New 2021 TaylorMade M4 Iron set
The M4 irons are an extremely solid
game-improvement offering from TaylorMade. They have superb distance,
forgiveness and feel, along with a strong offset that should help most high
handicappers hit it straighter.
RibCOR Technology: marked by
two bars placed outside the Face Slots on either side, RibCOR increases ball
speed, particularly on the top part of the face. The technology stiffens the
perimeter of the head, allowing the face to rebound and transfer more energy to
the ball at impact.
Face Slots: large grooves on
the clubface on either side of the hitting area (one towards the heel, one
towards the toe) that are designed to increase flexibility and ball speeds on
either side of the sweet spot.
Speed Pocket: a slot at the
bottom of the sole designed to increase flexibility, ball speed and forgiveness
on shots hit low on the clubface, which is a common mis-hit area.
What about look, sound & feel?
The M4 iron has the classic
game-improvement look: big head, thick sole and top line.
The top line is actually not that
much thicker than the M3, but the biggest difference youíll likely notice is in
the offset. The offset is considerable, and some golfers may not like this.
The red, blue and white M4 logo is
contained within a carbon fiber crown; the problem with this is that the logo
has a hard time standing out when brought into sunlight. I would have
appreciated some more contrast.
For those who like a chunkier iron
look, the M4 is ideal. It doesnít have an outrageous thickness, nor does it
look too much like a players iron.
The Sound & Feel
Compared with its M2 predecessor,
the M4 irons do a better job managing vibrations at impact, owing to the RibCOR
bars and greater amount of carbon fiber.
With that said, the feel &
sound at impact can be described as a little hollow, fairly muted, yet very
springy and satisfying when hit in the sweet spot. The super-thin face produces
a strong trampoline effect.
Mis-hits produce similar results to
sweet-spot strikes, but feel more dead and sound more dull. Itís not
necessarily harsh like you would experience with a players iron, but you can
still discern the general area of your mis-hit at impact. In that regard,
feedback is quite good.The M4 makes improvements in feel
over previous TM models, so one canít really complain.