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I’ve looked at so many different reviews on all the various TM M-series driver. For those of you that have experience with them which do you prefer? 
Also which would consider to be the most forgiving?
Are the newer models (M5 & M6) worth the extra $?

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Hello and welcome to TST. I think if you’re gonna drop that kind of coin on a club you should try them out for yourself. One’s experience may have nothing to do with yours yeah? I’ve certainly heard good things about the M series drivers for sure. Do you at least know your swing speed? What are you hitting now? 

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3 minutes ago, Vinsk said:

Hello and welcome to TST. I think if you’re gonna drop that kind of coin on a club you should try them out for yourself. One’s experience may have nothing to do with yours yeah? I’ve certainly heard good things about the M series drivers for sure. Do you at least know your swing speed? What are you hitting now? 

Thank you. I don’t know what my swing speed is to be honest. I’m using a Ping G30 now. It’s fine but I just am kinda in the mood for something different. I’m just wondering what others have had success with in the M-series drivers. 

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Check into a component driver. Same quality, and playability, for a whole lot less money. 

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If you are wanting a new driver, TaylorMade is never a bad option. They have made arguably the top drivers for decades now. I mean all the current model drivers the last couple years have been very solid, but TaylorMade rarely missteps on them. M6 will be higher and straighter launching, M5 will be more workable and maybe a bit less forgiving. 

 

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I just bought the M5 Tour (9 degrees) and am having lots of fun with it. My other driver is a Callaway XR (also 9 degrees, set to 8) that I have been using for the last 2 years. Both with the same shaft and the M5 drives longer and straighter than my XR, and the adjustable weights help me set up my draws/fades with more precision. To me, the smaller head does not take away forgiveness and it allows me to feel every shot - it is very satisfying to feel the impact on the sweet spot and watch the ball fly away.  I find the regular M5/M6 head a little too big/bulky for me and there wasn’t much difference in numbers between the two when I tried them. I tried all 3 (plus a few other brands) during my fitting and the M5 tour felt the most effortless, yet gave me an extra 15yds carry with the best ball spin and launch angle consistently. Even my misses are better! 

Feel is very important to me when it comes to my clubs, especially the driver. I did not read any reviews before my fitting, and asked the fitter not to tell me what brand he was handing to me. There were drivers that felt wrong from the get go even if the numbers said otherwise. In the end, I picked the driver that felt the best AND produced the most consistent results/improvements.

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11 hours ago, Double Drops said:

Thank you. I don’t know what my swing speed is to be honest. I’m using a Ping G30 now. It’s fine but I just am kinda in the mood for something different. I’m just wondering what others have had success with in the M-series drivers. 

If you were fit for the PING G30, you probably will NOT get any advantage buying a new driver. The PING G series drivers are just as long and as forgiving (I might argue more forgiving) than the Taylormade M series. 

If you grabbed the PING G30 off the shelf then you should go see a fitter for your new driver. There may or may not be gains out there for you by getting fit. As others have mentioned it's impossible to really know without more information. 

If you grabbed the PING G30 off the shelf and your plan is to do the same with the Taylormade, then your new driver will either work better for you, worse for you, or about the same... again, no way to know without additional information. 

If you just like shiny things, then go out and get what ever looks best to you. It's your money. BTW - I'm not condemning you if you like shiny new drivers. I've changed drivers for that reason. Just know you may or may not hit it any better. 

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5 minutes ago, ChetlovesMer said:

If you were fit for the PING G30, you probably will NOT get any advantage buying a new driver. The PING G series drivers are just as long and as forgiving (I might argue more forgiving) than the Taylormade M series. 

If you grabbed the PING G30 off the shelf then you should go see a fitter for your new driver. There may or may not be gains out there for you by getting fit. As others have mentioned it's impossible to really know without more information. 

If you grabbed the PING G30 off the shelf and your plan is to do the same with the Taylormade, then your new driver will either work better for you, worse for you, or about the same... again, no way to know without additional information. 

If you just like shiny things, then go out and get what ever looks best to you. It's your money. BTW - I'm not condemning you if you like shiny new drivers. I've changed drivers for that reason. Just know you may or may not hit it any better. 

If I'm being perfectly honest, I just want a shiny new driver.  🙂 

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1 minute ago, Double Drops said:

If I'm being perfectly honest, I just want a shiny new driver.  🙂 

That's totally cool. 

I love shiny new clubs. Especially drivers, but if I'm honest, I'll test drive just about any club made.... Because …. I LIKE SHINY THINGS! 

