Touted primarily as a “better player driver” the design and adjustability make the M1 a practical option for a much wider range of players and many mid to low handicappers will really enjoy the M1. Continue reading this TaylorMade M1 Driver Review as we’ll take a closer look at the special features of the club and what really makes it so great.

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One of the Greatest

TaylorMade has produced some of the greatest drivers over the years and have yet to make a bad one. This makes it challenging to extol the virtues of any one over the others. Sure, they all have slight differences and as new models come onto the market, the materials, design, and technology improve but they are really phenomenal drivers.

The popular M1 is one of the many great drivers in their range. Expect remarkable distance with brilliant accuracy. The low spin and low launch will suit many golfers, particularly the more experienced. The ability to shape shots with ease is an added bonus.

Key Technology

The M, they say, stands for multi-material construction. That is one of the defining technological breakthroughs of this driver. TaylorMade has used a 7-layer carbon composite to craft the crown and this has made a world of difference and opened up a range of new opportunities.

The ability to create such a lightweight design without compromising on strength created numerous advantages. There are not many drivers that can rival the technology of the TaylorMade M1.

TaylorMade M1 Driver

Sliding Weights

With not 1 but 2 sliding weights, the M1 gives you the ultimate freedom in flight tuning. Be bold and experiment to determine the ideal combination to get the desired flight and dial in what you want from your drive.

Through the use of some cutting edge materials and bonding techniques, combined with the titanium body, TaylorMade was able to create an additional 11 grams of discretionary weight. This was repositioned to great effect with most being used low in the sole of the head.

They were also able to add another 2g to the existing 10g on the sliding rear weight, allowing you more freedom to position the CG even further back for maximum MOI. This will give you a great launch with a low spin.

The front weight, on the horizontal track, remains at 15g which offers an impressive 25 yards leeway in flight to the left or right.

A Few Options to Choose From

As always, with so many options and combinations (we are talking about some 10 800 permutations all told), an expert fitter would be the best option to guide you with this technology. Failing that, some time at the range carefully experimenting will do wonders for your drive.

So that is 15 positions each per track and another 12 on the new aluminum loft sleeve hosel. You then have a range of 4 head lofts from 8.5° to 12°. A kid in a candy store would never be that lucky. As pioneers in adjustable drivers, I guess all these options come as no surprise. The aerodynamics of the head has also been improved by the better positioning of the tracks.

Shaft

There are 3 stock shaft options being the Fujikura XLR8 Pro, Kuro Kage Silver Dual Core TiNi, and the exceptional HZRDUS Yellow 65. Shafts are available in A, Regular, Stiff, and X-Stiff.

Sound and Feel

Most players appreciate the assertive, solid thud produced by the M1 with many gushing about beautiful harmonics. It has a powerful, pleasing resonance. The feel too is solid and feedback can not be faulted. The sound and feedback is mostly a result of the multi-material face, and it works.

Looks

Beauty, as always, is in the eye of the beholder. Opinions are divided but it appears the majority of players like the white crown and contrasting black. The alignment aid is prominent end effective. The more conservative traditionalists are generally not big fans of the look but then there is no pleasing everyone.

At address, it appears compact, elegantly curved and sleek. Looking down before your backswing, you are filled with a well founded sense of confidence.

TaylorMade 2017 M1 Driver

TaylorMade 2017 M1 Driver

Performance

I searched far and wide to find any criticism in terms of performance and came up empty handed. Most testers and players were in awe of the distance and accuracy this easy to hit driver produced. The M1 was kind and forgiving with the odd mishit and when struck well, it powered through the air hard and fast. Those who love to tinker were in their element with the multitude of options. Those who went for fitting were even happier and their results showed.

The many user reviews from people who have purchased the M1 had overwhelmingly positive comments. Chief amongst them were distance, accuracy, forgiveness, and control. Again, adjustability was a big talking point.

Pros

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    Designed for distance. Most players and testers remarked on a noticeable increase in distance and carry
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    Great forgiveness - off center hits still travel a good distance while staying relatively straight
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    Easy to play a draw or fade if you have the know-how
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    All the adjustability you could hope for

Cons

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    One of the more expensive drivers on the market
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    Low strikes do not perform as well as some would like
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    The color scheme does not appeal to all players
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    The extensive adjustability is off-putting to some players

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Final Thoughts

The original M1 was a great driver to start with and not wanting to change a winning formula too much, only minor changes were made to the 2017 TaylorMade M1 driver. At first glance, you will not see a major difference but below the surface, they have enhanced the weight distribution to further improve performance.

Externally, you will notice that they have extended the T-Track and made a few changes with the graphics and colors. The subtle changes have made it more forgiving and a bit more adjustable and versatile meaning the newer model will suit a wider spectrum of golfers.

Whether you go for the original or the 2017 edition, you will not be disappointed. If you can squeeze it into your budget, do it, even if it means a few other minor sacrifices. The TaylorMade M1 is undeniably one of the top drivers money can buy. It is certainly on my shopping list.

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