TaylorMade M2 Driver Review

Adding to the driver lineup and NOT replacing anything from it, the TaylorMade M2 brings everything that was revolutionary from the M1 to those wanting more forgiveness and of course more distance into a less adjustable head. As cliché as this might sound, I knew from the first time I hit this driver at the PGA Show in Orlando that it was destined for my bag. During and even after the show I was asked what was news worthy at Orlando this year. What one club really got me? My answer was the M2! I say this because I hit everything released by the OEM's this year. There are some really good offerings out there, it's true. But in my opinion, there is nothing easier to hit that goes as far as the M2 and is as playable as the M2.

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Tech Specs from TaylorMade:



In the past, it has been challenging to create products that can provide exceptional distance and forgiveness at the same time.  In most cases, a product would deliver one benefit at the expense of the other, but the M2 gives golfers the best of both worlds.


M2 is built with a multi-material construction – the same as M1 - that features an ultra-light, ultra-thin and high-strength Carbon Composite Crown; unlocking exceptional distance and forgiveness for more golfers.


Key Technologies:



M stands for Multi-Material and it’s the key that unlocks performance in M1.  This construction is highlighted by our proprietary 7-layer Carbon Composite Crown that is precision-formed and built ultra-thin, ultra-lite and high strength to maximize weight savings.  This addition has allowed us to place the weight lower and further back on the sole for a more efficient power transfer; giving golfers more ball speed.



In order to make the M2 driver both long and forgiving, it was built with technologies that protect ball speed and create a massive sweet spot

  • Massive Sweet Spot – Engineered with high MOI, Inverted Cone Technology and a redesigned Speed Pocket – three features that combine to produce maximum forgiveness and speed across the face



With the M2 driver, golfers do not have to choose between Low CG (forgiveness) and Aerodynamics (speed) as they have in the past.  The carbon crown allowed us to lower the CG without compromising aerodynamics to a driver that is HOT AND FORGIVING.  

  • Hot Trajectory – A low CG projection with a new Speed Pocket and exceptional aerodynamics generate a hot, high launch/low spin trajectory.


Other Key Technologies:


Best In Class Sound

  • Internal acoustic engineering controls vibrations and pitches to produce a solid, hot and crisp sound.  


Adjustable Loft Sleeve

  • 12 positions, 4° (+/- 2° degrees of loft) to dial in maximum performance by adjusting loft, lie and face angle.


My Experience:

I don't want to let the cat out of the bag, but I will. The M2 outperformed all the other drivers I tested for Club Wars on the FlightScope Xi Tour. Remember, this was for my swing. Every driver I tested was with the standard XStiff shafts offered for the particular club and lofts ranged from 8.75* to 9*.  The M2 was set at 8.75* and was paired with the Fujikura Pro 60. A great combo in my opinion. The M2 didn't have the highest club/ball speed but it was super long thanks to the combo of low spin, mid ball flight and amazing contact. Plus, the driver is HOT off the face. Very little if not no distance loss if not hit perfectly, the M2 felt and sounded solid on both pure and off center hits.



I had some of my longest drives on the course with the M2. I was close to 125 yards ahead of my playing partners during my last round of golf and in the fairway. If it sounds like I am gushing over the club, I am. I'm not a fanboy for one brand but I am a fanboy for technology and engineering. I've become a golf geek when it comes to understanding what it takes to create the new crop of toys. The tech in the M2 is there and it's real. I encourage any range of golfer looking for their next driver to check out the M2 from TaylorMade. For more info on the M2 driver, visit www.taylormadegolf.com


Brian Bazzel, Senior Director Product Creation at TaylorMade-adidas Golf talks M1 and M2 drivers at the PGA Merchandise Show 2016: