Expert Review: TaylorMade M4 HybridPublished on 03/14/2023 · 5 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the golf club, which I purchased with my own money in November of 2021.
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the golf club, which I purchased with my own money in November of 2021.
I have used the TaylorMade M4 hybrids now for over six months and the experience has been great. The ability to use these clubs in both the fairway and thick rough without worry makes these some of my favorites in my bag. Being confident over the ball is one of the biggest things for me and these M4 hybrids really give me that. Even the thickest rough I’ve been able to swing freely and get back into play safely. The fairway and off the tee truly highlight the incredible capabilities by allowing shot shaping mixed with some awesome distance.
About the club I own
- Model: 2021 TaylorMade M4 Hybrids
- Loft setting: Standard
- Shaft type: Fujikura Atmos
- Shaft flex: Regular
- Average score: 85-89
- Handicap: 13
- Experience: 10+
- Right/Left-Handed: Right handed
- Typical ball flight: Mid-high
- Golf ball used: TaylorMade TP5x
- When I bought the club: November 2021
- Days tested: 30+
- Where I’ve used it: WIllow Hollow Golf Club, Rich Maiden Golf Club, Allentown Municipal Golf Course, and Berkleigh Golf Club all located in Berks county and the Lehigh Valley area in Pennsylvania. As well as TopGolf and Prince William Golf Course in northern Virginia.
- Weather and wind conditions: 30 degrees to 80 degrees; winds up to 22 miles per hour.
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for my first hybrid to replace my 3 iron. An option that was affordable so I could get used to swinging a hybrid. I wasn’t hitting my 3 iron very well any more and felt it was time for a change.
Why I chose this club
I bought this set because they felt great, looked great, and are forgiving. The weight distribution of the club head makes it so mishits still get good contact. Just like many other hybrids on the market the toe is slightly closed to help aid against slicing as that is the average golfer’s typical miss. They also are one of the most affordable hybrids on the market.
What I love about it
- Distance: Excellent distance even on mishits. On average I carry mine 200-210
- Forgiveness: Mishits I still find myself in play, for example; I hit a terrible shot off the toe and still find my self at least 130 yards up the hole.
- Feel: Incredible feel both during the swing and at contact. Light clubhead.
- Sound:Premium sound off the face. Satisfying to strike well.
- Workability: Some hybrids are known to duck hook left, but with the M4 Hybrids I find myself able to hit a big draw or nice fade in situations that call for either.
- Shaft Feel: The shaft is lightweight, feels smooth and easy to swing.
- Shaft Performance: The Atmos shaft is one of my top three favorite shafts for aesthetics. It has just enough whip to offer power behind the shot without compromising my swing timing and provides great torque.
- Aesthetic Appeal: The M4 design is one of my favorite looking club sets. I have chosen to go all in on the M4s because the black and red design is some of my favorites in golf.
- Launch Angle: Provides a pretty typical hybrid flight, being relatively lower compared to most irons and some excellent spin. However, I can still hit them how I need situationally.
- Spin: Hand in hand with workability, I find myself able to fade or draw with this club.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Adjustability: Not much adjustability. Meaning a standard loft is what one gets, so be sure to compare before buying.
- Grip Feel: While the grip is quite a premium grip, I personally have chosen to swap them out to something that fits me a bit better. For me that’s an oversized Winn Dri-Tac grip. The stock grip does offer a good feel for the average golfer though.
- Other: The average golfer who misses the face may not enjoy the feel or sound off the toe during mishits.
Best shot with this club
My favorite shot with this club was off the tee box. It was a par 5, dogleg left with trees and out-of-bounds running down the left side of the rough. It was a tight fairway, so going straight with a driver wasn’t the safest play. I used my hybrid to draw it right around the trees, and it landed on the center of the fairway for an easy approach in.
Value for the money vs. other options
For being one of the most affordable hybrids on the market, the M4 Hybrids are a great option. While the TaylorMade SIM2 is only roughly $50 more and the TaylorMade Stealth $100 more, the M4 Hybrids are a good option for those looking to save the most amount of money (like I was at the time) on their clubs.
The M4 Hybrid feels smooth, is light on the club head, and great to hit. The forgiveness, feel, and distance make these my favorite club in the bag. This was my first hybrid bought but after testing numerous different hybrids like the TaylorMade SIM2, the Callaway Mavrik and the Callaway Rogue, this one won out for the price.