How to adjust your TaylorMade M3 driver

Thomas Tanner
Apr 03, 2020
5 minutes

The M3 driver takes adjustability to a whole new level. As well as groundbreaking technology in terms of Twist Face and a Hammerhead slot for distance, with just a simple wrench, you can raise and lower the loft, give the driver a draw or fade bias, and change things like the trajectory and spin the driver puts on the golf ball. Our guide breaks it all down very simply to help you set up your M3 driver to best suit your game.

But first, to open any screw in your driver, place the wrench into the top of the screw and turn anti-clockwise, to tighten, turn it clockwise. All the screws, when fully tightened, make an audible "CLICK" to let you know the sleeve is safely locked in place and to avoid over-tightening.

When the shaft screw is fully open, the head can be easily removed from the shaft. The numbers and settings on the tip of the shaft indicate some of the different lofts, lie and face angle options available.

Taylormade uses a 4-degree tip adapter allowing you to adjust the standard loft plus or minus 2-degree. For example, a 9-degree driver, when the STD Loft is locked in, the loft is 9-degrees, the lie angle is a standard 56 degrees, and the face angle is square.

So what happens if we reduce loft? Rotating the shaft to the LOWER position reduces the loft to 7-degrees. At this setting, the face is also 4-degrees more open, and the lie angle is 58-degrees. Spin will also reduce the amount of spin the driver imparts on the ball by about 400 rpm.

So what happens if we increase loft? Rotating the shaft to the HIGHER position increases the loft of a 9-degree driver to 11-degrees. At this setting the face will be closed 4-degrees, the lie angle is 58-degrees, and about 400 rpm of spin will be added.

Note, you don't have to adjust to the LOWER or HIGHER settings, you can adjust incrementally along the notches in between to make the changes more gradually.

Rotating the tip adaptor through 180-degrees to UPRT setting keeps the loft at the stated number, but now the club sits 4-degrees more upright. This sets the club up for a draw, but it's a lot more subtle than in the HIGHER setting.

As well as the loft sleeve adjustment options, there are also two 11-gram weights within the sliding rails. If you compare the M3 to the M1 head that came before it, you'll see the weight track has changed from a T shape to this Y shape - giving up to three times more centre of gravity movement. These weights are loosened and tightened with the same tool as before.

Pushing both weights as far forward towards the face moves the centre of gravity forward which reduces spin and creates a penetrating flight. This setting will suit the better players who strike the ball out of the centre of the face consistently.

To find the most forgiving setting as possible in the M3, move both weights to the back and split them. As well as making the driver super stable and easy to hit, this will promote a high trajectory on shots.

If you want to create a fade bias with the M3 you have a huge amount of room as the FADE track is quite a lot longer and more accommodating than the DRAW track opposite. You can slide both weights to the end of the Y track to experience the FADE bias at its most extreme. Remember you can adjust the weights anywhere incrementally along the track to make the changes more subtle.

If you want to set the driver up for draw bias, slide one of the weights into the track marked DRAW, leaving the other weight in the straight track.

It's important to remember that you can adjust your driver on the range or at any time before or after your round, just not during it!

Further reading

With over 1,700 possible setup combinations in the inverted 'T-Track', plus loft and lie adjustability in the hosel, the M5 driver from TaylorMade could be seen as a little daunting when you first get your hands on it.

The TaylorMade M4 comes packed with technology for speed, distance, and accuracy. Twist Face technology with curvature low in the heel and high in the toe to straighten off-centre hits and the Hammerhead slot lets the thin face brace and flex at impact for distance.