One of the very best things about buying gently used golf clubs is all the reviews that are available from both casual players and experts alike. After all, there’s no point in buying a TaylorMade hybrid club that won’t help you or is very similar to the one you’re replacing. We get asked for quick reviews pretty often, here’s what we have to say about some of the most recent TaylorMade hybrids.
TaylorMade Rocketballz Rescue Hybrid
This hybrid club was immediately loved by nearly everyone who touched it. A Golf Digest Hot List 2012 Gold Award winner in several categories (including innovation), the Rocketballz rescue hybrid revolutionized the hybrid club with its variable thickness crown, lower center of gravity, and lighter weight. This hybrid is forgiving, smooth and sexy, with great control and extra distance for even the casual golfer. Maybe a bit bright for some, the black face and white crown helps to reduce glare and aid in alignment.
TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2 Rescue Hybrid
An upgrade to the prior year’s technology, the Rocketballz Stage 2 Rescue Hybrid didn’t bring any shame to the family. Earning a 2013 Golf Digest Hot List Gold Award, this hot series only got hotter last year — a thinner, more flexible steel alloy clubface gave it even more distance than its ancestor. The adjustable hosel on the Rocketballz Stage 2 allows you to tweak your loft 1 1/2 degrees in either direction without losing any of the forgiveness of its predecessor. The graphics were hit or miss for many players, but that didn’t keep this club from being one of the most popular hybrids in 2013.
TaylorMade SLDR Rescue Hybrid
There’s a reason the SLDR didn’t walk away with a bunch of awards in its offering year — it’s harder to hit than its cousins in the Rocketballz series. The name is also a bit misleading, since the hybrid lacks the sliding weight that came with other SLDR models, but it does have the same adjustable hosel as the Rocketballz Stage 2 Rescue.
In many ways, this club is another tweak on the Rocketballz series, with a more forward center of gravity and an even thinner face. The smaller clubhead makes it easier for a player with a straight swing to hit it in tighter spots than the Rocketballz series, but it’s much less forgiving for the same reason. If you need a slight edge over the Rocketballz and are a low handicapper, though, this hybrid will do everything you ask.