2017 TaylorMade M1 Driver Review

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The 2017 TaylorMade M1 driver is just about everything you can ask for in a driver.  It’s long, forgiving, full of adjustability, and looks sweet.

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Introduction

TaylorMade made quite a splash with the original M1 driver last season.  A guy named Dustin Johnson, who can hit the ball a little bit, used one to bomb it around Oakmont to capture his first major.  With plenty of accolades to the M1’s name, TaylorMade still felt there was something left in the tank.  TaylorMade even says, “Same letter.  Better everything.”  With a few tweaks, TaylorMade made the 2017 M1 driver lighter and more adjustable.  I’ve mentioned before that 2017 is a great year for drivers, and the M1 is certainly no exception.

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Looks

2017’s version of TaylorMade‘s M1 driver should look familiar.  From address, the only difference is that the white portion of the crown has a little bit of curve to it.  Otherwise, the M1 still has the unmistakable white/black carbon fiber crown.  At 460cc, the M1 doesn’t look all that large and has a rounded pear shape to it.  If you flip the club over, the sole looks more streamlined.  The new T-Track system has a different look and gone are the old colors.  The new color scheme is black and white with just the right touch of neon yellow.

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Sound & Feel

When I started taking golf serious toward the end of college, I bought a TaylorMade R580 driver.  There was just something about that driver.  It had a powerful sound with so much life to the face at impact.  It seemed perfect.  While TaylorMade has made plenty of great drivers since then they’ve never recreated that same magic – until now.  I have a hard time explaining the feeling of the 2017 M1 driver other than to say it’s perfect.  The face doesn’t feel springy, but it’s full of life.  A well struck shot feels like the ball is being shot off of the face with a purpose.

The carbon fiber and titanium-based head gives off a solid crack when you strike a drive pure.  After hearing the sound from Jason Day and Dustin Johnson smashing the M1 on TV, I was certain I would replicate it.  Unfortunately I don’t have the swing speed of Zeus like they do, but the sound was still powerful.

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Performance

A common theme with all of the TaylorMade drivers this season is how easy they are to hit well.  My lowest average smash factor with stock shafts was 1.49 across the range.  This is significant to me because I was able to do this with no adjustment period.  The M1 driver was shockingly easy for me to tee up and hit well consistently.

TaylorMade was one the earliest adopters of adjustable drivers, and their experience shows.  The T-Track adjustments truly make a difference in manipulating your ball flight.  TaylorMade says they added 64% adjustability front-to-back with a longer back track.  This gives you the ability to more precisely dial in your ball’s launch trajectory.  Adjusting the front track will help you dial in the shape of your ball flight left-to-right.  Whether you’re looking for some assistance in controlling a swing flaw or help adding a little draw or fade, the T-Track works.

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Conclusion

With the 2017 TaylorMade M1 driver, it’s realistic to say, “If it’s good enough for Dustin Johnson, it’s good enough for me.”  A major part of what makes the M1 such a great driver is that it’s perfect for a very wide range of golfers.  As always, I would suggest getting fit to properly dial it in and get optimal performance.  With its precise adjustability, the M1 driver will be a top performer in a competitive driver class this season.

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2017 TaylorMade M1 Driver Price & Specs

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Bill Bush

Co-Founder, Director of Technology at PluggedInGolf.com
Bill is a true golf gear nerd by definition who loves making custom club creations in his garage with tools like sledge hammers, blow torches, and his bare hands. When Bill isn't working on PluggedInGolf.com, or in the garage, he is a technology manager living in the Chicago suburbs with his wife and kids. Bill plays Scott Readman Concepts putters and accessories.

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11 Comments

  1. Significantly higher ball speeds than the Epic SZ. Interesting!

    • I wouldn’t say significantly. It was only higher than the one setting by less than 2 mph (which I know was a slower ball speed at a higher swing speed). On average, I was finding the center of the face more with the M1 which is why my average ball speed was higher. Pretty straightforward.

  2. Great review, thanks. Did you have a chance to hit the 440cc head? My understanding is that the performance is different vs the 460.

    • Not extensively, just a few random whacks with one. It’s different in the sense it’s a different driver and people have different preferences. They most likely won’t perform identical for one person. Hopefully we’ll be able to review it as well.

  3. M1 vs M2?

    I hit fairly straight with 95-99mph clubhead speed (currently use & love Nike’s last driver).

    Any reason to spend the extra $100 on the M1?

    • We’ll have the M2 review up very soon.

      As far as choosing the between the two, it’s really going to come down to preferences. I personally meshed better with the feel of the M1 and I’m a big advocate of built-in adjustability, as long as it works. For my money, they’re both great drivers, but I prefer the M1 for myself.

  4. Looking forward to the M2 review.

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  8. Hi Bill, I recently decided to update my Callaway FT-3 Tour driver. I went to one of the major retailers and got on the launch monitor and tested a number of shaft/head combinations. I had been impressed by the Epic having hit it with the standard Fuji Pro 62 stiff shaft at a demo day. I thought with an even better shaft – Fuji Speeder Motore 661, I would get some impressive numbers. However the Epic/Motore combo paled in comparison to the numbers I was achieving with the M1 with a Graphite Design AD TP6 S shaft in it. Spin rates were consistently low 2000’s and carry was between 275 yards (worst) and 307 yards (best). Swing speed was between 105 mph and 108 mph; whereas before I struggled to get near 105.

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