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TaylorMade's new M6 irons have been engineered for added distance and enhanced sound and feel
The latest TaylorMade M6 irons feature the brand's new revolutionary Speed Bridge technology, a redesigned speed pocket and hybrar compression dampner to create their most advanced game improvement iron to date.
The result is a combination of tech that leads to added distance, accuracy and solid feel in a forgiving, confidence-inspiring shape that is easy to hit.
"At TaylorMade, we have always strived to push the performance envelope to give players maximum distance and forgiveness in our game improvement irons," says Matt Bovee, Senior Manager, Product Creation
"Our new SPEED BRIDGE technology allows us to do exactly that while improving sound and feel at the same time. Distance has never felt as good as it does with the M6 irons."
In addition to Speed Bridge, the M6 irons also feature an extreme low center of gravity, an ultra-thin face with Inverted Cone Technology (ICT), and a new thru-slot Speed Pocket. There are also new set wedges specifically designed for the mid to high handicap golfer which have been added to the M6 iron set for enhanced playability around the greens.
TaylorMade M6 Irons: TG Verdict
Realistically, the majority of club golfers (10 handicappers and above) should be considering irons just like the M6 when buying a new set. We're big fans of how the combination of strong lofts and lightweight, high- launch shafts work together to generate plenty of ball speed and carry.
They also launch shots high enough with decent levels of backspin to stop approaches on a green. Simon was the M6's biggest fan, feeling the mix of looks, sound and feel, hosel off-set and forgiveness were perfect for boosting confidence, even for a 10 handicapper. Our data showed that despite M6 and TaylorMade's P790 using the same face tech (the bottom of the face oats and isn't attached to the head), the M6 – thanks to a stronger loft – increased ball speed by 2mph and added four yards of carry distance.
Watch: TaylorMade M6 vs M5 irons
What is Speed Bridge technology?
Completely new for 2019, M5 & M6 irons with SPEED BRIDGE incorporate a high strength, mass-efficient structural beam spanning across the cavity back of the iron to connect the topline with the back bar of the iron.
Through extensive use of computational modeling and optimisation, the SPEED BRIDGE uses minimal mass to stabilise the iron by supporting the topline and upper face area at the exact location that vibrates at impact.
The increased rigidity in the topline and upper perimeter of the face delivers improved sound and feel with increased ball speed from a more flexible Speed PocketTM. The SPEED BRIDGE is the key to unlocking the ability to design M5 and M6 irons with a thru-slot Speed Pocket, their most flexible Speed Pocket (4-7irons) to date.
Watch: How it works - Speed Bridge M5 & M6 irons
The SPEED BRIDGE stabilises the upper portion of the iron in combination with the advanced HYBRAR vibration damping polymer to improve sound and feel, while the thru-slot Speed Pocket expands the flexible area of the face to generate faster ball speeds.
TaylorMade M6 Iron: Key Technology
Low Centre of Gravity
The extremely low and deep center of gravity (CG) is achieved through design optimisation and technologies such as the Fluted Hosel and 360° Undercut to harvest trapped mass from the highest location in the iron and relocate it low in the head design.
This low CG design produces an efficient energy transfer at impact with a high launching, penetrating ball flight even for mis-hits low on the face. The M6 iron also has a high Moment of Inertia (MOI) for stability and forgiveness making it remarkably easy to play.
Redesigned Speed Pocket
The TaylorMade M6 irons have a Speed Pocket to significantly enhances face flexibility and generates optimal spin at impact, thus maximising ball speed and carry distance; most specifically low on the clubface — where ball speed protection matters most.
Speed Bridge Construction
Thanks to the new SPEED BRIDGE construction, for the first time it is possible to design a thru-slot Speed Pocket into our M5 and M6 game improvement irons. The SPEED BRIDGE and Speed Pocket work together to systematically improve how the iron face performs during impact by shifting the point of maximum deflection lower on the face. This shift in deflection activates the Speed Pocket more efficiently delivering extreme flexibility over a large area of the face generating faster ball speeds than 2018 M3 and M4 irons.
Inverted Cone Technology (ICT)
The M6 iron employs an ultra-thin face design with TaylorMade's patented Inverted Cone Technology (ICT). An ultra-thin face allows the iron to be flexible and fast, but the secret to a truly optimised design lies within pairing a thin face with the ICT. The ICT design uses varying thicknesses to deliver maximum ball speeds over a large area face and the off- center positioning delivers a directional bias. Simply put, the ICT gives golfers a larger and more accurate sweet spot.
HYBRAR Compression Damper
In both the M5 & M6 irons, TaylorMade engineers have implemented a new HYBRAR damping system and multi-material badges to control and minimise vibration for a soft and solid feel. Due to the stiffer topline, the maximum point of deflection of the iron face at impact is lower than previous designs.
The lower deflection point is aligned with the HYBRAR damper allowing it to activate more quickly at impact and dampen unwanted vibrations more efficiently. The ABS/aluminum structure combined with viscoelastic adhesive serves to further improve sound and feel at impact.
Difference to last year's M4: TaylorMade say by replacing the M4s RIBCOR tech with Speed bridge, a larger area of the face is unsupported, meaning a larger hotter area from toe – heel than the M4. Expect a gain of 1.5mph of ball speed over the M4.