If you’ve been a fan of Taylormade drivers in the past, you might want to check out the second driver in the M series. In this post, I’m going to be reviewing the Taylormade M3 driver and talking about whether or not it’s worth picking up.
Long story short, I liked the M3 driver a lot more than the previous M1. It seemed to be designed for a variety of players instead of just the pros. Both the look and feel was a lot better at impact and it comes with a lot of adjustments. The new Twist Face technology definitely helped improve the forgiveness and that gave me a bit more distance. That being said, it wasn’t perfect or anything like that. It’s near the top of the list in terms of price and it was pretty light. Overall, the performance was a lot better than before but I’d probably go with a different driver if you’re a mid to high handicap with a slower swing speed.
I’m sure you’re aware that the M3 is a bit of an older driver. It’s still perfectly good and was a lot better than the previous M1 driver. If it was up to me I’d go with the newer Taylormade M6 driver. It’s far better than any other driver Taylormade has released (and also cheaper). If that’s all the info you were looking for then great. If you want a more detailed review of the driver, be sure to watch the full video or blog post below
Taylormade M3 First Impressions
I was pretty excited to test this club once it came out because of the new Twist Face technology it had. Basically, the whole idea behind it was to produce the opposite spin on off-center hits, which would keep the ball straighter.
The curved face isn’t really noticeable when you look down at it but the new design is a lot better than before. I thought it was going to be another one of those gimmicks but it actually did work pretty well.
I found it really easy to align the ball which was super helpful. The only thing I’d prefer is if it was a bit heavier (I prefer the weight of the older drivers). I always preferred the feel of Callaway or Ping drivers because they felt a little bit more solid. It doesn’t impact the performance though.
How Did The Driver Perform?
Compared to the old M1, this club felt a lot more solid at impact (not hollow like before) and it also had a deeper sound to it. Again, this isn’t something that has an impact on performance but it could boost your confidence a bit.
The first thing I noticed was that it hit a bit longer than the old M1. It wasn’t by that much, but I’ll take a couple of extra yards anytime I can. I’m sure this had to do with the improved forgiveness of the club.
Here’s a demo video:
The next thing I noticed was my off-center hits were definitely staying straighter than before because of the Twist Face. It’s not going to fix your hook or slice but it was clearly better than before. One thing I will say is that the newer M6 driver is even better when it comes to this.
It was nice to see something actually work like it’s supposed to and not just some hyped-up thing to sell a few more. From what I’ve heard, most people like the M3 driver way more than the previous M1.
Who’s It Best For/Not For?
I would say the M3 is more for your low to mid handicap golfer who likes a lot of customization and has a faster swing speed. It has both a loft adjustment and a weight adjustment, which most drivers these days have.
Even though this driver is more forgiving than the previous M1, I still wouldn’t say it’s the best option for higher handicap players. Sure, you could use it but I think you’d get way better results with something else (and pay less money).
- The new Twist Face technology actually helps with mishits.
- The look and feel were a lot better than the old M1.
- My distance increased with the M3.
- It’s a more expensive club.
- It was a bit too light for me.
- It’s probably not the best for slower swing speeds.
- Performance score: 9
- Price score: 6
- Durability score: 8
- Personal score: 8
My Final Thoughts
Overall, if you’re a low to mid handicap golfer with higher swing speeds, you might want to consider this club. It’s not perfect and there are better options on the market now (in my opinion) but it is a really solid driver. Also, if you’ve used the M1 in the past with good results, this would definitely give you better results.
If the choice was up to me I’d go with the Taylormade M6 driver. The distance between the two is pretty much the same but it’s so much more forgiving. I like the club because it can be used by all levels of golfers. The only real difference between the M5 and M6 is that the M5 has adjustments. Everything else was very similar to me. Plus, I believe the M6 is actually cheaper than the M3 if you’re buying it new (on Amazon).
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Last update on 2022-01-21 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API