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The TaylorMade Stealth 2 Rescue produces exceptional ball speeds and provides ample forgiveness. A great hybrid designed for the majority of golfers.
The TaylorMade Stealth 2 Rescue is the so-called standard model in a lineup that now includes three hybrids. Sitting between the more player-centric Stealth 2 Plus [full review HERE] and the all-new slice busting Stealth 2 HD [review HERE], the base model Stealth 2 Rescue fills the needs of a vast majority of golfers. Is it right for you? I’ll try and answer that question in this review.
To my eyes, the Stealth 2 Rescue has more visual appeal than the original model [full review HERE]. From the address view, the slimmer face framework looks more balanced with the size of the head. And the gloss black crown looks more high end. With my 22° loft, the silver graphic across the top of the face offers a crisp alignment aide. And once again, TaylorMade included a stealthy “STEALTH” of raised text on the trailing edge.
There’s a lot to take in with the sole, but the designers did a masterful job making it look harmonious. The linearity of the shapes created by the voids makes the sole look like a part on a SpaceX capsule. The red accents coordinate well with the wonderful headcover.
Sound & Feel
I nearly went through my entire first test session before realizing how pleasant both sound and feel of the TaylorMade Stealth 2 were. That’s not saying that sound and feel are un-noteworthy, but more a compliment as neither drew attention – positively or negatively.
Impact sound is an unassuming mid-volume metallic “thwack.” The sound deadened with mishits, but I’m referring to true mishits. Feedback to my hands was similar. Reasonable contact felt crisp and the head stable. Even when you’re not swinging it the best, you’re going to feel like your game is on with the Stealth 2 Rescue.
What did have my attention during that first test session was the trajectory and distance the Stealth 2 Rescue was generating. Balls were launching fairly high with good carry and runout. And with more hits, the consistency began to come into focus.
Reviewing launch monitor data at Club Champion confirmed my visual observations. What I hadn’t expected was a 1.48 average smash factor. The Stealth 2 Rescue has some serious power. Spin was a tad low for me but very consistent. Master Fitter Alan O’Berry wasn’t surprised at my results – the Stealth 2 Rescues have proven to be standouts during his fitting sessions.
The main engine for that power is the Inverted Cone Technology that TaylorMade revamped for the Stealth 2. The technology allows engineers to tweak the face design for each loft to optimize ball speed across the face. The nicely presented TaylorMade website doesn’t highlight the Speed Pocket, but clearly it assists with consistency – especially with shots low on the club face.
V Steel is another proven design element that’s back for the Stealth 2 Rescue. Located down the center axis of the sole, it promotes launch and smooth turf interaction. To further optimize launch, TaylorMade lowered the COG for the Stealth 2.
If you like distance and forgiveness in your hybrid, the TaylorMade Stealth 2 Rescue is tough to beat. Add in the ease of getting the ball airborne and pleasing aesthetics, and the Stealth 2 Rescue deserves your attention. The only potential negative is the lack of adjustability. “Rescue” may convey a message that the club is designed to save you in sub-optimal positions, but the Stealth 2 Rescue is more apt to keep you out of them – and in attack mode.
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