CATEGORY: Game Improvement Drivers
WE TESTED: 9.5° (adjusts 7.5° to 11.5°), 10.5° (adjusts 8.5° to 12.5°), 12° HL (adjusts 10° to 14°) with Fujikura Pro 50 and Pro 60 graphite shafts
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The aerodynamic design reduces drag during the swing by 37 percent compared with the G30.
DISTANCE: When everything clicks into place, the M2 can be an absolute missile launcher, among the longest out there -- one or two shots per round will have the grillroom talking; the flat, low-spin ball flight generates a nice blend of carry and roll; this one does a good job of maintaining ball speeds across the face on mis-hits.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: The M2 finds its fair share of fairways; works well for more consistent swingers.
FEEL: Muted, almost ceramic sensation -- the face seems to absorb the ball, with barely a whisper on pure strikes and little more on misses; very light through the swing; some guys find it feels a bit better than previous carbon-fiber heads.
PLAYABILITY: Shoots a barrage of relatively low bullets -- a linksland special that keeps backspin in check; hosel allows for some adjustments, which helps with fitting.
LOOK: Two-tone black and white head has some fierce supporters -- its leap-forward scheme jumps off the rack; the carbon-fiber looks cool, and the contrast sets up a clear visual over the ball; testers like the black finish on the face -- it works like impact tape, so you can see where you strike it.
The lightish clubhead can be tough to track during the swing, which leads to squirrelly contact; the look is polarizing, and some testers are slow to warm up to it; a few panelists expect more directional forgiveness -- it hits for power more than average.
BOTTOM LINE: In the right hands, with the right swing, the TaylorMade M2 driver can launch it a long way. That'll most likely be lower-handicappers, or those players after long-drive bragging rights. It's better than last year's AeroBurner, but many testers say the same thing: Pay up and try its big brother, the M1.
HOT STIX'S TAKE: The M2 is one of the lowerspinning clubs in the Game Improvement category. It's very forgiving on misses in terms of distance. And we're glad to see TaylorMade bring back the adjustable hosel (AeroBurner didn't have it). Launch: Mid; Spin: Low-Mid
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MORE INFO ON THE TAYLORMADE M2 DRIVER
From GOLF.com, January 25, 2016:
Like the popular M1 driver, the M2 ($400) features a lightweight carbon crown. Whereas the M1 transfers the weight savings to moveable weights in the sole, the M2 shifts mass low and away from the face, to maximize forgiveness. A redesigned channel on the sole boosts ball speed on shots hit low on the face while the face itself is thinnest towards the edges to maintain speeds on heel/toe hits.
The M2 can be customized as well: You can strengthen or weaken loft by up to two degrees and choose from 30 premium shafts at no upcharge, though the Fujikura Pro is the stock shaft. The M2 driver is available in 9.5°, 10.5°, and 12° loft options. -- Michael Chwasky