10 Best TaylorMade Drivers – 2021 Buyers Guide
Fast forward today, 30 years after the first modern driver was launched on the market, TaylorMade is still among the top tires in the golf industry. It is a company that is ultra-innovative, and which has patented multiple technologies for all their clubs used on the course.
Since this company is highly associated with drivers, today we’re presenting the 10 best TaylorMade drivers made within the last 5 years which feature cutting-edge technologies and innovative, never-seen-before designs.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Modern drivers of today are all about technology. It is the research and development that has brought them in such an advanced stage, and when talking about innovative technology, TaylorMade is one of the leading companies in the golf industry. The advancement can be easily seen if you keep track from their first metal driver to present-day models. Especially striking is the frequency of their new releases that not only do they occur annually, but there are often two lineups that are simultaneously presented.
These new releases wouldn’t be of such importance if they didn’t bring refreshment in their design, a new concept and idea which is often never-seen-before kind of feature. These technological advancements create a more fertile ground for maximized performance and enhance golfers performance. Every successive year brings updated concepts and models which means more cutting-edge technologies. This is the reason why the release is of importance and why we rated these drivers based on when they were released.
The advanced features are closely related to the date of release, since, as we have previously mentioned, the latest M5 and M6 TaylorMade drivers features such a huge technological package which is more than impressive.
Starting with the Speed Pocket which enhances the face flex and its speed, the Hammerhead sole slot which adds even more face flex and enlarges the sweet spot, the multi-material construction, movable weight tracks for customized settings to the latest Twist Face technology and speed injected resin, all these add more and more playability to the drivers.
The price of a driver is a very important criterion because drivers are one of the most expensive clubs on the market. When a leading company releases a driver, everyone expects the driver to feature a new concept, but at the same time, everyone knows that it is going to be a pricey investment. The same refers to TaylorMade. If you take a look at their latest driver, the price they currently have is one of the highest.
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The M5 driver is the driver that was released just a few months ago and until now it has been praised as the fastest driver that TaylorMade has ever made. With the help of the world’s best golfer, Taylor Woods, the company claims that it is the fastest and the straightest driver that they have ever made. Despite being on the market for just a few months, its award-winning construction, Twist Face technology, movable weights, few loft settings, and customization when it comes to shafts, weight, and flexes, position the M5 on the throne of TaylorMade drivers.Read more
The design and the performance of the M5 are striking in many aspects, with its multi-material construction, and the blend of multiple proprietary technologies characterize it as exceptionally unique. It boasts the hottest and the fastest face which has been designed to reach the threshold of the speed limit enabling golfers unmatched superiority and consistency with every swing they take. The individual handling of each of the driver and the Twist Face technology work together not only to maximize the speed but to allow forgiveness on miss-hits so that these shots reach the potential of the center-shots. The movable weights and the possibility to dial in the optimal launch conditions further enhance the feel and the performance.
The multiple technologies and manufacturing processes utilized in this TaylorMade golf driver are more than impressive, as we see designs and innovations within that haven’t been used before. We’ll start first with the individual calibrating so that every driver reaches the threshold of the legal speed limit. Injected with tuning resin to acquire more speed, the COR gets optimized across the entire face which leads to a superior spring-like effect, and ultra-fast speed. Another specific feature is the face curvature with the corrective face angle that makes the mishits very successful and at the same time, it reduces the sidespin. The M5 features a movable weight design, and with the help of the Inverse T-Track, 10g weight can be relocated back and along the perimeter for low spin and a straighter trajectory. The possibility to position CG back and low increases the MOI. And finally, the flexible Hammerhead slot works in conjunction with the Speed Injected Twist Face so that the sweet spot gets larger and keep the speed even when the shots are obvious mishits.
Cost and Value
We’ll probably repeat ourselves regarding this criterion since we reviewing the best TaylorMade drivers, which means the best ten of the best company within the last five years. Every time TaylorMade has had a new release, it has been a significant and remarkable breakthrough such as this one is often among the best, so they do usually come with a high price tag.
