TaylorMade M2 drivers (2017)

TaylorMade's M2 driver for 2017

TaylorMade M2 drivers (2017)

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TaylorMade M2 drivers (2017)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – TaylorMade’s M2 drivers for 2017 give players a larger face and profile, more stability and what the company calls a faster appearance than its predecessor, the original M2.

“When you set it down, the shape is not exactly like M1,” said Brian Bazzel, TaylorMade’s senior director of product creation for metalwoods. “Last year, M1 and M2 were basically the same shape. The center part of the sole has been shifted back a little. It has a faster look.”

The 460cc body is made of 9-1-1 titanium and is topped by a six-layer, carbon-composite crown. Going with a carbon-composite crown helped create 25 grams of discretionary weight. That mass was moved down and to the rear of the sole to shift the club’s center of gravity lower. It also helped drastically increase the moment of inertia.

“To have a moment of inertia over 5,000 g-cm2, you would typically have to do something really radical to the shape, like the square drivers of the past,” Bazzel said. “We did not have to do that here. We have a beautiful looking club that has stability.”

The face is 7 percent larger than with the original M2 driver, and the club’s overall footprint is larger, too, which should help instill confidence at address and further increase forgiveness.

Another feature that helps increase forgiveness, protect ball speed and reduce spin is an updated slot that TaylorMade calls the Speed Pocket behind the leading edge.

“When you push the weight down and back, launch angle goes up and spin goes up. To kill that spin, we use the Speed Pocket,” Bazzel said. “Using it, we can drop a considerable amount of spin to now give you high launch with low spin and great speed. When you hit the ball with this driver low in the face, you are hardly going to lose ball speed. You lose less than 1 mph on a shot hit half and inch out of the center. That hardly shows up on a launch monitor.”

To help golfers who battle a slice or who need more backspin to keep the ball in the air to maximize distance, TaylorMade is releasing the 460cc M2 D-Type. It was designed with offset, is 1 degree more upright than the standard M2 and has extra weight in the heel to encourage the face to rotate more easily to square on the downswing. The company says it creates an average 12 yards of right-to-left enhancement.

The 2017 M2 (available at retail Jan. 27) comes standard with a high-balance-point Fujikura Pro XLR8 56 shaft, and the M2 D-Type comes with a Matrix Ozik MFS X5 shaft. Both will retail for $399.99. The clubs will be available in 9.5, 10.5 and 12 degrees of loft, or 9.5 and 10.5 in left-handed models.

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