With over 1,700 possible setup combinations in the inverted 'T-Track', plus loft and lie adjustability in the hosel, the M5 driver from TaylorMade could be seen as a little daunting when you first get your hands on it. However, to get the maximum out of your new driver, you'll need to find the right combination of these components for your game. Thankfully Donal has been out again and worked through how you should be adjusting your TaylorMade M5 driver.
Your new TaylorMade M5 driver
In the M5 driver from TaylorMade, you have a high tech blend of carbon and metal with the familiar speed pocket for distance and inverted cone technology behind the face to enhance the sweet spot.
However, the big story in this club is the speed injected twist face. The face of this driver is built beyond the legal limit then injected with resin through two ports in the front to bring it back to the conforming limit.
Turning the driver over, you'll see the M5's adjustable weight system. In previous models, these tracks were different; the M1 had a T-Track where there was one track running parallel to the face and the other perpendicular to it, the M3 had a Y track, and now the M5 has what TaylorMade call an inverted T-Track.
The track houses two 10-gram weights that can be moved together or separately anywhere along the track to influence draws and fades, make the ball launch lower or high, and change the spin the driver puts on the ball.
You also have TaylorMade's four-degree loft sleeve, where you can raise and lower the loft and change the face and lie angle of the driver.
Let's get adjusting!
If you've never used the adjustment wrench before, let's look at the opening and locking mechanisms of the screws. To open any screw in your driver, place the wrench into the top of the screw and turn anti-clockwise and to tighten, 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.
The Inverse 'T-Track'
To start adjusting the weight, loosen them off so you can move them around.
The standard or default position for these weights is when they are split evenly along the long rail perpendicular to the face - let's call that Neutral.
Pushing both weights as far forward towards the face as we can moves the centre of gravity of the M5 forward as much as possible. This setting will reduce spin by about 600rpm and create a lower trajectory - TaylorMade says 1-degree lower. This setting will suit the better players who tend to strike the ball out of the centre of the face consistently, as this will get them a few extra yards.
Moving both weights to the back of the perpendicular track and securing them, the centre of gravity transferred to the back of the head. Securing the weights in this position will result in a higher launch and impart more spin on the golf ball, making the driver more forgiving.
However, to find the most forgiving setting, move both weights to the back and split them so that a single weight is at both ends of the backtrack. Securing the weights here will make the driver extraordinarily stable and easy to hit. And because you've just moved 20-grams to the back of the head, it will promote a high trajectory on your drives for more carry distance.
What about draws and fades?
If you want to create a fade bias with the M5, you will see the word FADE in the backtrack. Moving both weights out as far towards the toe as they can go will set up the M5 for maximum fade, 25 yards of it, in fact!
Conversely, you'll see DRAW on the heel side, and to sample the max draw benefits, position the weights over there. You'll notice the DRAW side is shorter, but both weights will just about fit in there!
You can adjust the weights anywhere incrementally along the track to make the changes more subtlely - leading to hours of fun on the range finding the right balance for you.
The adjustable loft sleeve
When the shaft screw is loosened, you can easily remove the head from the shaft, and you'll immediately notice numbers and settings on the tip of the shaft indicating the different loft, lie and face angle options you can choose.
TaylorMade uses a four-degree tip adapter, and at the time of manufacture and assembly, the shaft will be set to standard loft, indicated by STD on the adapter.
There are 12 different notches or movements on the sleeve, and each one increases or decreases loft by a half or three-quarters of a degree.
Rotating the shaft to the LOWER position reduces the loft of the driver by 2-degrees. The face will also be 4-degrees more open than standard at this setting, and the lie angle is 58-degrees. These changes are going to result in a fade bias on any shots.
Rotating the shaft to the HIGHER position will have the opposite effect, increasing the loft by 2-degrees. These adjustments will shut the face 4-degrees, raise the lie angle to 58-degrees, and put a draw bias on your drives.
Note too that 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 subtly.
If you spin the shaft 180-degrees, you'll notice the UPRT marking. Securing the shaft in this position keeps the loft as standard, but now the club sits 4-degrees more upright at 60-degrees. This sets the club up for a draw, but it's a lot more subtle than in the HIGHER setting.
Again from this UPRT setting, you can move towards the LOWER or HIGHER markings to make subtle changes.
Top Tip: Make big adjustments first
When adjusting your M5 driver, first set up the primary weighting and draw and fade bias with the weights in the inverse T track on the sole, then tweak your loft and lie to make this driver work best for your swing.
And remember, you can adjust your driver on the range or at any time before or after your round, just not during it!
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