The TaylorMade M2 made a splash all the way back in 2016 due to its superb performance and use by high-profile golfers such as Justin Rose. Unsurprisingly, a TaylorMade M2 was in his golf bag as he went on to win an Olympic Gold Medal.
Since then, TaylorMade has redesigned and made improvements to the M2 driver resulting in a much more solid club. While there are a range of positives with the TaylorMade M2 driver, there are negatives too.
In this review, we are going to look at the pros and cons of the M2 driver so you can make an informed decision as to whether it is the right club for you or not. The TaylorMade M2 driver we will be reviewing in this article will be the 2017 model.
As we mentioned, it has some significant improvements on its 2016 counterpart which we will look at in more detail below.
Although we know the TaylorMade M2 driver is an outstanding piece of equipment, we will break it down for you to decide if it is right for you. Let’s start by reviewing the overall look of this driver.
It is always risky to change the design and style of something that is already popular. But this is exactly what TaylorMade did with the M2 driver.
Thankfully, it paid off.
There has been nothing but positive feedback in regards to this driver’s look. The most popular aesthetic aspect has probably been the white and black carbon crowns on the driver.
The white stripe has been made slightly smaller making the driver’s profile appear marginally larger letting the carbon crown dominate more. Yes, this can be hard to see with the naked eye but little details like this are what helps this driver stand out.
The overall appearance of this driver has a higher quality feel about it. Neon yellow has replaced traces of gold which brightly stands out. Its head has a pear and round shape that is pleasing to the eye and is just like a classic driver footprint.
The TaylorMade M2 driver is all about simplicity. This is what draws so many players to it. The only adjustable feature is the lofty sleeve that has twelve settings.
This suits most players who don’t want to tinker around with their equipment too much and newer golfers who are looking for a great way to improve their performance.
The aluminum sleeve is a welcome change to the plastic material from the previous model. It just makes changing the shafts much easier for fitters.
Many golfers have high praise for the overall performance of the M2 driver. Although simple in appearance, the engineering that has gone into this driver’s design is of top quality.
Compared to the 2016 model, the ball speed has been improved and the distance it can produce has also increased.
However, the 2017 M2 is a little less forgiving than the 2016 M2 which may be the be-all and end-all for some golfers.
As we know, this TaylorMade M2 driver is a few years old. Therefore, the custom shafts option can be somewhat limited.
Nevertheless, the stock shaft option is great! This club comes standard with the Fujikura Pro XL 58 in the Stiff, Regular, or Senior Flex range.
After extensive testing and use by professional golfers, the M2 shaft is certainly one of the best on the market when it comes to speed and performance.
Okay, the TaylorMade M2 driver is not renowned for being the longest club on the market. However, the weight and speed pocket has been improved to help increase the ball speed.
This improvement has worked wonderfully. The M2 driver can now reach long distances and, in its price range, it may be one of the longest you can get. But don’t expect it to reach the same ball speed as the M6.
There is no doubt about it. The TaylorMade M2 is very forgiving, even when you mishit. The dispersion rate on this driver is exceptionally low due to a combination of the carbon crown, the speed pocket, and its geoacoustic sole.
The center of gravity is set in one constant position with the M2 driver which results in a great launch. Furthermore, the spin rates coming off of this driver are also very impressive.
The sound and feel
The M2 driver has an impressive and firm feel, especially when you compare it to the 2016 M2 driver. The feel on the ball is pretty powerful but maybe a little too much for some players.
The sound automatically stands out when using this club. While it still produces a little bit of a pop sound, the classic cannon sound of a driver is not evident. This is mainly down to the presence of carbon in the club’s crown.
However, the club still gives off an impressive and distinct sound overall.
Classic shots off the face produce a highly satisfying, firm sound. This doesn’t only sound wonderful but it assures you that you have hit the ball correctly. This pleasing sound is thanks to the sunken sole curvature.
This enhances the stiffness of the club’s body which minimizes vibrations. This leads to less sound on the internal ribs of the head.
Therefore, a great deal of weight is saved so it can be relocated elsewhere.
We love the explosive, higher pitch, and hollow feel of the M2 driver. Of course, this is often down to personal preference but we feel the earlier M1 model’s vibrant pitch suited lower handicapped players better.
TaylorMade humbly stated that the M2 driver was “the breakthrough in acoustical engineering” and, to be honest, we’d have to agree.
Here are some of the most important features of the TaylorMade M2 driver:
- Provides a powerful combination of good distance coverage and forgiveness.
- It has a distinct geometric shape and stiffened body that helps reduce vibration, simulating a muted carbon sound.
- Due to a 7% larger face, the head of the M2 has a slightly larger footprint than the 2016 model.
- Simplistic design with slim, aluminum adjustable hosels that make it easy for fitters to work with the shafts.
- Excellent weight distribution with 25g of the driver’s mass being distributed at the low and back end of the sole which increases the moment of inertia (MOI). This shows how much resistance the clubhead has to twisting.
- The driver’s weight-saving design significantly lowers the center of gravity (CG).
Things we liked
There are many things to love about the TaylorMade M2 driver. These include:
- The state of the art Geoacoustic technology resulting in a satisfying sound on impact with the ball
- Its low-spinning profile
- Its adjustable hosel
- Its revamped speed pocket
- The club’s improved structure of its heads. This helps increase MOI but reduces the CG.
- Its superb weight distribution
Things we didn’t like
There’s not much not to like about this driver but if we had to pick anything, it would be the following:
- The driver’s limited adjustability for a high-end driver
- The fact that it isn’t best suited for golf players with moderate to high handicaps
If you want an amazing, reliable driver in your golf bag which can help you reach the next level, the TaylorMade M2 driver is certainly one of the best options on the market.