This part of the year is so exciting for me. What are the latest golf equipment technology and design innovations or gimmicks? Let’s find out what TaylorMade is offering to us with the new TaylorMade M3 driver. The biggest innovation that we can find in the new TaylorMade M3 driver, but also in the M4 driver is the Twist Face technology.
TaylorMade believes that the Twist Face technology can compensate/correct our high toe (=hook) and low heel (=slice) impacts.
To counteract the high-toe miss (a hook), the driver’s face has been ‘twisted’ open (loft increased & face opened) on the high-toe to help straighten ball flight. Similarly, to counteract the low-heel miss (a slice) the driver’s face has been twisted closed to de-loft and close the face in the low heel area.
TaylorMade’s study found the followings:
- low face and low heel shots tend to land right of the target line with significantly more spin.
- high face shots and high toe shots have a left tendency of the target line and spin significantly less.
Key facts: TaylorMade M3 Driver
- In addition to Twist Face technology, the TaylorMade M3 driver features a new matte silver front section and a raised, aerodynamic five-layer carbon composite crown. This new composite is the thinnest, strongest and lightest composite panels in the industry.
- Exclusive to the M3 in both the 460cc & 440cc models is a new intuitive Y-Track adjustability system that allows for CG adjustment of the head to obtain desired, optimal ball flight parameters.
- The Y-track gives the golfer more precise CG adjustability than ever before with more than 1,000 unique CG configurations — more than double the number of positions in the 2017 M1.
- The flat curvature of the front/back track provides the lowest CG possible regardless of the weight setting. In fact, when the weight is in the back position versus M1 2017, the 2018 M3 CG is 36% further back. This makes the moment of inertia (MOI) 10% larger without raising the CG projection on the face. Furthermore, engineers were able to increase the total amount of front/back CG movement by 83%.
- The new Hammerhead slot was engineered to work in combination with Twist Face and Inverted Cone technologies to deliver maximum ball speed across a larger area of the face and thus, resulting in a larger sweet spot.
- By dividing the Speed Pocket into zones, TaylorMade was able to increase its overall length from 82mm to 100mm — a 22% increase.
- The TaylorMade M3 driver will again be available in a 440cc model, which utilizes a slightly smaller head, deeper face, and 22g of moveable weight, working in unison with all of the same technologies as its larger 460cc counterpart.
- Both the 460 and 440cc models come equipped with MCA’s popular Tensei CK Red (high launch), Blue (mid launch) or White (low launch) shafts in R, S & X flexes along with a Lamkin UTx cord grip.
TaylorMade M3 driver – availability & pricing
Available on February 16, 2018.
The M3 460 driver will be offered in:
- 10.5° & 12° loft options.
The LH models will be offered in 9.5° and 10.5° lofts. The M3 440 driver (RH only) will be offered in 9° & 10° loft options.
RRP (460cc) £479 / €579 / 639CHF / 4,499DKK / 5,599NOK / 5,699SEK