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TaylorMade M3 Rescue Review 

TaylorMade made a giant leap forward in 2017 when it released the M1 Rescue complete with an adjustable sliding weight system on the sole.

It was the first hybrid on the market to feature such a system thanks to some clever design features and materials used in the rest of the clubhead.

The new M3 Rescue features this same adjustable system in the sole with a slightly heavier weight, as well as a new crown to give better players a tour-inspired hybrid that lines up easily behind the ball and offers plenty of performance.

Taylormade M3 Rescue

Our Assessment 

Excellent. Ever since TaylorMade acquired Adams Golf (a brand that produced arguably the best hybrids on the market) a few years back TaylorMade Golf’s hybrids have definitely improved in both the looks and performance categories.

They were often too bulky and draw biased before, but more recently they have become more compact, streamlined and neutral biased, and the M3 Rescue is the perfect example of this.

The adjustability in the hosel sleeve and the sole gives better players plenty of versatility to either create a desired shot shape or counteract an unwanted shape.

The two-toned crown and whited out bottom groove on the face really helps with alignment too. And despite being made from steel, this hybrid produces a really pleasing sound at impact closer to that of an iron than most other hybrids.

Pros

  • Adjustability in the sole and hosel gives you plenty of versatility and the ability to fine tune your ball flight and shot shape.
  • The compact clubhead sits neatly behind the ball at address.
  • An improved weight distribution in the clubhead produces a more forgiving and higher flight than before.

Cons

  • The two-toned crown is effective for alignment, but can be distracting to some, especially considering the previous M1 Rescue featured a similar clubhead shape with all-black crowns.
  • The duller, iron-like sound and feel at impact is not everyone’s cup of tea.

Key Facts

Features

Details

Launch RRP

$250.00

Gender

Mens

Handicap Range

Low to Mid

Hand Availability

Right & Left Hand

Swing Weight

Men’s – D4

Lofts

17° (right handed only), 19°, 21°, 24° (right handed only)

Length

Men’s – 39.75-41.25”

Shaft Type and Name

Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei Blue 70 and 80

Manufacturer's Website

Official Video

Taylormade M3 Rescue Detailed Review

Design & Appearance

Arguably the biggest change between the M1 and M3 Rescue clubs is the new two-toned crown design similar to that found on the new M3 and M4 drivers and fairway woods.

As much as this grey and black crown helps with alignment I can honestly say I prefer the all-black crown on the M1 Rescue, but I cannot speak for all golfers.

I do however, love the compact shape of the clubhead and the square toe section that makes the face look more similar to that on an iron.

Build Quality

The fact that TaylorMade managed to integrate an adjustable sliding weight system into such a compact clubhead just goes to show how well the M3 Rescue is designed and built.

The materials used in the construction are incredibly high quality and high strength to allow for the adjustable features.

This is truly a well-built hybrid that will suit lower handicapped golfers looking for added versatility.

Control & Feel

As mentioned before the M3 Rescue features an improved weight distribution in the clubhead that makes it easier to hit and much more forgiving.

The sliding weight in the track on the sole is three grams heavier than the one found on the M1 Rescue from 2017 and this has helped to push that little bit extra mass lower and further away from the face.

This helps to produce a higher launch with less spin than before for the added forgiveness.

Moving the sliding weight across the track certainly makes a difference in the flight, shape and spin of each shot. Setting the weight to the extreme toe area make this an anti-left club.

Setting it to draw reduces the launch and spin to produce more distance and roll for the better player, while moving it to the extreme heel creates quite a looping draw that will counteract slices quite effectively.

Making adjustments to the loft and lie angle using the hosel sleeve makes it easier to custom fit the club by also allowing you to change the shaft.

Value for Money

The M3 Rescue sits at the higher end of the price scale for hybrid clubs, but considering all of the adjustability and the premium stock shaft you are getting more than your money’s worth.

Getting this club properly custom fitted and understanding how the adjustability will affect the performance of the club will make the M3 Rescue a weapon in your bag.

About the author 

Jason Mylroie

Been hooked on golf since I was 12 and lived on a golf estate while at school. Began to work in Golf Industry during university and spent a year on the Sunshine Tour as a media operator. Subsequently became deputy editor of Compleat Golfer in South Africa for 5 years, specializing in equipment and travel reviews. After that I became a consultant to a major golf chain, testing and reviewing all equipment. Also a Callaway custom fitter and play off a 2 handicap when actually getting the chance to play!

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