There’s Something Twisted About The TaylorMade M3 and M4 Drivers
TaylorMade’s latest line of drivers, the M3 and M4, aims to put a twist on the industry, quite literally. The goal of these new driver’s features is accuracy, bringing mishits back towards the center. We introduce you the new technology in the new TaylorMade M3 and M4 drivers and how they benefit your game. The M3 and M4 share 2 new features and also have a unique new feature that enhances performance. We begin with their similarities and then highlight their unique features.
TaylorMade M3 and M4 Drivers
Twist Face Technology
The most exciting feature in the M3 and M4 drivers is the new Twist Face technology. After studying hundreds of thousands of driver shots, the company found the traditional bulge and roll of traditional driver faces lacking. Aiming to improve accuracy, TaylorMade put their “twist” on the traditional driver face.
Typically, shots hit high tow on a traditional driver face launch lower with low spin, heading left. Shots hit low heel launch higher, with more spin and head right. To counter these effects, TaylorMade literally twisted the club face.
The face of the M3 and M4 drivers is twisted open on the toe and closed on the heel. Doing so creates more spin and higher launch on toe shots and less spin, lower launch on heel shots. To simplify, each mishit will be brought closer to the center.
The goal of increasing ball speed across the face of clubs to gain distance is not new to the industry. In the past, TaylorMade has used a slot on the sole of their drivers, creating a spring-like effect at impact. Designers at TaylorMade updated the slot on the M3 and M4 drivers, calling it Hammerhead Technology.
This new speed pocket is 22% longer than previous versions and works in conjunction with the Twist Face. The pocket is separated into 3 zones by two ribs. The zones create more forgiveness in a larger area of the club face (read: bigger sweet spot). The ribs also provide strength to the club face, allowing it to be made thinner to increase ball speed.
The TaylorMade M3 driver replaces the ’16 and ’17 M1 drivers. It has the familiar adjustment “track” on the sole to control ball flight. However, the design of the track on the M3 driver is a departure from what we’ve seen in the past.
The M3 has a Y-Track adjustment system that controls the CG as well as ball flight. Moving the 2 11-gram weights around the track moves the CG front and back as well as giving draw and fade bias. According to TaylorMade, there are over 1,000 unique combinations.
Unique on the M4 driver is it’s improved Geocoustic technology. As a refresher, design elements improve the sound and feel of the club.
The Geocoustic technology produces a more muted sound than the ’17 M2. The back weight on the sole is almost double in size from previous clubs. Tipping the scale at 41 grams, the increased weight helps with forgiveness (more MOI) and stability.
Final Thoughts on M3 and M4 Drivers
Along with the standard 460cc head size, the M3 driver also comes in 440cc. The M4 driver will also have a D-Type version, like the ’17 M2, that has more draw bias to it.
Check out the gallery below for the stock options for each of M3 and M4 drivers. As before, there are also several custom no-upcharge shafts to choose from.
The drivers will be available for pre-order on 2/1/18. We can’t wait to try them out and experience all the new features for ourselves.