With all the attention to M5 and M6, it feels that all the other TaylorMade drivers were released a very long time ago, however, it was just last year that the M3 and M4 drivers were launched on the market. And, with them, the world was introduced with the Twist Face technology which represented a radical departure from any standard driver-face design. It was also the beginning of the Hammerhead sole slot which was for the first time used in their drivers. When the M3 was launched, it was also the most adjustable driver that the company had made until then. And there’s so much more to talk about the M3, so read below to find out.Read more
The curved face is the hallmark of this driver and it is what made it the best TaylorMade driver ever, but we are going to describe it in details in the ‘Technology’ section. When it comes to its design, the 5-layered carbon black crown with the silver lining and the blackface looks impressive, and it is much lighter and thinner than it used to be with the previous models. The standard shaft model it comes with is the Mitsubishi Tensei graphite shaft which is a premium shaft model. Since this is one of the most adjustable drivers, the hosel allows golfers to change the lofts by +/- 2 degrees, and this also enables them to change the shaft too.
The M3 integrates three new technologies that haven’t been used in a driver so far and which create a personalized approach to the game and way straighter distance. Back to Twist Face technology, it is a curvature on the face that delivers opposite spin and alters the lofts when golfers hit off-center so that the ball flies straighter and this feature is known as gear effect. Next is the Hammerhead Slot which represents a redesigned sole slot that creates faster face flex that expands the sweet spot and delivers more distance. The Y-track adjustable weight slot represents an original way to customize the launch angle and create a low, high and medium trajectory.
Cost and Value
If you are a golfer who seeks more control and adjustability to shape your shots off the tee with an increased level of forgiveness and your handicap is between mid to low, this ultimately the best TaylorMade driver according to many tour players and experts. When it comes to its price, at the moment it is being sold for a price which is 50% less than the M5 driver.
The M5 can be called the twin of the M6 as they were almost simultaneously released, featuring the same Speed Injection Resin, Twist Face technology, and the Inertia Generator which are the key technologies that characterize these two models. The M6 and M5 are the latest releases coming from TaylorMade which have remarkably marked the exceptional innovation-oriented company, and the 30th anniversary of the first metal driver. Even though they resemble each other in their design, there are some differences which make the M6 more forgiving, while the extreme adjustability of the M5 makes it more appropriate for low and mid handicappers. The M6 fits the description of a driver that gets to the speed limits but engineered never to go over it with forgiveness and a sweet spot suitable for the average golfer.Read more
The 460cc titanium head is enriched with 54% more carbon fiber on the crown and the sole which means 46g of weight has been relocated low and deep which makes the clubhead more aerodynamic with the faster core. This redesign is called Inertia Generator by TaylorMade referring to the incredible speed that golfers achieve while playing with TaylorMade. The so-called Hammerhead sole slot features added flexibility which transfers much more energy to the ball and creates faster ball speeds. The Satin Black finish looks impressive and the crown details help golfers with the alignment. The premium Matrix White Tie 55 stock graphite shaft increases the driver’s playability by enhancing the smooth feel and the distance.
Almost all technologies that are characteristic for M5 can be found in this TaylorMade driver as well. Starting with the booming Speed Injected Twist-Face Technology, the face this driver offers much more precision and speed, while the injected resin is used to control the speed not to go over the limit. This is important because the face is initially designed with COR above the legal limit and then the two tuning slots were added for injecting the resin to ensure that the speed limit is never crossed. It is a very advanced process, carried out by the proprietary algorithms that determine the needed amount of resin. The Twisted Face Technology that we described in detail with the M5 model, provides extra loft high in the toe, and less loft low in the heel to ensure spin consistency, even with mis-hits.
Cost and Value
Many golfers and golf experts consider the M6 one of the true speed-enhancing drivers which deliver not only more speed but abundant forgiveness too. If you are a golfer who is looking for more speed and extra yardages, this is one of the best drivers on the market. Of course, the price is considerably high, but with the performance it delivers, you’ll be pleased for many years to come, and the results often prove to be more than satisfactory.
