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The 2017 TaylorMade M2 driver is a step up from its predecessor with better materials creating better performance.
The TaylorMade M2 driver made some big splashes in 2016 and possibly none bigger than being in the bag for Justin Rose’s Olympic Gold Medal. Then again, #1 may be when the world found out the Big Cat was putting it in the bag. Never one to settle, TaylorMade stepped up its game to make the 2017 M2 driver even better. With a redesigned body, TaylorMade improved an already solid driver in the M2.
TaylorMade clearly got positive feedback from the white and black carbon crowns of 2016. The 2017 lineup has the same sweet look with a few slight style changes. The most significant change in the M2 driver’s appearance is that the sole looks more engineered with a circular silver weight. Gone are the traces of gold, replaced by neon yellow. From address, the head shape is a good blend of round and pear with a textbook driver footprint.
Sound & Feel
Adjustability isn’t the only thing that separates the TaylorMade M drivers. If you’re looking to compare the two, you can find my 2017 M1 review here. Between the two, the M2 has a firmer feel in its face. It’s a different feel but equally impressive. The M2 has a ton of response and still feels very powerful on the ball. Choosing between the two will come down to personal preferences.
Much like the feel, the M2’s sound is more prominent. The carbon in the crown prevents the classic driving range cannon sound, but the M2’s sound has a bit of pop to it. As a result, a pure shot off of the face sounds firmly pounded down range.
Not to just spit back copy from the manufacturer, but I found this blurb directly from TaylorMade regarding the M2’s sound both interesting and impressive:
The breakthrough in acoustical engineering was achieved by the new sunken sole curvature, making it stiffer and easier to manage vibrations caused at impact. With this added stiffness, minimal externalized sound ribs were needed to create best-in-class sound and feel of the M2.
Most players seem to find the TaylorMade M2 driver desirable because of its simplicity. The only adjustability in the M2 is in Loft Sleeve with twelve settings. Plenty of players don’t want to have to tinker with equipment too much to get optimal results. As you can see in my data above, the M2 driver performs very well. Though the end product is simple, a lot of high-end engineering went into the M2. A redesign of the body gave TaylorMade 25g of “discretionary mass to be relocated low and back in the sole of the club.” I found the M2 easy to launch and plenty forgiving so it’s tough to argue the results of their design.
Most importantly, though not pictured, I had my best average Smash Factor of the season at 1.52 with the 2017 M2 driver. What this tells me is that I was able to consistently groove the M2 and get as much as possible out of the club.
Though the 2017 M2 driver won’t win an Olympic medal, it has already won the Masters in the hands of Sergio Garcia. The TaylorMade M2 is a straightforward driver that stands up to all of the top players in the game. Between the 2017 M1 and M2, TaylorMade has undoubtedly delivered their strongest driver lineup to date.