TaylorMade upgrades its M2 irons by combining previous technologies
TaylorMade has revamped its M2 irons and will be introducing an M1 iron line in March. The offerings are designed to complement the company’s M1 and M2 drivers, fairway woods and hybrids.
The 2017 M2 irons are designed to help golfers achieve more distance, peak trajectory and forgiveness. As is the case with the M1 irons, company engineers utilized technologies first developed in RocketBladez irons (Speed Pocket) in addition to the Face Slots introduced in the RSi irons and an ultra-low center of gravity from the 2016 M2 irons. Combining those elements in one product enabled TaylorMade to produce a long and forgiving iron while maintaining playability.
The key to unlocking performance in the M2 irons is a combination of low center of gravity and maximum COR, which is accomplished with a thinner overall topline, shallower blade height and a deeper Speed Pocket with a thinner front wall for more flexibility than before.
Similar to the M2 metalwoods, the new M2 irons were designed employing TaylorMade’s new Geocoustic engineering techniques – basically acoustics tuned through geometry – to provide a better sound through 3-D damping and an optimized rib structure to create ideal frequencies for pleasing sound and feel. This is accomplished through the incorporation of lightweight ABS and carbon fiber to increase rigidity and improve sound absorption of the badge. The fins of the badge have been strategically positioned behind the Face Slots and integrated into the back bar to help dissipate energy and further dampen sound created by the clubhead’s 360-degree undercut and thin 1.5-mm face.
While the science can be confusing to most players, the purpose is pretty straightforward.
“The improved M2 irons as well as the all-new M1 irons represent a breakthrough in combining incredible distance with industry-leading forgiveness,” said Tomo Bystedt, TaylorMade’s senior director for irons production. “Through the use of innovative technologies and purposeful design, these irons will appeal to a wide range of golfers seeking the complete performance package.”
The new M2 irons will be available at retail outlets on Jan. 27, with suggested prices of $799 for steel shafts and $899 for graphite.