TaylorMade Raylor

TaylorMade Raylor
TaylorMade Golf

From Golf Magazine (ClubTest, May 2010)
Category: Game-Improvement Hybrids
We tested: 19° and 22° with Aldila Reax 65 graphite shaft

Company line: "Raylor is the ultimate weapon from rough. Its sharp, pointed leading edge promotes clean contact as the sole—shaped like a ship's hull —glides through high grass. The sole has 23 percent less surface area than standard hybrids so it won't get hung up in deep rough. Raylor is versatile enough to use from good lies or shots that come to rest against the collar of the green."


PROS: Among the best hybrids in its category; performance from rough ranges from good (cuts through with no issues) to great (most amazing club some testers hit); the small, long-hitting clubhead packs a punch; a stroke saver because it easily digs shots out of rough and advances the ball farther than expected; perfectly capable from fairway lies; little penalty distance-wise on off-center hits; head remains stable through impact; good things come in small packages.

CONS: Some panelists find that the smallish clubhead demands a more precise swing than larger heads; a few testers sense a lighter head, which can cause you to lose track of it during the swing.

$180, graphite; taylormadegolf.com

From the Shop Blog:
"The new Raylor hits the ball higher, longer and straighter from tall grass," said Tom Olsavsky, TaylorMade senior director of metalwood creation, in a media release. "It's the ultimate weapon for getting out of the rough."

To do it, the Raylor is designed with a slightly sharp, slightly pointed leading edge that TaylorMade says allows golfers to slide the face through the grass and onto the back of the ball more effectively.

In addition, the sole of the clubs is shaped like ship's hull, sloping upward at the sides. Again, this should help the club glide more easily through rough. According to TaylorMade, these two features reduce the area that would normally hinder the club in the rough by 23%.
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From the Shop Blog:
Kenny Perry put a yet-to-be released TaylorMade Raylor hybrid club in his bag in the days leading up to the U.S. Open. At the time, he said he wanted a club that would help him hit high, soft, 220-yard shots out of the Bethpage Black rough.

Since that time, the club has stayed in the bag, and he is continuing to use it here at Hazeltine. Look for the TaylorMade Raylor to be released later in 2009.
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From the Shop Blog:
Kenny Perry and Fred Funk each tried a new, unreleased prototype hybrid club as they prepared for the U.S. Open at Bethpage.

The TaylorMade Raylor has a weight screw in the low, rear area and a V-shaped leading edge. According to representatives from TaylorMade, the unique sole of the club helps it work through the rough especially well.
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