To finish our look at the 2018 TaylorMade M3 and M4 lineup, we will take a look at the new irons that they are releasing to round out the product line.
For full clarity, TaylorMade did not design these irons for low handicappers. The target market is the mid to high handicapper looking for help launching the ball higher, hitting it further and doing so with greater forgiveness.
Both irons feature RIBCOR technology. RIBCOR is essentially an internal structure designed to strengthen the body allowing the face slots to direct energy back to the ball more efficiently. With the previous models, energy on off center strikes was slightly less then the engineers would have liked. Now that has been mitigated. What will be interesting to see is how the addition of RIBCOR will affect the feel of the irons. In previous testing with the M1 series, while the club performed tremendously, it still lacked the gushiness (I think I just made up a word) that the P series possessed.
Carrying over from the M1 & M2 lines is several key components of the irons. These include the Speed Pocket, Face Slots, ICT (Inverted Cone Technology) and the fluted hosels.
The M3 is the “performance” set out of the two. Overall, the irons have a smaller footprint, less offset and a traditional looking hosel at address. Compared to the 2017 M1 iron which it replaces, the M3 has a thinner topline and a straighter leading edge, which is generally preferred by lower handicapped golfers. TaylorMade also added 15gms of Tungsten to the sole to help lower the CG while retaining the head’s forgiveness.
The stock shafts for the M3 are True Temper XP100 (R300 & S300) and in graphite, MCA’s Tensei iron model (80gm S flex, 70gm R Flex).
The M4 iron model features more offset, larger footprint and designed for maximum forgiveness. The M4 features essentially everything that the M3 has, just in a larger, easier to hit package. Due to the addition of the RIBCOR tech, the MOI on the M4 has increased by 24% over the 2017 iron it replaces, the M2. The M4 also has a pretty hefty vibration dampening badge, designed to dissipate the energy that the face produces at impact. Vibration dampening materials are a necessity when irons are designed to impart the same COR as metal woods, but still have the feeling of a traditional forged iron.
The M4’s stock shafts are the KBS Max 85 Steel (S and R flex) and in graphite, Fujikura’s Atmos Red series (7S, 6R and 5A).
Pricing for the M3 (4-PW) in both steel and graphite is listed at $1100CAD.
M4 (4-PW) pricing is set at $1000CAD for steel and $1100 for graphite.