How to adjust your TaylorMade M1 2017 driver

Thomas Tanner
Apr 03, 2020
5 minutes

The TaylorMade M1 2017 driver built on the success of the original model - and when it comes to adjustability, either M1 is the cream of the crop. Hosel adjustability along with moveable weights allow you to raise and lower the loft, give the driver a draw or fade bias, and change things like the trajectory and spin the driver puts on the golf ball. Our guide breaks all the elements down to make sure your M1 is set up to suit your game.

The opening and locking mechanisms of the screws in your driver is simple to use. With the wrench you received with your driver, to open or loosen any screw place the wrench into the top of the screw and turn anti-clockwise. To tighten, turn it clockwise. There will be an audible "CLICK" to let you know the sleeve is safely locked in place and to avoid over-tightening.

When fully open the head can be removed from the shaft. The numbers and settings on the hosel indicate the different loft, lie and face angle options available. The shaft tip is a 4-degree adapter which means this driver can be move plus or minus 2-degrees from the stated loft.

Rotating the shaft to the LOWER position reduces the loft by 2-degrees. Also at this setting, the face is also 4-degrees more open, the lie angle is 58-degrees (up two), and spin is going to be reduced by about 400 rpm.

Conversely, rotating the shaft to the HIGHER position increases the loft by 2-degrees. The face angle is going to be 4-degrees closed from standard, the lie angle is 58 degrees, and will add about 400 rpm of spin to your drives.

You don't have to adjust to the LOWER or HIGHER settings; you can adjust incrementally along the notches in between to make the changes more gradually.

There is one more setting on the hosel, UPRT Lie. Securing the shaft in this position sets the loft as stated but increases the lie angle - the club sits 4-degrees more upright. This sets the club up for a draw, but it's a lot more subtle than in the HIGHER setting. Again from this UPRT Lie setting, you can make the changes incrementally.

As well as the loft sleeve adjustment, the M1 2017 driver also has moveable weight technology in the form of a T-Track. The weights are loosened and tightened as above, and again, there's an audible click when fully tightened.

The rail running parallel to the face contains a weight which can be loosened and moved towards the heel or the toe. Move this weight to the heel, to where it says DRAW, will work to put a draw shape on your drives and fight a fade or slice whereas moving the weight to the toe will have the opposite impact and help if your bad drive tends to be a draw or hook.

The rail running front to back in the head has LOW and HIGH printed at its extremes. If you move the screw forward into the LOW position, the centre of gravity is shifted forward. This will produce shots that come off the face a little lower and with less spin. You'll often find better players, who strike the ball out of the centre of the face consistently, choose this setting as it gets them a few extra yards.

Move the weight to the HIGH position pulls the CG location back to aide launch, add spin, and make the driver as forgiving as possible. And remember again you can move these weights little by little to make these changes more subtly.

Remember, you can adjust your driver on the range or at any time before your round, just not during it!

Further reading

The second-generation M2 driver is built for speed and distance. The weighting in the head has been optimised by the engineers at TaylorMade to deliver optimum performance, but still packs plenty of adjustability into the hosel.

When you purchase a TaylorMade M1 driver, you are gaining a club that has a tremendous amount of adjustability. With a simple adjustment wrench, you can raise and lower the loft, give the driver a draw or fade bias, and change the trajectory and spin the driver puts on the golf ball.