TaylorMade M2 Driver Reviews – Distance and Forgiveness

by | February 23, 2016

TaylorMade M2 Driver Review

TaylorMade M2 Driver Reviews (2016)

Here I’ll be comprehensively reviewing the TaylorMade M2 driver, similar in a lot of ways to the M1 (full review here) but different in a couple key areas. The M2 is the lowest priced TaylorMade driver with a multi-material construction, and is designed to deliver exceptional distance and forgiveness for the golfer.

So, what’s the M2 driver all about? Where does it shine and where does it lack? Is it worth the buy? Read on to find out what you need to know about it to make an informed purchase.

In a hurry?  Here’s the quick overview and verdict for you…

Rating: 4.8/5 (Excellent)

Pros: Affords most of the same benefits of the M1 (and improves in some ways) at a lower price point; ball speed forgiveness is excellent

Cons: Left-handed version not available in HL and women’s variants; cannot adjust the CG like you can with the M1; some find the directional forgiveness to be disappointing

Classification: Game-Improvement

Recommended for: Low or high handicaps who prioritize forgiveness and want a less-expensive alternative to the M1.

Best places to buy online:

Best Online LocationsPrice (subject to change)Shipping DetailsReturns/ExchangesAdditional Notes
Global GolfClick here to display the current price.- multitude of options available including Economy (often free) and Next Day
- international shipping available
- shipping discount codes can be used at checkout
- exchanges can be initiated by contacting Global Golf directly
- unused equipment can be returned for a full refund within 30 days, subject to certain conditions, through the online returns center
- the M2 driver qualifies for a 30-Day Playability Guarantee, which allows customers to return used clubs within 30 days for a full refund in the form of store credit
- offers coupon/discount/promotional codes on an ongoing basis to be used at checkout
AmazonClick here to display the current price.- fast and reliable
- free shipping available
- eligible free two-day shipping and free same-day shipping for Amazon Prime members (free trial available)
- returns can generally be made within 30 days of receipt of shipment (past 30 days up to 80% of the price can be refunded)
- exchanges can be made through the Online Returns Center if the option is available
- A-to-z Guarantee ensures you receive your item from third-party sellers as advertised and in a timely manner
- all lofts, shaft materials, shaft flexes and hand orientations for the M2 driver are available, although not all are guaranteed to currently be in stock
- trusted with excellent customer service
eBayClick here to display current used listings.- shipping speeds and costs depend on location, individual seller and available services (free options sometimes available)- exact policies depend on the individual seller
- in the event returns are allowed, they can be initiated easily through the eBay website
- fantastic for used M2 drivers
- potentially substantial discounts for new and used M2 drivers
- overstock is often sold here at a substantial discount
- generally offers the best prices for used clubs
- eBay Money Back Guarantee ensures that buyers receive items as advertised or get their money back

Want a high-resolution look at the M2?  Click on the composite image at the top of the page and navigate the photos on the left-hand side of the screen.


What are the reviews like?

The TaylorMade M2 driver is viewed very positively in general.  Customers and reviewers have praised it for its effectiveness in terms of forgiveness (more forgiving than the M1) and its low-spin distance-producing ball flight. People also like the solid look, the quiet, efficient sound/feel at impact and the ability for tweaking afforded by the adjustable hosel.

In terms of negatives, some people find the lightweight clubhead a bit difficult to control through the ball. Some feel that the directional mis-hit forgiveness could be better, and others feel the lower price point doesn’t justify using it over its M1 brother.

What are the features?

The features and technologies of the M2 driver are similar to that of the M1, but there are some key differences; namely, the absence of the Front and Back Tracks and slideable weights on the sole.

Like the M1, the M2 is built with a multi-material construction that features an ultra-light, ultra-thin, high-strength, precision-formed, 7-layer “Carbon Composite Crown“. The crown provides a ton of weight savings, allowing weight to be placed lower and farther back on the sole; this makes for a more efficient power transfer, increasing ball speeds all across the face.

