Best TaylorMade Drivers

 
For the last twenty years, TaylorMade has been at the forefront of many of the advanced technological breakthroughs in golf equipment, especially with their drivers. It’s no secret why they have manufactured the #1 Driver in Golf for several years running. It starts on the PGA and LPGA Tours and trickles down to the weekend warriors; the TaylorMade brand drivers are by far the most popular.

In this article, we have compiled a list of the best TaylorMade drivers on the market, providing in-depth insights into the pros and cons of each, detailing who each driver will suit best based on your individual skills and needs.

As you read through each list item, be meticulous. We all have different tastes and preferences when it comes to the look and performance of our drivers. By taking your time, you will be armed with the knowledge that the club(s) you choose will be just right for you.
 

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TaylorMade Driver-M2 2017 10.5 R Golf Driver, Right Hand
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TaylorMade M4 Driver (Stiff Flex, Right Hand, 9.5 degrees)
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TaylorMade M3 Driver 460 (MCA Red, Regular Flex, Right Hand, 10.5 degrees)
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TaylorMade Driver-M2 2017 10.5 R Golf Driver, Right Hand
TaylorMade M4 Driver (Stiff Flex, Right Hand, 9.5 degrees)
TaylorMade M3 Driver 460 (MCA Red, Regular Flex, Right Hand, 10.5 degrees)
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TaylorMade Driver-M2 2017 10.5 R Golf Driver, Right Hand
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TaylorMade Driver-M2 2017 10.5 R Golf Driver, Right Hand
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TaylorMade M4 Driver (Stiff Flex, Right Hand, 9.5 degrees)
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TaylorMade M4 Driver (Stiff Flex, Right Hand, 9.5 degrees)
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Most Forgiving Driver
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TaylorMade M3 Driver 460 (MCA Red, Regular Flex, Right Hand, 10.5 degrees)
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TaylorMade M3 Driver 460 (MCA Red, Regular Flex, Right Hand, 10.5 degrees)
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The Top 5 Best TaylorMade Drivers

 

Most Accurate
TaylorMade M4 Driver
  • New face curvature w/corrective face angle on off-center hits
  • Reinforced outer portions of the slot allow for a lighter, more flexible face
  • Center portion of the slot increases ball speed low on the face
Best Feel
TaylorMade M3 Driver 460
  • Provides more loft in high-toe & less loft in low-heel for more consistent spin
  • Reinforced outer portions of the slot allow for a lighter, more flexible face
  • The center portion of the slot increases ball speed
Best Speed
TaylorMade Driver-M2
  • 6-layer carbon crown with 911 skeletal Titanium body frees up weight
  • Club face expansion for added forgiveness
  • Deeper, more active speed pocket with 3x more active than original M2 to increase flexion
Most Adjustable
TaylorMade Driver-M1
  • Redesigned t-track System with longer Track and more moveable weight
  • Three premium Stock shafts, with 30+ after-market no-upcharge shaft options
  • Lamkin UTX cord grip (Stock)
Best Value
TaylorMade Men's AeroBurner Driver
  • Aerodynamic shape designed with a rounder toe raised center crown reduces drop
  • New Speed Pocket increases size of the sweet spot and reduces spin
  • ew matte white finish on head and black PVD face and linear AeroBurner crown graphic make alignment easy

 

What Makes TaylorMade Drivers Special?

It can be argued, quite persuasively, that no other golf company has put more into the technology of drivers and fairway woods than TaylorMade Golf. As you’ll discover throughout this article, TaylorMade Drivers are the most technologically advanced drivers of the modern era, and has options for golfers of all skill levels and budgets. This makes them a one-of-a-kind golf club manufacturer.
 

Top Rated Golf Drivers Features

Golfers need to consider four factors when choosing a driver – the shaft, the head, the loft, and the golfer’s budget. The first three of these factors are impacted by the speed of a golfer’s swing. There is a general guide you can use to determine swing speed that is based on which club you generally need to hit a ball 150 yards – if you use a lower iron, like a 6 iron, then you likely have a slower swing speed. If you use a higher iron, such as an 8 or 9 iron, then you likely have a higher swing speed.

Shaft

Driver Shaft
Types of Golf Shafts. Source callawaygolf

TaylorMade drivers come in a wide variety of weights and flexes, making the process of finding the right shaft for you easy. There are two main components of every shaft you’ll want to take note of: the weight and the flex.

Every TaylorMade driver on the list comes with a graphite shaft, and the reason is very simple: graphite is lighter than steel, and lighter clubs swing faster. However, this doesn’t mean that you should seek out the lightest shaft possible. This is why testing a shaft with a TaylorMade driver is so vital. Let the launch monitor help you find the right match of launch angle and spin. If the 60-gram shaft performs better overall than the 50-gram shaft, it’s an easy decision.

