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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 R11 Rescue through some testing to see if the performance would match that of the paint. Did it? Check it out.

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From the Company

  • Adjustable loft with Flight Control Technology (FCT)
  • 4 degree face angle change, 2 degree loft change, 2 degree lie angle change, 1,000 RPM spin change
  • Deeper face and lower CG for easier launch
  • White non-glare crown and black clubface for easy alignment

Look
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?

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Technology
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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Testing
Working with the Rescue R11 was a great experience that had its highs and lows that’s for sure. As cool as the adjustability is it can be difficult finding what setting is right for you. Once you find that setting though, it’s an awesome feeling. One thing I quickly found was that this club isn’t the most forgiving when not hit in the center of the clubface which I found odd for a hybrid. You’ll see some distance loss however the trajectory is still straight so you should still be in good shape with your next shot. However when you catch this club on the screws the ball just rockets off the face with a sense of power behind it. The CG at work? Yep. This CG also comes into play when one wants to use a hybrid to play a little bump and run. The CG and the clubface work well together to spring the ball forward with control and a nice solid feel to it. This club is worth having in your bag just for this reason alone. You’ll thank me for this little tidbit of playing advice when you start shaving a few strokes off your game.

The club has a great feel to it and the weighting is spot on. You can really feel the clubhead throughout the swing which I quite liked. Although at times I found this to be an issue particularly on tighter lies or even the fairway where the club seemed to ‘stick’ about when going through the turf. I don’t think turf interaction is it’s forte however the R11 really excels at drilling through the rough. First cut rough, primary rough, it doesn’t matter as this hybrid welcomes and takes on all kinds of rough with ease. Now you almost have an excuse to not hit as many fairways as you may like.

I found the neutral setting to be a little on the high launching side so I went about dialing the settings down to see if that would help even out the trajectory. Well it did but buy doing that I also opened up the clubface a bit which meant my natural fade was now a flat out slice. Not good, so I ended up increasing the loft a little bit which created more spin and led to more distance which was what I was trying to get to begin with. The trajectory was a little more penetrating than the neutral setting and more often than not the shape the shot was dead straight or had a little bit of draw to it. At the end of the day there should be a setting that each golfer can find and be happy with without being overwhelmed by too many choices.

Overall
Taylormade has given the golfer options without making them feel that they will be overwhelmed and not end up using the features that come with the Rescue R11. I think this is a nice bonus to a golfer who may not yet be ready to take on an adjustable driver or fairway wood. Crawl before you can walk right? Hybrids have officially joined the adjustability game and the Rescue R11 is a player. A serious one at that, paint scheme aside. There’s a little something for everyone with this club and it should definitely be on your short list to check out if you’re in the market for a new hybrid. If the color has got your attention, the performance will almost certainly grab it. The Rescue R11 retails for $189 and can be found at online retailers such as Blind9Golf. More information on this and other TaylorMade products can be found at www.taylormadegolf.com. Regardless of what you may have heard, the performance matches the paint and we’re not talking NASCAR here either. Get some white hot performance while you can. You never know what may be up Talylormade’s ball sleeve next.

T. Hanks

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  1. 10YardDraw says:

    Nice job T.Hanks

  2. Ryan H says:

    I’ve yet to hit a white club and this is one that really interests me the most. Thanks for the info, T.

  3. Paulo says:

    Great review TH. Thanks for the write-up. I’ve tried this and it’s definitely a solid option.

  4. Yoccos says:

    Nice job TH!!! Can’tw ait to try this club at the THP Demo Day coming up!

  5. 9-Iron Man says:

    Excellent review Hanks! I know I’ve been really enjoying mine so far and can echo your thoughts about the forgiveness of the club. Hit this club well and it’s a rocket launcher. If not, well it’s still ok. I’m really looking forward to getting this out on the course.

  6. Coolbreeze says:

    Great review Hanks! This hybrid is my front runner to be in the bag at the Morgan Cup.

  7. ddec says:

    Nice review Hanks! I got to enjoy a round with you while you were testing this club. When I was hitting it on the range that day I really liked it. I know that day you used it a lot around the green while working on those bump and run shots. I’m sure this stick will be in a lot of players bags at the Morgan Cup in August.

  8. Penglynns says:

    Thanks, Hanks. As much as I hate the white on the drivers, I’m ok with it on the hybrid. But don’t like the stock shaft. If I can find one with a better shaft for me I’d consider it.

  9. ripper says:

    Nice review Hanks, thanks a lot

  10. Kevin67 says:

    Well done ! Great review, very informative.

  11. Dr.Teeth says:

    Nice review Hanks! I love this hybrid! I just works so well. I have one on order right now and I can’t wait!

  12. Bridges says:

    Nice review Hanks! You covered everything really well!

  13. Super Tuna says:

    Cheers Hanks.
    I have to agree with the not as forgiving comment. I’ve found it’s very close in terms of say a 909H (with better turf interaction). If you catch this puppy on the screws, it just goes. Misses closer to the toe seem to be punsihed quite a bit though.
    Still, an impressive bit of a kit for those who can handle it with the adjustment options and the neat gestalt psychology behind it. Definately a club that is great but shouldn’t be purchased blind.

  14. clam fist says:

    Another club I am now looking forward to trying at demo day. Taylormade is bringing it! Thanks Banks for the review.

  15. Puttin4Bird says:

    Excellent work on the review T! I’ve been using a Burner SuperLaunch but I’m pondering one of these hybrids quite a lot right now. I’ll be demoing this thing a lot at the THP Outing/Demo Day in a few weeks!

    Thanks for the review and keep up the good work!

  16. TC says:

    Well done! I hope to hit one of these at the demo day. I am a fan of the white head/black face. I think the alignment it provides is 2nd to none.

  17. Smallville says:

    There are so many hybrids now. I still have a mental block about the white. I’ve only used Nickent hybrids, but I am going to have to try some more out this summer.

  18. Esox says:

    These are slick, and I will most likely be gaming one or two.

  19. wcueb923 says:

    I just got one of these puppies . You can hit it from almost any type of lie. Nice write up.

  20. Dirtydawg67 says:

    Great review Hanks! The white is so easy to align and seems to calm my nerves. These are definitely on my radar for The Morgan Cup.

  21. Drumdog says:

    Great review TH !!
    I’m still swinging my R7 hybrid, but after gaming the R11 driver and 3 wood, I am sure these would be a great addition to my bag. Thanks again for the review!

  22. Canio says:

    Great review. I’m in the market for a hybrid. I’ll keep this one in my sights.

  23. Staticline says:

    Great review. Thanks for the info.

  24. I really dont understand what you are talking about

  25. john says:

    doyou need a tool to adjust

  26. Ewa says:

    Thanks T. Your informative and positive review was reassuring as I have just purchased
    this club. Do you recommend a fitting by a professional ?

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