TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2 Rescue
Category: Game-Improvement Hybrids
WE TESTED: 3 (19°), 4 (22°) with Matrix RocketFuel 65 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A lower, more forward CG than previous Rescues means a higher launch with less spin. An improved “Speed Pocket” and thinner, faster-flexing Carpenter steel face contribute to greater ball speeds.
PLAYABILITY: Big, high draws dominate for most testers; sole glides through all but the heaviest shots; effective from fairway bunkers.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: It does a respectable job forgiving misses; the large, deep face maintains distance on off-center hits.
DISTANCE: Sneaky long -- produces a long ball no matter where you hit it on the face; purely struck shots are as much as a full club longer than testers' own clubs; teed up shots get fairway wood-like length.
FEEL: Impact is crisp and powerful; can really sense the ball jumping off the face -- even mis-hits feel good; dampened click sound on all types of hits.
LOOK: New crown graphics provide a giant alignment aid and resemble an archer's bow -- pull it back slow and let it fly; wide face gives confidence that you'll make solid contact.
Definitive draw bias proves to be too much for some testers; seems to favor distance over accuracy on misses; it's better for moving the ball down the fairway than for attacking pins.
BOTTOM LINE: As hot a hybrid as there is in the test -- the high-speed face is a big plus for players with slower swing speeds. It lives up to the extra-distance hype.
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