TaylorMade M6 Driver Review

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The TaylorMade M6 driver trades movable weights for added forgiveness.  Easy to hit.  Slight draw bias.

Introduction

Adjustability can be a wonderful thing, and if you want to tinker, no driver offers more possibilities than the TaylorMade M5.  However, if you prefer simplicity, TaylorMade has you covered with the M6 driver.  The M6 trades movable weights for increased forgiveness for the player who thinks wrenches are for plumbers not golf clubs.

Looks

At a glance, you’d have a hard time distinguishing the M6 driver from the M5.  In the address position, both clubs are dominated by matte black carbon fiber.  At the leading edge, there’s a thin ribbon of silver with a TaylorMade alignment aid just behind it.  Along the back edge is slim red graphic ending in the M6 logo at the heel.

When you flip the clubs over, the differences are obvious.  Where the M5 has a track for the movable weights, the M6 driver has a “solid” sole, largely covered in carbon fiber.

Sound & Feel

I really loved the sound and feel of the M5 driver, and expected the M6 to be even better because of the solid sole.  While the sound is similar – low pitched, no metallic “ting” or “tink” – I was surprised to find that the M6 was actually a bit louder than the M5.

Feedback from the M6 driver is below average.  This is meant to be a forgiving, stable club, and that causes it to cover up the feel of mishits.  Unless you get deep into the toe or heel, you won’t hear much difference either.

Performance

The M6 driver shares two of its main technologies with the M5: Speed Injected Twist Face and HammerHead 2.0.  What’s different is that instead of movable weights, the M6 has a 46 gram “Inertia Generator” low and back in the head.  This weight shape and placement is similar to what you see in the Cobra KING F9 Speedback driver.

At the end of the day, what all these buzzwords add up to is a driver that has really strong forgiveness.  I started out hitting this all over the face, and the ball speed was still very respectable.

In terms of launch and spin, I would rate the M6 as being mid launch and mid spin.  Obviously the shaft you choose will have a large impact on this, but the overall performance seems geared toward the middle of the bell curve.

Finally, I found the M6 driver to be slightly draw biased.  To my eye, the alignment aid sits a little toward the heel, and the club is easier to hit left than right.  The hosel does allow for loft and face angle adjustments to dial in your preferred ball flight.

Conclusion

For the TaylorMade fan seeking a “grab and go” option off the tee, the M6 driver will fit the bill.  The lack of adjustable weights means you won’t be able to fully dial in launch and spin, but the benefit is added forgiveness.

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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9 Comments

  1. Bob Forberg

    Definitely longer than previous models for me. I am hitting the ball farther already than I have in years on some of my home course’s holes and it’s still cold here in michigan

  2. Dear Matt, thanks again for another informative review. Please forgive this “amateur golfer” for not understanding all the data. After reading Ping 410 review and comparing the M6, you hit the 410 only 4mph faster but received 20 more yards of carry and 23 yards more of total distance. How does this happen? Just trying to understand to make better decision on a new driver. Thanks

    • Matt Saternus

      First, the launch monitor graphics are not meant to be compared from one review to another. I’m aware that many people do it anyway, but there are a variety of factors that make this a bad idea.

      To answer your question, it’s about optimizing launch and spin. For every swing speed, there’s an optimal combination of launch and spin that will produce the maximum distance.

      Best,

      Matt

  3. I traded in my M2 for the M6. Went to my fitter and was going with the regular M6 when he said try this one. It was the M6 D. It turned my slight fade into a slight draw or dead straight. He also set it to 9* which I thought was too low but, launch angle was 13*-14*. I tried several shafts and ended up with the Proforce V2 5F3. This combo gave me about 10-12 more yards than the M2 and other shafts I tried. I’m really happy with the performance after 2 rounds. If you don’t need all the bells and whistles you should try the M6. Remember to get fitted so, you get the most out of your clubs.

  4. Mitchell Beck

    Hi Matt –
    Thanks for the review! Which shaft and flex did you test the M6 in? Was it Atmos Black in X?

    -Mitch

  5. Hi Matt. Comparing the M6 at 10°loft to the SLDR/S at 14°loft. Which do u think would give better results? I’m a high 18 handicapper playing M1 with 10° loft right now. Taylormade was touting the #loftup but seems to have died down. Or should I consider the OriginalOne with 13.5° ?
    Appreciate your feedback. Thanks!!

    • Matt Saternus

      Han,

      The only way to know for sure would be to hit both with the help of a qualified fitter. I will say the Original One is a totally different thing, and I would recommend a standard driver and its added forgiveness for most golfers.

      Best,

      Matt

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