The 2016 TaylorMade M2 irons were a big hit, with a direct appeal to golfers that they should want more distance in their irons. With a design that encouraged height and distance (and, yes, did use stronger lofts to bring down the crazy-high ball flight), the TaylorMade team had a winner on theirs hand that needed some refinements for 2017.
The new version of the M2 irons accomplish that.
The big knock on the M2 irons when they were unveiled is that they lacked face slots, which came out in the RSi irons in 2015. The engineering team said they weren't yet able to figure out how to integrate that technology with their M2 iron design. Now, they have, bringing in the face slots for 4-7 irons, and they're 20 percent deeper than with RSi.
The new M2 irons also have a topline thinned by a third and a more classic-looking finish. The blade height is also 7 percent lower with a 1.5 mm face, giving an opportunity to lower the center of gravity a touch more. The fluted hosel comes back with more refinement, saving more weight (5g vs. 3g) with a new look.
The Speed Pocket, found in both M1 and M2 irons, is 20 percent deeper and one-third more flexible for better MOI protection and improved ball speeds.
The company worked to improve the sound at impact, using ribbing under the top line in combination with badging and other design elements.
The 2017 TaylorMade M2 irons will be available Jan. 27, 2017 in 4-LW for $800 with Reax HL 88 steel shafts by FST (S and R flexes) and $900 with M2 Reax graphite shafts (S, R, A, L flexes).