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Equipment Report
  • EQUIPMENT

    TaylorMade launches new M5 and M6 irons, with a "Speed Bridge" cavity design

  • The M5 and M6 irons use a material called Hybrar, and multi-material badges in their cavities, in order to further reduce vibrations to enhance sound and feel. (Andrew Tursky/PGA TOUR) The M5 and M6 irons use a material called Hybrar, and multi-material badges in their cavities, in order to further reduce vibrations to enhance sound and feel. (Andrew Tursky/PGA TOUR)

TaylorMade’s new M5 and M6 game-improvement irons are built with a structural beam that connects the topline and the sole of the back cavities – the company calls this a “Speed Bridge.” This mass behind the center of the face works to stabilize the iron, dampen vibrations for better sound and feel, and allows the thru-slot Speed Pockets to be built more flexible than ever, according to TaylorMade.

The re-designed, more-flexible Speed Pocket in the 4-7 irons helps to maximize carry and distance, especially lower on the face, by shifting the “point of maximum deflection” downward, says TaylorMade. The company also implements its familiar ICT (inverted cone technology) to maximize ball speeds on off-center strikes in certain areas.  For golfers, that means higher ball speeds and higher launch angles when hit in a larger impact area than previous M3 and M4 irons, a combination that is beneficial for game-improvement golfers for which these new M5 and M6 irons are designed.

Additionally, the M5 and M6 irons use a material called Hybrar, and multi-material badges in their cavities, in order to further reduce vibrations to enhance sound and feel, according to the company.

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A detailed look at the M5 iron. (Andrew Tursky/PGA TOUR)

The more compact M5 irons, designed for the “mid-handicapper,” have a 180-degree fluted hosel – this means the hosel technology isn’t visible at address in most positions. They also have Tungsten weights in the toe are of the 4-7 irons to lower center of gravity (CG) to increase launch and add forgiveness, according to TaylorMade.

TaylorMade’s M5 irons (4-PW, AW, SW) come stock with True Temper’s XP100 steel shafts, or Mitsubishi’s Tensei Orange graphite shafts, and other shafts are available at no-upcharge. They’re available for pre-order on January 18 and hit retail on February 1. They will sell for $999 steel and $1,199 graphite.

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A detailed look at the M6 iron. (Andrew Tursky/PGA TOUR)

The M6 irons, designed for “mid-to-high handicaps,” have a 360-degree fluted hosel, which lowers CG compared to the M5 for a higher launch and more forgiveness, according to TaylorMade.

TaylorMade’s M6 irons (4-PW, AW) come stock with KBS Max 85 steel shafts, or Fujikura’s Atmos Orange graphite shafts. They will be available for pre-order on January 18, and they hit retail on February 1. They will sell for $899 steel and $999 graphite.