The Taylormade M2 irons took the top space when they were first launched. The idea behind the design and technology of these irons was to have them launch the ball as high and as fast as possible and they have been excellent at that. This allows golfers to achieve maximum distance and steep landing angle. They are great irons when you are looking for a good option for a high level handicapper, seeking to improve their game. Again, the great forgiveness of the irons make them ideal for amateur players as seen in this Taylormade M2 irons review.
The design and the technology of these irons have been able to achieve a lot. With the 2017 M2 irons, Taylormade has created even better irons by integrating proven face slots, which were first seen on the Taylormade RSi irons a while ago, into the existing irons. Read on to learn more.
Overall Rating: 4.7 / 5 Stars
Design and Technology - 4.6 Stars
Performance - 4.5 Stars
Forgiveness - 4.8 Stars
Look and Feel - 4.9 Stars
Technology - 4.6 Stars
The force behind the 2017 TaylorMade M2 Irons is the quest for lower center of gravity. The faces of the irons have been at their legal limits, and the company was seeking to lower the center of gravity farther in a bid to increase play-ability and forgiveness. Since the first release of the TaylorMade M2 Irons, launching the ball high and ball speed have been high and so, any improvements on the irons seek to better forgiveness by lowering the center of gravity.
The irons feature face slots, which enhance the forgiveness of their face, thereby, reducing the loss if ball speed for off-center hits. At the end of the slots, the company has added reinforcement to enhance ball speed even further for mishits.
Seeing that the face of the irons were looking standard, the manufacturer needed better ways to lower the center of gravity. To do this, the top line of the irons’ heads and the speed pocket’s leading edge were designed 33 percent thinner each being 1mm. This saved some weight, lowering the center of gravity even further. By so doing, you get better playability for the irons and enhanced forgiveness.
The company also made the face profile shallower. This was meant to reduce the proportion of construction material above the golf ball at impact. This lets you launch the ball high and attain the max speed to send the ball to the fairways. The original M2 irons had a fluted hosel with 8 sections. This was made thinner with 6 wide sections. By so doing, the manufacturer saved 2g and this lowered the center of gravity farther. These small factions make all the difference on the new 2017 TaylorMade M2 Irons.
Performance - 4.5 Stars
The design of the new Taylormade M2 irons lowered the center of gravity by 1.2mm. This does not sound like it is enough to make an impact, but the center of gravity is 7 percent lower. The speed pocket on 4 – 7 irons was made thinner and taller. According to TaylorMade, the M2s are the longest irons ever. The speed pocket is 2mm taller, which makes for 20 percent taller. This maximizes ball speed across the entire face of the irons. Irrespective of your experience, therefore, the irons will offer you great speed.
The soles of these irons look generous, but they are thinner than they appear. With a three-way bevel, the irons are easy to hit and they keep the weight low and back. Whether you need to make short or long shots, the irons will offer the needed performance.
Forgiveness - 4.8 Stars
The forgiveness of these irons come from Face Slots seen on 4 – 8 irons. The slots are fitted on the sides of the hitting area. This increases the size of the sweet spot by a small percentage and makes it easier for you to get the ball flying even when you hit off-center. The slots used to make the clubs sound hollow. Though the hollow sound has been reduced in the 2017 M2, it can still be slightly felt. The improvement in sound has been achieved by having the ribs go across the cavity back starting from the synthetic badge going all the way to the top edge underside.
Put simply, the forgiveness of these irons is excellent. The toe area and the outside of the face are two areas with the highest forgiveness. With this enhanced forgiveness, TaylorMade has been able to save speed, making it easier for you to hit the greens. Generally, there is little to fault on the design of the M2s, their performance, and forgiveness. For high single-figure handicapper and above, this is one of the good options you have.
Look and Feel - 4.9 Stars
On the top edge are ribs that look as if they are in a random pattern. However, these ribs have been placed there specifically to stiffen the irons’ faces, thereby, optimizing sound and feel for your ears and hands. This slight improvement is noticeable. If you have used the previous versions of the M2, you will realize that the 2017 version, the transition from slotted to non-slotted set, flows through your bag with ease. While the transition is not as smooth as it should be, it is much less noticeable.
