What’s New in 2017 from TaylorMade

TaylorMade

M1 Driver

The second-generation of this popular driver moves its weight around thanks to using a lower-density Titanium alloy and a six-layer carbon composite in the sole (complementing the carbon in the crown). Shifting the weight allows a slight redesign of the head shape as well as lengthening the adjustable-weight track in the sole. Taken together, these changes create more distance and more forgiveness. There’s also a model with a slightly smaller head, deeper face, and more adjustable weights, as well as matching fairway woods and Rescue clubs. More than 30 different shafts are available at no additional charge. $500

M2 Irons

Using a few different technologies, the M2 irons combine maximum distance with forgiveness. They have thinner faces, a speed pocket in the sole to promote flexing of the club face, slots in the face, and a fluted hosel: These features save weight that is moved to lower the center of gravity. Like the new metalwoods, the irons employ engineering the company calls “Geocoustic,” promoting better feel and sound. $799 (steel); $899 (graphite)

Forged Irons

Due to be released this month are two new forged irons, the P770 and P750 Tour Proto, both for better players. The P770 irons features more forgiveness with a lower center of gravity (for higher launch) and perimeter weighting. The P750 Tour Proto, designed with Tour pros in mind, has a very thin topline and minimal offset, along with a narrower sole and tighter leading edge. P770: $1,200; P750 Tour Proto: $,1,600

TP5/TP5x Balls

These new golf balls both have five-layer construction, which the company says maximizes distance and control from woods and irons while delivering spin and control from wedges and around the green. Both balls use a very low-compression inner core surrounded by two progressively stiffer layers, then a rigid inner cover and ultra-soft outer cover. The TP5x is slightly firmer with a higher launch. $45 per dozen

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