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Previous versions of the Taylormade M2 irons are known to be high launching and with fast carry for maximum distance. However, they lacked forgiveness and this is what makes their 2017 release a must have. If you are in search of irons that launch high, are forgiving, with mind-boggling speed, and have the best feel and sound, grab a set of the M2s. If you’re still unsure, continue reading this TaylorMade M2 irons review to get some detailed information about the clubs.
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Increasing forgiveness in their M2 irons was the easy part. Lowering the Center of Gravity (CG) that resulted from increased weight was the challenging bit and this is where they put most of their effort (more on this later). These irons are meant for mid to high handicappers but have some aspects that make them quite punishing if not hit right.
Aesthetically, they look and sound pretty darn good and unlike the previous M2 versions the 2017 release has some pretty remarkable features. It features face slots that first appeared on Taylormade RSI irons, and for those who have been paying close attention you will notice that the speed pocket is thinner and longer, the face profile is also shallower, and the fluted hosel is thinner. These minor adjustments resulted in the incredible irons that the 2017 Taylormade M2 are.
In their pursuit for more forgiveness in the M2 irons, Taylormade engineers have incorporated face slots from their RSI irons which ensure that ball speed is not lost on off-centre strikes i.e. toe and heel strikes only. The speed pocket on the sole prevents loss of speed for strikes low on the face.
However, the face slots require reinforcing at the ends which result in more weight on the face, and thus Taylormade had to find other ways of reducing weight so as to lower the CG and maintain the high launch aspect which the M2 irons are best known for. Their efforts to lower CG in other areas and redistribute it to the slots is where Taylormade’s ingenuity in these M2 irons is best illustrated.
First, they made the top line of the head and leading edge of the speed pocket thinner by 33%, made the face profile of these irons shallower and thus reducing the proportion of material above the ball at impact and to sum up, they made the fluted hosel thinner with 6 wider sections on it instead of the 8 that were in the previous versions. This saved an extra 2 grams on top of 3 grams that were in the previous version. The result is a CG that is 7% lower.
The 2017 M2 irons have a progressive build with the longer and mid irons having chunky heads, and the short irons and wedges going back to the cavity back design. The cavity reduces with the sand iron looking like a blade/cavity back hybrid. The speed pocket is only present in the 4 to 7 iron with the face slots only getting to the 8 iron.
An additional point of interest is the sole which you ought to be wary of. Though generous, they play thinner than they look.
The performance of the 2017 M2 irons is just inconceivable. These irons pack a punch. They are some of the longer irons out there, with amazing forgiveness, astonishing speed off the face, high launching, and are also playable.
The face slots ensure there is no loss of speed on off-center strikes, while the speed pocket plays the same role but for strikes low on the face. The speed pocket on the 2017 M2 is thinner and 2 mm i.e. 20% longer increasing ball speeds across the face.
The sole also plays a key role in performance. The 3 way bevel enables the leading edge to go into the turf easily while the trailing edge on the other side of the speed pocket cambers making it playable and keeping the weight low and back.
The M2 irons are undeniably some of the longer irons out there. Most players will definitely note an increase in distance i.e. 10 yards or so, from the use of these irons with Dustin Johnson recording a 264 yard carry during the launch in the USA.
As for accuracy, these irons will fly down the intended path with minimal distance lost on mishits. They have also maintained height and launch.
The performance of the 2016 M2 irons saw golf greats such as Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, make the move and start using these irons, and we expect this year to be no different.
Build and Looks
2016 M2 irons did not offer much in terms of looks and were definitely not going to win any awards for that. However, the 2017 M2 received a facelift and for super game improvers, these irons are remarkable.
The M2 has a muscular, heavy-look (as it should) with a thick top-line and generous offset to create a user-friendly profile. However despite being muscular, they are sleek and thinner than their predecessors, the 2016 M2, and the nice, silver and more traditional look is more appealing than the black finish on the 2016 version.
The face slots will also help you in aligning your shots which is a plus. For purists, the 2016 M2 was a definite no, but the 2017 M2 will definitely be up for consideration.
Sound and Feel
Wuuhu!! The sound and feel from these irons will have you all gooey. Unlike their predecessors whose feedback was aggressive and harsh, the 2017 version have a flat and mellow sensation and a more traditional sound partly thanks to the (as Taylormade call it) geocoustics engineering that enhances the sound. Geocoustics – “acoustics tuned through geometry to create ideal frequencies for pleasing sound and feel”.
Better yet is the ribs on the back side. Though they look to be in a random pattern they have been strategically placed to stiffen the face and optimize the sound and feel.
The 2017 M2 also features a 3D badge and dampening system to create a more satisfying sound. This with the improved feel from the excelled FST REAX HL steel shaft (S, R) or the M2 REAX graphite shafts (75-45g/ S, R, A, L), offer a sensational experience.
The Final Verdict
Thanks to their meticulous engineering, and creativity, the Taylormade M2 2017 irons are definitely a must have for high handicap players who seek the extra distance. They come as advertised with more forgiveness, better looks, plus they maintain the launch and height of M2 irons. If you want ridiculous distance with little effort, then try out the 2017 M2 irons.