Is there ever going to be a limit to the technology that goes into improving the playability of golf equipment? Every year another element is discovered that can improve performance in a certain way. Are today’s clubs much better than they were even 5 years ago though?
We reviewed the Taylormade M1 Fairway Wood as part of our Best Fairway Woods 2016 Review.
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The M1 fairway wood has so much to offer the better player, but also can be a tad confusing in terms of ideal setting. The Taylormade M1 Fairway Wood has endless options in terms of loft, lie and weight so you may be left clutching at straws as to which setting suits best. But if you fit the bill and are suited to this club then you're going to get a whole lot out of it! If you aren't suited, it's going to be an uphill battle from the word go! Beautiful looks and feels superb right across the clubface. It's a pricey purchase so if you're a weak ball striker and clubhead speed is a bit low then steer clear and perhaps opt for something with a bit more forgiveness and playability.
Pros and Cons
- ‘Versatile’ is an understatement! – If ball striking is your game then you’ll be able to work this club in any shape and trajectory you like
- Feel is superb, it’s actually become a standard feature in Taylormade equipment having great feel and sound
- Long enough and with low to mid spin rate
- Attractive clubhead that is great to look at especially from aerial view at address
- Very complex in terms of adjustable weight system and which will suit you best
- It is forgiving enough in terms of strike, but not so forgiving in terms of shot dispersion and trajectory if not suited to this club
Design & Appearance
Seem to be repeating myself here when it comes to Taylormade drivers and fairway woods, but boy are they good looking! Ever since the launch of the R11 in 2011, white has been a fan favorite and I’ll be amazed to hear you say “it’s not for me”. The M1 has a mix of white and carbon fiber composite on the crown that is an appealing blend that really works in terms of drawing and holding your attention. The Front Track System (rail on the sole of the club) is now parallel to the clubface whereas in the driver it is perpendicular.
Two weights are situated within the FTS and serve a dual role actually.
All manufacturers, but particularly that of Taylormade always seem to have found something new and technologically advanced in their new models. But how is this possible? How can there always be new technology to add to existing quality offerings – there must be a ceiling eventually?
The Front Track System is an interesting factor in the fairway wood and depending on where the weights are positioned can either be beneficial or detrimental to your ball flight and ultimately score. An adjustable loft sleeve offers 12 different settings and lofts are adjustable 2 degrees either way in each head. A quality stock Fujikura Pro 70 shaft offering that is superb.
Control / Feel
Absolutely beautiful feel off the clubface. Although feel is somewhat affected depending on weight positioning, it really is one of the best feeling fairway woods we’ve ever hit. The sound gels well with the feel – meaty, but with a slight crack at the same time. When the weights are separated at either side of the clubhead the feel is ‘deadened’ slightly and feels a tad emptier behind the ball at impact.
Interestingly though, this does improve the face balance at impact providing a more consistent ball flight in terms of launch direction and shot shape. The M1 fairway wood is definitely for the better player though and also one who has a high ball flight. The M1 will flatten out your trajectory and the low spin will ensure longer distance.
If you know what you are doing in terms of moveable weights etc. then you’re fine, but if not then you’re going to get confused here! Basically having more weight towards the toe of the club will promote a fade shape due to that side of the club lagging slightly when making contact with the golf ball. The opposite is true for the draw shape. Versatility is an understatement. But same thing applies to a rally car – exceptionally versatile, but if you’re a pensioner that never drives above 30mph then it’s worthless.
But this is where it’s more confusing. When you adjust the lie angle of the club to an open face for example this also lowers the loft of the club and also lowers the spin rate making it harder to get up in the air. When the lie angle is closed then the loft increases and a draw shape is produced. So you’ll be fiddling around all day long if you’ve adjusted the lie angle and have the weights in varied positions – the height of confusion.
The M1 fairway wood is exceptionally long if/when finding the right setting for you. Penetrating ball flight with enough roll on it as well when hitting the deck. So as mentioned earlier if you have a high ball flight already then you’re going to get a lot more out of this club than a player who hits it low. The Taylormade M2 is better suited for them.
Value for Money
As a low handicapper and one who is technologically advanced in equipment knowledge then you’re going to benefit from this club. It may take a handful of attempts of testing in order to find your perfect setting, but once you do then stick to it! The adjustable weights do offer stability at impact resulting in solid shot dispersion and forgiveness is reasonable. Not great, but reasonable.
One thing I can say is that the versatility in the M2 is incredible. Any shape, trajectory or even spin rate you can think of can be produced with this advanced piece of equipment.back to menu ↑
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The Taylormade M1 Fairway Wood Review
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|Product Details||Taylormade M1 Fairway Wood|
|Launch RRP||From $299.00|
|Handicap Range||Low – Mid|
|Hand Availability||Right & Left (except M1 FW 3HL)|
|Lie||56.5° – 61°|
|Loft||15°, 17°, 19°|
|Length||42.25″ – 43.25″|
|Shaft Type & Name||Fujikira Pro 70|
|Grip||TM Lamkin Performance 360|
|Manufacturers Website||Taylormade Golf|