Our TaylorMade M2 Tour 3-wood vs. 2016 M2 3-wood test took place at the Golf Shack at Moor Allerton in Leeds.
We’d already taken the new M2 Tour 3-wood for a test out on the course and found it to be a superb club.
It’s recently been put into play by Rory McIlroy so we were keen to get it in the hands of our anonymous big hitter.
TaylorMade M2 Tour 3-wood vs. 2016 M2 3-wood – The methodology
We found the 2016 M2 3-wood to be one of the best clubs we tested last year. It was easily 5-10 yards longer than everything else.
So we wanted to see how the new M2 Tour 3-wood worked in comparison.
We got our anonymous big hitter to hit about six shots with each and monitored the numbers on Trackman.
TaylorMade M2 Tour 3-wood vs. 2016 M2 3-wood – The technology
The 2016 M2 fairways have a very aerodynamic design with TaylorMade’s fantastic speed pocket on the sole.
TaylorMade say the 2017 range have improved speed pockets to create fast ball speeds right across the face and help promote initial launch.
The M2 Tour is slightly more compact with a deeper face and has the weight moved further forwards for lower flight and more spin.
The 2016 M2 has more of a shallow face with the weight moved back for a bit more spin, versatility and forgiveness.
TaylorMade M2 Tour 3-wood vs. 2016 M2 3-wood – The results
There really wasn’t a lot to choose between the two from a carry and ball speed point of view.
But it just seemed the M2 Tour was a more appealing club for our anonymous big hitter. He enjoyed hitting it more and the results were slightly better.
The ball flight was slightly lower with a bit less spin. It’s fair to say that both clubs were working fantastically well carrying 250-260 and running out 270-280 yards.
TaylorMade M2 Tour 3-wood vs. 2016 M2 3-wood – NCG verdict
It really depends on what you want your 3-wood to do. If you want it as a back up to your driver off the tee and want a slightly flatter low-spinning flight then the M2 Tour will be ideal.
You may get a bit more versatility out of the 2016 M2 as it spins a bit more and launches a bit higher. You may find it works a bit better when attacking greens on par-5s.
It’s clear that there are improvements from the 2016 to 2017 ranges but we’re not sure they are significant enough to warrant an upgrade just yet.
The 2016 M2 woods are fantastic clubs and we feel they are still holding their own against all the new clubs which have been released this year.
More information can be found on the TaylorMade website.