Taylormade M1 Fairway Wood Review (2016)

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Value, value, value. Don’t worry, not a typo – I’m just making sure you get the idea here!

We are well aware that there has been a 2017 M1 Fairway Wood released and the original 2016 model is discontinued – but. Is there a whole lot of difference between the two?

Can we help you take advantage of slashed prices for the older model and get plenty of value for money? Darn right we can!

We reviewed the Taylormade M1 Fairway Wood as part of our Best Fairway Woods Review.

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It’s versatile and hugely adjustable catering for almost any player’s demanding needs. Lie angle, weight settings, adjustable loft you name it.

The 2016 M1 feels fantastic (just as good as the 2017 model actually) so keep that in mind!

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Our Assessment

8.9 Total Score
Great (B+)

The M1 fairway wood has so much to offer almost any 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! Do yourself a favor and get fitted to find out suited weight, loft and lie settings and then give the 2016 M1 a go. Not much is different at all to the newer model except the weighting on the sole and minor aesthetic differences on the sole. Otherwise almost identical. Beautiful looks and it feels superb right across the clubface. It's superb value for money considering it's been discontinued and a newer model released. But this offers low hanging fruit so take advantage while you still can. This club will not be ageing anytime soon.

Design / Appearance
9
Build Quality
9
Control / Feel
9
Performance
8.5
Value for Money
9
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Pros and Cons

PROS:
  • ‘Versatile’ is an understatement! – The M1 is so easy to work in any shape and trajectory you like
  • It feels superb, just as good as the 2017 M1. Fact. It’s actually become a standard feature in Taylormade equipment having great feel and sound which you obviously like – who doesn’t!?
  • Long enough in terms of distance for you and with low to mid spin rate which optimizes trajectory and maximizes roll out
  • The M1 2016 (and 2017) is an attractive clubhead especially from aerial view at address, you’ll want to hit your fairway wood a lot more in a round now I promise you

CONS:
  • Fairly complex in terms of adjustable weight system and which will suit you best – best to be fitted to find out perfect settings beforehand
  • It is forgiving enough in terms of strike, but not so forgiving for you in terms of shot dispersion off target

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Taylormade M1 Fairway Wood (2016)

A beautiful club even for those who haven’t quite adapted to the non-traditional white crown. Low to mid spin resulting in plenty of distance and beautifully optimized trajectory maximizing your distance each and every shot.

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Detailed Review

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 flabbergasted 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 parallel to the clubface whereas in the driver it is perpendicular.

Two weights are situated within the FTS and actually serve a dual role in terms of either moving the weight to the heel (providing a draw bias) or to the toe (providing a fade bias). You can also keep them centered in order to keep it neutral.

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Build Quality

All manufacturers (particularly that of Taylormade actually) always seem to have found something new and technologically advanced in their models to keep your tongues wet. But how is this possible? How can there always be new technology to add to existing quality offerings – there must be a ceiling eventually?

We’ve tested the original 2016 M1 Fairway and so too the 2017 M1 Fairway and truth be told – there is not a whole lot different. At all.

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. You need to hit balls on the range or see a professional in order to establish your ideal custom settings.

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. Just as good as the 2017 M1!! 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.

Taylormade M1 Fairway Wood

The M1 fairway wood has so much to offer the better player, but also can be a tad confusing in terms of ideal setting. Beautiful club overall though

Performance

If you know what you are doing in terms of movable 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 same can be said (with all due respect) 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 M1 Fairway Wood 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. Its penetrating ball flight with plenty of roll on it when your ball hits 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 Fairway is better suited for them.

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Value for Money

If you’re technologically advanced in equipment knowledge then you’re going to benefit from this club. It suits a wide range of handicap up to a maximum of say 12 – 14.

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 offer you stability at impact resulting in solid shot dispersion keeping the ball on line. And the forgiveness is very reasonable. Not great, but reasonable.

One thing I can say is that the versatility in the M1 is incredible. Any shape, trajectory or even spin rate you can think of can be produced with this advanced piece of equipment. Plenty of bang for your buck here especially with the subsequent 2017 model released. You’ll get great deals on the 2016 model for almost exactly the same performance – take advantage while you still can and there are no more on the shelves!

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Official Video

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The Taylormade M1 Fairway Wood Review

Brian Bazzel of Taylormade takes us through the technology and benefits of the M1 fairway wood

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Key Facts

Product Details Taylormade M1 Fairway Wood
Launch RRP From $299.00
Gender Men’s
Handicap Range Low – Mid
Hand Availability Right & Left (except M1 FW 3HL)
Swing Weight D4
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

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Last update was on: November 23, 2017 9:28 pm

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