Introducing TaylorMade’s 2017 M Family: Fairway Woods and Hybrids

2017 TaylorMade M Family

Building off the success of the 2016 M1 and M2 clubs, the new 2017 models are sure to carry on the impactful results left behind by its predecessors. The 2017 M Family of fairways and hybrids push the levels of distance, forgiveness, and trusted performance to a new level. Here’s what you need to know about them.

2017 M1 Fairway Wood

TaylorMade 2017 M1 Fairway Wood Sole

In comparison to the 2016 M1 fairway wood, the latest version has a revised weight track system, moving it further back in the head.  Moving the track system back allows for the new speed pocket behind the club face. The speed pocket adds forgiveness and distance. Additionally, TaylorMade places only one 25-gram weight on the sole compared to the two 15-gram weights in the prior generation.

TaylorMad 2017 M1 Fairway Wood Crown & Toe

TaylorMade also redesigns and reshapes the crown of the 2017 M1 fairway wood. The new crown is made of six layers of Carbon composite material just like the driver. Using this material lowers the club’s center of gravity, making it their longest adjustable fairway wood to date. The new, lightweight aluminum hosel loft sleeve adapter adds to the weight savings, providing up to four degrees of adjustability.

Stock Options

  • Lofts: 15, 17, 19
  • Dexterity: RH available in all lofts, LH available in 15-degree and 19-degree
  • Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Silver TiNi
    • 60FW – Senior Flex
    • 70FW- Regular, Stiff, Extra Stiff Flexes

 

2017 M2 Fairway Wood

TaylorMade 2017 M2 Fairway Wood Sole & Crown

The 2017 M2 fairway wood incorporates Inverted Cone Technology into a fairway wood for the first time ever. Taylormade has had much success with this technology for years in their irons. The technology allows for a hot face, pushing the limits of distance and forgiveness, regardless of the impact location.

The 2017 M2 fairway wood matches what is packed behind the club face with a powerful and versatile sole. This new sole design features two tiers which will aid in playability from all lies and turf conditions.  Additionally, the sole’s speed pocket is lengthened and is more flexible for faster ball speeds and more consistent distance at all impact locations.

TaylorMade 2017 M2 Tour Fairway Wood Crown and Sole

An M2 Tour fairway wood is also available. It boasts a compact head size and forward center of gravity weight port for advanced workability. Head size will vary between 156 and 158 CC in the 3 and 3HL respectively in M2 Tour, about 20 CC smaller than the 3 and 3HL  2017 M2 fairway woods.

Stock Options

  • 2017 M2
    • Lofts: 15, 16.5, 18, 21, 24
    • Dexterity: LH available in all lofts except 21 and 24
    • Shaft: TaylorMade REAX
      • REAX45 – Ladies Flex
      • REAX55 – Senior and Regular Flex
      • REAX65 – Stiff and Extra Stiff Flex
  • 2017 M2 Tour
    • Lofts: 15, 16.5
    • Dexterity: Only RH
    • Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage TiNi 70
      • Regular, Stiff, Extra Stiff Flexes

2017 M1 Hybrid

TaylorMade 2017 M1 Hybrid Sole

For the first time ever, the 2017 M1 hybrid adds an adjustable track system to the sole. Doing so provides you with ultimate personalization and control over your trajectory. A 27-gram weight track allows for ball flight adjustments, especially a draw bias ability. Last year’s non-adjustable model had a neutral/fade bias.

The head shape of the 2017 M1 hybrid also gets a makeover. Attributes of the new head include a smaller footprint, deeper face, and upgraded leading edge. These traits deliver versatile, shot-shaping performance from any situation on the course.

Stock Options

  • Lofts: 17, 19, 21, 24
  • Dexterity: RH available in all lofts, LH available in 19-degrees and 21-degrees
  • Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Silver
    • 70HY – Senior Flex
    • 80HY – Regular, Stiff, Extra Stiff Flexes

2017 M2 Hybrid

TaylorMade 2017 M2 Hybrid Sole & Toe

Last but certainly not least, we reach the 2017 M2 hybrid. A big, initial change is the reintroduction of the white crown in a two-tone design. The contrast of a black face with a two-tone crown makes it easier to align the club face to your intended target.

Much like the 2017 fairway models, the 2017 M2 hybrid has a two-tiered sole design. The design promotes an increased playability for a variety of lies and turf conditions. The iconic speed pocket is lengthened and made more flexible, increasing ball speed and adding forgiveness to strikes lower on the club face.

Stock Options

  • Lofts: 19, 22, 25, 28
  • Dexterity: RH available in all lofts, LH available in 19-degrees and 22-degrees
  • Shaft: TaylorMade REAX
    • REAX45 – Ladies Flex
    • REAX55 – Senior Flex
    • REAX65 – Regular Flex
    • REAX75 – Stiff Flex

 

There you have it, everyone, the notable features in the 2017 M Family of fairway woods and hybrids.  Try them out and see what they can do for your game!

