Taylormade M4 Hybrid Review – Is it Forgiving for High Handicappers?
“The Taylormade M4 hybrid is still alive and well in 2023 for very good reason.”
Just one look at the Taylormade M4 hybrid and you will be able to see how sleek it is.
The Taylormade M4’s have always been attractive both in the bag and behind the ball.
But in recent years, Taylormade has shifted emphasis towards other hybrid or “rescue” club lines.
While Taylormade seems to have left the M4 in the dust, it still has a considerable and devout following.
We wanted to see what makes the Taylormade M4 hybrid so endearing so we got our hands on one along with the Fujikura Atmos Red shaft for a round of testing.
Let’s see if the Taylormade M4 hybrid is really a good choice for high handicappers.
The Taylormade M Family of Hybrids
“Included in the Taylormade M family of hybrids is the M3 hybrid.”
The Taylormade M4 Hybrid
- 19°, 22°, 25° versions available
- Inverted Cone technology
The Taylormade M4 was designed to be forgiving and play smoothly from a wide variety of lies.
Compared to the M3 hybrid, the Taylormade M4 has a more iron-like profile and symmetrical face.
The Taylormade M3 Hybrid
- 17°, 19°, 21°, 24° versions available
- Speed Pocket
The Taylormade M3 hybrid is for beginners and very high handicappers. It comes in moreloft versions so you may even be able to replace one of your woods.
It has a boxier face profile and every loft version sports a larger head than any of the Taylormade M4 hybrids.
The Taylormade M4 sports a widened speed pocket that is designed to catch even more of your low-face hits.
The Speed Pocket allows the face to flex even when you mis-hit towards the bottom.
Inverted Cone Technology
We really like the inclusion of the inverted cone for this club because the face is relatively small.
Still, you get protection both on low-face shots, and on shots made in the high-toe area.
Internal Split Weights
The internal split weights work in conjunction with the Geocoustic sole design to provide more forgiveness on less-than-ideal lies.
Indeed, the Taylormade M4 performed well in the rough, semi-rough and the fairway.
Is it Good for High Handicappers?
“Yes. While not the most forgiving hybrid in the M family, the Taylormade M4 is still forgiving enough for high handicappers.”
What we really liked about this club was that it had excellent turf interaction. Even in the ugliest lies, it was very easy to pop the ball out and more importantly, get a straight shot out of it.
Even when we mis-hit low on the face, the ball seemed to effortllessly pop out of the rough with a controlled flight.
We were really surprised how easy it was to play the Taylormade M4 from the fairway and the rough. Mainly because of the relatively compact face profile.
At address, the Taylormade M4 looks more like an iron than it does a hybrid. It sits behind the ball very reassuringly though and is very easy to swing.
We were able to squeeze 178.5 yards out of the 22 degree version of the Taylormade M4 which is great; but still, the real story here is the smooth turf interaction.
This is truly a rescue hybrid that will be a real asset in the bag of any player who often finds themself in the cabbage.
Today, Taylormade only offers the Taylormade M4 with the Fujikura Atmos Red shaft.
You can select from amateur, regular and stiff flex. Amateur is 61 grams, regular is 72.5 grams and the stiff flex is 83 grams.
the Titleist TS2 Hybrid Worth it?
“It’s nice to know that you can score the Taylormade M4 for a pretty good price.”
Direct from Taylormade, you can expect to pay $180 for the Taylormade M4 before taxes. That’s a pretty good deal for a hybrid that can get you out of virtually any lie.
Even more notable, is that based on our test experience, we’re inclined to say that the Taylormade M4 is worth it for both high and mid handicappers.
Taylormade M4 Hybrid
In 20 Words or Less
“The Taylormade M4 offers smooth performance from virtually any lie. It’s long and is forgiving across nearly the entire face.”
Taylormade M4 Hybrid – First Impressions
“Given the compact profile, we weren’t expecting a whole lot of forgiveness from the Taylormade M4.”
And to be fair, heelside shots were still subject to some pretty gnarly bending. Everywhere else on the face produces straight shots though. We can see why this hybrid is still so popular.
Taylormade created a near-perfect rescue hybrid that still somehow manages to look really nice.
The Taylormade M Hybrid Family
“The Taylormade M3 hybrid is even more forgiving than the M4.”
However, the turf interaction that the M3 offers isn’t as silky or clean as the Taylormade M4.
However, the Taylormade M3 does have an adjustable weight and an adjustable hosel so it is very versatile.
Taylormade M4 Hybrid Selling Points
- Good balance throughout your swing
- Speed Pocket
- Inverted Cone technology
- Mid-high launch
- Really attractive profile
- Affordable price
Who is the Taylormade M4 Hybrid for?
“It’s almost hard to imagine who the Taylormade M4 hybrid is not for.”
But at the end of the day, scratch players will likely be repelled by the relatively limited workability of the Taylormade M4 hybrid.
So that leaves mid and high handicappers – for whom the Taylormade M4 hybrid would be an excellent choice.
This is truly a rescue hybrid that also gives you considerable distance and will straighten out your shot from any lie so long as you avoid the heel.
Plus, the Taylormade M4 hybrid won’t break the bank so it’s an even better choice if you’re on a budget. Be sure to at least try it out if you’re a mid to high handicapper.
Feel & Control: 94/100