Martin Hopley

Whilst the TaylorMade M1 Rescue hybrid is part of the M1 family by birth, its genes seem to have come from the other parent to the M1 Driver and M1 Fairway.

TaylorMade M1 Rescue Hybrid

This is immediately obvious from the absence of the carbon composite crown, as the all steel head is all black in complete contrast to the all white head of the previous R15 Rescue.

TaylorMade M1 Rescue Hybrid

Whether you liked the R15 white crown or not, at least it contrasted with the black face to help with alignment. In the M1 Rescue it blends in and merges with the hosel and shaft to give look directly at odds with its sexier looking siblings.

The M in the other models refers to 'multi-material' and in the M1 Rescue this comes in the form of two tungsten weights in the centre back and the toe of the sole that can be swapped to alter the shot shape the club produces.

TaylorMade M1 Rescue Hybrid

By default the back weight is 25g and the toe weight is 3g to give a neutral set up with a mid to high launch. Swapping them over gives a strong fade bias and upon further interrogation of the TaylorMade designers at the global launch, it was clear that this has been designed as an anti-left hybrid.

Feedback from their tour players is that they don't want their hybrids to hook at all, so that is what the M1 Rescue is designed to deliver.

The face is a similar shape to the Adams inspired R15 Rescue, but with a slightly taller face to go with the chunkier look to the classic square style face.

TaylorMade M1 Rescue Hybrid

There is still a small speed pocket in the sole that is also black and assists with ball speeds on strikes low on the face.

TaylorMade M1 Rescue Hybrid

When you swing the M Rescue it does feel heavier than the R15 thanks to the lower weight distribution from those tungsten sole weights and I am not sure your average golfer will prefer that.

TaylorMade M1 Rescue Hybrid

The sound and feel is good, but the overall sensation is of a Rescue that is designed for use from the tee and the fairway rather than getting you out of trouble from longer grass.

The M1 Rescue comes in four lofts from 17 to 24 degrees with an adjustable hosel and a Fujikura Pro 80h shaft as standard, to continue the better player feel and dark looks.

TaylorMade M1 Rescue Hybrid

It feels like the M Rescue should be disowned by the rest of the M family as it is not really aimed at the same market. The M driver is for virtually all golfers and the M fairway for most sub-20 handicappers who want adjustability, but the M Rescue is more of an elite player's club.

The styling and fade bias option gives TaylorMade a product in this sector of the market that could be cover for the mooted sale of Adams in the near future. In this respect the M Rescue is a pretty good club, but unless you have a propensity to hook the pants off your hybrids, then for most single figure golfers the R15 Rescue is probably the better option for now.

Golfalot Rating: 4 stars
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TaylorMade M1 Rescue Hybrid

TaylorMade M1 Rescue Hybrid - Product Details

UK Launch08 October 2015
UK Launch RRP£199
USA Launch08 October 2015
USA Launch RRP$249.99
Handicap Range
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
Left Handed Lofts19°, 21°
Right Handed Lofts17°, 19°, 21°, 24°
Head Volume106 cc
Club Length41.25 inches
Swing WeightD4
AdjustabilityLoft, Weight
Shaft NameFujikura Pro 80
Shaft TypesGraphite
Shaft FlexRegular, Stiff
Shaft Weight80g
GripTM Lamkin Performance 360
Number/Loft2/17°, 3/19°, 4/21°, 5/24°
Manufacturer's WebsiteTaylorMade Website

User Reviews

April 2017

Cracking club, had a go of it in Spain on a rent the clubs for a few days holiday.

Bought the 2 and the 4 when I came back. My local pro felt the 2 in his hands and I got the look of 'this should not belong to you and need to be in my bag'.

Buddy was looking for a 5 wood but asked to borrow it. When I asked about it coming back, he was nice and questioned if our friendship should be taken so seriously.

So the M1 seems to be popular and it goes like stink and is very straight but it can ruin friendships if not careful.

August 2016

Solid club with great results!! Best hybrid I've ever owned!

January 2016

Overall I like the feel of the club and most of its appearance but I've just played one round and found I was missing the desired distance. Will give it another try in a few day to make an attempt to do better in the distance area and I'm looking to get over 225 yards.

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