The key to the M2’s exceptional distance and forgiveness is its very large sweet spot, engineered with a high moment of inertia (MOI) for improved stability and ball speed preserving forgiveness, Inverted Cone Technology (effectively increases the size of the sweet spot) and a redesigned Speed Pocket (increases ball speeds and launch angle) located on the sole in the same position as the Front Track on the M1.

The M2 has a hot trajectory: high, low-spin and penetrating with the help of an efficient aerodynamic design. Other features include:

  • internal acoustic engineering which reduces vibrations and controls pitches for a solid, crisp, explosive sound.
  • a adjustable loft sleeve for dialing in loft, lie and face angle to your preference.  There are 12 positions over a range of 4° (±2°).  One movement of the sleeve changes loft by 0.5°-0.75°, lie by 0.5°-0.75° and face angle by 1°-2°.  See the M1 tuning manual for full details.

Stock shafts available at no additional charge include the Fujikura Pro 60 (X, S), Fujikura Pro 50 (R, M) and TM Reax 45 (L). The stock grips are the Golf Pride Tour Velvet and TM Winn Women’s Performance. Specifications of the M2 driver for men and women are below:

HeadLoftLieLengthVolumeSwing WeightRH/LH
M2 Driver9.5°56°-60°45.75"460ccD3RH/LH
M2 Driver10.5°56°-60°45.75"460ccD3RH/LH
M2 DriverHL (12°)56°-60°45.75"460ccD3RH
M2 Women's Driver10.5°56°-60°44.5"460ccC9RH
M2 Women's DriverHL (12°)56°-60°44.5"460ccC9RH

How does the driver perform?

Distance: Distance results with the M2 are exceptional and very similar to the M1 for any given effective loft. Typical solid strikes take off like a rocket with a nice mid-high ball flight, low spin, piercing trajectory and a very good mix of carry and roll. Results stay true to TaylorMade’s claims for the most part, in the sense that there is minimal loss in ball speed on off-center hits — it’s safe to say that the M2 does better than the M1 in this regard. This means that, in general, the M2 tends to play a bit longer than the M1 for many golfers.

Forgiveness: As mentioned above, ball speed forgiveness is outstanding with the M2. Directional forgiveness is not quite as impressive and is about on par with the M1. Slight mis-hits should find the fairway, but you certainly should not expect severe misses to do the same.

Playability/Trajectory: The typical trajectory of the M2 is mid-high and low-spinning with a draw bias, but this may differ depending on your swing type and swing speed. Golfers who are not getting a distance-maximizing flight or are otherwise not satisfied with the trajectory can tweak it to a degree using the adjustable hosel; this is one of several advantages the M2 has over the previous Aeroburner driver (full review here). I found workability to be solid, again similar to the M1. Competent golfers shouldn’t have problems manufacturing different shot shapes.

What about look, sound and feel?

Look: The look of the crown and hosel is just about identical to that of the M1, as is the overall shape of the clubhead. The major differences lie in the sole which, in the case of the M2, does not have the slideable weight tracks. The M2 features a Speed Pocket in place of the M1’s Front Track just behind the clubface and an M2 logo and removable weight in place of the M1’s Back Track. Overall it’s a nice look that inspires plenty of confidence at address.

Sound and Feel: Superb overall. The M2 makes a soft, muted, metallic/ceramic sound at impact that is quieter than the M1. Naturally, mishits don’t feel as good and are a little louder. The M2 feels very lightweight through the swing-  many people love this, but others feel this sacrifices a bit of control in terms of making consistent contact.

Where should I buy this driver online?

Aside from the TaylorMade website, you can get new M2 drivers in every available hand, stock shaft type/flex and standard loft at a very solid price point on Amazon and Global Golf.

At this time, if you’d prefer to get a used M2 driver at a discount, I strongly suggest checking out eBay (link in the top overview) for awesome deals.

Please see the table in the review overview for more information on purchasing.

Conclusion

The M2 driver is a definite improvement over the previous Aeroburner model. While it lacks CG adjustability on the sole, it also retains more ball speed on mis-hits and is $100 cheaper than the M1 (with the same no-upcharge custom shaft options). It’s a very viable option for those on a tight budget who prioritize forgiveness and distance over adjustability and want to experience modern driver technology without paying extra for the M1.

