What’s At The Core of TaylorMade M3 and M4 Irons?

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As we’ve seen with the TaylorMade M3 and M4 drivers, accuracy and distance are the big focuses for the latest from TaylorMade. The M3 and M4 irons use new and redefined features to achieve their goal of “Straight Distance.”

Our review reveals what’s new and improved in these new irons.

TaylorMade M3 and M4 Irons

M4 Irons


The TaylorMade M4 irons are the more forgiving of the 2 new irons, akin to the popular M2 irons. They boast new technology and improve on familiar features, making them straighter and longer. Let’s start by introducing you to what’s new, Ribcor technology.

Ribcor technology consists of 2 ribs on the heel and toe of the club. They provide added structure and strength to the club head. The weight of the ribs increases the MOI (aka forgiveness) 24% over the ’17 M2 irons. They also support the face and topline which reduces energy loss on mishits. Therefore, shots hit across the whole face gain distance.

Pairing with Ribcor to deliver faster ball speeds are face slots and a redesigned Speed Pocket on the 4-7 irons. Face slots and the Speed Pocket let the face flex more at impact, transferring energy to the golf ball like a trampoline.

A larger, stiffer 3-D badge on the back of the M4 irons improves the sound and feel of the irons.

M3 Irons

The TaylorMade M3 irons follow in the footsteps of the M1 irons, a compact iron that provides forgiveness. The M3 irons take the category to the next level with the following features.

Like the M4 irons, the M3 irons have Ribcor technology delivering more forgiveness and distance on shots hit all over the face. a 15-gram weight in the toe also adds to the club’s forgiveness.

A more workable sole on the M3 adds increased shot control to its arsenal. A thinner topline than the M1 irons and a straighter leading edge give the M3 irons a clean, sharp look.

Finally, the 3-7 irons have face slots, Speed Pockets, and Inverted Cone Technology to deliver the club’s accuracy and distance.

M3 and M4 Irons: Pins Beware

Now you know what’s at the core of the M3 and M4 irons. New Ribcor technology and other redesigned features will have pins rattling. See for your self how these irons can elevate your game.

Read about the rest of the TaylorMade M3 and M4 Clubs

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Callaway Goes Rogue with Updated Jailbreak Technology In New Rogue Drivers

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Last year saw a huge breakthrough for Callaway with the Epic and Epic Sub Zero drivers and their Jailbreak technology. In case you forgot (but who could…), Jailbreak technology is 2 Titanium bars behind the clubface attaching the crown and sole. The bars provide extra support, allowing for more face flex, higher ball speeds, and forgiveness throughout the face.

After such a huge leap forward, Callaway set out to improve this technology. Their efforts led to the Rogue drivers. You’ll meet the 3 drivers that make up the line and learn about what separates them from their predecessor.

Callaway Rogue Drivers

Technology

The Jailbreak Effect

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The titanium Jailbreak rods in the new Rogue drivers are redesigned in an hourglass shape, versus vertical in the Epic. The new shape saves 25% of the weight while retaining structure. The weight savings are to repositioned around the head for added forgiveness.

X-Face

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Along with improved Jailbreak technology, Callaway incorporates a new variable-thickness X-Face to add ball speed. The face consists of raised ridges in the shape of a large X in the middle-inner part of the face. This alters how the face behaves at impact to deliver high ball speeds. The combination of Jailbreak and X Face increased the MOI of the Rogue drivers 7.5% from the Great Big Bertha Epic.

Features on the Crown

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On the crown, you’ll notice a new aerodynamic design. Boeing was again brought in to look at reducing drag and collaborated on a new speed step on the crown. This new speed step takes into account the rotation of the club head during the swing as well as the clubhead’s path from start to finish.

The triaxial carbon material used in the Epic has been increased on Rogue drivers. The lightweight material encompasses 46% of the head’s surface, redistributing more weight for more forgiveness.

Models and Specs

There are 3 models in the new Rogue line; Standard, Sub Zero, and Draw.

Rogue standard Driver

The Rogue Standard has a larger footprint than the GBB Epic and does away with the sliding weight on the sole. Callaway did research and found that most golfers didn’t adjust the weight once they found the right setting. The Rogue Standard simply has one weight port in the back.

Rogue SUBZERO Driver

The Rogue Sub Zero has a slightly smaller look at address than the Rogue Standard and produces lower spin. Two weights on the sole (1 2-gram and 1 14-gram) can be interchanged to raise or lower the spin by 200rpm. Heavier weight in the front lowers the spin/ball flight while putting the 14-gram weight in the back raises spin/ball flight.

Rogue DRAW Driver

Finally, there’s the Rogue Draw. This draw-biased version packs 20 grams of weight into the heel, allowing up to 17 yards of slice correction.

Break On Through

The impact on the industry that the Callaway GBB Epic had is huge and will be a challenge to top. The design improvements the Callaway team implemented in the Rogue drivers has them poised to break through and past the standard set by Epic. Be sure to experience these drivers for yourself and see if they are up to the challenge.

Stay tuned for more reviews of the 2018 Callaway lineup, coming soon…

Past Reviews of Callaway Clubs

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Season of Change: Notable New Club and Apparel Signings

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A new season is underway and many players on the PGA Tour are making changes to the clubs, balls, or clothes they’ll be using this year. Some of the more notable new club and apparel signings are listed below:

New Club and Apparel Signings

Sergio Garcia

Sergio Callaway Clubs

Without a doubt, the biggest name on the change list is Sergio Garcia. He made his mark for years playing TaylorMade equipment and wearing Adidas apparel.

For 2018, while he is sticking with Adidas for his look, Sergio has signed a deal with Callaway. His bag will be filled with Callaway clubs and golf balls. It is worth noting that Garcia and TaylorMade mutually agreed to part ways in November. He had also been spotted playing Callaway clubs at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai prior to the deal being made public.

Patrick Reed

Patrick Reed Nike Apparel

Patrick Reed has signed a head-to-toe apparel deal with Nike, the company he first had a deal with before leaving for Callaway in 2013. With Nike no longer in the club market, it’s still uncertain what club manufacturer will land Reed as he is no longer under contract with Callaway.  Stay tuned for more on that front…

KJ Choi

kj choi PING

KJ Choi has signed a deal with PING that will have him playing a minimum of 13 clubs from the manufacturer. These will consist of the G400 driver, fairway woods, hybrid and irons as well as the Glide 2.0 wedges and a Sigma G Piper putter for starters. Known to play a wide variety of club brands over his career, the decision to go with one company shows Choi’s strong confidence in PING as a brand.

Kevin Streelman

Kevin Streelman Wilson

With all of the switches made by players, it’s important to note that Kevin Streelman has signed a two-year extension with Wilson. Originally signed by Wilson in 2011, Streelman has been an important part of Wilson’s Tour feedback staff in regards to products and R & D. Wilson described him as a “trusted advisor” who’s played a key role in the design process of several products over the last 7 years.

Other Notable Signings

  • Jason Dufner signed to Titleist ball, FootJoy shoe, and glove deal. No club deal yet.
  • Francisco Molinari will use Bettinardi putters.
  • Xander Schauffele will play Callaway clubs and wear Adidas apparel.
  • Tyrrell Hatton to don Adidas apparel
  • Jamie Sadlowski signed as a global brand ambassador with Cleveland Golf
  • Brian Harman switches to all Titleist clubs.

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