TOUR REPORT | 2019 M5 & M6 DRIVERS DEBUT AT KAPALUA

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Twelve months ago, Dustin Johnson nearly aced a 430-yard par 4 at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. His drive soared into the sky and maintained an impressive hangtime before scampering down the fairway, rolling up onto the green, and tracking toward the center of the cup before coming to a screeching halt just inches short of the hole. This tee shot made highlight reels for the rest of the season, but for TaylorMade, it also put the performance of their radical Twist Face technology on full display with the No. 1 player in the world. 

 

Now, one year since DJ’s Twist Face driver debuted at Kapalua, TaylorMade has once again re-routed the path to driver performance with a revolutionary new Speed Injected tuning process in our new M5 & M6 drivers 

Earlier this week, DJ, Rory, Rahm, and Day had each been spotted on the Kapalua’s Plantation Course with M5/M6 driver in their bags. Over the past couple months, they had the opportunity to test out their new drivers in secret, but now, they will be put to the true test in the first PGA TOUR event of the 2019 season. 

 

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TaylorMade’s VP of Tour Operations, Keith Sbarbaro, was out on the range, raving about the performance of the new products—particularly how the ball speed gains make it an easy decision for the best in the world to switch to M5 or M6 driver. 

 

In all my years out here, the easiest thing to sell on these players to get them to switch is speed... every guy is seeing more ball speed, and it's just making it so easy to put them into play. When you show a guy ball speed and you show them the consistencies of the ball speed that we're getting—it has just been really easy to fit.” 

                                      — Keith Sbarbaro | VP of Tour Operations 

 

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Hear Keith’s full comments on the fitting process of M5/M6 and what drivers we can expect to see in play at the Tournament of Champions: 

 

 

 

WHAT IS SPEED INJECTED TWIST FACE? 

 

When it comes to modern drivers, many golfers believe that distance has already been maximized. There are existing restrictions on how “fast” drivers can be... so by now all drivers must be at the limit, right?  The reality is that there’s more to be gained when it comes to consistently hitting that maximum threshold of performance.  

That’s why TaylorMade developed a new manufacturing/tuning process where each individual M5 and M6 driver is Speed Injected to get as close to the limit of ball speed as legally possible. 

 

“In the past, the difference with Tour driver heads is that each one has been 100% inspected. We want to give them the best of the best, and we're going to hand-pick those if we can. Now, with Injected Twist Face, we're essentially hand-picking every head for the consumer. Before each head is ‘retail ready,’ it's technically illegal... and then we dial it into a legal zone by injecting it with a proprietary resin. It's like hand-selecting the best driver head you can possibly get every time you grab a club off the rack.”  

                              — Brian Bazzel | TaylorMade VP of Product Creation 

 

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Each M5 and M6 driver head goes through a rigorous algorithm to determine precisely how much resin to inject into the head in order to maximize ball speed potential. With Injected Twist Face, every single head is engineered to measure at Tour-caliber speed. Grab any TaylorMade driver off the rack this year, and you’ll know you have a “spicy” head with an enormous sweet spot... grab anything without Speed Injection and you would be taking your chances playing the “Speed Lottery.” 

 

 

WHAT’S IN THE BAG FOR TEAM TAYLORMADE AT KAPALUA 

 

DUSTIN JOHNSON WITB  

DJ has made the upgrade to M5 driver (10.5°). DJ prefers the adjustable M5 model, which provides the ability to slide one of the Inverted T-Track weights toward the toe to help promote is signature fade. However, most notably, DJ was noticing consistent ball speed gains—hitting 185-186 MPH on almost every swing.   

 

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M5 Driver | 460cc | 10.5° | Fuji Speeder 2.0 X-stiff 77.5g 45.5” | D4 Swing Weight 

M4 Fairway | 16.5° | Project X HZRDUS Black 95g (6.5)  

P730 Irons (3-PW) | True Temper Tour Issue X100    

MG Wedge | 52°, 60° | KBS Tour 120S   

HI-TOE Wedge | 64° | KBS Tour 120S   

TP Black Copper Soto Putter 

2019 TP5x Golf Ball | #1   

  

 

 

 

 

RORY MCILROY WITB  
As Keith mentioned in the video above, since the new drivers spin less and launch higher, Rory was able to loft up from his 8.5° driver to a 9.0 and adjust the Loft Sleeve down to find his optimal flight. 

 

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M5 Driver | 460cc | 9° | MCA Tensei White TX 45.63” | D7 Swing Weight 

M6 Fairway | 15° | MRC Tensei White 80 TX    

P760 2-Iron | Project X HZRDUS 105 (6.5)  

P750 irons (3-4) | Project X (7.0)    

P730 Rors Proto Irons (5-9) | Project X (7.0)    

MG Wedge | 48°| Project X (6.5)    

HI-TOE Wedges | 54°, 60° | Project X (6.5)    

2019 Spider Putter Prototype 

2019 TP5 Golf Ball | #22    

  

 

 

JON RAHM WITB  

Rahm, in his second practice round with his new M5 driver, shot a 59. And based on his range session with TrackMan, he was seeing 6-7 yards of additional carry with improved launch and spin. 

 

 

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M5 Driver | 10.5° | Aldila Tour Green 70 TX 45.25” | D4 Swing Weight   

M5 Fairway | 15° | Aldila Tour Green 70 TX    

M3 Fairway | 19° | Aldila Tour Green 70 TX     

P750 Irons (4-PW) | Project X (6.5)    

MG Wedge | 52° | Project X (6.5)    

HI-TOE Wedges | 56°, 60° | Project X (6.5)    

Spider Tour Red Putter    

2019 TP5x Golf Ball | #10   

 

 

 

 


JASON DAY WITB  

 

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M3 Driver | 460cc | 9.5° | TPT Golf Shaft (X Flex)    

M4 Fairway | 16.5° | TPT Golf Shaft (X Flex)

P760 2-Iron | True Temper X7 X100        

P750 Irons (4-PW) | True Temper X7 X100     

MG Wedges | 50°, 54° | True Temper X7 X100     

HI-TOE Wedge | 60° | True Temper S400 Tour Issue   

Spider Tour Red Putter    

2019 TP5x Golf Ball   

 

 

 

 

 

 

While the new M5/M6 drivers seem to be quickly finding their way into the bags of Team TaylorMade, you may have also noticed that each of the “Big 4” at Kapalua have added the new 2019 TP5/TP5x golf balls into their bags. Additionally, new fairway woods and a new prototype Spider putter have been spotted in the first event of the PGA TOUR season... but more on those products in the coming weeks... 

 

For now, be sure to tune in to see what Speed Injected Twist Face is capable of at the Tournament of Champions, and  CLICK HERE to learn more about our 2019 product lineup and sign up to be notified when they become available for pre-order. 

 

 

 

 

2019 TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS PHOTO GALLERY:

 

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Chris Edwards
Copywriter — TaylorMade Golf
Comments

Are the FCT sleeves the same on the new M5/M6?


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TinkerGolfMan

My God! Who do I need to reach to try to get one of those rare Spider Covers! Instant Flame! Along with all the Driver setups for the pros, I'm salivating on these images! Great job! 

 

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rbauchman

Such a beautiful track! Amazing how these guys tear it up...kicked my you know what! Thanks for inside look.

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