Current driver setup: Callaway GBB Epic 10.5* Hzdrous T800 6.0. I mostly enjoyed this driver, however the things that I didn't necessesarly enjoy were the feel and performance on mi**bleep**s, the really high spin, as well as the overall shaft performance. In a new driver, I am looking for a better ball flight through better shaft performance, lower spin, better feel and performance on off center strikes, and something that looks really good behind the ball.
I'd like the prefece the review by saying thank you to Taylormade and specefically @Allan for choosing me as well as providing great help and feedback in choosing the best driver for me. I would love to continue to test products and provide feedback to the community in the future. I have never hit Taylormade clubs before this M5, but am now full #TeamTaylormade.
@MCGolfTM Launching at about 11.5-12. degrees and spinning around 2600- 3000 strike depenent. Compared to the Callway I'm launching ~1.5 degrees lower and spinnging some 600-800 less. Currently working on getting those numbers to be more consistant.
Great feedback, Nick! I think we're seeing eye to eye on the M5. I'm playing it as well over the M6 for a lot of the reasons you mentioned above. My favorite aspect of the M5 is the sound and feel. The ball just feels like it stays on the face forever. To me, it's a little more muted and solid feeling in comparison to the M6 which, to me, seems louder and "springy" (always feel like I'm describing wine with all the made-up words to describe a clubs feel).
Also love the adjustability. As a guy that bounces between a 7-11 handicap, my swing's all over the place so it's nice to be able to tinker around with things get wonky. I also feel like the adjustability is more important with the lower spinning M5 head. M6 always seems to work for me, but also think that's the case because it has a couple hundred revs more.
Anyway, glad you like it!
I wanted to give an update on the driver....Wow! Look, sound, and feel are just incredible. I have fallen in love with this club. After testing some of the other products out this year, this by far has the best look sound and feel. I feel like I am pretty dailed in, launching around 12 degrees, spinning around 2300, carrying around 260, getting some to roll out 280! Test (and buy!) this driver! #TeamTaylormade
Another update after a few solid rounds outside. This driver continues to impress! I had it even more custom fit by my local pro, (shaft cut to 44.5", playing up to 10.5 degrees, weights in fade and higher sping setting for better control on poor strikes) and I am loving the performance. The ballflight window is much more penetrating with the hzrdus smoke shaft, and my left miss is almost non exsistant. Through some minor swing changes, I have even been able to get a baby cut. Overall, the adjustability has been quintisential for my early season swing tweaks, allowing me to really get the most out of my t-shots possible. Also LOVE the sound of a squared up drive. Sounds better than anything out there IMO!