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The TaylorMade M3 fairway wood has meaningful adjustment to complement above average forgiveness. A favorite on Tour but also playable for regular golfers.
What’s one thing that Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods, Jason Day, and John Rahm all agree on? For all of them, their fairway wood of choice for 2018 is the TaylorMade M3. I recently had the opportunity to test one to see if it works as well for mortals as it does for the pros.
It’s unsurprising that so many of TaylorMade’s Tour staff plays the M3: it looks great at address. The head is fairly compact by modern standards and has a round, symmetrical shape. The M3 appears even smaller at address thanks to the two-tone crown.
One of the biggest factors in having confidence in a fairway wood is the face height. Tall faces look great on the tee, but can be scary from the turf. The M3 hits that sweet spot where you can feel confident in any situation.
Sound & Feel
Just like the M3 Rescue, the M3 fairway wood produces an impact sound that’s devoid of metallic “tinks” and instead has a solid “crack.” It’s more similar to a wooden baseball bat than your typical high-pitched fairway wood. While it’s not what I expect from a fairway wood, it is extremely satisfying.
Also like it’s hybrid counterpart, the M3 fairway wood has spectacular feedback. Both the sound and the sensation you get in your hands will change noticeably as you move from the center of the face to less desirable areas that we all find from time to time.
Regular readers know that for me, I have two “musts” for a fairway wood. It must elevate the ball easily and it must perform on thin strikes. The M3 fairway wood passed both tests in my first range session. My good strikes were launched on a high (for me), flat trajectory, and my thin shots still got airborne with good distance.
After a few swings with the weight in the stock position, I had to indulge my curiosity about the effects of the slider. The sliding weight in the M3 fairway wood is 29 grams, and it produces a huge change in the feel of the club. Of course, feel isn’t all that changes: your ball flight will, too. When you combine the sliding weight with the 12-position Loft Sleeve, you have enough adjustability to tame a wild hook (or slice) or take one side completely out of play.
When I got the M3 fairway wood onto the launch monitor, I got to see exactly how much the Speed Pocket helped those strikes low on the face. If my best shots were launching between 12 and 14 degrees, thin shots were still around 10 as opposed to dropping to 7 or 8. This, plus the saving in ball speed, equals a huge boost in carry distance.
While I can’t claim that the M3 fairway wood turned my long game into that of Tiger or Rory, it did give me great results from my best swings and very good results from my poor swings. If you want a fairway wood that will allow you to dial in your ball flight without sacrificing forgiveness, the TaylorMade M3 is calling your name.
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