TaylorMade M3 Irons

We test the new M3 iron and see if it outperforms its replacement

TaylorMade M3 Irons Review
Golf Monthly Verdict

A drop in spin will see an increase in distance for most over the M1 iron. The M3 iron packs plenty of punch for a relatively compact profile and feels stable, solid and powerful from a wide area with a more understated sound than M4.

Reasons to buy
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    Increased distance over M1 while still appealing to a wide spectrum of players looking for distance and forgiveness in a compact package.

Reasons to avoid
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    Reduction in spin without seemingly adding launch may result in a reduction in stopping power into greens.

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TaylorMade M3 Irons Review - Technical Editor Joel Tadman tests out the new TaylorMade M3 Irons on the GCQuad launch monitor and delivers his verdict

TaylorMade M3 Irons Review

The M3 iron replaces the M1 model and the premise of the latest iteration hasn’t changed – provide distance and forgiveness in a more slimline package than the M4, and it certainly delivers on it.

The M3 has a subtle, understated look but still boasts plenty of shelf appeal thanks to its cutting-edge appearance, with carbon composite pieces in the back, Speed Pocket on the sole and Face Slots on the face.

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From an address view perspective, little appears to have changed. The only difference we could see was a more bevelled top edge on M3, which makes it look marginally thinner.

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The loft (7-iron = 30.5˚) and shaft length hasn’t changed either so any extra performance can potentially be attributed to the addition of Ribcor technology, which is said to minimise energy loss for added ball speed.

Sure enough, we did get slightly more ball speed with M3 over M1. Carry distance went up by a significant seven yards and much of this may be down to the drastic reduction in spin by just under 1,000 rpm.

M3 v M1 iron

Less spin with a driver is normally a good thing but with an iron, it can lead to problems controlling dispersion and stopping the ball into greens but it certainly helped increase both carry and overall yardage.

Over M1, the M3 doesn’t appear to launch or fly any higher, which could result in a reduction in stopping power, but your testing may highlight different results.

Compared with M4, M3 is better suited to higher swing speeds who don’t need help launching the ball and having less offset and tungsten in the toe will make it less draw biased too.

Joel Tadman
Technical Editor

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.


One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 87 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.3.


Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-7 iron, TaylorMade P7MC 8-PW 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and a Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge 

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x