Taylormade M4 Irons Review – Are They Forgiving & Good for High Handicappers?

The Taylormade M4 irons were designed to play longer than the M3 and M2 irons and help out high handicappers from virtually any lie.

Taylormade M4 Irons Overview

These irons produce surprisingly low spin for irons in the game-improvement category.

The stronger lofts and thinner face compared to the M3 irons gives these irons extra distance for almost every club in the face. The Taylormade M4 irons feature the Ribcor design that places 2 bars on either side of the sweet spot to increase stiffness.

The purpose for any club to increase head stiffness is to allow the face to flex to a high degree – the more the face flexes, the higher the ball speed will be. These irons also feature Tayloramde’s famous Speed Pocket.

The Speed Pocket is essentially a channel bored into the bottom of the face. Again, the point is to increase face flex but more specifically, flex near the bottom of the face where many high handicappers miss.

The Taylormade M4 irons also feature some of the thinnest faces in the M family of irons. How thin? Try 1.5 millimeters. That rivals the thickness of some titanium-faced and maraging steel clubs.

All of the features we have discussed so far do either one of 2 things: increase flex and increase forgiveness – but mostly, they increase flex. One thing that we can certainly say about these irons is that they are long.

It’s clear that much of the research and development went into making the Taylormade M4’s some of the longest irons in the Taylormade lineup.

Outside of distance, the Taylormade M4 irons don’t offer much. However, they certainly make learning notoriously difficult golf clubs much easier which leads us to our next point…

Are Taylormade M4 Irons Forgiving?

Aside from distance, it’s clear that the Taylormade M4 irons were made to be forgiving.

The first piece of evidence we have to support that assertion is the larger faces that the Taylormade M4 irons have when compared to the previous M3 model. The Taylormade M4 irons have thinner faces too.

That means that you won’t need a swing speed above 95MPH to get good distance out of them. The Taylormade M4 irons are especially forgiving on low face strikes.

From our testing, we found that unless you hit on the extreme toe or heel, your shots will fly nearly as far as if you hit the sweet spot, dead-center. The Taylormade M4 irons also have a very pronounced offset – perfect for beginners.

So yes, the Taylormade M4 irons are forgiving. They have fast, large faces that produce great ball speed even on off-center strikes.

Are Taylormade M4 Irons Good for Beginners and High Handicappers?

In short, yes. The Taylormade M4 irons were made with beginners and high handicappers in mind and after testing them, we know that they will be a great boon to players struggling to get down the fairway.

Another reason why the Taylormade M4 irons play so long and are therefore good for beginners is because they produce low spin rates.

We used a launch monitor in our testing to measure the spin rates of these irons and found that they are even lower than the M3 irons. While this will hurt workability in the short-game, spin conditions are ideal for beginners and high handicappers.

Not only are the Taylormade M4 irons long; but they play straight as well. While we are unsure what feature specifically attributes to the straight flight of these irons, it’s clear that you can hardly shank with them.

Again, this will affect workability but as a beginner or high handicapper, you probably aren’t focusing too much on that anyway.

Should you Buy the M4’s or the M3’s?

The answer to that question will depend on the needs of your game.

We have tested the M3 irons as well and it was clear that the M3’s are targeted more towards intermediate players. The spin rates in the shorter irons are significantly higher than in the Taylormade M4 irons which will allow you to hold onto more greens.

Also, due to the pronounced offset of the Taylormade M4 irons, there is a slight draw bias. The M3’s have lesser offset and produce more of a neutral ball flight. Of course, this makes it a bit harder to square up – not a plus for beginners.

The M3 irons also have a thicker face so by and large, you will need a fast swing speed if you want to get distances comparable to the M4 irons with the M3’s.

In short, you should buy the Taylormade M4 irons if you are a beginner or high handicapper while the M3’s will be better for mid to low handicappers.

Taylormade M4 Irons

Category: Game Improvement Irons

Taylormade M4 Irons First Impressions

The Taylormade M4 irons have a clean, cavity back design with an extended sole in the rear which looks very comforting for beginners.

This feature also made them play very well in the rough. It is very easy to launch the ball high (and far) even from the rough. We were very pleased with the feel when we struck the ball right in the sweet spot.

However, the feel gets a little thin and the sound gets a little hollow unless you are dead-center on the sweet spot.

Taylormade M4 Selling Points

  • Ribcor design
  • Speed Pocket
  • Thick sole
  • Plenty of offset
  • Premium shaft options
  • Strong loft

Who are the Taylormade M4 Irons for?

There’s no question that the Taylormade M4 irons would be great for anything struggling with distance on the fairway.

At the end of the day though, these irons do much more for beginners than play long. Beginners, who will often find themselves in the rough, will benefit from the beefy sole and strong lofts of these irons.

Even intermediate players who don’t quite have their swing speeds where they would like it to be would benefit from these irons. Even if you are mixing and matching and only using the longer Taylormade M4 irons, they could be great assets as purely distance irons.

The Taylormade M Family of Irons

The Taylormade M family of irons also includes the M2 irons. The first thing we noticed about the M2 irons compared to the Taylormade M4’s is that the M2’s don’t do as good a job at dampening harsh impact vibrations.

On full swings, the M2’s feedback gets muddied by unwanted vibration. The M2’s do have the same lofts as the M4 irons though so the flight trajectory is very similar with these two iron sets.

It should also be noted that the M2 irons don’t feature the same Ribcor design as the Taylormade M4 irons. The main difference this makes is lesser distance – or at least, harder distance.

In other words, you will have to have good accuracy and a fast swing speed to get the same kind of distance with the M2’s as you would with the Taylormade M4 irons. As such, the M2 irons are better in the bags of low handicappers.

Distance: 95/100

Accuracy: 91/100

Forgiveness: 94/100

Feel & Control: 92/100

Overall Score: 93/100

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