TaylorMade drivers make quite the impression year after year. They’re always packed with the most innovative technologies and a popular choice for not only Tour players, but Tour winners. The foundation of the M Family of drivers have set TaylorMade Golf up for a long legacy of success.
Daniel Berger, Brian Gay, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Jason Kokrak, Rory McIlroy and Collin Morikawa have all won recent PGA Tour events with TaylorMade drivers. Sierra Brooks, Maria Fassi, Charley Hull and SungHyun Park on the LPGA Tour also play with TaylorMade drivers.
TaylorMade Golf first introduced the M1 and M2 drivers in 2016, with the second variation of each being released in 2017. In 2018, TaylorMade Golf released their M3 and M4 drivers. The TaylorMade M5 and M6 drivers were introduced in 2019, leading the way to the TaylorMade SIM driver line.
The M Family of TaylorMade drivers follows the same pattern as the TaylorMade M irons. We already delve into some of these drivers when comparing them to the TaylorMade D-Type drivers, though we’ll cover M1 through M6 here. The main thing to keep in mind is that these drivers may have come out a couple years ago, but they are still technologically advanced and lethal on the golf course.
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TaylorMade M1 Driver 2016 is Fully Customizable
The TaylorMade M1 Driver in 2016 debuted with impressive technology that aimed to get you more distance off the tee by being perfectly tailored to your golf swing. What stands out most about this TaylorMade driver is its customization capabilities. Not only can you adjust weights to shape your shot (and fix your slice), but you can also experiment with your optimal launch and spin off the tee. You can also adjust the driver’s loft up to 4 degrees.
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TaylorMade M2 Driver 2016 Focuses on Forgiveness
The TaylorMade M2 driver of 2016 may not have all the weight adjustments as the M1, but it does have a larger sweet spot to increase forgiveness off the tee. When comparing the TaylorMade M1 vs. M2 drivers in 2016, you’ll find they both use the same materials in their design, but the TaylorMade M2 driver is more focused on the clubface. Between the large sweet spot and the Speed Pocket technology, you’ll be hitting this driver straighter and hotter.
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TaylorMade M1 Driver 2017 is Customizable and Consistent
It is no surprise the TaylorMade M1 driver in 2017 follows the same concept as the 2016 variation. This newer version has the same adjustments available for shot shape and trajectory but takes the design to the next level. With even more adjustability on each track and a new manufacturing process that made each design consistently high-performing, there’s no doubt the TaylorMade M1 driver in 2017 is a solid evolution of the 2016 version.
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TaylorMade M2 Driver 2017 Enlarges the Clubface
Again, when comparing the TaylorMade M2 driver in 2017 vs. 2016, the base design is similar but the technology is more advanced in 2017. The club head is lighter and larger than the 2016 driver, has more performance consistency thanks to the updated manufacturing process and has Speed Pocket technology in the clubface that is three times more powerful, leading to even more forgiveness and optimal trajectories compared to the TaylorMade M2 driver from 2016.
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TaylorMade M3 Driver Takes Customization to the Next Level
It won’t come as a surprise that the customizability of the M1 driver was a hit, making the direction for the TaylorMade M3 driver even clearer. New technology, an updated adjustable weight track and the new Hammerhead slot are the TaylorMade driver’s best features.
The Twist Face technology hones in on not only the accuracy of your shot shaping but also the loft and spin; what’s different here is the TaylorMade M3 driver has more power to correct your missed shots, rather than just counter them. The update to the adjustable tracks and slot allows for more customization and forgiveness, respectively.
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TaylorMade M4 Driver is Powerfully Accurate
Similar to the M3 driver’s evolution, the TaylorMade M4 driver improves upon the M2 design. The goal of this TaylorMade driver is accuracy and distance via the Twist Face technology and forgiveness via the Hammerhead slot.
When comparing the TaylorMade M4 driver vs. the TaylorMade M3 driver, you’ll see the advanced technology is used in both designs, though the M3 driver has the adjustable weight track and the M4 driver has a different club head shape to create more forgiveness and a purer sound at impact.
Compared to the M2 driver, the TaylorMade M4 driver has a 67% larger coefficient of restitution (COR), which means less energy is lost in the transfer from clubface to golf ball. Your tee shot will go further with a higher COR.
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TaylorMade M5 Driver is a Speed Demon
The TaylorMade M5 driver is known for its groundbreaking, yet legal, speeds. This TaylorMade driver introduces the Speed Injected™ technology, which increases COR and, therefore, distance off the tee.
When comparing the TaylorMade M3 vs. M5 driver, the M5 driver takes the M3 driver and further optimizes the customizability. It includes the Twist Face technology for more solid ball contact, an updated track - called the Inverse T-Track - that moves even more weight for spin and ball flight and the advanced Hammerhead 2.0 slot, which increases forgiveness.
There is also a TaylorMade M5 Tour driver available, which carries the same characteristics as the M5 driver but adds some bonus features for low handicappers. Most notably, the club head is smaller and more aerodynamic to increase club speed and improve control. This works in tandem with the lower spin to help you gain distance and accuracy.
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TaylorMade M6 Driver Delivers It All
The last driver in the M Family, the TaylorMade M6 driver covers distance, accuracy, forgiveness and control. It’s a solid driver that was constantly seen on Tour. The M6 driver carries the same technological enhancements as the TaylorMade M5 driver, though the M6 adds a new sole design that makes the club head even more aerodynamic.
When comparing the TaylorMade M2 vs. M4 vs. M6 driver, it’s easy to say the TaylorMade M6 driver is the most sensible purchase - it has the latest Speed Injected™ and Twist Face technologies and a different sole design that lowers the center of gravity (CG) for more forgiveness. However, all of these drivers, especially the TaylorMade M4 driver, have breakthrough technology that will benefit your game. Go with what fits your budget.
Don’t forget you can also look into buying used golf clubs at GlobalGolf, where you may find a used TaylorMade M6 driver with all of the technology for only a fraction of the price. See all the benefits of buying used golf clubs in our guide. Another method is taking advantage of GlobalGolf’s UTrade-In® program, where you can calculate the value for your current set of golf clubs and earn credit towards your next purchase.
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How to Choose the Right TaylorMade Driver for You
You’ve read the backgrounds on each TaylorMade driver in the M Family. If you want a driver you can tinker around with until it fits your swing and is on the more affordable end, either TaylorMade M1 driver will fit the bill. If you want the customizability and the latest technologies, the Taylormade M3 or M5 drivers should be considered. If you’re an elite golfer who wants more control over your ball flight, be sure to check out the TaylorMade M5 Tour driver.
On the other end of the spectrum, if you want a solid driver at a solid price, you can’t go wrong with either TaylorMade M2 driver. That being said, the TaylorMade M4 driver has a substantial technological jump that makes it worth the investment. If you’re really passionate about your game, the TaylorMade M6 driver has the highest chance of making you happy given its design caters to everything a golfer wants in a driver - distance, forgiveness, accuracy and control.
If you’re still looking for which TaylorMade M driver is right for you, check out GlobalGolf’s USelect®, which generates recommendations for you based on your game after taking a brief, easy quiz. You can also demo the latest golf products with UTry® to get a feel for the power behind the TaylorMade brand.
Every driver in the TaylorMade M Family contains technology that puts them leagues above its predecessors, even if you choose the drivers from 2016. Take comfort in TaylorMade Golf’s innovation legacy and know whichever driver you choose, you have added technological advantages to your golf bag.
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