TaylorMade M3 Driver Review featuring Dustin Johnson

The super-premium TaylorMade M3 driver has three new key pieces of technology. Equipment editor James Savage looks at how they might help your game... Review: TaylorMade M3 driver Our TaylorMade M3 driver review largely took place at the brand’s launch event in Carlsbad. We will be doing some more in-depth testing with the TaylorMade M3 driver over the coming weeks and will add our feedback and results to this review. TaylorMade M3 driver – First impressions TaylorMade M3 driver There’s so much new technology in the TaylorMade M3 driver it’s hard not to dive straight in to it. But let’s look at the aesthetics where we see a really confidence-inspiring 460cc head with a grey and black crown. TaylorMade have switched from white to grey with the new M3 and M4 drivers to keep evolving more than anything else. Personally, I prefer the white and black combination but I can see why some might favour the slightly more stealthy look of the new products. TaylorMade M3 driver The TaylorMade M3 has three key pieces of new technology which are all visible from the outset – Twist Face, Hammerhead and a new Y-track sliding weight system. TaylorMade M3 driver – The technology Ok, so what is Twist Face and why do TaylorMade think it is going to help club golfers and tour pros hit more fairways in 2018? Drivers are traditionally designed with ‘bulge and roll’ and which allows shots to be hit out of the heel and toe to spin back towards the centre or target line. TaylorMade M3 driver Well, that is what happens during robot testing but a fairly big difference between robots and actual golfers is that us golfers don’t always return the club face square to the ball. TaylorMade M3 driver So when we strike it out of the heel and toe we will have the ‘gear effect’ which spins the ball left and right but also a face that is too open or closed. The Twist Face technology in the TaylorMade M4 driver should reduce the impact of off-centre hits and keep the ball flying straighter. The Hammerhead technology on the sole of the TaylorMade M4 driver is effectively a next-generation ‘Speed Pocket’. It has now been divided into zones with a larger, flexible area in the centre to increase ball speed and reduce back spin for shots hit low on the face. The new Y-track weight system on the sole adds to the adjustability by allowing weight to be moved backwards and towards the heel and toe rather than just horizontally. TaylorMade M3 driver This should help to add a bit more forgiveness while still being able to fine-tune the ball flight. There are two 11g weights which can be placed anywhere so you can place both weights back in the draw and fade positions for the most stability and forgiveness. TaylorMade M3 driver – The results TaylorMade M3 driver We haven’t had chance to get the TaylorMade M3 driver on a launch monitor to have a look at our numbers yet. But we will be doing lots of in-depth testing and comparisons over the coming weeks. This is the driver we expect Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose to be putting into play in 2018. We caught up with Johnson at the brand’s launch event and he was getting a little bit more ball speed than with his M1 and claims his ‘high toe’ miss is going straighter with the M3.