TaylorMade M2 driver review

The Golf Monthly Test Team review the TaylorMade M2 driver

TaylorMade M2 driver
The new TaylorMade M2 driver has a carbon composite crown
Golf Monthly Verdict

If you’re not consistent enough or bothered about creating a certain shot shape or dialing in spin, the M2 will offer very similar high launch, low spin performance and distance to the M1 for £100 less.

Reasons to buy
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    Low-spin performance but still from a forgiving clubhead creates an irresistable package for golfers of all skill levels and swing speeds.

Reasons to avoid
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    You could argue the performance is too similar to M1 and those that need the extra forgiveness in M2 would benefit more from the extra draw bias available in M1

Golf Monthly's TaylorMade M2 driver review, a model that features the same weight-saving carbon composite crown as the M1 driver but without the T-Track adjustability

TaylorMade M2 driver review

Key Technology The TaylorMade M2 driver replaces the Aeroburner model and features the same seven-layer carbon composite crown found in the M1 model that saves valuable weight. As a result, it has a very similar look at address but is more forgiving than the TaylorMade M1 driver thanks to a lower and deeper centre of gravity (CG) location, creating a higher moment of inertia (MOI).

A Speed Pocket behind the face helps the clubface flex more powerfully for more distance, while TaylorMade’s inverted cone variable thickness faces reduces ball speed loss on heel and toe strikes. There’s also a 12-position loft sleeve, which provides four degrees of total adjustability.

Will Suit Golfers that prioritise forgiveness over adjustability or a specific shot shape.

GM Review

Looks Down behind the ball, the M2 driver looks no different to the M1. It has the same multi-material crown construction, with the white front section joining the black face to make alignment more prominent.

TaylorMade M2 driver

The new TaylorMade M2 driver looks similar to the M1 at address

 

Performance Underneath however, it’s a different story. Where the M1 focuses on personalization with its two sliding sole weights, M2 is all about forgiveness. M2 has a higher MOI by xx points and you do feel the extra stability at impact. Ball speed loss on mishits was also aided by the Speed Pocket, in fact our shortest carries were much closer to our best drive than expected.

With the CG position further back in the head than it is on M1, you would expect the driver to generate more spin but this didn’t materialize significantly. While overall there may have been a marginal increase in spin, which would help enhance control further, spin levels remained at a low level similar to the M1 in it’s most forgiving setting, which helped maximize distance.

Watch: TaylorMade M1 v M2 driver

The M2 did launch slightly higher than M1; slower swing speed players will enjoy the extra launch being able to add loft via the loft sleeve on the hosel will help them keep the ball in the air to maximize carry distance.

One liner: “If you value forgiveness over adjustability, the M2 driver is ideal for you”

Joel Tadman
Joel Tadman

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.


During these enjoyable years he has had some money-can't-buy experiences, like interviewing Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy one-on-one and covering the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor. 


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 87 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 4.7.


Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: TaylorMade SIM2, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSi3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-PW 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and 58° 

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x