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3 minutes ago, Double Drops said:

If I'm being perfectly honest, I just want a shiny new driver.  🙂 

Test the shiny clubs and see what works for you.  Hard to make such broad generalized recommendations.  For me, the Callaway Rogue is the best driver I've ever hit.  Love that club.

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1 hour ago, ChetlovesMer said:

If you grabbed the PING G30 off the shelf and your plan is to do the same with the Taylormade, then your new driver will either work better for you, worse for you, or about the same... again, no way to know without additional information. 

Yeah just go hit a few and get fit.  No reason to stress over anything until you do. That said, I haven’t found anything I personally hit better than my M-2.  

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14 hours ago, Double Drops said:

I’ve looked at so many different reviews on all the various TM M-series driver. For those of you that have experience with them which do you prefer? 
Also which would consider to be the most forgiving?
Are the newer models (M5 & M6) worth the extra $?

I bought a used M3 three months ago and I'm liking the ball speed and forgiveness.....I removed 1 weight to make it lighter.

i've also hit the M4 with the stock Atmos Red stiff shaft and like it too.

IMO....I don't think the M5&M6 are worth the extra money.

I'm sure you can find a new or mint/used M4 for under $200-$225 nowadays.

The Cobra F9 is a dark horse...a really good driver that you can likely find for the above price too...but if you don't like it.....it would be harder to sell vs. a TM driver.

 

The G30 head is quite forgiving.....you won't find too much difference in ball speed or forgiveness going to a M series driver.....assuming the same shaft is/was used.

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3 hours ago, FlyingAce said:

I just bought the M5 Tour (9 degrees) and am having lots of fun with it.

Hmmm...a 40 something lady with a 7 cap who plays a tour model driver 😂😋 and no one at your club wants to play golf with you????

Something is really strange with the air in New Mexico....just sayin.

ou've also seemed to pick up quite a bit of golf & equipment knowledge in 3 short years.

All I know is...if you played up here in Vancouver....there would be guys lined up and asking to play golf with you.....I've seen it at the casual league i used to play in.

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I’d go with the 2016 M2 driver.  I had one and loved it, sold it to a friend who bombs it.  We still have one in the shop as a back up.  I moved on to a Ping G400max.

A lot reviews out there call that version of the M2, the original version, the best driver they ever made.

Before u check eBay, look on both the Callaway pre owned and Taylormade pre owned  websites.  Callaway has a lot of other oems on their site and always a good Black Friday sale.

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24 minutes ago, Typhoon92 said:

I’d go with the 2016 M2 driver.  

Yup....I've read the the 2016 M2 kinda has legend status and a bit of a cult following....kinda like the V-Steels.

I would have bought one if I found a used one at the right price and specs....but ended up finding a used M3 and I sold the stock Tensei Blue shaft it came with so the M3 was kinda a cheap purchase...especially when I sold my Jetspeed that was replaced with the M3.

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Cool!  The M3 is a good club!  I preferred it over the M4,5 and 6.  I like the head shape and the adjustments are nice to have.

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If you're going to spend the big bucks, get fit. I recently got fit for a new driver. We found the length of shaft I need where my swing shallows. We found the weight shaft I feel most comfortable with. We reduced the number of yards off line of my miss. I ended up with a 12 degree G410 plus, 44" Alta CB 65g shaft. Yes, it's short in length. Virtually no loss in SS and spin numbers around 2100-2200. You would think the spin numbers would have gone through the roof with that loft, but they didn't. I actually picked up carry distance. We ordered it from Ping that way. It will be here next week, and then we'll tweak the settings. Get fit. It's worth it.

If you want something forgiving: the G410 plus, M6, or the TS2 are supposed to be good candidates.

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On 11/7/2019 at 6:41 AM, Adam C said:

M6 will be higher and straighter launching, M5 will be more workable and maybe a bit less forgiving. 

I don’t think either of these attributes are good for me. 😂 The fitter of my new driver cranked my loft down to 8.5 degrees because I launch too high. I wanted a shiny new Ping or TM M6 but he told me the M6 launched too high and M5 was giving me 1600rpm side spin with 4800 back. Of course, there was masking tape over the face...Some shots looked like a slightly longer 6i shot with Ping whatever I used...

Ended up with an TA Atomic PX5.5 8.5 degrees. Still hit too spinny and high on more than half my shots 22degree launch and over 4000 to 5500rpm, but my good ones look really good when watching the ball flight on the range and course. Mevo results, not so great, but working on it.

Thanks for this thread OP, I was going to go to Roger Dunn’s for a proper TM M6 fitting, but not so sure it would help me?

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