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The TaylorMade M6 driver trades movable weights for added forgiveness. Easy to hit. Slight draw bias.
Adjustability can be a wonderful thing, and if you want to tinker, no driver offers more possibilities than the TaylorMade M5. However, if you prefer simplicity, TaylorMade has you covered with the M6 driver. The M6 trades movable weights for increased forgiveness for the player who thinks wrenches are for plumbers not golf clubs.
At a glance, you’d have a hard time distinguishing the M6 driver from the M5. In the address position, both clubs are dominated by matte black carbon fiber. At the leading edge, there’s a thin ribbon of silver with a TaylorMade alignment aid just behind it. Along the back edge is slim red graphic ending in the M6 logo at the heel.
When you flip the clubs over, the differences are obvious. Where the M5 has a track for the movable weights, the M6 driver has a “solid” sole, largely covered in carbon fiber.
SOUND & FEEL
I really loved the sound and feel of the M5 driver, and expected the M6 to be even better because of the solid sole. While the sound is similar – low pitched, no metallic “ting” or “tink” – I was surprised to find that the M6 was actually a bit louder than the M5. Feedback from the M6 driver is below average. This is meant to be a forgiving, stable club, and that causes it to cover up the feel of mishits. Unless you get deep into the toe or heel, you won’t hear much difference either.
The M6 driver shares two of its main technologies with the M5: Speed Injected Twist Face and HammerHead 2.0. What’s different is that instead of movable weights, the M6 has a 46 gram “Inertia Generator” low and back in the head. This weight shape and placement is similar to what you see in the Cobra KING F9 Speedback driver.
At the end of the day, what all these buzzwords add up to is a driver that has really strong forgiveness. I started out hitting this all over the face, and the ball speed was still very respectable.
In terms of launch and spin, I would rate the M6 as being mid launch and mid spin. Obviously the shaft you choose will have a large impact on this, but the overall performance seems geared toward the middle of the bell curve.
Finally, I found the M6 driver to be slightly draw biased. To my eye, the alignment aid sits a little toward the heel, and the club is easier to hit left than right. The hosel does allow for loft and face angle adjustments to dial in your preferred ball flight.
For the TaylorMade fan seeking a “grab and go” option off the tee, the M6 driver will fit the bill. The lack of adjustable weights means you won’t be able to fully dial in launch and spin, but the benefit is added forgiveness.
Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com. Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt’s work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He’s also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage’s Faculty of Experts.