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Testing a new set of irons is always fun but the new TaylorMade M1 irons are about to be thrown in at the deep end as this is no ordinary testing trip, I am flying out to St Kitts and Nevis to play in the annual Admiral's Cup ProAm so these babies are going to be put to the test in tournament conditions over three days.
The M1 irons feature TaylorMade’s face slot technology which gives you more consistency and forgiveness on off-centre strikes and helps tighten your dispersion rates.
The M1 irons are more compact than the M2 and have a reduced offset face, a thinner topline and shorter blade length from toe to heal, these features are aimed at the player who likes to work the ball a bit more and gives the design a more visual appeal at address.
There are a couple of other things you will notice, one is the black notch on the heel of the club, this is a godsend for players like me who have a -4° flat lie and will enable my pro to take the lie down more easily and obviously the reverse is true for you taller guys out there who have a more upright lie.
The wide sole is bevelled to give great turf interaction and works with a shallower face helping to lower the CG to give you that nice high ball flight. To achieve the more compact design on the M1 irons a 15g tungsten weight has been added to the toe in the 3-7 irons.
As you can imagine with all this technology the sound of the club at impact could be affected so TaylorMade have introduced their Geocoustic engineering, this works by using the fin badge connecting the back of the flexible face to the stiff back bar in the cavity which supports the face and takes out all those low frequency noises and gives you a solid sound at impact.
As you can see there are a lot of technologies at work here and the iron offers a lot, it gives the better player the looks they are after and a compact head and to be able to work the ball, but it also gives you technologies for more consistency on off-centre strikes helping dispersion rates. I loved playing the irons in St Kitts and Nevis and being able to take these straight into a competition I think says a lot about how comfortable I felt with the results I was getting.
I liked the sound at impact, the way the club sat behind the ball at address and the height of the trajectory, last but not least the distance all this produced. No matter how good a player you are a bit of help on off-centre strikes is always good, dispersion is very important add the ball flight, distance and how good the irons look at address and I feel TaylorMade have produced a great iron in the M1 and I would certainly recommend you test them before making your final decision on what iron you will be playing with next.