M is for More
TaylorMade is the king of claiming more distance with their clubs. If you remember back to the first Rocketballz 3-wood you could pick up 17 more yards ,while there were sceptics, it was a legit bomber, but since then they have backed off spouting specific yardage numbers.
Taylormade simply said this was long. They were wrong, it is in fact seriously long. It ranks up there as the longest 3-wood we’ve ever hit. If your short on length and you’re simply looking for increasing your distance, then this is the club to check out first.
The new M family is TaylorMade’s entry into the composite/metal woods, or as they are calling them, Unmetal woods. They did a great job of tuning this technology right from the get go. We reviewed the M1 and M2 earlier in the season and they were some of the best drivers we’ve hit in a long time and the M1 3 wood is certainly no slouch.
HOW DOES IT LOOK?
So the M2 3-wood had a tough battle to beat out the M1 3-wood for that spot in my bag. The first thing I noticed about the M2 3-wood is that I couldn’t tell the difference from the M1 just by looking at it from most angles. Same shaft, same crown, almost exactly the same, except for the giant speed slot which replaces the moveable weights and a fluted hosel instead of an adjustable one.
I first hit the TaylorMade M2 3-wood at the launch event in Orlando and it’s safe to say I liked it, but a couple swings at the range doesn’t ever tell the whole story. When ours arrived I took it straight to the course. The 1st hole at our test course is a short par 4 with water in play off the tee which usually keeps the driver in the bag, so step up the M2. I ripped it, almost to the water, short by a couple feet. It was an unexpectedly huge tee-shot. A couple holes later I had a 3-wood shot off the deck. Again hit a huge shot, but it went right, the next hole was into the wind, I hit it long over the green, but left this time. This seemed to be my pattern with it in the bag for the next 3 5 rounds. Super long, but a little lacking in direction.
HOW DOES IT SOUND & FEEL?
All the distance of the TaylorMade M2 3-wood comes from the design of the CG and pop of the speed slot. It is super long, longer than my M1 3-wood. (configured exactly the same) but what you gain in distance is lost in feel. This has a very different sensation to it compared to the M1 version; hard to describe. The hollow thwack it puts on the ball is different than any other club I’ve hit. The ball rockets off the face, but the feel is a little odd; but you can get used to it as you see your ball bombing down the fairway.
The TaylorMade M2 3-wood is easy to elevate and it hits the ball fairly high without having to try hard. It also flies on a flat trajectory so even into the wind, the ball isn’t effected much. The Fujikura Pro 70 shaft that mine came with is super stable and it feels great. The sets-up is fairly square and whilst some don’t like the 2 tone crown, everyone here really likes the looks of the new M2 3 wood.
If you look at what the TaylorMade tour staffers are hitting, you’ll see that Jason Day plays M1 driver and M2 3-wood, (and he is Number 1 in the world) but for my bag I’m going M2 driver and M1 3-wood. I could get over the odd feel of the M2 3-wood if I hit it straight all the time, but my inconsistency with it has the M1 keeping the 3-wood spot in the bag. I did spend some time on the range to get it closer to what I want, but the M1 is just point and shoot, I barely have to think about it.
If you’re already striking the ball sweet and straight and it’s pure distance that you’re after, I don’t think you’ll beat the M2 3-wood.
M is for More Distance.
Flightscope X2 Launch Monitor
TaylorMade M2 3-wood
- Spin: 2878 rpms
- Launch Angle: 14.7*
- Dispersion: 9.9 yds
- Club Head Speed: 101.2 mph
- Ball Speed: 149.9 mph
- Total Distance: 6 yds
- Carry Distance: 9 yds