Instagram user MSTGOLF has posted the first pics of the upcoming TaylorMade M3 driver.
The new model appears to leverage a chassis construction similar to what TaylorMade has used in the last several iterations of drivers, however, the track weighting system has been updated with a unique Y-shaped design. The updated design would presumably allow for a slight amount of either fade or draw bias, while placing both weights in the rear should boost MOI by an appreciable amount.
The apparent emphasis on greater forgiveness suggests TaylorMade may be done with low/forward CG in its 460cc models and instead may be following PING, Cobra, and PXG into the higher MOI space. For players with a legitimate need for lower spin, the upcoming M3 440 remains an option.
Like the M4, the M3 will feature ball speed preserving Hammerhead technology.
Sources have told us that new M-series also features a new (for TaylorMade) Twist Face technology. Functionally you can think of it as offset or tilted bulge and roll. Unlike conventional designs where the face roll is perpendicular to the horizontal face center, TaylorMade has twisted it a bit in an attempt to make it nearer to perpendicular (relative to the ground plane) at impact. Basically, TaylorMade is attempting to get better performance by designing its bulge and roll radii for how the face is positioned at impact (toe down relative to address) rather than how its oriented before you swing (conventionally square).
It’s a solid idea, though I’d be remiss not to point out that what we’ve heard doesn’t sound significantly different than how Cobra mills the bulge and roll in its new F8 drivers.
The official announcement along with pricing information is expected in early January.