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I went from 16 m2 to 17 m2 to m4. I liked the 16 better than 17, but like m4 the best. Looks great and sounds better imo.

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I have the 2016M2 and had some trial runs the 2016 M1, 2017 M2 & M1 440, but the 2016 M2 beat out all of these. I have not tried the M4 or M3 Series as I am quite sure they might be slightly more forgiving at best and it is not worth the cost to me. I could by another two 2016 M2s for the cost of the M4. Newer is not always better. The 2016 M2 just might be the best driver TM has ever made.

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2016 M2 by many miles. I have had 4 of them, unfortunately I have cracked 3 (along with 3 of the 3 woods). In fact I just got a crack in my latest one, and I have to try and make a switch because I can't keep spending this much time getting comfortable with a head only to have it crack.

 

To piggyback on another users feedback, my club is letting me use a M4 now and its much more forgiving than 16 M2 but a little shorter overall.

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'16 and here's my rational:

 

1) The MOI is only about 4% higher on the '17 model than the '16

2) The lime/yellow theme is kind of meh. The '16 looks less offensive

3) COR has been maxed for a while with drivers. You won't get much if any more ball speed with the '17

4) '16 is cheaper

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Is the 2016 M2 that much better than 2017 M2? I recently acquired 2017 M2 in Rogue Silver 70S and I think it's one of the best drivers I have hit in recent years. I like the sound and the distance I'm getting. I just can't imagine how much better 2016 M2 would be.

 

There are cults for 2016 M2 and the new PING driver that will make it sound like hitting anything else besides those clubs are like hitting a tin can on the end of a stick. From my experience there isn't much difference between them besides the look and feel. Just gotta get fitted for the right loft and shaft that produces the best numbers.

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Had a demo session with the M4 last night. I took the shaft out of my 2016 M2 so it would be as equal as I could get as a comparison. I hit it side by side with my M2 as well. Initial reaction was that the M4 did not feel as solid off the face or have the solid impact sound that I am used to. The M4 sounded more like the 2017 model, but maybe a little less quiet. However it did sound and feel hollow to me. I read a post on here recently about the M4 being hard to turn over and that is definitely what I experienced as well. The M4 either went straight but most of the shots were a slight fade. Distance was good, but my 2016 M2 was longer and had a better ball flight. So, the M4 will not be replacing my 2016 M2. Honestly the 2017 M2 was better for me than the M4. In all it just confirms for me that the 2016 M2 is by far the best of the M2/M4 series of drivers. If TM would just update the 2016 M2 by going to the darker gray carbon crown and narrowing the white part of the crown to look like the M4 it would be absolutely perfect. But other than these simple cosmetic improvements I would not change anything about it.

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