CATEGORY: Game Improvement Irons
PRICE: $800, steel; $900, graphite
WE TESTED: 4-AW with FST Reax 88 HL steel shaft.
KEY TECHNOLOGY: Support bars behind the face and extra adhesive in the cavity help the new M2 sound and feel better than last year's version.
Up, up and away—fast, easy-launching shots climb high...and stay there; a straight-shooting, low-stress club that can curl the occasional draw; doesn't take much to manhandle the rough.
Obliterates the ball—many testers are a half-club longer across most of the face than with their current sets; even-tempered, keeping fliers to a minimum; produces steeply descending shots that hit and hold the greens.
Not everyone cares for the overall styling—the club looks fine in the address position, but there's a lot going on in the back cavity; all the component parts drain feel from impact; lots of muscle, but there are limits to touch and creativity.
Mild-mannered, high-hitting and long as hell—this model borders on a max game-improvement iron. If you want big distance with little effort, give the retooled M2 a try—it's a notable upgrade over last year's version.