Friday, 2 December 2011

Taylormade Rescue 11 Review

Golf equipment has certainly come full circle in recent years. Everything from irons, drivers, fairway woods, and even putters has gone a complete overhaul in the way they are looked at and played. When hybrids first came out they were designed to replace the longer irons in an iron set that were harder to hit. Generally speaking. Now with recent technological advancements, hybrids are now replacing fairway woods. They’ve come a long way since first being thought of as a ‘cheating club.’ Taylormade created some serious noise in 2011 by introducing the color white to its line of clubs and that white trickled down to its popular Rescue hybrid as well. 
THP put the taylormade rescue r11through some testing to see if the performance would match that of the paint. Did it? Check it out.

There’s no mistaking a Taylormade golf product in 2011. White is the new black and it’s taken the golf world by snow storm. The cool thing is that they’ve nicely incorporated both black and with into the club. Ebony and ivory, white and black cookie, Taylormade Rescue 11? It all comes together! If you’ve never seen the new white crown yet you’re surely missing out on a visual treat. It’s not stark, glaring, etc. It’s actually calming at address and the black clubface provides a great alignment aid in of itself. Is the clubhead squared to the target line? Forget the alignment aid on the crown and the graphics on the back of the crown, use the clubface as your guide. For all intents and purposes you forget that the club is white after the first few shots or holes with it which is one less distraction you need before ripping a shot off with this club. The stock Aldila RIP shaft is a nice addition to an already sleek but powerful offering and the look certainly blends well. The club has the look of a smaller fairway wood which gives you the comfort of hitting it off the tee, off the deck, or in the rough. Hybrids certainly are versatile, no?

Everything about the Rescue 11 hybrid screams ‘technology.’ The paint on the crown, the RIP shaft, and especially the adjustability factor. This factor, known as Flight Control Technology (FCT), is the soul of this club. With FCT you can increase or decrease the launch angle by 1 degree. There are eight, count them eight, different FCT positions that allow you to increase or decrease loft in .5 increments as well. Why should it’s big brother R11 driver have all the adjustable fun right? With every FCT adjustment your spin rate will also change as well. More loft gives you more spin for greater carry while the lower the loft the less spin you’ll get with a little less carry. Don’t believe me? Look at Exhibit A below. Exhibit B can be found in the ‘Testing’ section of this review where I tell you what I saw when I played with these different settings to dial myself in. In addition to the adjustability, Taylormade also placed the CG (center of gravity) lower and more towards the rear of the clubhead which is designed for better shot shaping capability. Does this all work like its advertised? Read on my friends.

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