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Introduction
Something I was not aware of was that 3 of the Top 10 golfers in the world are armed with Matrix Ozik shafts. While most of us will never be as talented as the men on that list, it does not mean that we cannot take advantage of the same products at their finger tips. In fact, I think it’s a wonderful thing that we have the option to truly play what the pro’s play. While we may not sniff the weight and flex of shafts that the Pro’s play, we can benefit from the characteristics of what those shafts provide to the user.

I have been very fortunate to experience Matrix shafts in the past. In my research, it became very clear that Matrix is a company that puts every ounce of their energies into creating a high quality, unique product. Matrix designed the Ozik Series with the form and function of a bow and arrow in mind. Energy is accumulated in the butt section of the shaft until it is released towards the mid section of the shaft. With this high-energy butt section and gradient energy flow through the tip section, a giant, powerful fulcrum is created, greatly increasing the force that is applied to the clubhead and the golf ball.

So what makes the M3 different? Personally, I think the M3 is the perfect complement to Matrix’s vision as a premium shaft powerhouse. In my opinion, the M3 is not just another offering from Matrix, it is a piece to puzzle. The M3 is founded and developed on a foundation that has been proven by success on Tour, and especially in testing.

TECHNOLOGY
The OZIK M3 series represents the culmination of what Matrix has learned in recent years regarding what the young, aggressive power players on the PGA Tour demand. Designed on the industry leading and patented HD platform, the OZIK M3 features a flat, lower spinning ball flight often preferred by players with higher ball speed. The genesis of the M3 resonates from the flight model of the highly successful M2 series, a winner of numerous PGA Tour events including 2 Majors. Better players preferring additional stability in the tip section will benefit from the tightest design construct ever released by the Matrix R&D team.

Pretty awesome claims if you ask me! Matrix’s HD platform is tried and true, and finally, there’s a shaft that allows a golfer to be completely aggressive with the swing, at impact, and through the hitting zone, without having to make the jump to a shaft outside of the mid 60 gram range.

The 6M3 comes in 4 different flexes: Firm, Stiff, Strong, & X-Stiff, so there will be an audience that these simply do not cater to. The shaft comes stock from Matrix at 46 inches and features a 0.335’’ tip diameter. What I find most interesting (and appealing) about the line is the weighting. For example, the Firm weighs in at 63.5 grams, the Stiff at 64.5 grams, the Strong at 65.5 grams, and the X-Stiff at 66.5 grams. I love the fact that Matrix has provided the consumer with a low launching, low spinning shaft, that caters to an aggressive golf swing, in that weight range. Personally, I think it is pure genius. I’m not saying there aren’t other options out there that provide similar flex in similar weight ranges, but are those options engineered with a specific swing characteristic in mind? I’m not so sure.

LOOKS
I find it pretty fitting that a company named Matrix, comes out with a shaft that looks like the M3. A matte Black is the base layer of the shaft and the first thing that jumps out to me, is the white lettering of “MATRIX”. Upon further investigation, the interior of the lettering of “MATRIX” seems to be filled with some sort of scripted code, a la The Matrix. I think it’s a great design both visually and conceptually. I’m almost positive that was not the intent but it’s the first thing I thought of.

I’m also a bit biased because I love the simplicity of the design of the shaft. I’m not a fan of loud coloring in my golf attire or accessories, so the M3 fits perfectly to my eye. Honestly, the M3 just screams “Matrix” and for a shaft company, that’s a very good thing.

TESTING
I received the Matrix 6M3, in Stiff flex, to review. The shaft was shipped to me at the stock length of 46’’. I tipped the shaft with an adapter for my R9, butt trimmed the shaft to 45.5’’, and put a Golf Pride Tour Velvet grip on it. All range and on course testing was conducted locally, and all testing of the 6M3 was conducted in a Taylormade R9 driver at 9* of loft. I always leave the setting on Neutral for the sake of testing shafts.

My approach is, and always has been simple, report my thoughts based on what I am seeing, feeling, and experiencing on the range and in play. Before I get into my results I must admit that I do very little research on a shaft before I begin my testing. I prefer going into it blindly. I’m not sure if this is fair or not to the company, but in the end I would rather be recognized for putting my honest opinions out there as opposed to having a somewhat influenced mindset from the start.
At any rate, I was lucky to get 5 rounds of golf in, as well as 6 range sessions in with the 6M3. My first experiences with the shaft were actually on the course and not on the range. Not only was I fortunate to be able to try this shaft, I was blown away with how well it performed for me. I’m not the longest driver of the ball, nor do I have the fastest swing speed, and I’m certainly not the most accurate, but I typically look for a couple of things in a driver shaft for me: a lower ball flight and consistency! The 6M3 not only delivered, it delivered in jaw dropping fashion.

