TaylorMade M1 Irons (2017)

TaylorMade M1 irons

TaylorMade M1 Irons (2017)

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TaylorMade M1 Irons (2017)

TaylorMade introduced the M1 family of woods and the M2 family of woods and irons last season, but there was not an M1 iron. For 2017, there will be.

The new M1 irons are designed to provide the distance, forgiveness and stability associated with the M2 in a more compact size.

“The technology in this iron is very similar to the M2,” said Tomo Bystedt, TaylorMade’s director of product creation for irons. “We are utilizing a fluted hosel, an extremely low CG (center of gravity) position and the 360-degree undercut. But we are packaging it entirely differently.”

To appeal to mid-handicap and slightly better players, the topline of the M1 irons is thinner, and they are designed with less offset than the new M2 irons.

One key features of the M1 irons is the removal of extra weight high in the heads and the addition of 15 grams of high-density tungsten in the toe of the 3-7 irons.

“It lowers the CG and really raises the moment of inertia of the club to get that forgiveness,” Bystedt said.

The tungsten also helps pull the ideal hitting area into the center of the face. TaylorMade said the ideal impact spot is less than 1 millimeter from the center position between the heel and toe.

To help the M1 irons maintain ball speed on off-center hits, TaylorMade designed vertical slots into the face. The slots allow the face to flex more efficiently at impact, especially on mis-hits, so distance control can be maintained more easily. A slot, which TaylorMade calls a Speed Pocket, also was designed into the sole to protect ball speed on mis-hits struck low in the face.

To enhance the sound and feel of the M1, TaylorMade included a special vibration-dampening, fin-like badge than reduces unwanted low-frequency and long-duration sounds.

The TaylorMade M1 irons reach stores March 1, 2017. They will come standard with True Temper XP95 steel shafts for $999 for a set of eight clubs, or Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver graphite shafts for $1,199. Several custom shafts will be available for no upcharge.

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