TaylorMade M2 Irons (2017)

TaylorMade M2 Irons (2017)

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TaylorMade M2 Irons (2017)

TaylorMade tried to deliver more distance with a higher ball flight for mid- and higher-handicap players with last season’s M2 irons. For 2017’s launch of the updated M2 irons, the company intends to deliver even more of those qualities, along with increased forgiveness.

“The platform, built around a low CG (center of gravity), has not changed,” said Tomo Bystedt, TaylorMade’s director of product creation for irons. “Low CG is what our team has been slaving over, trying to find grams everywhere that we can move down in the club.”

And he means everywhere. TaylorMade updated the fluted hosel to shave an extra 2 grams of weight from last year’s design and thinned the topline by 33 percent to steal more weight. The walls of the slot in the sole, called the Speed Pocket, were made 33 percent thinner, and the slot itself is 20 percent deeper to shave more weight and increase face flexibility.

What TaylorMade added, however, are slots in the irons’ faces. While the Speed Pocket helps protect ball speed on shots struck low in the hitting area, the face slots do the same for heel and toe misses. Combined, all the slots broaden the ideal hitting area and should help golfers maintain distance control more effectively.

“All of these elements help to provide incredible launch conditions,” Bystedt said. “And, again, incredible height on the golf shots. That translates to balls stopping on greens. We focused on that in terms of the development of this product to make sure that it would be long and forgiving, but also playable.”

To make the updated M2 irons sound better at impact, TaylorMade combined designs in the back of the club with different materials.

“It’s like tuning an instrument,” Bystedt said. “We have done a lot of work to find structural reinforcements that we can place strategically on the top of the golf club that don’t penalize it in terms of weight, but stiffen it to give a more pleasing sound.”

There is also a new badge that is designed to absorb vibrations to further enhance feel and acoustics.

The new M2 irons reach stores Jan. 27 and will be offered (4-LW) with FST REAX HL 88 steel shafts for $799 or M2 REAX graphite shafts for $899.

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