes a loft sleeve for adjusting the loft angle, and an open-channel Speed Pocket.

The M1 Rescue has a smaller footprint and a more snub-nosed appearance than the M2 Rescue; the M2 has the white-and-black crown look familiar in TaylorMade metal woods.

The M2 also has the shallower profile, and, like the M1, boasts the Speed Pocket for more ball speed.

The MRC Kuro Kage Silver hybrid 80g shaft is stock for the M1 Rescue; the M2 REAX shaft in the M2. Both models are scheduled for retail in the USA beginning on Jan. 27, 2017. The MSRP is $249 for the TaylorMade M1 Rescue and $199 for the M2 Rescue.