To stay under the speed limit when driving a car, few people would go beyond the limit then work their way back to the maximum speed.
Yet that is precisely what TaylorMade did with its TaylorMade M6 driver. Fortunately for TaylorMade and owners of the M6, driving a golf ball differs from driving a car. Anyway, let’s dive into the TaylorMade M6 Driver review…
The result is a driver that maximizes both speed and forgiveness.
The club head features a black matte finish that is easy on the eyes. There is no glare coming from that dull finish. It also has an easy-to-see alignment aid that helps you start the ball on line.
The sound here is muted, more so that previous models in the M line.
The shaft is 45.75 inches. That is longer than average and makes it more difficult to control the ball. That added shaft length is intended to add yards to the driver. That is offset quite a bit with the forgiving nature of the club. If you feel the need to do so, you can get a shorter shaft, giving up a bit of distance.
All the specs aside, there are two main aims the TaylorMade M6 driver reaches for speed and forgiveness. It does so in four different ways. Let’s take a closer look at each of those.
TaylorMade begins the manufacturing process with a face that is beyond the allowable limit by the rules of golf. It thin dials that back in a process that begins with a precise measurement as the club comes off the production line.
Once the measurement is made, TaylorMade uses computer algorithms to add just the right amount of resin behind the face to get under the limit.
That is a novel approach among golf club manufacturers and ensures the TaylorMade M6 driver butts right up against the allowable ball speed without going over.
The result is a face with a very high COR, or coefficient of restitution. That term comes from the world of physics and is a measurement that describes the transfer of energy between two objects. The two objects here are the ball and the club face. COR is measured from zero (least amount of transfer) to 1.0 (the greatest).
A small percentage of TaylorMade M6 drivers come off the line with no need to add resin. According to TaylorMade, that number is 0.3 percent.
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TaylorMade’s Twist Face technology is not new with the TaylorMade M6 driver. It was a key feature of the M3 and M4 that preceded the TaylorMade M6 driver. It remains an important feature of the driver, though, particularly with respect to the forgiveness aspect.
For that reason, it merits discussion in any review of the TaylorMade M6 Driver.
Twist Face refers to the curvature of the club face. In traditional drivers, there would be a bulge in the middle of the face, with the face curving away both top to bottom and side to side. This was intended to counter the gear effect, making off-center shots fly straighter.
But TaylorMade’s research team found that mis-hits happen in some areas much more frequently in others. The result is a twisted face that helps reduce the wayward nature of shots hit high off the toe and low off the heel.
This adjustment is quite a dramatic improvement. TaylorMade claims the disbursement of tee shots was reduced from an average of 14 yards to a mere 3 yards.
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What TaylorMade calls the Inertia Generator is merely weights added to the back and bottom of the club. This also allowed, after much testing, for a more aerodynamic shape to the club head.
This sleek shape moves better through the air, creating less resistance, which in turn means you can swing the club faster without greater effort.
The weights also help strategically place the center of gravity. That helps the golfer get the ball airborne quite easily with the TaylorMade M6 driver.
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This Hammerhead technology first appeared in the M3 and M4 drivers. It was a not-so-subtle answer to Callaway’s Jailbreak feature, although TaylorMade achieved the same goal with a slightly different process.
TaylorMade reinforced the walls of the M6 driver at the ends. This allowed for a thin face that has a terrific rebound effect. It produces faster club head speeds and shots that have less spin, a great combination for increased distance.
For the M6 driver, TaylorMade debuts Hammerhead 2.0, which is more flexible than its predecessor. It helps produce the same type of distance as the M3 and M4, but with a larger sweet spot.
So it may seem obvious that the TaylorMade M6 driver is made for mid- to high handicappers. After all, it is a driver that is intended to produce straighter and longer drives, with less spin.
Better golfers might feel like the lack of feel would be harmful. But let’s face it, being able to shape a driver left or right is not nearly as important as it would be in an iron. It’s nice to be able to do so, but hitting the ball far and straight more than makes up for that.
What else do you lose with the TaylorMade M6 driver? Quite obviously, you lose adjustability. There is none with the M6 driver.
Many high-end drivers these days allow you to adjust the loft and/or the lie angle of your driver. This allows golfers to dial in the perfect setting for their particular swing.
Of course, many golfers lack the specific knowledge necessary to make those adjustments correctly. They might be doing more harm than good with the sometimes dramatic adjustments available.
The TaylorMade M6 Driver is a great choice for mid- and high handicappers, as well as a fair number of low handicappers.
It may not be the longest driver on the market, nor the straightest. But it remains one of the best combinations of the two.
In an era where technology comes so fast that clubs are out of date by the next calendar year, the M6 driver has shown terrific resiliency. It is still a fine club.
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