The ball flight provided was piercing. Not too low mind you, but almost at that perfect height, right below the tree line, as though your ball knew to stay below any oncoming conditions. What was truly a blessing was the feel and feedback. For a shaft to offer low spin and low launch, I would typically imagine it to be very stiff and rigid but with the M3, I didn’t experience that at all. Instead, I was shocked to find that I could easily feel the shaft loading and unloading, and the feedback after impact was very pleasurable on the senses. One thing I absolutely loved was that my natural shot shape with the driver (which is a fade) was minimized significantly. At first, I thought it was some sort of fluke but these consistent results kept showing up every time I hit a drive off the tee.

My FIR (fairway in regulation) leading up to putting the 6M3 in the driver was 8.71 per round. My average FIR’s with the 6M3, through 5 rounds of golf, was 10.8! I’ll definitely take an additional 2 FIR’s per round. I really do not want to compare numbers of the M3 to other driver shafts I have tested in the past, but I did want to put up some numbers that I averaged when I put the R9/M3 combo on the Vector:

Average Launch Angle: 12.9*
Average Ball Speed: 167 mph
Average Spin: 2377 rpm’s
Average Carry: 273 yards

My dispersion was very nice, in fact, tighter than almost anything I have tested to date. Take these numbers for what they are worth, as I’m not trying to compare this shaft to anything else. For me, the ball speed is faster than anything I’ve tested, the spin is on par with a couple of other shafts I have reviewed, but the launch angle is a good degree or more lower than most shafts I’ve tested in the R9.

CONCLUSION
Matrix continues to impress me! They make claims, they market their shafts, and so far, every bit of data I have collected supports those claims. To me, this is a beautiful indication of a company who knows what they are doing, especially in R & D. I don’t want to peg this shaft on a certain segment of the golfing population because in the end a fitting should determine the right shaft for a golfer, but for me; an amateur golfer with a moderate swing speed, and one who likes to “get after” the golf ball on the tee, the Matrix 6M3 shaft is a match made in heaven!

If you are interested in finding an authorized dealer or if you are looking for more information on the M3 Series, please visit Matrix’s website at www.matrixshafts.com.

Thanks for reading!
-TC

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  1. Cookie says:

    TC, my friend, this was one of the best shaft reviews I have seen. Not because of the results, but because of how you explained how the shaft is intended to perform during the swing. While I don’t think I have the SS to get after this, Matrix seems to have put together a shaft that truly can change the game off the tee for a large range of golfers.

    Very well done!!

  2. Wakerider says:

    Wow, Awesome review TC. We seem to have very similar numbers, so this was a great review for me to read. Looking forward to reading the review on the RUL shaft.

  3. FabioBB says:

    Matrix 6M3 i awesome . I have Nakashima Ntec driver with this shaft . It is great combo . Very long , nice dispersion , piercing ball flight . It is low launch and very low spin driver – TRUE BOMBER

  4. Chunkylover says:

    One of the better reviews that I’ve read Lucas. Great job dude. Doesn’t look like I fit into this shaft

  5. ddxu says:

    Awesome review Lucas. I loved how you included the numbers and let them speak for themselves.

  6. DMB012 says:

    Great review Lucas! Wow an increase to 10.8 FIRs. That is very nice! I love a low launching shaft and hope to get to try this one out some day.

  7. damaikis says:

    I want this shaft. I have one of Matrix’s higher-spinning offerings, and I love it, but I would like to lower my fight more. Keep it at this weight? Count me in! Great review TC! Very well-written and informative! Plus it looks fantastic! Thanks TC!

  8. Freddie kong says:

    Well it looks like for some technology my actually produce better golf. Based on this review in the right hands this shaft is a game changer and a handicap dropper. Nicely down TC!

  9. Hanks says:

    Excellent review TC, your best one to date. Sounds like you have a winner on your hands with this shaft, does it stay in the driver?

