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The TaylorMade M2 Tour irons don’t have the looks of a true “tour” club, and the feel is terrible. Plenty of distance, decent forgiveness.
If you’ve read my reviews of TaylorMade’s other M2 clubs, you’ve noticed a very clear pattern – lots of distance, but at the cost of quality feel. The M2 Tour iron promises something more for the better player, but as you’ll read here, that’s just their way of marketing a pretty standard game improvement iron.
The TaylorMade M2 Tour irons are proof that putting the word “Tour” in the name of a club doesn’t make it good looking. In fairness, it’s not an ugly iron by GI standards, but it simply should not be called a tour iron. The amount of offset is much more in line with a game improvement club as is the size of the top line and sole. The cavity looks like the standard M2, and the Burner irons before them, which is neither good nor bad. There’s a fair amount of branding and decoration, but it’s not over the top.
Sound & Feel
The feel of the M2 Tour irons is very much in line with the rest of the M2 clubs, which is to say, rock hard. It’s one thing when a club feels hard on mishits, but the feel of the M2 Tour iron is hard even on pure shots. Since the rather loud impact sound is the same on centered and mishit shots, the feedback is rather poor.
There is a payoff for the mediocre looks and poor feel: distance. The TaylorMade M2 Tour iron, while not as long as the standard M2 iron, is certainly longer than your average club. This is partially due to the technology and partially due to really strong lofts.
In terms of forgiveness, the M2 Tour iron is pretty solid. As game improvement clubs go, it’s toward the high end of forgiveness. The problem is that between the forgiveness and the lack of feedback, it gets tough to know when you’ve hit a shot well and when you’ve hit one poorly.
If you really want the word “Tour” on your irons, but don’t have the single-digit handicap yet, the TaylorMade M2 iron is what you want. However, if you’re just looking for a solid game improvement iron, I think there are choices out there that are at least as good that won’t cause you to sacrifice feel for forgiveness.