TaylorMade offers every shaft flex available: Ladies (L), Regular (R), Amateur (A), Stiff (S), and Extra Stiff (X). The flex you need is entirely dependent on your swing speed. The faster you swing the golf club, the less flex you’re going to need. A club fitter can help you find the right shaft for your swing. Just remember to never purchase a club before testing it out. Drivers are easily the most expensive clubs we ever buy, and no one wants the hassle of dealing with returns and refunds.

Head Size

Driver Head Size
There many head sizes. Source golf.com

TaylorMade driver’s range in head size from 440cc to 460cc. Larger clubheads (460cc) are going to optimize the sweet spot, allowing you to swing as hard as you can with a higher margin for error than with a smaller clubhead. Smaller clubheads (less than 460cc) offer more workability, making it easier to draw and fade the ball.

Loft

Some TaylorMade drivers feature customizable lofts, while others have set lofts. Either way, you’ll want to use a launch monitor to determine which loft is going to optimize your launch angle and your spin rate before you purchase either a customizable model or a fixed loft model.

Budget

Anytime a new TaylorMade driver hits the market, it usually comes with one of the highest retail price tags. For those who can easily afford the newest driver, then budget is of little consideration. If, however, you’re like most of us, spending a lot on a driver may make your stomach a little tense. Thankfully, as you’ll see, many of the drivers on this list are outdated slightly and can be found for a significant savings. This includes the TaylorMade R11 and the TaylorMade AeroBurner.

Our Favorites

Preview
Best Value Driver
TaylorMade Driver-M2 2017 10.5 R Golf Driver, Right Hand
EDITOR'S CHOICE
TaylorMade M4 Driver (Stiff Flex, Right Hand, 9.5 degrees)
Most Forgiving Driver
TaylorMade M3 Driver 460 (MCA Red, Regular Flex, Right Hand, 10.5 degrees)
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TaylorMade Driver-M2 2017 10.5 R Golf Driver, Right Hand
TaylorMade M4 Driver (Stiff Flex, Right Hand, 9.5 degrees)
TaylorMade M3 Driver 460 (MCA Red, Regular Flex, Right Hand, 10.5 degrees)
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Best Value Driver
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TaylorMade Driver-M2 2017 10.5 R Golf Driver, Right Hand
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TaylorMade Driver-M2 2017 10.5 R Golf Driver, Right Hand
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EDITOR'S CHOICE
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TaylorMade M4 Driver (Stiff Flex, Right Hand, 9.5 degrees)
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TaylorMade M4 Driver (Stiff Flex, Right Hand, 9.5 degrees)
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Most Forgiving Driver
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TaylorMade M3 Driver 460 (MCA Red, Regular Flex, Right Hand, 10.5 degrees)
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TaylorMade M3 Driver 460 (MCA Red, Regular Flex, Right Hand, 10.5 degrees)
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Top TaylorMade Drivers for 2018

 

1. TaylorMade M4 Driver

 


The TaylorMade M4 Driver is an amazing club, which greatly improves upon the power and forgiveness of its predecessor the M2 driver. This driver presents a trilogy of advanced technology: Twist Face technology, a Hammerhead slot, and Geocoustic design. These features provide the best in distance, forgiveness, and sound.

The Geocoustic design improves on the sound and weight of its predecessor, the M2 Driver. Also, the M4 comes with a sleek-looking thin silver edge on the head. This color closely resembles the SLDR color scheme, but the overall appearance similar to the M2. The result is a modern and updated look to the latest masterpiece from TaylorMade.

TaylorMade M4 Driver

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Pros

  • One of the most technologically advanced drivers ever produced by TaylorMade
  • Off-center strikes can still result in incredible distance and accuracy off the tee
  • Costs less than the M3 Driver, it comes with the same advanced technology, just without the movable weights

Cons

  • More casual players may find the cost a little too high for their pocket books
  • The Twist Face benefits are difficult to precisely determine in testing
  • The lack of adjustability may be a negative for golfers that are more consistent and want to tinker with their club
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2. TaylorMade M3 Driver


The TaylorMade M3 Driver is one of most technologically advanced drivers ever produced and is engineered to expand the sweet spot, maximizing forgiveness, and allowing for personalized adjustment of the ball flight. The M3 by TaylorMade features Twist Face technology and Hammerhead slot just like the M4, but also features adjustable lofts and a split-weight, Y-Track, sliding weight system. This Y-shaped track allows you to change the weight using two 11g weights from front-to-back and side-to-side to customize the driver’s trajectory, forgiveness, and speed, providing the best options in adjustability .

