TaylorMade M1 Driver
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    If Taylormade is known for one thing specifically, it is for making great drivers.

    Sure, they make quality equipment that can serve all parts of your game, but it is the drivers that have really made their mark on the world stage. Countless professional golfers use TaylorMade drivers, and you have probably at least tried one or two of them out for yourself over the years as well. Often at the forefront of technological innovation in the driver market, the latest Taylormade driver on the scene – the M1 – continues that trend.

    When you first take a look at the M1 driver, you will likely notice that there are two sliding weights on the sole of the club. TaylorMade has a long history of including adjustable elements in their drivers, so these two sliders (or tracks) are simply the latest iteration of that design philosophy. The advantage of adjustable design is obvious, as it allows a single club to be a great fit for nearly every player on the course. Instead of having to buy a driver specific to your swing needs, you can buy a driver like the M1 and then adjust it until you are producing a beautiful ball flight. No club will ever be able to do all of the work for you, but the M1 is a great partner on the path to improved performance from the tee.

    One of the tracks on the sole of the club moves from toe to heel, while the other moves from front to back. The toe-heel track is meant to help you adjust the curve of the ball in the air – move the weight out toward the toe if you want to favor a fade, and move it in toward the heel if you would like to promote a draw. Most often, this type of adjustment is used to compensate for a flaw in your swing. For example, if you are a player who fights a hook, you could put the weight out toward the toe to guard against that right to left miss (for a right handed golfer).

    Moving the other weight track, the one which runs from front to back, will help you control the height of your drives. If you want to encourage a higher ball flight, you will want to move the weight back away from the face. Conversely, to hit it lower, simply slide the weight up toward the front of the club. This process will take some experimentation until you can settle on a weighting position that is right for your swing. Also, you can take the conditions into account when you are deciding on weight position. If you are playing a dry course on a windy day, hitting the ball low from the tee is going to be ideal. The opposite would be true on a calm day while playing on a wet course. Since you can’t move the weights during a round according to the Rules of Golf, you will need to think about your strategy before you get started and position the weights accordingly prior to arriving on the first tee.

    Adjustable weights are not the only thing that you can customize on the M1. First of all, you will need to pick between two club head sizes, the 460cc model, and the 430cc option (more on the 430cc model below). The larger head will typically offer more forgiveness, while some players prefer the feel offered by a smaller club head. Once you have selected the size for your driver, other factors you will be able to customize include the shaft and the loft of the club. Using the ‘loft sleeve’, you can chance the loft of your driver in just moments, meaning that you aren’t stuck with one single loft after you purchase the club. A variety of shafts are available, each with unique ball flight and feel characteristics. If you don’t have the technical knowledge yourself on shaft issues, you may want to consider a professional fitting to settle on the perfect model for your swing.

    The M1 is yet another in the long line of impressive drivers that has been created by Taylormade over the years. Many of the top players in the world have taken to using this club, as is typically the case when TaylorMade releases a new model. If you are in the market for a driver and you value characteristics like quality, adjustability, and of course, distance, the M1 is worthy of a closer look.

    TaylorMade is one of the leading golf equipment companies in the world. Whether you are a highly competitive professional or amateur player, or a golfer who is just getting started in the game, TaylorMade equipment is certainly worth your consideration. With a reputation for quality products and consistent innovation, TaylorMade is a brand that is trusted by millions of golfers all around the world.

    One of the attributes that has made TaylorMade Golf so successful is their commitment to bringing new products to the market on a regular basis. TaylorMade has one of the most-expansive product lines in the business, meaning that you will have a variety of styles and price points to choose from, even while staying within the TaylorMade line. Regardless of your level of skill or personal playing style, you should be able to find clubs and other gear from TaylorMade that suit you just right.