TaylorMade Qi10 Tour Rescue Hybrid Review

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The TaylorMade Qi10 Tour Rescue has a beautiful, compact look at address.  Iron-like sound and feel.  Tremendous versatility and workability.  Significantly more demanding than the standard or Max versions.  Lower launch and spin.

Introduction

TaylorMade’s Qi10 Rescue family has something for everyone.  The Qi10 Max Rescue [review coming soon] is ideal for players who put a premium on forgiveness.  The core Qi10 Rescue is one of the best do-everything hybrids available.  But for the high level ball striker, the only choice is the TaylorMade Qi10 Tour Rescue.  This is one of the best players hybrid I’ve ever tested.

Looks

I gamed one of the original Tour Preferred Rescues for many years, and while the technology has changed a lot from then to now, TaylorMade’s ability to craft a beautiful hybrid has not.  The TaylorMade Qi10 Tour Rescue is one of the best looking players hybrids in recent memory.  It’s compact from heel to toe and front to back with a distinct pear shape.  The toe is square, and the face is tall, though neither is taken to a cartoonish degree.

Flipping it over, the Qi10 Tour Rescue looks sharp.  The tiny amounts of blue and gold have an outsized impact, giving this a look that’s very different from TaylorMade clubs of the past.  Branding is moderately sized with most of the visual interest coming from different finishes and geometric designs.

Sound & Feel

The TaylorMade Qi10 Tour Rescue reminds us that hybrids are meant to be part iron with a feel that’s more solid and iron-like than explosive.  There’s a lot of satisfaction in feeling the strength of this contact and knowing that you earned the distance.

This solid feel pairs well with the quiet impact sound.  Again, this club has more in common with an iron than its bigger, distance-first cousins.  The strike sounds crisp and satisfying on center.

When it comes to feedback, the Qi10 Tour speaks clearly.  There is an obvious change in the sound of impact when you go from pure strikes to mishits.  You can also feel the impact location precisely, even if you’re not fully locked in.

Performance

A players hybrid needs to walk a fine line.  It must provide more distance and forgiveness than a long iron without giving up too much control of the golf ball.  The TaylorMade Qi10 Tour Rescue walks that line with aplomb.

It took only one swing to see that the Qi10 Tour Rescue is a different animal than its brothers.  Where the Qi10 Rescue [review HERE] is happy to put every shot on a similar, mid-high trajectory, the Qi10 Tour Rescue naturally opts for a lower route.  The launch angles this club produces are noticeably lower, as is the spin, resulting in a more piercing ball flight.  High speed and high spin players will turn this into greater distance.  It it possible to put the ball on a higher trajectory for a soft landing, but that requires skill and effort from the player.

Similarly, the Qi10 Tour Rescue allows you to move the ball in any direction you choose.  There is no built-in bias, so your swing will decide if you’re hitting it straight, drawing it, or cutting it.  The Tour model is the only Rescue with an adjustable hosel, so you do have the option of opening or closing the face to promote a particular ball flight.

All of this freedom does come at the cost of some forgiveness.  Compared to its peers, the forgiveness in the TaylorMade Qi10 Tour Rescue is very respectable.  However, compared to its Qi10 line mates, it is substantially more demanding.  If you’re not swinging well, even your best efforts may not generate the ball speed produced by the standard or Max Qi10 Rescues.  As always, the answer is in getting fit so you can make an educated decision about the tradeoffs between these three excellent hybrids.

Conclusion

If you want to take your long game fully into your own hands, the TaylorMade Qi10 Tour Rescue won’t disappoint.  This club is much easier to hit than a long iron, but it retains the ability to flight the ball up or down, left or right.

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Matt Saternus
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7 Comments

  1. Peter Jackson

    It looks so much like the original Adams hybrids

  2. Matt, I’m still playing the TM M3 Rescue. It’s been super reliable and I love the adjustability. Do you think the Qi10 Tour would be a significant upgrade?

  3. That’s a good question … Now that I think of it I guess I’m looking for something newer with the same profile that may be just a bit better overall. But now that I say that, seems kind lame :)

    • Matt Saternus

      Mark,

      No shame in just wanting something new. My sense is that the Qi10 Tour may be a *little* more forgiving than the M3, but they’re generally the same.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. Matt- have you played the TSR3 as well? Looking to see which you may prefer. I’m looking for a player’s type hybrid.

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