The style and design are almost identical to the M4, except for the visible Y-Track sliding weight system. The M3 also features a sleek, thin silver-edge styling on the head, resulting in a more modern look to the latest masterpiece by TaylorMade.

TaylorMade M3 Driver

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Pros

  • One of the most technologically advanced drivers ever produced by TaylorMade
  • Off-center strikes can still result in incredible distance and accuracy off the tee
  • Costs less than the M3 Driver, it comes with the same advanced technology, just without the movable weights

Cons

  • More casual players may find the cost a little too high for their pocket books
  • The Twist Face benefits are difficult to precisely determine in testing
  • The lack of adjustability may be a negative for golfers that are more consistent and want to tinker with their club
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Control and Performance
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3. TaylorMade M2 Driver

 


The TaylorMade M2 Driver is the predecessor to the M4. The TaylorMade M2 Driver is the predecessor to the amazing M4. As with the M3 / M1, TaylorMade offers a plethora of technological features with the M4. However, the M2 Driver is still one of the most advanced drivers available today. In 2017 it was the driver of choice for many multiple-PGA Tour winners, including Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, and Justin Rose.

The TaylorMade M2 Driver features the trio of Inverted Cone Technology, Geocoustic Technology, and a Speed Pocket to create a larger sweet spot that creates forgiveness, limited vibration, and a quality sound off the clubface.

The Inverted Cone Technology and Speed Pocket create a massive sweet spot on the club, giving the club a high moment-of-inertia which limits head twisting and minimizes negative effects on low-face contact. Using the sunken sole shape helps create a larger club face. It also adds forgiveness and minimizes the vibrations that rob you of distance on impact. The TaylorMade M2 Driver is another incredible club from TaylorMade that is perfect for any golfer looking for the very best in driver technology.

TaylorMade M2 Driver

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Pros

  • When off center strikes occur, the ball will still go straight and far
  • With a low launch and spin profile the ball can pick up some serious mileage once on the ground
  • One of the most forgiving drivers made by TaylorMade to date

Cons

  • A little costly, the M2 may be out of the budget of some golfers
  • There is no center of gravity adjustability like other similar drivers available on the market
  • Some players may not like the hard and hollow feel of the club
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4. TaylorMade M1 Driver

 


The TaylorMade M1 Driver is by far one of the most technically advanced and adjustable drivers on 2016. The TaylorMade M1 Driver is the first of the M-Series, and an incredible golf club. Although TaylorMade made several advancements in the design of the M3 (its predecessor), the M1 Driver is still one of the most advanced drivers available today.

The M1 Driver uses far more carbon than the R-Series drivers. It has an ultra-thin and ultra-light carbon composite crown that allows for a lower center of gravity, which helps optimize launch conditions and creates a very high moment of inertia. It also comes with a weight-loaded sole and a revamped T-Track System. The T-Track System has a total of 25 g of weights, divided into two weights. The front track uses a 15 g weight that helps to produce a draw, neutral, or fade bias shot. The back track has a 10 g weight to adjust the launch and/or spin. These features allow golfers to optimize the flight of the ball for more consistent drives. TaylorMade moved the center of gravity forward in the M1 to help maintain a high ball speed and impact throughout the clubface resulting in increased forgiveness. The TaylorMade M1 Driver is an amazing club that is still relevant in today’s competitive golf club market.

TaylorMade M1 Driver

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Pros

  • When off center strikes occur, the ball will still have incredible distance
  • Very forgiving club and the spin rates are one of the lowest of any driver on the market
  • Tons of adjustability, players can choose both launch and shot settings

Cons

  • A little economically exensive, the M1 may be out of the budget of some golfers
  • Some players may be overwhelmed by all the options and complexity in the adjustability
  • On mis-hits the low spin may not provide the distance some players need
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Control and Performance
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5. TaylorMade AeroBurner Driver

 


The TaylorMade AeroBurner Driver was one of the most successful drivers of 2015, and it is easy to see why it’s still a top choice for players today. The TaylorMade AeroBurner Driver is a great club that is long, forgiving, and designed to produce great tee shots, making it a great choice if you’re looking for a solid club that helps every golfer find more fairways.

The Taylormade AeroBurner Driver incorporates the very best in design and technology. While it may look basic upon first inspection, the AeroBurner utilizes subtle yet very significant aerodynamic features that ultimately produce faster club head speeds. These upgrades are implemented using an advanced aerodynamic club head shape, raised crown, and hosel fin. By working as one the AeroBurner’s features will increase club head speed by reducing clubhead drag. The AeroBurner’s Open Channel Speed Pocket is designed to lower spin and increase the sweet spot on the clubface. A larger sweet spot allows for increased ball speeds across the entire club face, allowing for more forgiveness on off-center hits.

