2017 TaylorMade M2 driver

We find out what extra performance the 2017 TaylorMade M2 driver will provide

Golf Monthly Verdict

Marginal improvements in sound and feel as well as forgiveness make this an appealing prospect for those looking to upgrade, coming in well under £400. Certainly more ‘off-the-rack’ than M1 but we’d still recommend you get custom fitted to get the most out of it.

Reasons to buy
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    Improvements in sound, feel and forgiveness on off-centre hits while still being easy to align at address.

Reasons to avoid
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    Arguably not the most workable of clubs but it really is difficult to fault.

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Golf Monthly's TaylorMade M2 driver review video and article, a lower price-point offering said to provide improved feel, sound and levels of forgiveness

The original TaylorMade M2 driver was released a few months after the original M1 but for 2017, both updates to TaylorMade’s drivers are coming at the same time.

Strangely enough, despite the M1 being the company’s showpiece, premium driver, it is the M2 that is gaining the most traction out on tour, including the likes of Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods.

Having tested both on our Foresight Sports GC2 launch monitor, it’s clear that there barely any difference in terms of performance from the sweetspot between the two. Perhaps the M2 just clinches it for the majority of the world’s best players because of the forgiveness it offers while still provided the low spin tour players need to maximize carry distance.

Set the M1 in the max forgiveness setting, with the weight in the back track furthest from the clubface, and the spin and launch angle rises to high for golfers with above average swing speeds.

The new M2, like the M1, has a larger address profile, inspiring a touch more confidence over the ball. It feels light and effortless to swing powerfully, and the improved acoustics from the ‘Geocoustic’ construction contribute to a more muted, authoritative thud at impact.


Interestingly, last year, many golfers that would benefit from the forgiveness of M2 needed the draw bias only available in M1, but now with the launch of the M2 D-Type (D stands for draw), golfers that slice the ball can benefit from a straighter ball flight without having to cough up extra cash for the premium M1 offering.

There’s no sole adjustability to tinker with here, hence the lower price of £369, with golfers needing to optimize their launch through the 4-degree adjustable loft and the plethora of no-upcharge shaft options during a fitting.

Joel Tadman
Technical Editor

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.

One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 86 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.2.

Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: Ping i230 4-UW

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 54°. Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge, K Grind

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x