Are Taylormade M6 Irons Good For High Handicappers – Are They Forgiving For Beginners?

Do you have to buy the latest irons in order to get help in the areas you need? Not necessarily.

Case in point: the Taylormade M6 irons. The Taylormade M6 irons are not the latest Taylormade irons but they are still so popular because they still have something very valuable to offer.

The M6 are focussed on two areas of performance in particular, Speed and Forgiveness and there is a bunch of technology and design techniques used to make the M6 irons perfect for high handicappers looking for the maximum distance they can achieve while maintaining accuracy 

If you are a high handicapper looking to get your score down, you may be considering the Taylormade M6 iron. But are they really the best choice for you? We help demystify these irons in our following review.


Overview Of The M6 Irons

Initially, we were a bit put off by the Taylormade M6’s.

They have a bit more offset than we usually prefer and are described as “long, forgiving” irons, which usually equals non-existant workability.

However, we were pleasantly surprised at the accuracy of these seemingly basic irons.


What Type Of Irons Are They?

The Taylormade M6 are billed as game-improvement irons but could also be called a players distance iron.

They were certainly designed for high handicappers who are struggling with accuracy from their irons.

As such, you can imagine that they have good forgiveness features. Speaking of forgiveness…


How Forgiving Are The M6 Irons For High Handicappers?

It starts with a larger head than the previous M5 model.

At address, high handicappers will feel more at ease thanks to the larger head, face and sweet spot. It continues with an ultra-flexible Speed Pocket which is a slit that is bored behind the face to allow it to flex more and produce more ball speed.

The inverted cone technology also expands the sweet spot of the longer irons out to the toe. This creates an asymmetric sweet spot that covers more of the areas that high handicappers tend to have trouble with.


Shaft Options

Taylormade certainly had high handicappers in mind when they released the Taylormade M6 irons with Fujikura Atmos Orange graphite shafts.

It’s available in a 78, 68 and 57 gram version in stiff, regular and amateur flex.

They also make the M6 irons available in a KBS Max 85 steel shaft. It’s available in stiff and regular flex.

While less congenial to high handicappers, this KBS Max steel shaft may be a good option if you live in the mid (around 13) handicap range.


Workability Assessment

We were pleasantly surprised with how well these irons performed on in-between shots and particular trying to get close to the pin.

They were very workable when we had to hit high draw or fade shots from left to right and vice versa. It’s also surprisingly easy to flight the ball with these irons.


Distance Assessment

Distance is where these irons really shine. High handicappers will rejoice when they realize that the Taylormade M6 can actually increase ball speed thanks to the super-thin face. The long irons will help you get to the green with fewer clubs.

The distance comes from the thin face and the Speed Pocket that allow the face to hinge and flex as needed. However, this is all kept in check with the Speed Bridge that stabilizes the head while the face flexes and rebounds so actively.


Accuracy & Consistency Assessment

This is where these irons struggled a bit. We were left wanting on approaches as the Taylormade M6 irons don’t offer much in the way of spin control. However, the deep undercut does allow for high arcing shots so they hold onto tough greens surprisingly well.

Most high handicappers won’t notice the lack of spin control at first. They will more than likely be satisfied with the drop and stop capability of the shorter irons in the set. Still, this is something to think about as you will eventually need that added spin control as you get better.


Do They Have A Beginner-Friendly Price?

Overall, we would say yes. They hover in the upper region of intermediate/beginner price tier irons at about $690.

That may seem steep for some beginners but they can actually grow with you as your game advances so think of them more as an investment.


Taylormade M6 Pros & Cons


  • Very easy to get good distance from theses irons
  • The Speed Bridge works to stabilize the head
  • They have a good vibration and sound dampening system
  • Pretty solid feel overall
  • They are surprisingly workable
  • Good stop and drop capability in the shorter irons



  • The longer irons produce flatter, lower arcing flight trajectories
  • They are a bit on the pricey side in terms of beginner irons
  • They lack acute spin control
  • Not great irons for low handicappers

Overall Score: 94/100

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Other Beginner Irons to Consider


Callaway Big Bertha B21 Irons

If distance is your main concern then it doesn’t get much better than the Callaway Big Bertha irons and they are also incredibly forgiving for beginners.

The oversized heads, massive sweet spot and pronounced offset scream “comfort!” for beginners. They are also remarkably adept at producing straight shots.

Overall Score: 95/100

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Taylormade SIM Max Irons

The Taylormade SIM Max irons feature a new and improved Speed Bridge that more ably stabilizes the head on long strokes.

They also feature progressive Inverted Cone sweet spot shaping to improve accuracy for more types of shot biases.

Overall Score: 96/100

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Ping G410 Irons

The Ping G410 irons may not look quite as reassuring as these other irons because of the limited offset and smaller heads; but they still have great forgiveness features.

The toe and hosel weights increase MOI by a significant margin over previous models.

Overall Score: 93/100

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Our Recommendation

Of all the irons we have mentioned in this review, we really like the Taylormade M6 irons the best.

That’s because they offer the type of forgiveness features and distance that a beginner would need; but also because they have something to offer as you get better as well.

The workability makes the relatively high price of these irons worth it in our humble opinion. The Taylormade M6 irons also smooth out the harsh vibrations that can repel a less seasoned players. They are overall a great iron set for high handicappers so be sure to get fitted for a set soon!