How do the new TaylorMade M5 and M6 drivers perform?January 3, 2019 Golf Equipment
Which of TaylorMade's new drivers for 2019 will be tempting you to part with your hard-earned cash? Equipment editor James Savage finds out
Our TaylorMade M5 driver vs. M6 driver test took place at the brand’s launch event in Carlsbad.
We followed that up with some testing at Moor Allerton‘s impressive indoor studio using a Flightscope launch monitor.
We also had our SkyTrak launch monitor set up to check the numbers were stacking up as that’s the unit we use for most of our testing.
It’s the same buying decision again this time around. If you want the super-adjustable product, it’s the M5. The simpler grip it and rip it model is the M6.
TaylorMade M5 driver vs. M6 driver: First impressions
We’ve also got a smaller Tour M5 head available and a draw-biased D-Type M6 available.
They have all lost a bit of silver and have a stealthier matt finish on the crown.
In terms of visual technology TaylorMade have really ramped it up this year.
We can see there’s Twist Face and there is clearly a lot more carbon on the sole, a new weight track on the M5 and weight positioning on the M6.
Oh and we can see that there are screws in the face…
TaylorMade M5 driver vs. M6 driver: The technology
The screws in the face aim to give these drivers a larger sweetspot – more ball speed across a larger area.
There are 20 grams of movable weight in an inverted T-track on the sole of the M5 whereas the carbon on the sole of the M6 has allowed more weight to be moved lower and deeper for added stability.
These drivers are actually made illegal then tuned back to a legal state.
We spoke to Brian Bazzell, VP of product creation, at the brand’s launch event to learn more:
Utilising a new manufacturing process, each head has been individually speed tested on multiple locations before being strategically injected with a tuning resin to achieve the tightest tolerance possible.
With the M5 driver this optimized face combined with a more efficient inverse T-track on the sole delivers a fast, forgiving personalised driver.
The M6 delivers a hot, yet accurate package. When you combine the speed injection technology, Twist Face and the added clubhead speed through through advanced aerodynamics, it’s a driver that delivers on all fronts.
Right, enough about the technology – how do these two drivers perform? Find out on the next page…