It seems as though, for me at least, another Club Wars comes and goes and sitting at the top of my "Must Own Driver" list is a submission from TaylorMade. So far, this year is no different. The only surprise to me is that this year has another M driver sitting on top of my list. The M1! Up until the 2017 M1 showed up, my gamer since last season was the M2. It was everything I needed and more. It has now moved on to a new home as the new M1 has now been put in the bag. Read Review: TaylorMade M1 & M2 / Project X HZRDUS T1100
I think everyone is looking to add an EDGE (wink wink) to their golf game. Personally I was looking, wanting and needing to add some distance off the Tee. Question is, would the Exotics EX9 Tour Adjustable Driver give me that EDGE and extra distance I want.
Adding to the driver lineup and NOT replacing anything from it, the TaylorMade M2 brings everything that was revolutionary from the M1 to those wanting more forgiveness and of course more distance into a less adjustable head. As cliché as this might sound, I knew from the first time I hit this driver at the PGA Show in Orlando that it was destined for my bag. During and even after the show I was asked what was news worthy at Orlando this year. What one club really got me? My answer was the M2! I say this because I hit everything released by the OEM's this year. There are some really good offerings out there, it's true. But in my opinion, there is nothing easier to hit that goes as far as the M2 and is as playable as the M2.
With certain limitations in club building set by the USGA and R&A, OEMs have found new ways of separating themselves from one another not only by their marketing and branding but by the materials used and how they are used. Using lighter materials helps the engineers move the weight around to help make the club more forgiving, longer and to manipulate spin and launch. This year, Cobra Golf took things a bit further. Literally. Through Cobra's partnership with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), they were able to conduct research on the International Space Station, allowing them to create the most technologically advanced golf products in the world. Yeah, there is Space In It!
Sometimes as testers of new golf equipment one must be a true fan of the sport as a whole. This means we must put aside bias and understand who the clubs are being made for and why they are made a certain way. I have now been testing TaylorMade drivers since the RBZ back in 2011. That was an amazing driver at the time but was met with uncertainty based on its looks and marketing tactics. All the hype aside, the RBZ was a beast and helped introduce golf to many new golfers. A win in my book! For 2016 and TaylorMades 11th driver release since 2011, the M1 comes to us with more science, technology, engineering and hype than ever before. So, how does the M1 stack up?
In our business we have learned to always expect the unexpected. Another thing we have learned is that there is more to club making than what we hear and see from the big OEM club makers. One thing we have to remember is that everybody has to abide by the rules and regulations set forth by the USGA and R&A. But what makes everyone unique is how they use different materials and science (yes science) to meet these regulations to make their own golf equipment. Not just make their own line of clubs but to try and make their clubs better than the competition. Flying under the radar since the mid 80's but winning golf tournaments since 1916, PowerBilt has been quietly re-inventing the way golf clubs are built with one simple symbol, N. That's Nitrogen by the way.
Last month I was lucky enough to test the new Air Force One N7 DFX driver for GolfBalled.com. The N7 DFX, which stands for Deep Face Extreme, is "Nitrogen Charged" and has a clubface that is 5 mm deeper than the previous version. So what you get from that combo is a club with a bigger sweet spot, reduced spin and more distance off the face.
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