Even though the M3 and the M4 TaylorMade drivers were launched simultaneously and feature almost the same technological advancement, the design differentiates from the M3 in its more forgiving construction and improved sound. Also, the huge level of adjustability that could be seen in M3 is reduced to the basics as the company thinks that high and mid handicappers would more appreciate stability and balance over the complexity of the adjustable weights and loft degrees.Read more
The cast molten titanium head and the composite, 5-layered carbon crown with the thinner and lighter face, make M4 aerodynamic with the strongest, thinnest and lightest panels ever made. The M4 integrates the Twist Face and the Hammerhead slot that contribute to its peculiar looks, but instead of the movable Y-track, it borrows the design of the M2 and positions 22g of grams weight on the back weight pad so that it delivers optimal forgiveness. Thanks to the Geocustinc design seen in M2, the recessed sole creates a bigger footprint by freeing up the volume which produces nicer, higher-pitched sound and improved feel.
The two characteristic technologies of the M3, the Twist Face and the Hammerhead slot are also integrated within the design of this driver. As we have already described them in the review of the M3, the new sole slot increases the flexibility of the face which creates the more flexible face and a larger sweet spot, while the center part of the slot maximizes the speed when hitting low on the face and reduces the unwanted spin which adds more distance. There are four adjustable lofts, and the standard shaft is Fujikura Atmos Red in four available flexes.
Cost and Value
This is a tech-pack driver that boasts serious playability and forgiveness. However, the fact that the world champion Dustin Johnson won his tournament with an M4 driver in his bag, gave this club a tour validation. Bearing in mind that the M6 is a recent, upgraded model, it led to a price decrease of the M4, so golfers who had their eye on the M4 but couldn’t afford it, it is their chance to finally own one of the best drivers ever.
Over the years TM has extended the limits of the drivers they produce and almost with every new release we can see descriptions such as:” the longest”, “the fastest”, “the most forgiving”, and so forth. And about three years ago, with the launch of M1 driver, they set up a new track of have-it-all drivers. The M series has been the most technologically advanced, integrating multiple proprietary technologies and designs. The M2 TaylorMade golf driver introduced the popular Speed Pocket, weight repositioning, multi-material construction, and geocentric technology, all of them making these drivers dominate the market.Read more
This is the driver that when it was released, it was seen as the little brother of M1, and even though less adjustable than M1, it made a difference when it comes to distance and forgiveness. The oversized 460cc clubhead and the multi-material construction represent the base for the forgiveness it delivers. The 6-layered carbon crown within the 911 titanium body frees 25g weight and relocates the CG deeper and lower than in the original M2 of the previous year. It also features a lightweight aluminum loft sleeve that allows golfers to make loft adjustability by +/- 2 degrees so that they can customize the preferred ball trajectory.
Technology is something that isn’t missing in this driver. The greatest innovation in this respect is Geocoustic Technology which is innovative acoustic engineering which increases the MOI, creates a better sound at impact and delivers more feel. The advanced sole shaping and the recessed toe panel brings an expansion of the clubface and significantly impacts the sound by externalizing the sound ribs. The popular Speed Pocket is also redesigned and in this updated version it is three times more flexible compared to the original model. This flexibility creates faster ball speed and consequently, this means more distance.
Cost and Value
Even though there are four additionally upgraded models within the M series, the M2 is still considered one of the best performing driver for mid handicappers. The forgiveness the overall playability it delivers, make it an attractive offer for many players. Consequently, the price it has is on the higher end, even though it is priced considerably less than the latest M5 and M6 drivers.
Kalea is probably the lightest and the best performing driver for women, that has been made to enhance golfer’s performance to an unmatched level. It might not boast the extreme tech-pack design of the previous models, but it has integrated everything it is needed to guarantee more distance and confidence on the course. From the ultra-light shafts, Speed Pocket technology, and adjustability, Kalea is brought to perfection which is rarely seen is women’s designs.Read more
What makes this driver unique is the fact that it has been designed from scratch with women golfers in mind. Unlike other women’s versions which are mostly men’s reweighted designs, this one has obvious gentler and much softer construction. The silver crown is ornamented with a very soft coloring which is peculiar for female’s taste and the overall weight, loft, and length have been optimized for women’s needs. The aerodynamic clubhead shape can easily cut through the air while the ultralight shaft transfers more energy to the clubhead adding more power for more speed and distance.
