Is the M5 / M6 an upgrade over a M2?? Is it worth it?

gmacgolfer78gmacgolfer78 Members Posts: 27 ✭✭

I've played a 2nd gen M2 with a tour ad ad 6 since day one (2016?)
I loved the driver but im itching for a change. Hit both the M5 and M6 with stock shafts. I liked the M5 much better but only hit the M6 with the horribly light stock shaft.
Are either of these drivers upgrades over the M2? These or the Epic Flash Sub Zero which was also amazing. I did demo a TS2 - the looks and feel were great but it was a few yards behind my M2.


  • I would say no. Tried them both and my 2016 tour head can’t be beat

  • sbjinxsbjinx Members Posts: 2,403 ✭✭

    I played the 2016 M2 for 3 years and I think the M5 is an upgrade. Lower spinning for sure but I also find it more forgiving. For the reasons above I’m really happy with the switch.

    [font=tahoma,geneva,sans-serif]Taylormade M-5 - Kuro Kage DC[/font]
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    [font=tahoma,geneva,sans-serif]Callaway BB Alpha - 20*
    Bridgestone J15 CB 4-PW
    Vokey SM7 - 52*F / 58*D
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  • manima1manima1 Members Posts: 688 ✭✭

    I am currently testing/gaming an M5 in 9 degree loft after gaming a tour issued 2016M2 8.5 head for the past 2 seasons.

    In terms of overall distance on pure strikes, nothing is really going to dethrone the 2016M2 in my opinion. Set-up correctly, those original M2s are as long as anything, especially with a low spin shaft and a low-loft tour issued head.

    Now the newer M5’s are supposed to have a significantly larger sweet-spot than the original M-series and of course employ the twist-face you hear so much about. Do these add up to more forgiveness? I think so, but it’s not game-changing. I have not had as many “off the planet” misses with the M5 and really poor strikes seem to get out there more than expected.

    The M5’s definitely look cooler in my opinion. And that “carbon fiber-y” crunch noise is even more pronounced and duller with the M5 than on the original M2.

    What really sets it apart though is the adjustability of the M5. The changes in weight position have a dramatic effect on spin and ball flight, more so than any other adjustable driver I’ve ever gamed. You can turn it into a head capable of lower spin than nearly anything out there, or make it as forgiving as the M6. As I continue to dial this driver in from a settings-standpoint, that may be the one feature than really separates it from the M2 and finally dethrones it.

    M5 9.0 - Kuro Kage Dual Core 80tx tipped 1"
    '16 M2HL 16.8 tour issued deep faced - Fujikura 8.3 TS
    zU45 18 degree - S400
    z745 4-9 - S400
    SM6 46.08F - S400 Chrome
    SM6 50.08F - S400 Steel Gray
    SM7 54.10S - S400 Raw
    SM5 60.08M - Wedge Flex Raw Black
    Odyssey Tank Cruiser V-line
  • CBRADGOCBRADGO Members Posts: 1,366 ✭✭

    I have the M2, M3, M5, and M6. M5 crushed all of them. Selling the others and not looking back. I have more confidence in the M5 than I've ever had and I am normally sporadic at best with driver off the tee, always the weakest part of my game. Used the same Atmos Black TS 6x in all 4 heads, M5 is significantly longer, more forgiving, and more consistent that the others. It's unreal...

    TaylorMade M5 10.5* Atmos Black 6x TS
    TaylorMade M5 15* Pro 2.0 7x
    915Hd 2H & 3H Speeder 904HB X
    TaylorMade P790, 4-P DG 105 Stiff
    TaylorMade Milled Grind 50SB, 54SB, 60 Hi Toe
    TaylorMade DJ Spider 34" UST Frequency Filtered
  • gsrjcgsrjc TOC Members Posts: 1,252 ✭✭

    I didn’t upgrade from M3 Tour to M5 or M6. The new versions didn’t work for me but the Epic Flash SZ worked. So I changed to that this year. Lower spin and slightly better ball speed.

  • HappyGilmore22HappyGilmore22 Posts: 120 ✭✭
    edited Apr 16, 2019 3:45pm #7

    Yes it's an upgrade, but no it's not worth the price. I do love the look of the M5/M6 compared to previous versions so that's what made me buy the new one (previously had the M1 2016).