Want more information on the M2 driver?  You’ll probably want to check this out here!

Have any thoughts or opinions about the TaylorMade M2 driver?  Leave them in the comments below!


Images courtesy of:  Amazon

12 thoughts on “TaylorMade M2 Driver Reviews – Distance and Forgiveness

  1. Eric

    This seems like a good golf club. I am wondering if it is as good as the Titleist 915D2. I’m not exactly an avid golfer myself but the M2 just seems like an awesome club. One of the things I like most about it is its forgiveness. As a high handicapper, forgiveness off the face is one of the most important factors I look for in golf clubs. The TaylorMade M2 seems like a great club, and it helps that I’m a fan of the brand.

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    1. Paul Post author

      Eric,

      I haven’t done a direct comparison of the M2 and the 915D2, but knowing what I know about the two clubs I’d say that the 915D2 has better directional forgiveness, which is very important to many golfers. When it comes to ball speed preservation, things aren’t as clear cut — the M2 might have a bit of an edge in that regard, but I don’t think it’s something you should agonize over. Make of that what you will. Hope this helps.

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  2. jCamden

    This looks like an excellent high quality driver! I love how you listed out all the specs and the exact measurements of each of the clubs. It’d be awesome to see a comparison to a driver in a similar price range to see how they compare.

    You mentioned it’s the cheapest Taylormade driver a person can find but I didn’t see a price anywhere. Do you have a comparison chart with the price for these compared to other taylormade drivers?

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    1. Paul Post author

      Thanks for the suggestion; I’ll definitely mark that in the books for future content. The reason why I don’t like including actual prices in my reviews is because they’re always changing — in the case of drivers and other clubs, prices generally drop substantially over time as newer models get released. It wouldn’t be practical for me to continually update the prices in my reviews to keep them up-to-date. Current prices are readily available on the websites that I link to, and these links should automatically and conveniently open a new tab for you.

      In regards to the comment you mentioned, what I meant to say was that the M2 is the cheapest multi-material-construction driver by TaylorMade, not the cheapest driver they sell. One way to find current prices for a whole range of TaylorMade drivers going back many years is by selecting the TaylorMade driver filter under the used club section of Global Golf.

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  3. Heather

    Thanks for the review. I don’t play myself, but my husband does, and is always on the lookout for gear that will help his game. He has mentioned forgiveness vs adjustability, and so this club sounds like it might be one he’d appreciate. I will pass the review along to him!

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  4. Ben

    Hi

    Thanks for the thorough review of the M2, it’s been some time since I’ve played golf but I’m starting to get back into it, and I have a lot of friends who are currently getting heavily into golf as well.

    I’ll be sure to send this review over to them so they can have a look. I like the pros and cons breakdown, this will definitely help people make a buying decision.

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    1. Paul Post author

      The M2 is a great choice for beginners and other higher handicaps, so you’ve come to the right place. Just be aware that if hitting your driver straight as an arrow in your #1 priority and you want your driver to do most of the work, you might want to consider other options. Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll do my best to answer them.

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  5. David

    This is a great comprehensive review of the M2. I am a leftie, so I am glad that I read this and found out that they don’t offer all of the same lofts for lefties. Luckily I usually hit around a 9.5 loft, so I could still get this driver. I love TaylorMade clubs and I am really excited about the new drivers.

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    1. Paul Post author

      Indeed, TaylorMade is really stepping up to the plate and coming out with some terrific stuff. Thanks for the comment. Let me know if you have any questions.

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  6. Kevin

    I have some good buddies that regularly golf and I want to get into golfing with them. I have only golfed one time and it was slightly embarrassing… Would the TaylorMade M2 driver be a good driver to start with? Do you have a good startup driver recommendation for new golfers?

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    1. Paul Post author

      Yes, as a game-improvement driver it would be an awesome starter choice, and it’ll impress your buddies too! It’s almost impossible to make a recommendation that can apply to all beginners because each person has different priorities and wants different things out of their clubs. Assuming that you want forgiveness and distance above all else, you should look at models like the M2 or the Callaway XR 16 which I review here. It all comes down to your budget, brand preference and what performs best for you, and these factors vary on an individual basis.

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