What we say...
TaylorMade M1 Driver Tech:
This years TaylorMade M1 driver has 43% more carbon fiber, and 64% more front-to-back center of gravity adjustability, which means more choices for the golfer.
The weight savings come from reducing crown thickness, introducing a new finishing process and a new streamlined skeletal titanium body. A pushed in-toe section means that extra volume has been freed up so forgiveness is the same as last years impressive TaylorMade M2.
TaylorMade M1 Driver Video Review
In each of our gear tests for 2017, we've produced a video review to give golfers the pro's and con's of each golf club. With the TaylorMade M1, Chris Ryan explains the differences between the 2016 and 2017 TaylorMade M1 drivers - and why this version both looks fantastic and can help your game.
TaylorMade M1 Driver: Our verdict
We been asked a million and one times before why we use three Top Gear testers and why we’ve picked the players we have. In our opinion, the 2017 TaylorMade M1 driver's test performance explains our decision perfectly.
For our test pro Chris Ryan, the M1 was his longest driver of 2017. His consistent repeatable swing delivered an average 171mph of ball speed and a 300 yard average carry distance, which was 5mph quicker and 14 yards longer than his test average.
Yet for the two amateur testers, they saw greater improvements using TaylorMade’s M2 over the M1 thanks to the extra forgiveness and ball speed protection. Quite noticeably the TaylorMade M1 driver's head size wasn't quite as wide, which our test pro felt better suited his eye. Conversely, our amateur testers - like lots of club golfers out there will - felt the M2's extra size breeds both extra confidence and ultimate forgiveness.
TaylorMade M1: Bottom line
By using three very different testers we get three different outlooks, which gives a sound overall opinion to the tests. Remember, 2017’s TaylorMade M1 driver has the same level of forgiveness as last years M2, which was a seriously hot and forgiving driver.
Only you can decide whether your game benefits more from the M1’s sliding weight tech or M2’s extra forgiveness. If you are struggling to decide, don’t worry - you aren't alone. The tour pros have been having the same conundrum and are flicking between the TaylorMade M1 driver and the TaylorMade M2 driver depending on which courses they play, which has to say both drivers are seriously good.
2016 TaylorMade M1 Driver Review
Lofts: 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 12°
Stock shaft: Project X HZRDUS / Fujikura Pro XLR8 / Mitsubishi Kuro Kage and 30+ custom options at no up charge.
Adjustable hosel: Yes
How much loft change: +/- 2°