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The TaylorMade M3 Rescue is easy to hit and consistent. Precise adjustability so you can fit the club to your swing and preferences.
A recent trend that I’ve remarked on is the popularity of driving irons or utility irons. Why are they popping up so often? Because many players have a hard time getting exactly what they want from a hybrid. With the uber-adjustable M3 Rescue, TaylorMade is addressing that problem head on.
To my eye, no company has made more great looking hybrids than TaylorMade. The thing that they consistently get right is the shape of the face: the tall, square toe makes the club look more like an iron than a mini fairway wood.
The two-tone crown enhances the iron-like appearance by making the club look smaller than it is.
Sound & Feel
The impact sound of hybrids spans a huge range, from the fairway wood “tink” to the solid knock of an iron. The M3 Rescue resides squarely on the iron-like side of that spectrum. There are no metallic notes at impact, just a deep crack that sends a powerful, solid feel through your hands.
One thing I appreciated most about the M3 Rescue is the excellent feedback. From the first few swings on the range, I was able to tell exactly how well (or not well) I’d struck a shot. Both the sound and the feel change substantially from flush shots to mishits.
Coming into the 2018 season, the only hole in my bag is between my 4-iron and my 3W. Being a low launch, low spin player without big time swing speed, I’ve had a lot of trouble finding a club that would produce the carry distance I needed while still being precise enough to give me confidence. I started my testing of the M3 Rescue hopeful that it would fit the bill.
In my first range session, I was very impressed with the ball flight. Pure shots launched on a mid-high trajectory with a strong, flat flight. Just as important for me, thin shots got up in the air with plenty of ball speed.
When I got on the launch monitor, everything I was seeing on the range was confirmed. My good swings were going the exact distance I needed. Those thin shots carried only 10-15 yards less. The importance of this can’t be overstated. If you’re playing a long par 3, your thin miss is now on the front fringe, not in the water hazard.
The adjustability of the M3 Rescue is just as impressive as the forgiveness. At the extremes, the sliding weight makes the M3 feel like two different clubs and has a massive impact on ball flight. I suspect most people are going to favor a more neutral setting, using it to lessen the impact of their bad miss or increase their odds of hitting their preferred shape. You can also change the loft and face angle via the hosel adjustment.
Before testing the M3 Rescue, I was among those players who was about to give up on hybrids. Now, it’s a question of how I’m going to dial in the M3 hybrid to get the best results. If you haven’t been able to find a hybrid that does what you need, check out the M3 before you throw in the towel. I think it will change your mind.