    Driver: TaylorMade M5 8.5 deg - Mitsubishi Tensei Pro Orange 70x
    3 Wood: TaylorMade M1 13.5 deg - Fujikura Evolution 757 7.2 Tour Spec x 3 wood
    Hybrid: Titleist 816 H2, 19 deg - Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 90x
    Irons: Titleist TMB 718 4 iron, AP2 718 5-PW - KBS C-taper 130x
    Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 slate blue 50.12 F C-taper 130x, 54.10 S and 60.08 M DG S400 TI
    Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Platinum
  • Jetierney13Jetierney13 Members Posts: 24 ✭✭

    For me personally I noticed a difference from the 2016 M2 to the M5. If I had to rank them I would say that the M5/6 are at the top with the 2016 M2 being above the 2017 and M3/4 models. That was just my experience giving them all a fair try.

    Currently in the bag
    Cobra F9 10.5* Accra TZ5
    P790 UDI Hzrdus 6.5
    P750 3-PW Tour Issue X100
    TM Hi-Toe 52, 56, 60
    Navy Spider X 35"
    2019 TP5
  • bfizzybfizzy San DiegoMembers Posts: 211 ✭✭

    I’d argue from a distance standpoint on good strikes probably not worth it if you hit yours well. I do think the new equipment will help you get into a different launch and spin window that could help distance. I do think all the newer equipment will help with off center strikes though, and what I have found, regardless of manufacturer is that toe strikes seem to be much more forgiving compared to prior gen equipment

    TM M5 9.0* - Accra TZ6 M5 65
    TM 2017 Tour M2 15* - Tensei Pro White 70tx
    TM P790 UDI 17* - Tensei Pro White 100 TX
    TM P790 3 Iron - KBS $-Taper X
    Miura MC 501 4-PW - KBS $-Taper X
    Taylormade MG 51* / 55* DG TI S400
    Taylormade Hi Toe 60* Fujikura MCI Wedge Graphite 
    Putter: Tyson Lamb Allendale / Kronos Golf Proto
  • gmacgolfer78gmacgolfer78 Members Posts: 27 ✭✭

    @Jetierney13 said:
    For me personally I noticed a difference from the 2016 M2 to the M5. If I had to rank them I would say that the M5/6 are at the top with the 2016 M2 being above the 2017 and M3/4 models. That was just my experience giving them all a fair try.

    yes. I hated the M3 and M4 my M2 killed them both. But the M5 is another monster all together.

  • CaseyDanCaseyDan Members Posts: 775 ✭✭

    Stop all the “yes, it’s worth the upgrade”. I’ve been hitting the best drives of my life the last 3 month with my M2. Been playing the 2016 M2 for 1.5 years and it just keeps getting better. Especially after I replaced the OEM weight with a 12 gram weight. Just amazing.

    TaylorMade M2 Tensie Pro White 60s
    Titleist TS2 w/ Blueboard 70s
    Callaway Rogue 5W w/ Whiteboard 80s
    Callaway Apex 19 Combo w/ PX 5.5
    Vokey SM7 52.12F Raw
    TaylorMade 58* Hi-Toe
    Scotty Cameron MilSpec 33/350
  • gioguy21gioguy21 NJMembers Posts: 7,104 ✭✭

    The 2016 M2 was one of the best drivers to ever come out. If it works, don't change it.

    Tour Issue 2017 M1 460 9.2* / Rogue 130 Silver 70TX (tipped 3/4", set STD)
    Epic Flash SZ 3+ / Diamana DF 70TX (tipped 1")
    Epic Flash 5 / Diamana BF 90TX (tipped 1.75")
    785 3-PW/ PX 7.0 (+1/2", 2*up, 2* weak)
    RTX4 52*, 58* (bent 1* weak)/ DG TI S400 (+1/2", 2*up)
    SC Kombi-S/ 35.5"

    Tournaments on schedule:
    - 5/9; (USGA) US Open Local (Q) - Medford Village Golf Club (NJ)
    - 5/15; (NJSGA) Mid-Am (Q) - Copper Hill Country Club (NJ)
    - 6/11; (NJSGA) Amateur (Q) - Fiddler's Elbow Country Club (NJ)
    - 6/24; (NJSGA) State Open (Q) - Essex Fells Country Club (NJ)
  • kgeorge78kgeorge78 Members Posts: 7,748 ✭✭

    my M2 was amazing.
    I dont know why I sold it.

    Epic Flash Sub Zero 10.5
    Epic Flash 15
    I210 3-PW S300
    Vokey SM2 52 56 60

  • StormsStorms San DiegoMembers Posts: 68 ✭✭

    @kgeorge78 said:
    my M2 was amazing.
    I dont know why I sold it.

