Golf Monthly's TaylorMade M2 driver review, a model that features the same weight-saving carbon composite crown as the M1 driver but without the T-Track adjustability
TaylorMade M2 driver review
The TaylorMade M2 driver replaces the Aeroburner model and features the same seven-layer carbon composite crown found in the M1 model that saves valuable weight. As a result, it has a very similar look at address but is more forgiving than the TaylorMade M1 driver thanks to a lower and deeper centre of gravity (CG) location, creating a higher moment of inertia (MOI).
A Speed Pocket behind the face helps the clubface flex more powerfully for more distance, while TaylorMade’s inverted cone variable thickness faces reduces ball speed loss on heel and toe strikes. There’s also a 12-position loft sleeve, which provides four degrees of total adjustability.
Golfers that prioritise forgiveness over adjustability or a specific shot shape.
Down behind the ball, the M2 driver looks no different to the M1. It has the same multi-material crown construction, with the white front section joining the black face to make alignment more prominent.
Underneath however, it’s a different story. Where the M1 focuses on personalization with its two sliding sole weights, M2 is all about forgiveness. M2 has a higher MOI by xx points and you do feel the extra stability at impact. Ball speed loss on mishits was also aided by the Speed Pocket, in fact our shortest carries were much closer to our best drive than expected.
With the CG position further back in the head than it is on M1, you would expect the driver to generate more spin but this didn’t materialize significantly. While overall there may have been a marginal increase in spin, which would help enhance control further, spin levels remained at a low level similar to the M1 in it’s most forgiving setting, which helped maximize distance.
The M2 did launch slightly higher than M1; slower swing speed players will enjoy the extra launch being able to add loft via the loft sleeve on the hosel will help them keep the ball in the air to maximize carry distance.
One liner: “If you value forgiveness over adjustability, the M2 driver is ideal for you”
If you’re not consistent enough or bothered about creating a certain shot shape or dialing in spin, the M2 will offer very similar high launch, low spin performance and distance to the M1 for £100 less.