2017 TaylorMade M2 irons Review

Would the 2017 TaylorMade M2 irons outperform their predecessor?

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Golf Monthly Verdict

A very good offering in the game improver category that will provide assistance in gaining distance and accuracy to those who need it most.

Reasons to buy
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    Powerful, explosive feel and distance combined with high levels of forgiveness

Reasons to avoid
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    Mid-to-low spin reduces stopping power when hitting the mid and long irons into greens

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2017 TaylorMade M2 irons Review

Technology TaylorMade engineers have been able to lower CG and improve consistency by adding Face Slots, creating a thinner overall topline and adopting a deeper Speed Pocket with 33% thinner front wall for even more flexibility.

A new thinner, wider six-sided fluted hosel saves weight that is put lower in the clubhead. The new hosel bend slot also allows for a 30% improvement in bending. Similar to the M2 metalwoods, the new M2 irons employ ‘Geocoustic’ engineering techniques; acoustics tuned through geometry for better feel and sound via 3-D damping and an optimized rib structure to create ideal frequencies.


Shafts The 2017 TaylorMade M2 irons come with a REAX HL 88 by FST steel shaft or the M2 REAX graphite shaft (£799)

Will Suit Golfers that would benefit from improved distance and accuracy on off-centre hits. GM REVIEW

Looks From every angle, it would appear much has gone into making the new TaylorMade M2 irons perform better than the previous generation. Down address there’s the face slots which frame the ball nicely, a thick topline and generous offset to create a user-friendly profile.

Related: TaylorMade M2 irons launched


Performance You’ll struggle to find an iron that’s easier to hit on the market in 2017 than the new M2. They have a springy feel off the face with enough feedback on the strike, they’re not hard like game improver irons can be. The sound is also more on the traditional side, not loud or in your face, and it makes the hitting experience that much more enjoyable.

These clubs were always going to hit the ball a long way given the strength of the lofts (7-iron is 28.5°) but what I like is how the peak height of the ball flight is comparable to that of a traditionally lofted iron, marginally lower if anything.

The Face Slots and Speed Pocket also combine to deliver and consistent shot pattern, even when you miss the middle, and while the odd shot may fly a few extra yards than expected from the sweetspot, generally the dispersion in both directions was encouragingly tight.


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