TaylorMade AeroBurner Driver

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Pros

  • Large sweet spot that helps to reduce sidespin and alleviate slices and hooks
  • Excellent balance of weight makes the club easier to swing
  • Very forgiving driver that allows for better performance

Cons

  • The lack of adjustability can be a turn off to some players that want customization
  • The launch angle can be a little too steep
  • Some players may find it too light to control the club
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6. TaylorMade R15 Driver

 


The TaylorMade R15 Driver was one of the most successful drivers of 2015, and since it was first released in 2014 it has not only received the rating of Gold in the 2015 Golf Digest Hot list, but it has also become one of the most recognized clubs used on the tour. The TaylorMade R15 Driver is a beautifully crafted club, and like most TaylorMade drivers it has a white-colored crown. TaylorMade chose the color white for many of their drivers because they believe that it helps to make their club heads look larger, which inspires player confidence when addressing the ball.

The R15’s biggest features is its Front Track System. This system is made up of two sliding weights that help players fine tune their ball flight for every possible scenario imaginable.

Taylormade R15 Driver

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Pros

  • Fully adjustable driver that allows for more distance and lower spin
  • Well balanced driver
  • Very forgiving driver that allows for better performance off the tee

Cons

  • Not able to adjust the loft with the weight in draw configuration
  • Difficult to curve shots
  • The white paint job and crown graphics can be a distraction
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Control and Performance
Design and Appearance

 
 

7. TaylorMade RBZ Driver

 


The TaylorMade Rocketballz RBZ Driver builds on the success of its predecessor and is now longer and faster than the original Rocketballz Driver. The TaylorMade RBZ Driver is a great club for players who want high forgiveness, faster swing speeds, an increase in distance and a wide array of adjustability options. With a lower and more forward center-of-gravity, sleek, aerodynamic design, larger club face, and variable thickness crown, the TaylorMade RBZ Driver is a great club, perfect for improving your fairways hit.

The RBZ Driver also implements TaylorMade’s Inverted Cone Technology, where an inverted cone is milled into the inner side of the club face. This design helps expand the sweet spot of the club which promotes more ball speed, even on off-center hits.

Taylormade RBZ Driver

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Pros

  • Black clubface, non-glare white crown, and new crown decal that all promote alignment
  • A confidence building club that promotes distance and accuracy
  • Inverted Cone Technology expands the sweet spot of the club and delivers high ball speeds

Cons

  • The white paint job and crown design can be a distraction to some players
  • The sound at impact isn’t as muted as other comparable drivers
  • Some golfers may think that the club is a little light compared to similar drivers
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8. TaylorMade R11 Driver

 


The TaylorMade R11 Driver features a beautiful fairway wood design that lets you achieve long-distance shots without sacrificing accuracy. The R11 Driver is one of the original adjustable drivers designed by TaylorMade. With an adjustable soleplate that can be rotated in one of three positions (2 degrees open, 2 degrees closed or neutral) any golfer can now choose what face angle to use at address. Much like the TaylorMade R7 Driver and R9 Driver, the R11 features two weight ports

These weight ports allow for a golfer to adjust the club for a draw or fade. For example, adjusting the 10-gram weight in the toe of the club a golfer can promote a fade, while positioning the weight in the heel encourages a draw.

TaylorMade R11 Driver

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Pros

  • Forgiving club that provides for consistent results off the tee
  • Well balanced club that is adjustable and easy to swing
  • Players are able to swing more aggressively without the fear of hooking the ball due to the adjustability of the club

Cons

  • The white paint job and crown graphics can be a distraction
  • The cushioned impact feel may be too much for some golfers
  • Not as powerful at impact like some other conventional drivers where you can feel the ball on the club face
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Design and Appearance
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What Driver Should You Buy?

All eight drivers listed above are the best TaylorMade has manufactured; however, it’s important that you compare the details of each driver to your own needs and skills while considering your choice.

If you are looking for a driver with maximum adjustability that can handle all course conditions, then the TaylorMade M3, TaylorMade M1, and TaylorMade R15 drivers are your best bet.

However, if you prefer drivers that don’t need adjustment and are easier to just pick up and give them a rip, then the TaylorMade M4, TaylorMade M2 and TaylorMade AeroBurner will suit you well.

This list is only a starter’s guide, and the best way to get the most out of it is by trying the clubs you like, with different lofts, shafts, and settings before making your ultimate decision. Your diligence and patience will be rewarded with a quality driver within your budget.

 

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