TaylorMade M2 fairway wood review

The TaylorMade M2 fairway is geared toward speed and forgiveness but does it deliver?

TaylorMade M2 fairway
Golf Monthly Verdict

The M2 fairway wood is a long, forgiving and versatile club that will perform in every situation you need it to out on the course. Ball speed protection across the face was particularly impressive, especially on shots struck low on the face, something so crucial for a fairway wood. We really do recommend you give this a try.

Reasons to buy
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    Very easy to align, explosive distance and excellent versatility - easy to strike consistently from the tee and fairway

Reasons to avoid
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    Some may want something that inspires more confidence at address

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The Golf Monthly Test Team's TaylorMade M2 fairway wood review, a club that features a carbon composite crown and Speed Pocket to maximise distance

Going back to the original RocketBallz range launched a few years ago, the fairway within the lower price point TaylorMade wood line has often been the showpiece product. Bold distance claims and technological advances made it a popular choice for amateur golfers.

While last year’s AeroBurner fairway wood was all about speed through multiple technologies that improved aerodynamics, the M2 fairway wood is about creating distance and versatility without losing out on trajectory or forgiveness.

It has the same Carbon composite crown technology as the TaylorMade M1 and M2 drivers, which saves weight and allows it to be positioned in more desirable areas. It has a larger, more open Speed Pocket that increases ball speeds on shots struck low on the face and also helps reduce spin.

Finally, a fluted hosel is said to save weight as well as improve the feel and acoustics of the fairway wood.

TaylorMade M2 fairway wood

The new TaylorMade M2 fairway wood has a high-tech carbon composite crown

At address, the M2 fairway has a similar low profile and mid-to-small head size at address. Because of this, it’s arguably not the most confidence inspiring to look down on at address but it’s very easy to align thanks to the contrast between the black face and the white front section of the crown and it sits absolutely flush to the turf when lining a shot up from the fairway.

This is a fixed hosel fairway wood but it comes in five different lofts to suit your needs and should provide excellent performance without the need for a full fitting, providing you get the right shaft flex.

TaylorMade M2 fairway face

What strikes you instantly is the incredibly hot feel off the face of this fairway wood. It’s solid and actually quite firm, because of the slightly muted acoustics, but it’s still very powerful. This doesn’t really change when hitting off the deck. The trajectory was similar to that off the tee and carry distance only came down by about 7-8 yards during our testing session from 240 to 233.

Performance from the fairway was particularly impressive, with shots tending to strike the lower portion of the face coming off just as hot and on a similar launch angle. This is encourage when hitting into par fives but combined with the relatively low spin means the M2 fairway is an excellent option off the tee of tight par fours.

The M2 fairway is available in lofts 15°, 16.5°, 18°, 21° and 24°.

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