It’s hard to get any better when you’re already the best. That’s the position Taylormade find themselves in when it comes to the fairway-wood department. At least on the PGA Tour anyway. After leading the way for a number of years with the likes of the R series, followed by the Rocketballz and AeroBurner, their position as king of the castle was handsomely consolidated by the launch of the M1 fairway wood at Wentworth last year.
So, one year later, why on earth should you do away with that revelation of a fairway metal and cough up for the new M2? Especially when they look almost identical side by side? Patience, patience – that’s what we’ll be focusing our attention on in this review.
But, given how important fairway woods are within the context of your golf bag, you’ll want to be sure that the next time you’re looking to position yourself astutely off the tee on a narrow, short-ish par 4, or going for broke with your second blow on a par 5, you’ve got the best possible weapon in your hands for the job. So, is it the Taylormade M2 Fairway Wood?
Taylormade M2 Fairway Wood
Taylormade have produced something that will wow you from the first time you strike the M2. Light, but meaty sound at impact with great feel. High ball flight that seems to hang in the air forever. The longest fairway wood around and leader on the PGA Tour. Definitely a value pick despite the price tag being around $249.00. Great piece of equipment.
Pros and Cons
- Long, long, longer! Delightfully flattering on mishits, and if you’re gifted enough to connect one out the screws, the sight of the ball soaring into the wide, blue yonder is a treat for the eyes
- This really is a forgiving club, so whether you’re lashing it off the tee, finessing one off the deck or carving it out the light rough, you’ll have every reason to be filled with confidence – regardless of handicap
- Hear no evil, feel no evil. The sound the ball makes off the clubface is superb, and although perhaps not quite as pronounced as its predecessors, this guy will fill you with pure satisfaction. And the feel is bliss… Sheer bliss!
- Hard to poke a hole in this piece of machinery really. Although, unlike the M1, there are no movable weights, so the lack of adjustability may put you off. But hey, it does what it says on the tin, so if adjustability is your bag, there are plenty of alternatives out there!
|Product Details||Taylormade M2 Fairway Wood|
|Launch RRP||From $249.00|
|Gender||Men’s & Ladies|
|Handicap Range||Low – Mid|
|Hand Availability||Right & Left|
|Swing Weight||D3 (Ladies C9)|
|Lie||60° – 61°|
|Loft||15°, 16.5°, 18°, 21°, 24°|
|Length||41.75″ – 43.25″|
|Shaft Type & Name||TM REAX (45, 55 or 65)|
|Grip||TM ARROW 46.5g|
|Manufacturers Website||Taylormade Golf|
Taylormade M2 Fairway Wood Detailed Review
Design & Appearance
The M1 series laid a solid benchmark, and the M2 certainly continues Taylormade’s good work.
The crown has a mixed composite of graphite and titanium, and the contrast between black and white isn’t just easy on the eye – it also really allows you to square the club up nicely at address.
As we’ve said above, there are no adjustable weights on the clubhead, but there is a channel that stretches the width of the face, which in turn increases ball speed and launch angle.
The speed pocket on the sole is also handily disguised, and very effective.
The lack of adjustable lie angle at the hosel may rub you up the wrong way at first glance, but I think it actually makes for a refreshing change.
They’ve offered one simple club that does the complex work for you, so that, rather than focusing on geometry, you can channel your concentration on gripping it and ripping it instead.
Don’t mistake the lack of adjustable weight/loft/lie angles as being reflective of poor build quality.
These were done for good reason, and this puppy has a whole lot of other things going for it. The Speed Slot on the sole. The carbon composite head that reduces weight.
The fluted hosel, which also reduces weight, but simultaneously maintains strength. A lower center of gravity than before, which ensures a stronger ball flight and longer carry.
A variety in lofts and lengths. Shall we go on?
One other little kicker that impressed us was the various ladies’ offerings for the M2. Get that selection right, and you and the Mrs REALLY can be on the same page!
Control / Feel
Prepare to be blown away by the feel of this club. The carbon composite head really does have an impact on the sound and feel at impact, albeit that the sound is significantly lighter than previous models, and, in our opinion, not as pleasing as the R15.
But the feel is simply gorgeous! Strike one out this guy’s solid and meaty sweet spot, and you’ll struggle to put the club down. Luckily the ball soaring into the distance will give you plenty of time to do so!
Taylormade were acutely aware that the sound would deteriorate as a result of the increase in size of the Speed Pocket.
So, crafty chaps that they are, they added the ‘fluted hosel’, which profoundly enhances both the sound and feel. How, you ask? You’ll have to ask their specialist designers I’m afraid – I don’t have a clue!! What I do know is that the stock shafts also provide maximum clubhead speed – considerably more so than average speeds for typical fairway woods.
If distance is king for you, then stop your search right now. Especially when you take into account that there’s actually a whole lot more to this club than just extra yards.
For the low handicapper with a good handle on ball striking, you are able to manouevre the M2 to your heart’s content.
Carrying the ball over water to a shallow green? Consider it done. Or hitting a low-ish hook, and chasing it up to the green? Even from just beyond your distance limit? It’s a slam dunk.
Even a mediocre strike has excellent carry, and with the benefit of a pure ball flight that penetrates the wind without much deviation. The general flight is high-ish, so you should be able to get up and over, while also getting it to stop pretty quickly if need be too.
But it is arguably the Speed Pocket which is the key behind the excellent performance of the M2. It gives the clubface some flex at impact which provides both the ideal launch angle, and also a comforting cushion of forgiveness if you don’t middle it.
But don’t take our word for it… a fellow by the name of Jason Day tested the M2, and his first strike with this club ended up carrying his predecessor, the Aeroburner, by 11 yards.
Other than that, the shallow head allows improved playability from the fairway or first cut, but off the tee I’d suggest pegging it low to the ground.
Tee it too high, and you’ll likely start manipulating your swing in order to make solid contact – not a can of worms you want to be opening!
Value for Money
There’ve been a few people mumbling that the M2 is pricey, but I’m not convinced.
Nowadays anywhere within the $250 – $299 mark is acceptable, especially when it comes to a high-quality piece of equipment such as this (see special discounts at Global Golf).
It provides playability, distance and forgiveness – not to mention the feel, which I could literally go on about for days! Having at least one fairway wood in your bag as a golfer is pretty much a given.
Whether you’re trying to negotiate the fairway off the tee on tricky little par 4’s, gunning for the green in two on a par 5, or trying to make sure you don’t need three nudges at it to get up onto the dance floor on a long par 4, the M2 is more than fit for purpose, and a club you’ll be able to pull out the bag with a bit of swagger and confidence.
Taylormade have kept it simple in terms of adjustability options in the M2 fairway wood, and we’re a big fan. So, given that it’s a great product at a reasonable price, we’ll happily award this little gem a solid 8.8 out of 10.