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Review: TaylorMade M2 3-wood

M is for More Distance

TaylorMade is the king of claiming more distance with their clubs.  If you remember back to the first Rocketballz 3-wood it claimed 17 more yards.  While there were skeptics, it was a legit bomber.  Since then they have backed off specific yardage numbers, but still claiming great distance out of their 3-woods.  They did it again with the M2 3-wood.  It is seriously long.  It ranks up there as the longest 3-wood I’ve ever hit.  If you simply need more distance from your 3-wood, this is the club to check out first.

The new M family is TaylorMade’s entry into the composite/metal woods, or as they are calling them Unmetal woods.  They did a great job of tuning this technology right off the bat.  The M1 and M2 drivers are some of the best I’ve hit and the M1 3-wood has been my favorite 3-wood.  So the M2 3-wood had a tough battle to beat out the M1 3-wood for that spot in my bag.  The first thing I noticed about the M2 3-wood is that I couldn’t tell the difference from the M1 just by looking at it from most angles.  Same shaft, same crown, almost exactly the same, except for the giant speed slot instead of moveable weights and a fluted hosel instead of an adjustable one.  This the new M family branding.
I first hit theTaylorMade M2 3-wood at the launch event in Orlando and liked it, but a couple swings at the range don’t tell the whole story.  When mine arrived I took it straight to the course. The 1st hole at my practice course is a short par 4 with water in play off the tee which usually keeps the driver in the bag. I stepped up and ripped an M2 3-wood shot almost to the water, short by a couple feet.  It was a huge tee-shot with this 3-wood.  A couple holes later I had a 3-wood shot off the deck.  Again hit a huge shot, but it went pretty far right.  Next hole was into the wind and is a long par 3 which required a 3-wood shots off the tee.  I hit it over the green, but left this time.  This seemed to be my pattern with it in the bag for the last 5 rounds.  Super long, but lacking direction.
All the distance of the TaylorMade M2 3-wood comes from the design of the CG and pop of the speed slot.  It is legit super long.  I found it longer than my M1 3-wood. (configured exactly the same)  What they give you in distance is lost in feel.  This has a very different feel to it; hard to describe.  The hollow thwack it puts on the ball is different than any other club I’ve hit.  The ball rockets off the face, but the sensation is a little odd; but You can get used to it as you see your ball bombing down the fairway.
The TaylorMade M2 3-wood is easy to elevate and hits the ball fairly high without having to try hard.  It also flies on a flat trajectory so even into the wind, the ball isn’t effected much.  The Fujikura F3 shaft that mine came with is super stable and feels great.  The sets-up is fairly square to maybe a tiny bit closed at address.  While some don’t like the 2 tone crown,  I’ve actually grown accustom to the looks.

FlightScope Xi Tour Launch Monitor

TaylorMade M2 3-wood

  • Spin: 2878 rpms
  • Launch Angle: 14.7*
  • Dispersion: 9.9 yds
  • Club Head Speed: 101.2 mph
  • Ball Speed: 149.9 mph
  • Total Distance:  259.6 yds
  • Carry Distance:  242.9 yds

If you look at what the TaylorMade tour staffers are hitting, you’ll see that Jason Day plays M1 driver and M2 3-wood, (and he is Number 1 in the world) but for my bag I’m going M2 driver and M1 3-wood.  I could get over the odd feel of the M2 3-wood if I hit it straight all the time, but my inconsistency with it has the M1 keeping the 3-wood spot in the bag.  I did spend some time on the range to get it closer to what I want, but the M1 is just point and shoot, I barely have to think about it.  But if pure distance is your need and you can get the direction figured out, I don’t think you’ll beat the M2 3-wood.  M is for More Distance.

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Quick Hits
+Really long
+Easy to hit
+Face offers high ball speed no matter where you hit it
+Speed Slot is big

–Odd feel
–Dispersion was high

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