TaylorMade M1 Driver

TaylorMade M1 driver

TaylorMade M1 Driver

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TaylorMade M1 Driver

TaylorMade released its first metalwood, the Pittsburgh Persimmon, in 1979. That driver’s official name: M1.

Advancements kept coming. The company brought its first adjustable driver, the r7, to market in 2004. Other notable drivers followed, including the white-crowned R11 and more recently the SLDR, a driver that featured an adjustable weight housed in a sliding track in the sole.

With the release of its new M1 driver, which reaches stores Oct. 8, TaylorMade thinks it has made another significant stride in driver technology – and with that familiar name re-instituted.

The crown of the new M1 is carbon composite and weighs 10 grams. Todd Beach, TaylorMade’s vice president of research and design for metalwoods, said that is about half the weight of the company’s titanium crowns. This created 10 grams of discretionary weight that Beach and his team redistributed to drastically lower the club’s center of gravity (CG).

There are two tracks in the sole of the 45½-inch M1, one from heel to toe and another from the front of the club to the back.

“By saving the weight in the crown, we were able to develop this T-Track system,” Beach said.

Sliding the black 15-gram weight to the heel promotes a draw; shifting it to the toe encourages a fade.

When golfers move the red 10-gram weight to the back of the club, the M1’s CG shifts back and the club produces a higher launch angle. Moving the same weight forward creates a lower ball flight. All the weights can be moved and snapped into place using the provided torque wrench.

“Moving the weight to the back not only creates a higher launch, it adds forgiveness and a little more spin too,” Beach said.

Optically, TaylorMade decided to make a portion of the M1 driver’s crown white to help players align the club more easily. Sandwiched between the black portion of the crown and the black face, the white stripe is slightly thicker near the toe to make the club’s face appear slightly open, a position typically favored by better players.

“Back when we came out with the original white crown design with the R11, we knew it was important because it allowed golfers to see the alignment of the club better at address,“ Beach said. “Since then, we have done a lot of testing and we’ve found that we can use this white to black contrast, with this stripe, to steer the performance of the club.”

The M1 comes with an adjustable hosel system that lets players increase or decrease the driver’s stated loft by up to 2 degrees. The driver also is available in two head sizes, 460cc and 430cc. Both versions come standard with either a Fujikura Pro 60, Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 60 or Aldila Rogue Silver 70 shaft for $499.

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