TaylorMade M1 fairway woods (2017)

TaylorMade M1 fairway woods

TaylorMade M1 fairway woods (2017)

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TaylorMade M1 fairway woods (2017)

TaylorMade updated its M1 fairway woods for 2017 by combining several technologies and adding new materials and layers of adjustability.

At address, golfers will see a six-layer carbon composite crown that rests atop a 450 stainless steel chassis. A white piece of stainless steel at the topline, where the crown meets the face, was designed to help alignment.

The carbon composite is significantly lighter than stainless steel, so the center of gravity is lower inside the head. It also creates discretionary weight that TaylorMade designers could use in other areas to boost performance.

 

Much of that weight was used to update the weight track in the sole.

“By moving the track back, it gave us room to put in an open-channel Speed Pocket,” said Brian Bazzel, TaylorMade’s senior director of product creation for metalwoods. The Speed Pocket was designed to allow the hitting area to flex more effectively at impact, especially on shots hit low in the face.

“The new Speed Pocket gives the golfer more ball speed and it drops spin, and those things give you more distance,” Bazzel said. “This is our longest adjustable fairway wood.”

While the previous track-weight system used two weights, the 2017 M1 fairway woods have a single 25-gram tungsten weight on the track.

 

“We had two weights in last year’s M1 fairway woods so golfers could get more forgiveness by splitting them and putting one in the toe and one in the heel, but that was not intuitive,” Bazzel said. “By adding the Speed Pocket, we’ve inherently added forgiveness because it protects ball speed on off-center hits. That let us go back to one weight for a draw or a fade. It’s easy to understand.”

The 12-position, aluminum loft sleeve allows golfers to increase or decrease each M1 fairway wood’s stated loft by as many as 2 degrees, so players and custom fitters should be able to create clubs that hit to a precise distance.

The 2017 M1 fairway woods will be available as a 3- (15 degrees), 3HL (17 degrees) and 5-wood (19 degrees). They will come standard with a Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 70 shaft and Lamkin UTx cord grip for $299 when they arrive in stores Jan. 27.

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