July 25, 2016
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- The red, white and blue TaylorMade M1 driver will be available on Aug. 26. (Courtesy of TaylorMade)
Dustin Johnson led the field in driving distance during his U.S. Open win, averaging 316 yards off the tee with a TaylorMade M1 driver that's been in his bag since last year's BMW Championship.
To celebrate Johnson's first major championship, TaylorMade created a special edition red, white and blue TaylorMade M1 driver that features a translucent dark blue carbon composite crown section — the retail version is black — red T-bug logo alignment aid, and an American flag on the toe.
Red and blue T-Track weights were also added to the white PVD sole, along with a 12-way red aluminum loft sleeve that allows golfers to increase or decrease loft up to 1.5 degrees.
Other custom touches include a Fujikura Speeder 661 Tour Spec Special Edition shaft that was created specifically for the red, white and blue M1. Golf Pride's Z Grip Patriot Grip and a TaylorMade U.S. Open-edition headcover that was used by players at Oakmont rounds out the custom driver offering.
The lightweight carbon composite crown on M1 weighs 10 grams, roughly 12 grams less than the thick-thin titanium crown that has been used on previous TaylorMade drivers.
Two sliding weight tracks in the sole run heel to toe and from the front of the club to the back. With a combined weight of 25 grams, the two tracks alter face angle and launch based on the position of the sliding weights.
The 15-gram track that runs parallel to the face shifts the CG horizontally towards the heel or toe to promote a fade or draw. The horizontal track has been a part of previous TaylorMade driver offerings, starting with SLDR.
A second 10-gram track runs front to back to alter trajectory. Moving the weight forward produces a lower launch angle with less spin, while the back weight position increases launch, spin and forgiveness.
TaylorMade's special edition M1 driver ($800) comes in two lofts (9.5 and 10.5 degrees) and will be available August 26 in regular and stiff flexes only.