TaylorMade 2016 M2 Driver Review – Distance & Forgiveness

TaylorMade 2016 M2 Driver - 4 Perspectives

Here I’ll be comprehensively reviewing the TaylorMade M2 driver, similar in a lot of ways to the M1 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.


Quick Verdict

Rating: 4.8/5 (Excellent)

Classification: Game-Improvement

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

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

Best Places To Buy Online

I would discourage you from buying on Amazon. They’ve gone downhill in terms of being a good source of golf clubs in my opinion.

Now that this model is a few years old, there are two places where you can get it at a great discount.

The first is eBay, which is a fantastic source for new and used drivers.

The second is Global Golf, which offers many attractive policies and deals that make the buying process smooth. You’d best hurry before they go out of stock.

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, with ratings of 4.2/5 (over 84 reviews) on Amazon and 4.8/5 (over 160 reviews) on Global Golf.

What People Like

  • excellent forgiveness (more forgiving than the M1)
  • low-spin distance-producing ball flight
  • solid look
  • quiet, efficient sound/feel at impact
  • can do tweaking with the adjustable hosel

What People Don’t Like

  • 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
  • some feel the lower price point doesn’t justify using it over the M1

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.

Multi-Material Construction

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.

Maximum Ball Speeds

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).
  • 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 Info

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.

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 & feel?

The 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.

The Sound & 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 you buy this driver online?

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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 much 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 who want to experience modern driver technology without paying extra for the M1.

Have any thoughts or opinions about the 2016 version of the M2 driver? Leave them in the comments below!

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