Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:11 AM
I've played the 2016 M1 since it came out. I use a GD Tour AD DI 6X at 44.25". It is a great driver--very long, but i've struggled with left and right misses for the last few months. I decided I was going to get a new driver for the 2018 season.
My friend has a G400 and I hit it at the range the other day. It setup better than any driver I'd ever stood over. I hit it straighter than my M1 so I decided I would look into getting fit for a G400.
Taylormade put on a M3/M4 fitting this weekend and I decided to go. I probably hit 20 balls with the M3, and was fitted with the Tensei White 70X. It was very long. My avg, normal SS is around 105, and it maxes around 109-110. On the GC4 I carried one 280, total 308. My average was 268 carry, 290 total. I preferred the feel of the M4 more, but my number and dispersion was much better with the M3. Re: Twist Face- I hit two balls that were high off the toe side of the face. Right when I hit them I knew they were heading way left. Both of them resulted in high draws right down the middle, and both of them were almost normal distance (280 total). I though the Twist Face was a gimmick, but I truly believe in it after seeing those shots.
After getting fitted, I went and grabbed a Ping G400 off the shelf. I got the LST version in 10*, with the Tour 65X shaft. I hit five shots with it, then another five with the M3. The M3 was 10 yards longer, and much straighter than the G400. It hit one toe shot with the G400 that went left--like I thought it would when I struck it. And, for sake of comparison, the Tour 65X provided almost identical launch (14*) and spin numbers (2100)--so it would have been my fitted shaft, just like the Tensei in the M3.
I will be buying a M3 this year. The distance was great, but the selling point was the toe shots resulting in high draws. That doesn't happen with my M1, and it didn't happen with the G400 either.
Taylormade M3 460 10.5* - Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 60TX
Titleist 917F2 15* - Graphite Design Tour AD MT 8s
Mizuno CLK Hybrid 19* - KBS Tour Hybrid Prototype 95 S+
Mizuno MP-18 MB 8-PW, MP-18 SC 4-7 - KBS Tour 130X ss
Titleist Vokey SM5 50*, 54*, 58* - Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400
Kingston KP1 GSS