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TaylorMade’s model last season was to introduce a flagship driver with lots of adjustability (R15) and a less expensive model without any (AeroBurner). They’re repeating that trend this year with M1 and M2, albeit at higher prices. Ironically, last year, many players found AeroBurner more impressive than R15. Will the same pattern emerge this year?
At address, the TaylorMade M2 driver is identical to the M1. Near the ball the ball the crown is white, but about an inch back it transitions to a grey carbon fiber. As I said about the M1, it’s the most distinctive looking driver out right now, but it’s up to the individual golfer to decide if it’s a good kind of distinctive.
Sound & Feel
Golfers who played or tested last year’s AeroBurner will know exactly what to expect from the M2 driver: solid forgiveness, mid-launch, low spin, and a draw bias. In terms of both ball speed and direction, the M2 performs well on mishits. When you do catch it flush, the spin is quite low, leading to penetrating shots with substantial roll. The one group of golfers who should avoid M2 are hookers – the M2 is not as draw-biased as AeroBurner, but it definitely wants to go left.
The M2’s $100 jump in price over last year’s AeroBurner is justified mainly by two things: adjustability and shaft options. Where the AeroBurner had a fixed hosel, the M2 has 4 degrees of adjustability (2 up, 2 down) allowing for substantial changes in ball flight. Additionally, like the M1, the M2 driver comes with a number of no-upcharge shaft options from different makers in different weights and profiles. This is something you should absolutely take advantage of if you’re going to purchase an M2.