TaylorMade M1 drivers (2017)

TaylorMade M1 drivers (2017)

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TaylorMade M1 drivers (2017)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – TaylorMade focused on shifting weight to the best possible areas in its M1 drivers for 2017, and the result is a lower center of gravity, improved forgiveness and more customizable options.

Available in 460cc and 440cc head sizes, the new M1 drivers have a six-layer carbon-composite crown and a white piece of titanium that extends back from the topline. The white area is designed to improve alignment, and the carbon fiber piece weighs just 13 grams; the titanium crown it replaced weighed 33 grams. That lowered the center of gravity and created discretionary weight that TaylorMade repositioned in other areas of the head.

The new M1 has sliding weight tracks similar to those of the original M1 that was released in September of 2015, but the weights in the new club are heavier and the tracks are longer. The side-adjustment weight, which promotes a draw or a fade, is now 15 grams, and the weight that helps adjust the height and spin of the shot is 12 grams. The weights in the 440cc version of the M1 are both 15 grams.

Brian Bazzel, TaylorMade’s senior director of product creation for metalwoods, said, “It’s different with every player, but the difference between the forward and back positions (on the track) creates about 1 degree in launch angle and roughly 300 rpm of spin.”

That may not sound like a lot, but it should help players and custom-fitters fine-tune the M1. Bazzel said it is equivalent to a 1-degree change in the driver’s loft. He noted that the updated M1 has about 25 yards of left-and-right adjustability, too.

Aside from the tracks, the sole of the M1 driver is not smooth. The heel area blends into the high/low track, and the toe side of the sole is more recessed and made from the same six-layer carbon fiber used in the crown. The lighter toe-side would create a draw bias, but TaylorMade shifted the high/low track slightly toward the toe, so it now runs directly in the center of the sole and counteracts the effect.

However, recessing the toe-side area reduces the volume of the head in that section, which in turn allowed designers to make the head 4 percent larger and the face 7 percent bigger while not exceeding the 460cc total volume.

“So the head is larger, the forgiveness has increased, and we designed a track system that is more aerodynamic,” Bazzel said. “That allows us to move the CG 64 percent more (than in the previous M1) for better personalization and performance.”

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