TaylorMade M2 vs Callaway GBB Epic: Driver Comparison & Review

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Callaway GBB Epic Driver Bottom

The TaylorMade M2  and Callaway Great Big Bertha Epic drivers are two of the most popular drivers on the market at the moment. In fact, it’s my opinion that the two drivers are the two best golf drivers I’ve picked up this year. Both have been seen in the bags of countless tour pros throughout the season which goes to show that these clubs aren’t just about the hype.

They deliver too! When looking for the best golf driver of 2017 these two have to be on most people’s top 5 list. I examined each one side by side and here’s what I took away from them. Read also my article about the best drivers for high handicappers if you’re a beginner or best drivers for mid-handicappers if you’re a more experienced golfer. 

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TaylorMade M2 Driver

  • Low center of gravity helps with high rotational inertia
  • Extremely forgiving head leads to consistent drives
  • Club head produces very low spin
  • Available in 9°, 10.5° or 12° loft
  • 460cc club head volume

Callaway GBB Epic Driver

  • Forgiving head makes it a driver for all
  • Adjustable hosel and weight
  • “Jailbreak” technology
  • Available in 9°, 10.5° or 13.5° loft
  • 460cc club head volume

TaylorMade M2 vs Callaway GBB Epic Driver – Feel

Taylormade M2 grabs your attention by its weight distribution and its club head feel. Swinging the club feels effortless and upon impact the sound and resonation through the club does a great job in communicating what kind of drive you just hit; which is almost always a pleasurable experience.

Callaway Great Big Bertha Epic immediately screams distance. The club head feels fast and sleek yet powerful. Players who struggle with a heavier feeling head will enjoy what the Epic has to offer. Not unlike the M2 the Epic driver feels like a club that requires minimal effort with impressive results.

TaylorMade M2 vs Callaway GBB Epic Driver – Distance

I was very consistent with the Taylormade and that’s what impressed me most with this club. I was hitting of some of the longest shots I’ve ever been able to hit with a driver and I can only say that it really made swinging the club more fun. The shots were long but what was more impressive to me was the consistency in the distance of each shot which meant that it wasn’t a fluke. I was able to hit the same distance with both clubs however the M2 was more consistent over all.

The Epic is all about the long game and as mentioned the club head’s feel is certainly a contributing factor to this. I really felt that the head allowed me to get a smooth swing that resulted in a straighter shot that promoted distance. At first glance he jailbreak technology, which is essentially two vertical aluminum rods behind the clubs face, seem to be another form of sales pitch for Callaway however it may be a strong contributing factor to the straight trajectory that I saw and it certainly allowed me to get the maximum distance out of my swing.

TaylorMade M2 vs Callaway GBB Epic Driver – Appearance

I’ve been very vocal about the fact that I’m big fan of TaylorMade’s decision to go with neon green. The club looks great and has flair that provides a modern look to keep your bag looking up to date. If you’re into looking good on the course this driver is definitely for you.

Both the M2 and the GBB Epic look great with their neon design! I’m definitely a sucker for the color choice and the Epic reminded of a space craft like design from a sci-fi flick. It’s not too over the top  but it’s certainly not conservative in terms of style.

TaylorMade M2 Review

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TaylorMade M2 Driver Face
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When I first picked up the club the feature that immediately struck me was the weight. It feels like a fast club that is easy to swing and once you get the opportunity to use it you’ll find that it is. The club’s most distinguishing feature may be its forgiveness. Many players have commented on the M2 being favorable when it comes to finding the sweet spot and I have to agree, the club delivers and will be pleasing to both low and high handicappers. With the swing aspect being so favorable and the club face creating a surface conducive to low amounts of spin the TaylorMade is virtually built for distance. I was a fan of the new neon green color that TaylorMade is embracing and although aesthetics won’t lower your handicap, at least it will look cool on the course. I really find it hard to find anything about the M2 that I don’t like. The head feels so light that some players may prefer to feel the extra weight down low just to have a similar feel to what they’re used to, but I honestly think the club is amazing and I can see why some of the top pros are swinging it on tour.

Callaway Great Big Bertha Epic Review

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Callaway GBB Epic Driver Face
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I’ll admit that I initially thought (and still do to some extent) that the name “Epic” was a little silly for a driver but the people at Callaway can brag that the club mostly lives up to this name.

It really is a fun club to hit and if there is such a thing as elite clubs the GBB Epic is certainly in this category. It’s everything a player could ask for. It’s forgiving, feels great, looks cool and provides great distance!

I know the jailbreak technology sounds a bit flashy and a bit like a sales pitch but I can’t argue with the results. The club face delivers a great feel and I saw a consistent trajectory that really helped with distance. If I had to pick one aspect that might hinder the epic it would be that it may have a tendency to draw a bit. I think this may have actually helped me a bit since I do suffer from a slight fade. The Epic’s tendency to want to draw wasn’t too apparent to me but I have spoke to other players who felt that it was very noticeable for them. But I really can’t complain about much else when it comes to the Callaway’s performance.

The GBB Epic is a great club and its designers should be proud that they’ve been able to produce a driver that will definitely be giving the other top manufacturers something to sweat about.

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TaylorMade M2 vs Callaway GBB Epic Driver – Conclusion

I was pleasantly surprised when I picked up both of these clubs. Both have a lot in common and the strongest trait that they both share is their excellent feel. I could swing both clubs all day and the feel they provide wouldn’t get old. Clubs like these make golf fun and that isn’t something we can always say about our sport. If I had to choose a favorite club I think I may have to go with the Epic. This is mainly because it caught me off guard and it is certainly not the club I thought it was going to be. I have to admit that the name initially put me off but the club delivers and I was not expecting it to live up to its name. But it does and I have to agree that what it brings to the table isn’t far off from epic. That’s not to say TaylorMade M2 isn’t a great driver, in fact I think it fits my swing better, but the Callaway Great Big Bertha Epic’s feel and distance puts the fun back in driving and that means a lot to me.

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Chris Oliver

Hi, I am Chris and I am a golfer and a writer. Besides golf I enjoy reading (particularly anything by Bill Bryson), watching films (especially those made by Chris Nolan) and amateur wrestling.

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