The short wedges and irons sport a classic cavity-back design. Their cavity closes in up to the sand iron. This gives them the look of a cavity back hybrid. The feel of the irons at impact is pretty good. For what is advertised as a game improvement and distance iron, its appearance at address looks pretty playable. It sports a reasonable amount of offset and is fitted with a mid to large clubhead. This will come in handy for single-figure players and upwards.
Looking at it, the wedge is designed compact, which is not common for distance irons. This wedge frames the ball pretty well. TaylorMade ensured that golfers can see playable irons rather than deliver irons that look all boxy. The fluted hosel can also be seen at address. If it bothers you, however, you are not looking at the right place during the swing. The polished chrome look on the 2017 M2 provides a classier finish that will appeal to more players better than the previous black finish. The chrome makes the irons look longer.
Taylormade M2 Irons Specifications
Moving up the set, the size of the head and offset slightly increases. This makes it easier to hit. The 4-iron has a big face, which makes it very powerful. At impact, the club feels like a hybrid. During the global launch of these irons, the 4 iron hit 264 yards – carry. This was impressive.
For average players, the M2 will give you a solid flight, which might be a little higher than you are used to. Its speed and distance is relatively high and nothing like other game improvement irons on the market. It is designed with strong lofts. The 4-iron has 19 degrees while the wedge has 43.5 degrees. The lofts ensure that you lunch the ball high with great forgiveness and set the ball for long distances.
The feel of the club is made excellent by the FST Reax HL-88 steel shaft. This shaft is light and highly stable to suit the profile of the M2 perfectly. A lot of technology went into the design of the latest M2, 2017, and this can be witnessed in the sound and the feel of the club. TaylorMade also blended different head construction designs to ensure that the players have an iron for different occasions. The re-introduction of the face slots is a great move as it adds to the forgiveness of the iron. TaylorMade call these the fastest iron faces on the market.
Even with the great features, these irons are not offered at a premium price, but rather come at a price affordable to amateurs.
How Does It Compare?
Titleist AP1 Irons
Most Titleist are blade style irons, which are less forgiving. The AP1, however, was designed to meet the needs of amateur players to offer them playability and forgiveness. It is one of the sets not designed for game improvement, but to meet the needs of all. In playability and forgiveness, the AP1 line of irons is close in quality to the M2 Irons. While the M2 would pass more for being more forgiving to amateurs, the AP1 has done a great deal of improvement to accommodate those still mastering the game.
They are fitted with perimeter weighting as seen on the M2. The weighting is meant to improve ball speed. They also have a relatively wide sole geared towards minimizing chunked shots. All these are welcomed adjustments that make the irons easier to hit. The AP1 is something for all golfers and its price is also great. It features tungsten on its head, which increases the bottom weight and lowers center of gravity. This allows you to launch high and achieve long distances just as you would with the M2 Irons.
The King Forged Irons come as an improvement of the Cobra Fly-Z Forged Irons. The design and look at address of these golf clubs are similar to the M2 Irons. They are created with a thin topline, a minimal offset and a narrow sole. They sport a pure cavity back and their head size is pretty small. The manufacturer combined the esthetics of a classic look with the forgiveness that comes with a well-designed cavity back to offer players all they need.
While its forgiveness is slightly lower than that of the M2 Irons, Cobra created a nearly perfect balance between feedback and forgiveness. The clubs offer a positive feedback on mishits. This means that it lets you know when you miss the sweet spot by varying the sound. This is an aspect seen on the M2. The clubs are designed for low handicap golfers unlike the M2. If you are looking for consistency, these clubs have an added length to give you just that.
The Callaway Steelhead XR Pro is an improvement of the original XR. The set was improved to attract the low handicap golfers while still offering great features for the high handicap golfers. Just like the M2 Irons, its lofts are pushed up to 1 degree stronger. This enhances forgiveness irrespective of the lie or handicapper experience. The Callaway Steelhead XR Pro sports a black finish and looks sleek just like the earlier version of the M2. Its shaft-head construction is unique in that it features a bore through design. The head is bored all the way to attach the shaft. This design takes the weight of the heel and leaves the designers to place that weight elsewhere. This is the most unique design in this TaylorMade M2 Irons review.
Other aspects of the Callaway Steelhead XR Pro are nearly similar with the M2 Irons especially the thin topline. These clubs are a huge deviation from conventional Callaway irons designs. While it does not offers as much speed and distance as the M2 Irons, it is ideal for long and short distance shots.