When it comes to the technology that is integrated into Kalea, the Speed Pocket design is an obvious feature that is characteristic for many TaylorMade models. It is a formula for success and it is an integral part of every new release. The Speed Pocket makes the face flex at impact more by enlarging the sweet spot to produce higher launch, less spin, and more carry resulting in more distance. The low and deep center of gravity helps golfers have the ball airborne higher and longer.
Cost and Value
Kalea is women’s complete lineup and it is the most unique women’s collection that you can currently find on the market. It features maximized performance particularly designed to meet women’s needs. Compared to most of the drivers on the list, this one is one of the most inexpensive drivers which means excellent value for the money.
7. M1 2017
When the original M series drivers were initially launched in 2016, they represented a considerable breakthrough in the technological approach and were the initial start of of the well known M series drivers. The updated 2017 M1 driver is one of the most customizable drivers (actually, it was the most customizable when it was launched on the market) with its movable weight, shaft selections, and loft adjustability. These features, accompanied by the multi-material construction, offer recreational golfers the same tour precision which gives the company the right to advertise it as the driver for anyone.Read more
The 460cc clubhead is comprised of several materials that reshape the way it performs. This upgraded version has 43% more carbon fiber on the crown which considerably saves weight which is loaded on the sole with the movable weight concept. The ultra-thin wall Ti casting enhances the feel and the sound, while the titanium face delivers much more speed. The loft sleeve is made from aluminum, and it allows shaft and loft customization. The black and white theme looks impressive, while the multiple premium stock shaft choices make it extremely playable.
None of the bombastic technologies seen in the rest of M models are part of M1, but yet, it is still perfectly competitive without them all. The multiple materials which allow weight redistribution and the extreme adjustability represent the technological advancement of this driver, which is impressive and highly sophisticated. There are two weight tracks, the Front Track features 15-gram weight which delivers multiple fades, draw and neutral settings, while the BackTrack features 10 grams weight, and serves to adjust numerous low, high and medium spin and launch settings. The M1 is engineered with internal acoustic panels that control vibrations and produce hot, solid and crisp sound.
Cost and Value
Despite being outdated compared to its descendants, M1 is still a solid TaylorMade driver that boasts not only extremely sophisticated design and subtle feel and sound, but it is also the tour-performing driver that offers maximum forgiveness too. These features hold the merit of still having the high price point, which according to professionals is worth the money.
With the RBZ, TaylorMade made a super smart move to offer golfers on the budget, convenient solution of a name-brand driver that could be (at least in few aspects) compared to the M3 and M4 drivers that were released last year. The driver is a resurrected upgrade of the original RBZ that had an immense success about ten years ago. The comparison of the performance data with the M4 showed that even though M4 is tour preferred and much more superior than RBZ, it is a driver that holds up decently against it and mid and high handicappers are the ones that can take advantage of playing with it.Read more
TaylorMade RBZ features 460cc titanium forged head that unlike the M4 isn’t backed up by carbon fiber for vibration damping, and extra more feel. However, designed like this it allows more forgiveness, and the enlarged face is a guarantee that all those mis-hits won’t be ‘punished’. Even though this driver lacks most of the high-tech seen in M4, the proprietary Speed Pocket which positioned behind the face is there, helping golfers achieve higher launch and decrease spin. Even though the movable weight is not an option in RBZ, there’s extra titanium mass strategically added to the core, adding forgiveness, trajectory control, and straighter shots. The RBZ does feature aggressive styling which is so evident at the address, and with Matrix White Tie 55 shaft and the Satin Black finish it looks powerful on the course.
Last year’s flagships were the M3 and M4 TaylorMade drivers, and you could see many of the tour players winning tournaments with them. However, a flagship means advanced, tech-pack club that costs higher than any other club. And, the company figured that they needed to appeal to budget golfers so they revamped the RBZ double less the money, but with double less the technology too. So, besides the Speed Pocket and the titanium weight positioned low and back, you won’t find much of the superior TM technology. However, unless you play like Rory, you probably don’t need it anyway. This driver delivers superior performance, and high and mid handicappers can expect extra speed and distance. The adjustable loft sleeve does come handy, and it allows customization of the trajectory and the launch to meet players' preferences. There are three loft settings of 9.5, 10.5 and 12 degrees that golfers can choose from.
