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The TaylorMade M4 fairway wood delivers what most golfers need: straight distance with forgiveness. All in a sleek, modern looking club with a home run sound.
Listening to Matt’s podcast with Mike Fox, one of TaylorMade Golf’s Category Directors, it was clear that Mike considered working for TaylorMade a dream job. And who wouldn’t? With a stable of stars representing one of the most recognized equipment names, anyone reading this would surely like to trade places.
Although most of those pros play the TaylorMade M3 fairway wood for its adjustability and playability, the M4 has been seen in Dustin Johnson’s bag for several tournaments. If you’re looking for distance and forgiveness in a fairway wood, read on.
I was never a fan of the black and white crown of the M2, but I love the black and silver of the M4. The carbon fiber weave gives the head a high tech look, and that pop of red on the trailing edge seems to direct me to a solid takeaway path. The combination of colors and lines makes the head appear smaller than it is.
Flip the club over and simplicity is the star. Without the weight track and adjustable hosel of the M3, the M4 sole is sleek and ready for business. The Fujikura Atmos Red shaft seems the perfect complement to this TaylorMade M4 3 wood.
Sound & Feel
It wasn’t surprising to read in Matt’s review of the M3 that the impact sound is “similar to a wooden baseball bat,” as that’s exactly what my field notes stated for the M4. Just like at a ball park, the sound is distinctive and grabs your attention, but doesn’t make you flinch. TaylorMade calls this Geocoustics – the blend of head geometry and acoustical engineering.
The M4 feels very stable at impact, even on off center strikes. There’s subtle feedback in your hands, but hits feel solid unless you really get out on the toe or heel. I’d attribute this to the long Speed Pocket behind the face and the split internal weighting.
While I was collecting data at Club Champion, I paused a few times to soak in what was on the big screen in front of me – and hoped one of the fitters might walk by. I had witnessed great ball flight on the driving range, but seeing the line painted right down the middle on the screen is something else. The TaylorMade M4 is billed as producing “straight distance” and that’s exactly the result I achieved.
Launch angle and spin rate were very consistent, a testament to the forgiveness of the Speed Pocket and split weighting. Although adjustability has its merits, not having it in the hosel allowed the TaylorMade designers to redistribute the associated weight savings and lower the center of gravity. That’s really beneficial when hitting the M4 fairway wood off the deck.
For most golfers, the fairway woods only gets called upon a few times a round when reaching a par 5 in two is in play. The consistency and distance that the TaylorMade M4 3 wood demonstrated has me pondering also teeing it up on tight, penal holes. If, like me, you don’t hit the sweet spot every time, you definitely need to check out the TaylorMade M4 fairway woods.