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
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.
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?
Before we get into the review, please note that this review was done by a good friend of ours who is a + handicap, has a driver swing speed of 125mph and has won 20+ mini tour events. With that said, here is his review on the TaylorMade SLDR Driver:
It's TaylorMade so it's always tough for me to say anything bad about this company. There haven't been many times that I've used something of theirs and not liked it to be honest. A few years back when they introduced the white color, I finally thought they were nuts and made something horrible looking but then I got one and quickly changed my tune.
It's true, when the first spy photos of the Taylormade R1 Driver "leaked" on the web I was not shy to blast TaylorMade for the over the top graphics on the crown and massive dial on the sole of the club. Let's not forget that this driver is also a "one size fits all" club off the rack too. Like most of you, I was wondering if this was just a marketing gimmick to get new sales or does all this new technology hold merit for the everyday amateur golfer looking for a few extra yards in a new driver.
Last years RBZ won our Club Wars for longest distance across the board for testers. It wasnt very impressive to me, even with that accomplishment. The driver just didnt work for me. The feel, the shallow face, the sound, and I the control wasnt for me. When the new Taylormade RBZ Stage 2 drivers came in for review, I thought it would be a lot like last years but with a new paint job. I was wrong, this driver was deep and fairway finding for me right away. I was a believer and now behind Taylormades work, since most TM drivers never really fit my game/swing.
OK, so you have the latest and greatest from TaylorMade and all of a sudden their new "IT" driver comes out. There is no way you are going to fork over another $300 on another new driver, right? Of course not, you are going to trade in your almost new driver for pennies for that brand new one that some say is the longest, hottest driver around. I have been extremely fortunate to have been playing with the new RBZ Tour for the last 4 months. And all I have to say is WOW!