RICK SHIELS – PGA PRO Rick Shiels tests the TaylorMade M4 driver over a 2 week period to give the most in-depth review possible


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Christiaan Fourie says:

Great review bud!

Robert Singh says:

Uhm you sound like a chipmunk from around 20 seconds in…only me having this issue?

Ryan Maddox says:

Yea me as well with the audio malfunction

Sean Walsh says:

All the same shite

pickin4you says:

I think Taylor made screwed up big time here. Leave the FACE alone, and fix your swing. Its much cheaper, and better for the golfer in the long run. I would never even touch a M3 or M4 just because they screwed with the face….. AWESOME review by the way. Love the new set up.

Mike Wales says:

You mentioned wanting to measure decibel levels for drivers, I know they make smartphone apps, but they have meters at music stores. I would think that if you didn’t want to use an app, they should have a meter there. I really like these in-depth reviews!

Carlos Fernández says:

Muy buen formato Rick!! Me gustaría que hicieras un vídeo comparando el M2 del 2016, con este nuevo M4. Ver los resultados de estos dos palos lado a lado, debe ser interesante. Principalmente porque al M2 (2016) le pegabas muy bien

Jacob Borow says:

Why is the audio time lapsed

Paul Insana says:

Rick if you are looking to test driver sound, which I think is mightily important when choosing a club, there are two factors you have to remember. First is you can measure the decibels that the driver puts out using a decibels meter. This measures how physically loud the driver is. But more importantly is measuring pitch, which is the frequency of the sound. Pitcher helps determine the piercing capabilities of sound through the air and is why higher pitched noises sound louder even when producing lower decibel levels than lower pitched noises. Pitch of a sound can be measured by computer programs by recording with your mic. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of your recording software has those capabilities now and if not, there are plenty of programs online.

Joshua Moon says:

New style of review is much better and more detailed with actual data. Maybe get Pete Finch who hits a fade to help collect data from a fader’s perspective since you tend to hit primarily draws.

Maruf Mohsin says:

Rick for sound test just use any mobile phone app. Keep your phone near the tee. Voila.

Jt Dannhaus says:

Is the audio messed up on this for anyone else?

CallMeAnimal69 says:

It’s playing full speed in chipmunk voice and I don’t know how to stop it!

Sean Walsh says:

All about the money

Marno De bruin says:

Love the new review style!!! So in depth and informative

notformebeaky says:

The comparison with your average is a very useful feature. Keep it up.

CallMeAnimal69 says:

Anybody else having the chipmunk voice going too fast to understand?? I’ve been looking forward to finally getting this review and can’t get it to play at normal sound on my iPhone or MacBook!! Help!

Logan Byler says:

Still using M2 V1 and have no reason to switch

Bryce Werblo says:

You could use something that measures decibels

Jeff Malinowski says:

Am I the only one getting a chipmunk voice in the review?!?!

Jason Sechrist says:

The twist face is doing exactly what they designed it to do, most people hit toe hits left, it’s made to alleviate that a tad. You said you tend to hit toe hits right, so now they go farther right, of course they go farther right, that’s what the club is designed to do. Anyway I like most of your videos but this one you are harping on something that in my opinion you should not be.

TheChenza05 says:

Rick, I was a big critic of your preview videos…but now that I’ve seen your in depth review, i think it is absolutely necessary to do it that way and you’re doing an awesome job mate! should’ve never doubted you mate!

Joel Lara says:

What the hell is wrong with this video??

Noah Bauman says:

To measure the loudness you could use a decibel meter app

Daniel Smith says:

Been using the Cobra LTD that is was fitted for me. I am not planning to switch to a new driver this year. I am very happy with it.

Joseph Flaherty says:

Entire video was in “chipmunk” voice. Needless to say I didn’t understand a single word as I don’t speak or understand “ chipmonkese”.

a b says:

So M2 2016 still is the best driver.

steven gunn says:

Hey dude you could use a decibel reader to get a reading on how loud each shot is. Not sure if anyone has said that but anywho .. Keep up the awesome work.

LM says:

Rick, great review format. Although doing these types of reviews will certainly be a time consuming venture. To address your question on sound measurement, there are sound level meter devices ranging from about 15.00 to 150.00 here in the states.
A sound level meter is a measuring instrument used to assess noise or sound levels by measuring sound pressure. Often referred to as a sound pressure level (SPL) meter, decibel (dB) meter, noise meter or noise dosimeter, a sound level meter sound level meter uses a microphone to capture sound. The sound is then evaluated within the sound level meter and acoustic measurement values are shown on the display of the sound level meter. The most common unit of acoustic measurement for sound is the decibel (dB).
You will want one that offers recording so you can check after the shots and not have to have someone holding and looking at it for you.
I don’t know brands you have in the U.K. There are apps available for smart phones, however they are not very accurate. I hope this helps, and thanks again for the reviews.

Deven Cerda says:

The leaking to the right you noticed may have been from delofting the driver. In taylormade drivers when you deloft them it then opens the face a few degrees, and vice versa if you add loft it closes the face. Just a thought, love the review!

hjhayden22 says:

Driver looks great. Bummer about the tech. Great review.

Daniel Collins says:

Hey Rick, as far as measuring the sound, you can purchase a decibal meter. The price varies greatly though, but it all depends on your budget. I’ve seen them go for $25 upwards of $1000 for the industrial versions. Hope this helps and keep up the great work.

Daniel Jermyn says:

New format is great! I bet twist face will fade out next year. Or more likely, they will offer the same driver in a bulge and roll option, or a twist face option.

Chiang Chih-I says:

Great edit! greeting from Taiwan!
This video contains all information I want to know about M4. Well done Rick!

Max Imilian says:

Is it just me or is the audio playing at the wrong speed?

Tim Pirtle says:

Fantastic new format…..fan freaking tastic!

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