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- 1 My Review of The New Taylormade M5 Irons
This is a Taylormade M5 irons review. In my opinion, they are some of the best hitting irons I’ve ever reviewed or put my hands on…Period.
Not only that, they have pretty much the exact amount of compactness (I think that’s a word) I like to see in a clubhead, with none of the intimidation of blade or “player” irons.
I did NOT expect to like these clubs…at all. I’ve never hit a Taylormade iron in my life…seems I may have been missing out.
What Surprised Me:
- Looks: I really dug the compact, but not intimidating, look of the head. I’m not the biggest fan of the design of the back of the clubhead, but I grew to be fine with it
- Confidence: These clubheads look great behind the ball. From the pitching wedge to the 4-iron I felt good about my chances on every swing (or as good as I can feel when holding a long iron)
- Distance: Long clubs. I spent my first round with these flying or bouncing off the back of greens. (More on this below)
Testing The M5’s
On The Range: 3 Sessions
On The Course: 3 Rounds with a short range session to warm up
My method of testing: I switched things up with the M5’s because I had a full set for testing for the first time. I couldn’t figure out an easy way to bring two full irons sets to the range or the golf course, so I didn’t try.
- I know how far I hit my set, my usual trajectory, and how easily I can work them so I could spot those differences pretty easily.
- On the range I just used a laser to get the distance to flags and terrain features to get yardages so I could get a good comparison.
- On the course I pulled my usual clubs for my usual yardages.
What Surprised Me (Again): Distance.
For my very first shot from on the very first hole I played a pitching wedge from about 135 yards or so with a slight breeze at my back and I ended up about 12 yards over the green.
Why’d that happen…
Was it the melty melty heat? (mid 90’s or above) Maybe.
Was it exceptionally well struck? I nailed it, but nothing crazy.
Couldn’t say for sure why the ball flew so far. It was only one shot, and the first one, at that. Onward.
I’m in the middle of the fairway after I cut the corner on a short par 5 and I’m about 150 yards or so from the center of the green which is hidden around a dog leg.
Got a little helping wind, so I pull a 9-iron and flush it…right over the green and into the junk.
Ok, I’m slightly annoyed and bewildered. I just got punished for two very well struck shots.
I console myself that this is a good problem to have.
So this happened about 4 more times this round. It wasn’t until I dug into the specs that this all became clear why this was happening…
Why Are The Taylormade M5 Irons So Long?
First, I have to talk about trajectory. I’m a high-ball hitter and these irons had a very similar trajectory to my irons.
Here’s the thing, the lofts are 1.5 degrees (pitching wedge) to 3 degrees (4-iron) stronger than my set…and I was hitting the ball as high or higher. (Not ballooning at all. I’m talking a powerful green-holding trajectory)
The lofts are stronger for a reason. Fact is…they have to be.
Manufacturers are making clubheads so hot and get the ball in the air so easily these days that they Have to have stronger lofts or the ball Would balloon or simply go to high and you would lose distance.
Taylormade M5 Iron Specs
|SWING WEIGHT (ST/GR)||D2/C9||D2/C9||D2/C9||D2/C9||D2/C9||D2/D0||D2.5/D0.5|
MITSUBISHI TENSEI ORANGE
TRUE TEMPER XP100
|FLEX||WEIGHT||TORQUE||TIP SIZE||LAUNCH||SPIN||TIP STIFFNESS|
My Overall Impressions
Looks: Love the compact, but not too compact heads. Not the most elegant design out there, but they grew on my and I like them now.
Distance: I would say probably the longest I’ve tested by half a club or maybe a little more.
Trajectory: The ball gets in the air…and I mean Right Now, and without ballooning.
Shape: Very workable if that’s your thing
Forgiveness: I found all the forgiveness I could every want in these clubs.
Disclaimer: I won’t recommend a club to a handicap level I don’t think they should hit. You can check out my other club reviews to confirm this. My reviews are based on my experience with the clubs and from having played golf for well over 20 years now.
Low Handicap: A Buy– You can put these in your bag and feel nothing but proud. Excellent bridge between pure player non-blade irons and game-improvement irons.
Mid Handicap: Definite Buy- No Brainer…Seriously
High-Handicap: Yep, you can Buy them too- Other than maybe being a little too compact for your eyes…You could hit these with a little work.
Here’s A Few Facts About The Tech Behind Superior Performance
Specific Technology From Taylormade
- Speed Bridge (the bar across the top of the backside of the clubhead): Provides added stability decreased vibration and a better sound at impact. Ads stiffness around the perimeter for higher ball speed and reduced energy loss. Ads support for the Speed Slot for added distance
- Inverted Cone Technology (ICT): ultra-thin face design to deliver superior ball speed over the entire face
- HYBRAR compression damper: “Filters unwanted face vibrations” for better sound
- Fluted hozel & 360* Undercut: Allows weight to be moved lower in the head lowering the center of gravity for higher, more penetrating launch angle even with lower face contact
- Tungsten used to add forgiveness while maintaining compact head design
I sincerely hope you found serious value in my Taylormade M5 irons Review! I Really, Really enjoyed playing and practicing with them and I know you will too.
If you are in need of a bit more forgiveness and prefer looking at slightly larger clubheads, click on over to my Taylormade M6 iron review.