Club Review – TaylorMade 2017 M1 Driver

Peter Finnan
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Same Letter, Better Everything.  But every year a new driver comes out the sceptical golfer asks, is it really better?  Well TaylorMade’s claim of “Better Everything” for the 2017 M1 is true.

The nuts and bolts of the new TaylorMade M1 is that it looks essentially the same as the previous M1.  The big changes comes under the hood with an expanded weight track system and 43% more carbon fibre in the head for better weight manipulation.  Basically it is more forgiving, more adjustable, better launching and better sounding.  You may not hit the ball like Dustin Johnson with the M1 in your hands, but you will be able to maximize your potential with this new and improved M1.

From the top, the TaylorMade M1 looks unchanged.  The two-tone top worked last year, so no reason to change it up since the carbon crown is still in play and TaylorMade isn’t going away from the white crown either.  Flip it over and the bottom has longer tracks.  That is the first thing you notice and one of the real significant changes.


With 43% more carbon fibre, and 64% more front to back CG adjustability. Weight savings come from reducing crown thickness, a new finishing process and a new streamlined, skeletal titanium body. A recessed toe section frees up extra volume so forgiveness is the same as last year’s impressive M2.
The weight saving technology in this year’s model is far better than the 2016 M1. Although a great product, I found last year’s model a little unforgiving on off centre hits but this year TaylorMade have cracked that. With more weight saved in the toe area and moving the track weights further forward and back helps manipulate ball flight and CG a lot more.

The M1 really does need an expert fitting to get the maximum performance as shaft selection is vital with this head to get dialled in. Overall this is a great product and the deep dull thud sound from the head on impact is impressive.
The ’16 M1 was a very good club , but the ’17 M1 is even better.

A little tip from our Equipment Technical Advisor, Derek Murray from Fore Golf. Try take the front track weight and put it into the back track, this creates a very high MOI version of the M1 and it’s something he is a big fan of doing to make an even more forgiving head.

Available in a 460 and 440cc head in lofts of 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 12°. Stock shafts: Fujikura Pro XLR8 56, Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 60, Project X HZRDUS Yellow 65 and a choice of 35 custom fit options with no upcharge. RRP €549

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