If you are anything like me, by the time January rolls around, you’re itching to play. With memories of towering drives and putts made to save par long erased from our concious, and with the prospect of three more months of snow keeping our beloved greens tucked in their winter hibernation, its enough to send us golf freak's to the cuckoo’s nest.
But we survive. We watch the Hyundai tournament of champions in glorious Hawaii, a place so beatiful, I’m not sure it really exisits. We hold our breath in anticipation of the Florida swing, the first real indication that the season is just around the corner.
And then there’s all the release of all the new merchandise for the next season. A quick look at the floorplan of the PGA Merchandise show in Orlando, and you quickly realize that there is no shortage of gizmos, and gadgets, clubs and equipment to further whet our appetite’s and make an already impossible wait seem even longer.
In September 2015, Taylormade released the newest foray into their long line of tour proven drivers, the M1. Retailing for $599 (In Canada), the M1 is built of multi-material construction and features an “ultra-thin, ultra-light and high-strength carbon composite crown,” that is supposed to “unlock breakthroughs in distance, playability, and feel for all golfers.” (taylormade.com)
But then, not even four months later, they launched another driver the M2.
Wait? Another driver? The coals haven’t even cooled from the M1, and already Taylormade has brought out a second. Why?Is the M2 better than the M1? Customers are once again asking Tylormade,
"Did I just spend $600 only to find out that four months later my driver is obsolete?"
No. No, you didn’t. Just breathe.
David Abeles, Ceo of Taylormade, spoke to Gary Willimans from Golf Channel’s Morning Drive and cleared up the confusion surrounding the dual drivers.
“What we also recognized in M1 is that we had a need beyond M1 to get a product out that would be slightly higher launching with a bit more spin for individuals with slightly lower ball speeds. And that’s exactly what M2 is for us. So that started with the driver.
He then went on to say;
"The M2 fairway wood, for those of your audience, your listeners and viewers that bought rocketballz, which redefined golf in 2012 from TaylorMade. We’re seeing conversion. Get out of Rocketballz, get right into M2. The M2 fairway really is the talk of fairway technology now with the show. It launches higher, it goes further.”
And let's face it, Taylormade couldn’t have dreamed of a better launch party for the M1.
“When we launched M1 it became the number one driver on the world wide tours the first week out. Jason, right in the middle of the FedEx cup switches the driver as did the rest of our players, as did the balance of the tour because the product simply worked better. It was much better …And it’s a personalized product so there’s adjustable technology. You can adjust the loft. You can adjust the spin rate, you can adjust the centre of gravity so you can get right to left bias.”
So are you in the market for a new Driver for 2016?
Here’s what Taylormade wants you to know about the M1 and M2 Drivers.
The premise of the M1 is to match each players unique swing and allow better players to create the shot they want, while giving everyone the shot they need.
Composed of Taylormade’s proprietary 7-layer Carbon Composite Crown that is precision-formed and built ultra-thin, ultra-lite and high strength to maximize weight savings. They were then able to build a weight-loaded sole and move overall clubhead weight (and, thus, the center-of-gravity) lower for a more efficient power transfer; giving golfers more ball speed.
The Carbon Composite Crown also gives golfers 25 grams of multi-directional adjustability, allowing them to personalize launch conditions – fit to their swing - and optimize ball-flight, trajectory and, ultimately, distance.
With the M1, Taylormade has expanded the settings to give golfers more options to personalize performance to fit their game. The new T-Track System consists of both a Front and back track with 25 grams of adjustable weight:
Front Track: One - 15 gram weights to provide multiple draw, neutral and fade settings
Back Track: One – 10 gram weight adjusts for multiple high, medium and low launch and spin settings
Personal Fit System
Three-step head adjustment system of loft sleeve, Front Track & Back Track - plus three featured stock shaft offerings - M1 gives golfers a tour-level fitting without the truck.
Loft Sleeve – A 4° (+/- 2°), 12-position, sleeve for the golfers preference of face angle, loft and lie. Available Lofts: 8.5º, 9.5º, 10.5 º, 12º
The M1 Driver comes in 2 head models - 460cc and 430cc, (though as of right now the 430 doesn't come in left) and 3 after-market stock shafts:
High Launch (Fujikura Pro 60)
Mid Launch (Mitsubishi KuraKage TiNi Silver 60)
Low Launch (Aldila Rogue Silver 70)
Looking for an M2 instead? Here’s the 411.
It’s hard to not jump on board when the slogan is, I AM DISTANCE AND FORGIVENESS.
Jeez. Sign me up for some of that.
The premise behind the M2 was to create a product that would provide exceptional distance and forgiveness at the same time. Typically, a product would deliver one benefit at the expense of the other, but Taylormade claims the M2 gives golfers the best of both worlds.
Built with the same multi-material construction as the M1 – the M2 features an ultra-light, ultra-thin and high-strength Carbon Composite Crown which Taylormade says is the key to combining distance and forgiveness for more golfers.
In order to make the M2 driver both long and forgiving, Taylormade focused on three key features that combine to produce maximum forgiveness and speed across the face; A high MOI, (moment of inertia) Inverted Cone Technology and a redesigned Speed Pocket.
The claim is that with the M2 driver, golfers don’t have to choose between Low CG (forgiveness) and Aerodynamics (speed) as they have in the past. The carbon crown lowers the CG without compromising aerodynamics.
Hot Trajectory – A low CG projection with a new Speed Pocket and exceptional aerodynamics generate a hot, high launch/low spin trajectory.
Adjustable Loft Sleeve
12 positions, 4° (+/- 2° degrees of loft) to dial in maximum performance by adjusting loft, lie and face angle.
Multiple Shaft Options
The stock Fujikura Pro 60 is one of several no-charge aftermarket shafts available. This insures ideal performance for all player types.
Whether or not you are a Taylormade fan, (which for the record, I generally am not), you have to admit, the new M family is pretty slick. A simple google search of reviews on either driver will show you loads of data to support the companies claim of more distance.
Jason Day certainly proved that at the PGA Championships.
It's February, and a balmy 14 degrees here in London, Ontario. I reckon even a lucky few are outdoors swinging the M1 as we speak.
It’s almost here fellow golfers, not long now.
To better golf,