How to adjust your TaylorMade M2 2017 driver

Thomas Tanner
Apr 03, 2020
3 minutes

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. With just a few minutes, you can raise and lower the loft, give the driver a draw or fade bias, and change the amount of spin the driver puts on the golf ball.

The opening mechanism for the shaft couldn't be simpler to use. Put the wrench you will have received with you driver into the top of the screw head and turn anti-clockwise. To tighten back up, turn it clockwise. When fully tightened, there will be an audible "CLICK" to let you know the sleeve is safely locked in place and to avoid over-tightening.

When the shaft screw is fully open the head can be removed from the shaft, and you'll immediately notice numbers and settings on the tip of the shaft. These indicate the different loft, lie and face angle options you can choose.

TaylorMade uses a 4-degree tip adapter which allows the driver to be set at plus or minus 2-degrees from the stated loft. There are 12 different notches or movements on the sleeve - each one increases or decreases loft.

So what happens if we reduce loft? Rotating the shaft to the LOWER position reduces the loft of the driver by 2-degrees, the face is also now 4-degrees open, with a lie angle of 58-degrees (up 2-degrees). This setting will also reduce spin by about 400 rpm.

Conversely, rotating the shaft to the HIGHER position increases the loft by 2-degrees. In this position, the face will be 4-degrees more closed, the lie angle again will be 58-degrees, and spin will increase by around 400 rpm.

Remember, 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.

Spin the tip adaptor through 180-degrees, and you'll notice the setting labelled UPRT Lie. Securing the shaft in this position will see the driver play its stated loft with a more upright lie angle - 4-degrees more upright. This sets the club up for a draw, but it's a lot more subtle than in the HIGHER setting. And, again, from this UPRT Lie setting, you can make the loft LOWER or HIGHER incrementally to make subtle changes.

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

Further reading

The TaylorMade M1 2017 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.

The 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. However, there's plenty of adjustability in the hosel to raise and lower the loft, give the driver a draw or fade bias, and change the amount of spin the driver puts on the golf ball.