PGA Professional

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New Season Brings New Tour Staff, Equipment From TaylorMade

TaylorMade on Tour

Welcome to this month’s TaylorMade on Tour. In this article, we look at the start of the 2017 PGA Tour season and introduce new Tour staff additions. We also give a glimpse at new equipment TaylorMade is introducing.

Tour Staff Performance

Tour Staff

As the calendar turns over to a new year, PGA Tour players return from break to begin a new season. The first two tournaments of new PGA season are in Hawaii. The SBS Tournament of Champions pits winners from the previous season against each other at The Plantation Course at the Kapalua Resort. Pat Perez joins flagship TaylorMade staffers Dustin Johnson and Jason Day at the top of the leaderboard as the best finishers using TaylorMade clubs.

The Tour next heads to Honolulu for The Sony Open at Waialae Country Club. The first full-field event of the New Year saw a strong performance from staffer Justin Rose, who finished second. Gary Woodland and Jim Herman, who use TaylorMade clubs also finished in the Top 10.

TaylorMade Staff Additions

TaylorMade announced the signing of 6 new Tour players to use their metalwoods for the 2017 season. Smylie Kaufman, Paul Casey, Seung-Yul Noh, Nick Watney, Kyle Stanley, and Jon Curran are the players. Casey, Watney, and Stanley are former Nike staffers. Looking for new club options is only natural with Nike’s exit from the equipment industry. It should be noted that Kaufman and Curran are Cleveland/Srixon staffers primarily. They play their irons, wedges, and golf balls. Metalwoods are the only clubs they play from TaylorMade.

New TaylorMade Equipment

Tour Proto irons

Speaking of equipment, the 2017 M Family metalwoods and irons will hit shelves on January 27th. The metalwoods are available for pre-sale now. A new player’s iron called the “Tour Proto” is joining the M1 and M2 irons in 2017. Details are still unknown about them, aside from the feedback from Tour players. Justin Rose had this to say about them:

“They are just awesome. Feel good. Look good. The dispersion pattern I see on them is extremely tight throughout the bag. Best irons I’ve had in years.”

TP5/TP5x Golf balls

Also coming in the spring are the TP5 and TP5x golf balls. As the name suggests, the golf balls will have 5 layers to optimize performance. The 2 outer layers enhance spin on full wedge shots and around the green. The inner 3 layers aid in ball speed and distance off the tee and with irons.

 

Well, that’s all for this month. Stay tuned each month to read about the latest and greatest from TaylorMade on Tour.

PGA Professional

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Want To Get A Job In Golf? Here’s How

Emmett Brantly, PGA Professional

Interested in working in the golf industry but don’t know where to start? Can you simply apply for a job at your local course? Do you need a degree? Years ago, if you wanted to work in the golf industry, you simply started working at a golf course. Now, training or attending a university that has a Professional Golf Management (PGM) program gives the best opportunity. Let’s take a deeper look at what you need to do to get a job in golf.

Job In Golf: Schooling

PGA PGM Golf Management Logo

Graduating from a university with a PGM degree is one of the best ways to get a job in the golf industry. The 4.5 to 5-year program offers courses covering a wide range of subjects related to the golf industry. Gaining a wide range of knowledge helps narrow the focus to a specific position in the industry. While completing the PGM program, students can also earn other degrees. Marketing, Hospitality, or Business Administration are a few examples.

PGM degrees also require 16 months of internships to complete during the program. Students complete internships during the summer months while not attending classes. Generally speaking, it’s wise to vary the type of internship, getting a feel for various jobs. There are currently 19 universities with PGM programs at their location that are accredited by the PGA of America. You can get the full list of the schools here.

PAT

PGA PAT Scorecard

Passing the PAT, or playing ability test, is also a requirement to graduate with a PGM degree. For the test, you play an approved course and shoot at or below a certain score on 36 holes to pass. The score threshold changes depending on the course where the testing is done. To find the score, take the course rating, multiply it by 2 and add 15. For example, if the course has a rating of 70, the tester must shoot 155 or lower on 36 holes.

Other Options For Getting A Job In Golf

Another option would be to purchase all of the materials necessary to pass the PGM Program and self-study. A downside of doing it on your own is the lack of assistance finding internships and preparation for passing the courses. Also, many employers are looking to hire PGM graduates. Employers tend to believe these graduates are the most qualified for a position at their facility. The materials and information you need to self-study can be located here.

Our last tip to successfully find a job in golf is to seek the advice of a few PGA Professionals. Asking them to pass along any important information about a job field you are interested in helps your decision.

At the end of the day, the best advice is to do as much research as possible.

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