Cost and Value
When you are considering investing a good value for the money driver but your budget is fairly limited, and at the same time the only option is a name-brand, this is the driver to go-to. It is very forgiving, playable, distance-enhancing, and it looks powerful at the address. You won’t find many TaylorMade drivers with such a low price that deliver optimal performance.
The first two models are undoubtedly the fastest and the most advanced TaylorMade drivers, however, SLDR is considered to be one of the longest, which it certainly was when it was first launched. And, not only is it the longest, but it is also highly adjustable when it comes to its weight which is positioned on a movable track. It has often been referred to as a distance driver because it offers more loft degrees and lower backspin compared to other drivers of its class. Its design is suitable for high handicappers who need more speed and distance, forgiveness and easy to use features.Read more
With the charcoal-grey crown, and the blue weight slide, equipped with Fujikura Speeder 57, it is a driver that is much more pleasing to the eye and ear compared to many similar drivers that belong within the same category. The lightweight shaft promotes higher launches which consequently leads to more distance. Shortly said, the way SLDR is made, promotes more distance, straighter trajectory, and low spin. Each piece of its design has a purpose that delivers game-enhancing properties that add to the playability. From the alignment on the crown that helps golfers to easily align the weight, to the sliding weight, fixed loft, and the bent hosel design, everything works in unity to deliver the most playable driver for high handicappers.
What TaylorMade engineers did with this driver was to remove weight from the crown, and position it on a movable slide track. The oversized 460cc titanium head locates the CG much closer to the face which creates a great energy transfer and more speed and distance to the ball. The weigh adjustability lets golfers to dial in the shape of the shafts, while the more customized setting can increase the distance to up to 30 yards. This design in conjunction with the lightweight, premium shaft is the formula for the extra playable driver.
Cost and Value
The SLDR is a high handicappers driver that was released a few years ago, and even though the number and the complexity of the utilized technologies can’t be even closely compared to the M5 and the M6 drivers, it delivers maximum performance for extra speed. If you are a golfer who is looking for decent, name-brand performance the simplicity of this model is all you need to excel in your game. Plus, the price of this model is twice as low as the latest company’s models which makes it a good value for the money.
The name of Burner has been closely related to a few TaylorMade drivers, but this one, which was released about five years ago, is strikingly different than all its predecessors. It is a distance driver equipped with a longer shaft, very aerodynamic head and lighter weight. Even though it is an older model compared with the previously described drivers on the list, this one still boasts playability to the point that golfers still show interest in it and it is still being sold on the market. Maybe it is the peculiar design in addition to its playability, so we invite so to read the features below and decide for yourselves.Read more
It is one of the most appealing TaylorMade drivers with its white crown and the red paint looks simply irresistible. The longer, deeper, and sleeker clubhead design it integrates the Speed Pocket which until then was twice the size of their previous models. In addition to the white crown, they used the Matrix Speed RUL-Z shaft which keeps the white theme and makes the overall weight very light as it is only 50g. The aerodynamic design is enhanced with the textured crown which has a smoothly raised center section so that it helps the head glides through the air easily.
When it comes to the technology integrated within the design of AeroBurner, we can’t say it is extraordinary, however, the design itself represents a technological advancement on its own. The rounded toe, the reduced drop that comes from the crown to skirt, the raised center crown, and the newly designed hosel fin, reduce the drag and make the swing speed much faster. The enlarged Speed Pocket makes the sweet spot larger, making it more forgiving and it also reduces the spin even on off-center shots. The fact that it comes in higher lofts, makes this driver an excellent choice for high and mid handicappers.
Cost and Value
If you want a driver that will turn heads on the course, AeroBurner boasts aesthetic perfection with the white theme it features. It has been among the most successful models and the fact that it is still popular proves that it is a high-quality club, even though ranked a bit lower compared to the M lineup. The affordable price it is being sold at makes the driver an attractive option for many golfers with a tight budget.
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