M5 Driver Early Tester Review
I am just 22 years old, I currently live and work in New Orleans, LA. I am a scratch golfer, but getting off the tee has always been the weakest part of my game. I have always used hand me down drivers from my father, so I was excited to finally get a brand new driver thanks to TaylorMade. I was previously playing the Callaway Epic SubZero, 10.5 degree. The Epic had a nice sweetspot, but when I missed the center of the face I had no clue where the ball would end up.
The first thing I noticed when I saw the M5 was the matte black finish on the top of the club, it wasn't a shiny finish like the drivers I had used in the past. I also noticed that the sweet spot on the driver was wider than my previous one, and clearly marked with a dotted white line that you can't miss when looking down on the club. The M5 also comes with adjustment settings for fade/ draw as well as high/ low ball flight.
The M5 (10.5 ) is unlike any driver I have ever used. The Twist Face technology works as advertised. I have played four rounds with it now, and I have noticed that when I hit the ball low on the face, or off of the toe/heel, the ball still gets about 90% of the distance that I would get from hitting the center of the face. I hit a few toe balls (by accident) and they still get over 250y, while my usual drive ends up between 260y and 270y. The consistency with the distance is quite remarkable.
I also noticed that I carry the ball much farther. I gained about 15 yards of carry vs. the Epic. Since I play in New Orleans and everything is a swamp this time of year, I still cannot comment on how the ball rolls out, but my ball flight is much higher (which I needed) and is much more consistent.
As far as using the adjustable weights go, they can help just a little bit. I would consider them a band aid, not a permanent fix. It is helpful to use them, perhaps if the wind is blowing all day you lower the ball flight, or if you hit a big slice it can help turn it into just a fade. I would not expect the adjustments to turn your snap hook into a straight flighted ball, but they certainly help.
Sound & Feel
The M5 is not going to echo throughout the entire course. It makes a compact sound no matter where it hits on the face, which is nice if you ask me. When the ball is struck, it always feels like you made good contact. Sure, I can still feel where it hit on the face, but it isn't nearly as responsive as my previous driver. I like this feeling becuase it never really feels like I miss the center by much, and I think this is due to the twist face along with the wider sweet spot.
I truly believe this driver can help any player improve their driving accuracy while potentially adding distance. The twist face technology really does work, and the injected speed can help carry the ball farther no matter where it hits on the face. If you really struggle keeping the driver in play off the tee, this club has the potential to really help your game.
I just received my M5 driver and M5 3 wood. Is there any manual of how to adjust the clubs. I see a M4 and M3 manual on this site but nothing for the M5 series ?