Building on our review of the M3 Driver, we now come to the TaylorMade M4 Driver. Again, like the M3, this driver is one of most technologically advanced drivers ever produced, improving power and forgiveness. Like the M3 Driver, it is the latest and greatest from TaylorMade, but it differs from the M3 by providing the simplicity that comes from not needing to adjust any weights. It is meant to replace TaylorMade’s highly popular M2 Driver and builds on the innovations and technology that made that driver a success.
The TaylorMade M4 Driver was just released with the M3 Driver on February 16, 2018. As with the M3, it improves on the driver’s forgiveness and helps drives to go further by implementing two of the same technologies found in the M3 Driver: a new Twist Face design and a Hammerhead slot. Twist Face takes the face of the club and slightly twists it to create a bulge and roll in just the right areas to correct for human tendencies when striking the ball off-center and results in straighter drives. The Hammerhead slot, is similar to the Speed Pocket found in the M2 Driver, but is further refined to increase forgiveness and ball speed, pushing drives even further down the fairway. Lastly, the M4 also features a Geocoustic design that contributes to a larger sweet spot and magnifies the sound and feel of drives. The M4 Driver is genuinely a carefully engineered club that is perfect for low to mid handicap golfer looking to improve their performance on the course while also providing the freedom that comes with not needing to make adjustments to any weight positions.
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- As with the M3, the new TaylorMade M4 Driver also improves on the advancements found in the M1 and M2 by introducing revolutionary Twist Face technology. As the name reveals, the innovative design slightly twists the face of the club to correct for inherent human swing tendencies when striking the ball off-center. Most off-center shots tend to be hit high on the toe or low on the heel, so Twist Face design compensates for those by altering the curvature in those areas to correct for those off-center shots and allow for straighter shots.
- The Hammerhead feature is a wide slot with reinforced outer portions that allow for a more flexible face. This provides more forgiveness by increasing the sweet spot, but also improves ball speed. On low-face strikes, the center of the slot drops spin and increases ball speed, contributing to longer straighter drives.
- The Geocoustic Design on the M4 refers to the recessed, curved sole on the club. The benefit of this design is that it frees up volume to allow for a larger, more forgiving face. Essentially, it provides an 86% heavier weight from the M2 (up from 22 g to 41g) and provides a much more satisfying sound on drives.
TaylorMade M4 Driver Detailed Review
Design and Technology
The M4 Driver was released along with the M3 driver and it replaces the highly successful M2 Driver, so let’s take a look at those drivers to understand the advancements of the new M4 Driver. First the updated appearance – while the M2 had crown with of a white edge, the M4 now bears a slimmer silver edge. The silver accent is more reminiscent of the SLDR color scheme but, also the general appearance is still similar to the M2.
The Geocoustic design is the critical difference from the M3/M1. This design improves the moment of inertia for the golfer by placing the weight far to the back.
The Twist Face and Hammerhead slot are innovative advancements shared with the M3 that were not available in the M2. TaylorMade engineers carefully studied actual human drive tendencies, rather than those of robots to develop Twist Face technology. Their results showed people tend to strike the ball off-center either high on the toe or low on the heel. Traditionally, the bulge (curve from heel to toe) and roll (curve from top to bottom) did not adequately correcting for these human errors, so TaylorMade added a slight curve to the high toe section, while closing the low heel section. This provides more loft in the former while providing less lift in the latter, while also producing more consistent side spin. The result is a much more forgiving face that accounts for natural human tendencies when striking a ball off-center and contributes to longer and more accurate drives.
The Hammerhead slot complements the Twist Face technology to maximize forgiveness and ball speed. Although the M2 had a comparable slot, or Speed Pocket, the M4 improves on that by making the slot 22% wider. The M4 version is not only longer, it also breaks it into three sections and providing additional strength. This allows for reduced weight and a more flexible face, which means even better ball speed across a larger area. The face is now more flexible, with more speed and decreased spin on low-face strikes that all come together for longer and straighter drives.
TaylorMade M4 Driver
- 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
- 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
The TaylorMade M4 Driver provides players with a variety of customized options when ordering. Like the M2, the M4 lofts include the 8.5, 9.5, 10.5, and the 12 degrees (all for RH, LH only includes 9.5 or 10.5) .
The shaft options are the Fujikura Atmos Red shaft in 6X, 5S, 5R, 5A (Matrix Platinum White Tie in D-Type).
TaylorMade’s latest and greatest driver improves on the popular M2 Driver to again create the most technologically advanced driver ever – the TaylorMade M4 Driver. Maximizing both the accuracy and distance, the new M4 Driver introduces a novel Twist Face technology paired with a Hammerhead slot system and Geocoustic design. These advancements all target increased forgiveness and ball speed resulting in longer straighter drives. The TaylorMade M4 Driver is great club that is perfect for the low to mid handicap golfer looking to take their drives to the next level.
TaylorMade M4 Driver Video Review
How Does the TaylorMade M4 Driver Compare?
TaylorMade M2 Driver
The TaylorMade M2 Driver is by far one of the most technically advanced and adjustable drivers on the market today. The newest version of this amazing club was released in early 2017, and not only did it receive the highest rating of Gold in the 2017 Golf Digest Hot list, but it also became one of the most recognized clubs used on the tour. Truly the epitome of modern design, the TaylorMade M2 is all about technology. With a two tone crown and carbon fiber design, the black-white contrast makes alignment a snap and it looks ready to crush it down the fairway. The M2 is a real game changer, with a low launching and low spin spinning power it delivers some serious ball speed. The TaylorMade M2 Driver is truly an amazing club that is perfect for the low to mid handicap golfer looking to improve their performance when on the tee box.
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. It is meant to replace TaylorMade’s M1 Driver and builds on the innovations and technology that made that driver a success. See our TaylorMade M1 Driver review here to learn more. The TaylorMade M3 signature feature is its innovative new Twist Face design that uses a novel corrective curvature on the face of the club to add forgiveness and help drives go straighter. A Hammerhead slot further adds to the forgiveness while also increasing ball speed to help extend drives further down the fairway. Lastly, a new Y-Track movable weight system allows adjustments to optimize ball flight. These all combine to help get the most out of drives, making them straighter and longer than before. The TaylorMade M3 Driver is truly an amazing club that is perfect for the low to mid handicap golfer looking to improve their performance on the course.
GX7 Golf Club
The GX7 Golf Club is amazing little club, even though it is “As Seen on TV”. We all know that the hardest part of golf is being consistent, especially when we are hitting off of the tee box. That is why the pros are the pros, and we are amateurs. But have you ever wondered if the reason why you are not consistent when hitting off the tee box is because you are using the same golf club that the pros use, and not a golf club made for amateurs. Well this is the exact theory behind the GX7 Golf Club. A golf club made for amateurs that provides the hitting consistency of a pro. So if you can get over the fact that the GX7 is a “As Seen on TV” Golf Club, you might be amazed by what this little club can do. The GX7 Golf Club is a great driver for a high handicap golfer looking to improve their game both on and off the tee box.
Should You Buy the TaylorMade M4 Driver
The TaylorMade M4 Driver is perfect for anyone who can afford it but it will make the biggest improvements for those players with mid or low handicaps who want to get the most out of their drives, but may want a little more simplicity rather than working with the adjustable weights found in the M3. The TaylorMade M4 Driver is great club that is perfect for the low to mid handicap golfer looking to take their drives to the next level.