Review: TaylorMade M3 ironsJanuary 2, 2018 Golf Equipment
The TaylorMade M3 irons aim to offer distance and forgiveness in a 'better player' package. Equipment editor James Savage takes a look with some help from Dustin Johnson...
Our TaylorMade M3 irons review was largely conducted at the brand’s launch event in Carlsbad.
We’ll be doing more testing and comparisons shortly and will update this review with more feedback when we have it.
TaylorMade M3 irons – First impressions
In case you didn’t know, the TaylorMade M3 irons are replacing the M1 irons which launched last year.
So they are the slightly sleeker version of the new M4 irons which are replacing the M2 irons. Are you still with me?
TaylorMade told us they worked really hard to get the looks sound and feel right with the M3.
It can be a bit of a struggle to create an iron that is long and forgiving but still suits the eye of the ‘better player’ and has a nice sound and feel on impact.
There’s a load of new technology in the TaylorMade M3 irons which they think has helped them get the balance right.
TaylorMade M3 irons – The technology
The newest piece of technology in the M3 irons is something called ‘Ribcor’ which gives the face more stability, allows it to flex more in the impact area and helps improve sound and feel.
There’s also ball speed protection on mis-hits from face slots and a speed pocket on the sole.
The fluted hosel helps save weight which can be used to lower the centre of gravity for high launch.
“We packed this iron with our key performance technologies such as Ribcor, Face Slots, Speed Pocket, 180 Fluted Hosel, and tungsten weighting in a very low-CG package intended for the better player looking for more distance,” said Tomo Bystedt senior director of product creation.
“The shaping has been modified as compared to prior models in this category. The M3 iron features a smaller profile, thinner sole, topline, and new leading edge to inspire confidence and allow for precision where it matters most.”
TaylorMade M3 irons – The results
We haven’t had a chance to get the TaylorMade M3 irons on a launch monitor yet and get some numbers but we are really liking the looks.
They are quite similar to the M1 irons in terms of their proportions but are just that bit sleeker at address.
We spoke to Dustin Johnson while he was hitting the TaylorMade M3 irons and he was really enjoying the sound and feel compared to the previous M1 and M2 irons.
The world number one said he was getting much more feedback than he would expect from a ‘distance iron’.
He claimed some irons just felt the same wherever you hit them on the face whereas he really felt the difference when he middled one with the M3 irons.
Johnson currently uses a TP UDi utility iron but has definitely been tempted by the M3 as a long iron replacement so we’ll be keeping a close eye on his set up at the start of 2018.
TaylorMade M3 irons – NCG verdict
We’ll be doing plenty of testing and comparisons with the TaylorMade M3 irons over the coming weeks so stay tuned…
TaylorMade M3 irons details
SRP: £849/£1,049 (steel/graphite)
On sale: February 16