  10. FrankA says:

    Thanks for the insight. Great writeup

  11. Howzat says:

    Dosen’t sound like the shaft is fit for my game but would not have known that without the review. It sounds like the perfect shaft for some and Matrix is a company I need to check out. Great Job TC!

  12. Yoccos says:

    Fantastic review TC. When i saw low launching and low spin, I was almost ready to put this out of my mind because I usually perceive them to be tough too feel but now I’m curious!

  13. Ryan H. says:

    Much like Yoccos, I went into this one thinking it would be too much shaft for me, but I do wonder if it could work out after reading a few things you’ve said and seeing some increase in my swing speed. Hoping to give this one some swings at the outing. Tons of great information here, TC.

  14. Kmac™ says:

    Excellent and very thorough review. I can tell you really take the time to thoroughly test these shafts out and put them through their paces. Love what Im reading about this shaft, maybe not for me but once again Matrix has brought another quality shaft to the market. Im in love with the looks of it too.

  15. Puttin4Bird says:

    Not only was this very informative toward the product you reviewed but it also taught me a lot that I didn’t know in terms of different shaft technology and terminology. Great work on the review and I am 100% intrigued and can’t wait to demo this thing.

  16. Coolbreeze says:

    That was a great review Lucas. I’m not sure this is a shaft for my game, but Matrix continues to impress as a company. Looking forward to more reviews.

  17. 9-Iron Man says:

    A great review TC, a great review. I love “The Matrix” inspired Matrix logo on this shaft. It was the first thing I noticed in the picture. Love it! This might be too low launching for me but I like the low spin aspect of it. Matrix continues to impress!

  18. One-T says:

    TC, that was an excellent review. I know you had been telling me all about this and how much you loved. it. I wish I could have seen you in action with this shaft. I look forward to hitting that thing

  19. Paulo says:

    Awesome review TC. Really enjoyed reading that, and your enthusiasm for the product really shone through while being completely unbiased.

    Sounds like Matrix have done it again. They’ve delivered a shaft which performs exactly as intended, and this time they’re catering to a market segment which probably gets less love than it should from most OEMs.

  20. golf4life says:

    Really excellent, throrough review TC. Your results are very intriguing to me to say the least!

  21. yorkem says:

    Great review TC. You were spot on with the looks of the shaft IMO, and there were some really impressive numbers when you got into the testing. Great job buddy.

  22. TheDue says:

    Nice read TC. You had me sold at “The 6M3 not only delivered, it delivered in jaw dropping fashion.” No, I seriously doubt this would be the shaft for me with such low spin, but a solid review of a great product for many out there.

  23. SW says:

    Wow man, I’m kind of speechless after reading that. This review is so complete that I feel like I’ve tried the shaft myself. Fantastic job TC! Matrix, thank you for delivering a great product and letting us learn more about it.

  24. Dr. Teeth says:

    This shaft sounds like heaven to me! It seems to have the whole package. Looks- Check! Feel- Check! and most importantly Performance- Check! Great review Lucas! I cannot wait to try this shaft out!

  25. tomahawk18 says:

    Great review TC. I have always loved the Matrix offerings

  26. royalwulff says:

    Great review there TC!! Like others this shaft may not be for me but from what you are saying there are some that are going to be bombing it.

  27. d_in_la says:

    Interesting review, TC. I’m curious if you had any thoughts about the weight and how that may have benefited your results. I know this might be hard to reference without discussing other shafts, but I’m curious none the less.

  28. Dirtydawg67 says:

    Fantastic review buddy! I can’t wait to play around with this in May.

  29. ole gray says:

    Excellent review and this shaft has me pondering! Even for us older guys who have some spunk in the trunk, I think this could be a wise investment.

  30. afwcardinal says:

    Very nice TC. Impressed with your resullts and yourresponse to these clubs. I currently am playing the R9 and will be looking for a new driver shaft soon. This sounds like a very good candidate. Thanks.

  31. Sean says:

    I’ve always liked Matrix shafts. I have a just released House of Forged shaft in my ML4, I believe it’s manufactured by Matrix.

    Those are great numbers you got with that shaft TC. Sounds like a keeper. 🙂

  32. DawgDaddy says:

    Nice write up TC, I am a fan of the Matrix line, I play one of their shafts in my current driver.

  33. ghsace says:

    Great review TC. Very informative.

  34. Esox says:

    Great job, TC.

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