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The TaylorMade 2017 M1 hybrid is their most versatile to date with the first ever sliding weight track in a rescue club.
I was that guy back in the day. “Man, I’ll hit a 3 iron, I don’t need a stupid hybrid.” What convinced me otherwise was a 2009 TaylorMade TP hybrid. Though 2009 wasn’t all that long ago, TaylorMade has come a long way, and the 2017 M1 hybrid is proof. By adding a sliding weight track to the sole, TaylorMade has made one of the most versatile hybrids on the market.
From address, the 2017 M1 hybrid has a proven size and shape similar to its predecessors. TaylorMade hybrids are typically mid-size with a tear drop shape and a medium depth face. A metal flake black crown transitions to a black face, and the sole fits in with the 2017 M theme. Though the M1 hybrid lacks the white/carbon fiber crown, its aesthetics still make it stand out in the crowd.
Sound & Feel
Historically speaking, TaylorMade hybrids tend to sound and feel on the springy side, including last year’s M1. 2017’s M1 hybrid is much improved in my opinion. The face has a dense feel with precise feedback while the sound has more “whack” to it. This precise feedback made me feel more in control of my shots. In addition to precise feel, the 2017 M1 feels considerably more powerful, like it drives the ball to its target.
First and foremost, I am not an exceptional hybrid player. I fit right into the group “great when it goes well, but I hope for minimal need.” The infamous gear effect is a major reason for this challenge I have. Typically, I figure out how my hybrid responds to my swing and take that into account each time I use it. This is not always that reliable on the course. With the adjustability in the TaylorMade 2017 M1 hybrid, this problem is totally resolved. Being able to adjust the weight in the sole has given me the ability to modify my shot shape with little effort. Moving the weight more toward the toe, I was able to straighten out a shot that was leaking left. Likewise, moving the weight to the heel helped me hit some real power draws.
I mentioned earlier that the strong feedback made me feel more in control of my shots. Feeling so connected to the club gives you the confidence to hit different types of shots. Yes, the M1 hybrid’s adjustability is a helpful starting point, but I still want to be able to hit a variety of shots. I found it easy to hit low, piercing shots in the wind, but I could also hit that high, soft shots for long par 3s, or even second shots into par 5s.
Turns out the TaylorMade 2017 M1 hybrid is easier to hit than a 3 iron. An easier alternative for those 225-240 yard distances with a wide range of adjustability is a no brainer for me. While this 2017 M1 hybrid is huge leap from my original 2009 TP, it left that same impression on me that a club like this is a big advantage in any golf bag.