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
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 Locations||Price (subject to change)||Shipping Details||Returns/Exchanges||Additional Notes|
|Global Golf||Click 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|
|Amazon||Click 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
|eBay||Click 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:
|M2 Driver||HL (12°)||56°-60°||45.75"||460cc||D3||RH|
|M2 Women's Driver||10.5°||56°-60°||44.5"||460cc||C9||RH|
|M2 Women's Driver||HL (12°)||56°-60°||44.5"||460cc||C9||RH|
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.
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.