How to adjust your TaylorMade M4 driver

Thomas Tanner
Apr 03, 2020
3 minutes

The TaylorMade M4 driver comes packed with technology for speed, distance, and accuracy. Twist Face technology with curvature low in the heel and high in the toe to straighten off-centre hits and the Hammerhead slot lets the thin face brace and flex at impact for distance. Finally, there's a huge 41-gram weight at the back optimizes the Centre of Gravity for forgiveness. However, there's still 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.

Using the wrench you received with your driver, you can open or loosen the shaft screw by placing it into the top of the screw and turn anti-clockwise. To tighten the screw, 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 fully opened, the head can be removed from the shaft. You'll immediately notice numbers and settings on the hosel; these indicate the different loft, lie and face angle options you can choose.

TaylorMade uses a 4-degree tip adapter in their drivers which allows plus or minus 2-degrees of movement from the stated loft. For example, a 9.5-degree driver can be set up as a 7.5-degree, or 11.5-degree.

So what happens if you reduce loft? Rotating the sleeve to the LOWER position reduces the loft of the driver by 2-degrees. At this setting, the face is also going to be 4-degrees open, and the lie angle is 58 degrees. Spin will also be reduced by about 400 rpm.

Rotating the shaft to the HIGHER position increases the loft by 2-degrees. At this setting the face will be 4-degrees more closed than normal, again the lie angle is 58 degrees, and this time you add about 400 rpm of spin to your shots.

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.

On the reverse of the hosel there is a UPRT Lie setting. Securing the shaft in this position keeps the loft as stated on the head, but now the club sits 4-degrees more upright.

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

Further reading

If you're in the market to purchase a driver, it is arguably the best time ever to do so. Everything from the top of the grip to the sole of the head has been improved to eke out every advantage and get you hitting longer and straighter than ever before.

The M3 driver takes adjustability to a whole new level. As well as groundbreaking technology in terms of Twist Face and a Hammerhead slot for distance, with just a simple wrench, you can 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.