The Golf Monthly TaylorMade M2 irons review, a game improvement iron built for distance and forgiveness through numerous new technologies

Product Overview

Overall rating:

TaylorMade M2 irons

Pros:

  • Confidence inspiring behind the ball and proved to be easy to hit. Above average distance on well-struck shots and slight mishits with decent feel.

Cons:

  • Difficult to know how much of the distance comes from the technology or the stronger lofts

Product:

TaylorMade M2 irons

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£599.00 (steel, £699 graphite)

TaylorMade M2 irons review

As you’d expect from a game improvement iron from TaylorMade, the M2 irons are geared towards increasing distance for the mid-to-high handicap golfer.

It’s obvious that there’s lots of technology inside the head that creates this extra power, notably the Speed Pocket and 360° undercut that means more of the clubface is unsupported, creating more flex at impact for more ball speed.

A contributing factor to the distance gains achieved with M2 over its replacement AeroBurner are the lofts. The 7-iron loft within the M2 iron set is 28.5°, that’s the strongest 7-iron loft on the market of any iron.

TaylorMade M2 iron

The TaylorMade M2 iron’s Speed Pocket aids the high flight

TaylorMade say the reason they’ve done this is because of the ultra-low CG position within the head that increases launch, and therefore a lower loft is required to create playable trajectories. In fact, internal testing has shown that M2 actually launches higher than AeroBurner despite having stronger lofts.

Watch TaylorMade M2 iron designer Tomo Bysted explain the technology

We agree in that while the lofts of the M2 irons are strong, you certainly don’t notice it in the ball flight. The ball travels high and far with enough stopping power to hold greens.

Down at address there’s plenty to inspire confidence – the offset and thick topline will please the inconsistent slicer of the ball. The fluted hosel is an unusual look that takes a few shots to get used to but overall, there’s nothing that should put you off significantly behind the ball. The darker finish combined with more chrome-like sections looks superb and brings back memories of the popular Burner 2.0 irons.

These irons feel hot from a really large area. Thin shots struck low on the face feel similar to that of well-struck shots and the difference in distance between these strike points was minimal.

Forgiveness is another strong performance attribute to talk about here. These irons feel incredibly stable when you don’t catch them quite right and that is shown in the ball flight that has minimal curve to it and you don’t lose out too much on ball speed.

Verdict

These irons really will go down well in the hands of improving golfers looking for more distance and forgiveness on the their iron shots. You’re likely to experience considerable distance gains if your current set is a few years old without losing out on trajectory or feel.