    Because we get used to how good it is, and then we try something else just in case it might be a bit better, even if it's unlikely. Then when you slump you remember how well you hit your old club lol. I refuse to go through this with my M2

    TaylorMade 2016 M2 9.5* HZRDUS Yellow
    Titleist 915F 15* Aldila Rouge Black
    TaylorMade M1 19* Aldila Rouge Black
    Titleist 585H 21* Titleist 4175
    TaylorMade Psi Tour 4-PW KBS Tour 120s
    Akira Tour Issue 54*
    Akira Tour Issue 60*
    Yes! Callie
  • Meerkat213Meerkat213 Members Posts: 74 ✭✭

    Been playing the M2 2016 for 2.5 years and recently put a different shaft in versus the stock Fuji. I’m not sure there’s anything better. I could probably convince myself I’m leaving a few yards on the table if I went and tried all of the new stuff...but I’m going to resist as long as possible.

  • golf9596golf9596 Members Posts: 2,076 ✭✭

    Loved my M2s. Had a number of heads, but the last one cracked and my replacements never felt the same. I moved on to the M6 and am pleased at this point into the testing process. Distance seems good, but still working on dispersion. Is it better, yes and no. Looks great, just need to get more work in it. I may try the new Ventus in it. I have a fitting scheduled for next week.

    Driver Ping G410-Tensei Orange-70-S
    3 Wood M6 Project-X 75-S
    TM Stage 2 #3 Hybrid-Speeder-S
    Srixon Z-Blades 4-PW LZ-6.0
    Putter.....Odyssey #1 wide Stroke Lab 33.5"
    Vokey Custom 52* SM7......Mac Daddy PM..58*
    Jones Original
    Pro V 1 (2017)
  • BKing2015BKing2015 Members Posts: 58 ✭✭

    I actually just bought a 2016 M2. Feels awesome, spins low for me and driving the ball longer than I have in years. I think it is a good fit. If the M5-6 is better than the M2 it must be awesome!!!

  • manima1manima1 Members Posts: 688 ✭✭

    Again, nothing is really going to be "longer" than an optimized M2. It's the GOAT for a reason.

    Limiting the off-the-planet bad shots and hitting a few more fairways is what you can hope for with an upgrade to the m5/m6.

    M5 9.0 - Kuro Kage Dual Core 80tx tipped 1"
    '16 M2HL 16.8 tour issued deep faced - Fujikura 8.3 TS
    zU45 18 degree - S400
    z745 4-9 - S400
    SM6 46.08F - S400 Chrome
    SM6 50.08F - S400 Steel Gray
    SM7 54.10S - S400 Raw
    SM5 60.08M - Wedge Flex Raw Black
    Odyssey Tank Cruiser V-line
  • TherealpatgilesTherealpatgiles Members Posts: 292 ✭✭
    edited Apr 19, 2019 3:13am #19

    I went from m1 to m3 to m5. I am glad I did because this m5 has kept me in so many fairways this year and I've only played about 10 rounds. Toe misses are down the right side. Center hits fly high and long.

    Taylormade m5 9 ad gp 7x
    Epon af901 19 modus 120
    Nike vapor pro combo 3 iron
    Epon af 503 4-w modus 120s
    Epon tour 50 55 60 modus w
    Epon i33 rose gold putter
  • Swisstrader98Swisstrader98 Members Posts: 3,511 ✭✭

    Played w an M5 demo this weekend and it’s easily the most forgiving club I’ve ever hit. I put some really poor swings on that driver and the ball still traveled and close to dead center in the fairway.

  • Swisstrader98Swisstrader98 Members Posts: 3,511 ✭✭

    Crazy amount of confidence w my M5. Only because I truly believe I can throw just about any swing on that driver and it still long and straight. Feels illegal😂

  • AC168AC168 Members Posts: 828 ✭✭

    To me, M5 is better than 2016 M2. Price hard to say.

  • hardcaliberhardcaliber Posts: 703 ✭✭

    2016 m2 beat the m6 for me. The m6 was a little hotter across the face but also spun more and the dispersion was worse.

    Seems like a lot of the m2 users are opting for m5 though? May need to give that a go at some point .

  • bogeyprobogeypro The Original Bogeypro ClubWRX Posts: 3,183 ClubWRX

    I’m sticking with my M1 (2017 version). I like that it sits square. Hit the m5 several different occasions and can’t get past the way it flops open at address.

    Taylormade M1 (2017) 440 9.5* tour w/Atmos Black TS 6x<br />Taylormade M6 Rocket 3 w/Atmos Black 7s<br />Taylormade p790 4-pw <br />Taylormade hi-toe 52-9 and 58-10 wedges <br />Taylormade Spider Mallet 72
  • larciellarciel I play for eagle Members Posts: 2,202 ✭✭

    same for me.
    tour m2 2016 to M5. Feels much better and is more forgiving. I couldn't fathom spending $550 on a driver but it was worth it.

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