Taylormade M2 Rescue 2017 Review

taylormade-m2-2017-rescue-review
Were you a fan of the M2 rescue which hit the shelves at the start of 2016?

Avid readers will know that we shared our two pennies’ worth on these clubs a while ago, and were largely impressed, although not beside ourselves with joy either.

We were thus going to take some winning over this time around. Particularly given the striking resemblance between the 2017 version and its predecessor, which didn’t augur well for an enthralling, novel experience.

However, aesthetics is far from the be-all and end-all, so with clear minds and willing hearts, we put our noses to the grindstone to test out the TaylorMade M2 Rescue 2017 hybrids. Two more pennies’ worth of chit-chat lies below…

We reviewed the Taylormade M2 Rescue 2017 as part of our Best Golf Hybrids, see full review here.

If you already own the Taylormade M2 Rescue 2017 please leave your review in the customer review box at the end of this article.

Taylormade M2 2017 Rescue Review

8.9 Total Score
Great (B+)

Having been a bit underwhelmed by the first edition of the M2 rescue, we felt that 2017’s model made significant, if incremental, improvements which add up to a well-rounded, forgiving hybrid. Most notable at address is the lower profile of the clubhead, while the enhanced Speed Pocket makes an appreciable difference to ball speeds and distance. The other point to note is that the sound is a bit more solid, and there is a step up in terms of feel and playability too. And for a reasonable price of 200 bucks, it’s likely that these rescue clubs will attract a lot of attention; albeit more likely from mid-handicappers.

Build Quality
9
Control & Performance
9
Design & Appearance
9
Value for Money
8.5
Add your review

Pros and Cons

PROS:
  • Lower profile of the face inspires confidence when addressing the ball
  • Very forgiving hybrids, with some extra distance as well
  • Sound is much improved, with greater levels of feedback
  • A fair price, all things considered

CONS:
  • No major innovations on last year’s design
  • Better options out there for low handicappers

Best Deals

Taylormade M2 Rescue 2017

The enhanced Speed Pocket and lower profile clubhead make the M2 2017 that much better than the original.

Packed with plenty of distance and most of all forgiveness make the M2 Rescue 2017 a pleasure to hit being a mid to high handicap player.

At less than $200 it certainly does offer good value for money and undercuts a number of competitors.

Check Price on Global Golf Compare Price on Amazon Trade In / Trade Up

Side-by-Side Comparison

Image DescriptionScore Offers
Callaway Epic Hybrid Review

Callaway Epic Hybrid Review

As a golfer, you’ll know better than anyone the expression “broad shoulders’. In other words, getting lumped with a ...

Editor choice
2 Cobra King F7 Hybrid Review

Cobra King F7 Hybrid Review

On this page you’ll find our detailed Cobra King F7 Hybrid Review, the pros and cons, and a side-by-side comparison ...

3 Callaway Apex UT Iron Review

Callaway Apex UT Iron Review

The Apex UT is something that most of the better players are looking for in their bags. An option to be able to ...

4 Taylormade M2 Rescue 2017 Review

Taylormade M2 Rescue 2017 Review

Were you a fan of the M2 rescue which hit the shelves at the start of 2016? Avid readers will know that we shared ...

5 Ping G400 Hybrid Review

Ping G400 Hybrid Review

In terms of Build Quality and Control & Performance, the Ping G400 Hybrid shone above the rest of the hybrids we ...

6 Cobra King F6 Hybrid Review

Cobra King F6 Hybrid Review

On this page you’ll find our detailed assessment of the Cobra King F6 Hybrid, the pros and cons, and a side-by-side ...

Best value
7 Callaway Steelhead XR Hybrid Review

Callaway Steelhead XR Hybrid Review

On this page you’ll find our detailed Callaway Steelhead XR Hybrid Review, the pros and cons, and a side-by-side ...

8 Callaway XR Hybrid Review

Callaway XR Hybrid Review

On this page you’ll find our detailed assessment of the Callaway XR Hybrid, the pros and cons, and a side-by-side ...

9 Ping G Crossover Review

Ping G Crossover Review

You ever find that you just don't hit your 3 or 4 iron high and long enough to maximize it's potential? You feel as ...

Best price
10 Mizuno JPX 900 Hybrid Review

Mizuno JPX 900 Hybrid Review

On this page you’ll find our detailed Mizuno JPX 900 Hybrid Review, the pros and cons, and a side-by-side comparison ...

Detailed Review

Build Quality

Like the “old” M2 rescue, the head is all steel, although this time the volume is slightly less (4-6cc). The reason for that is a re-jog of the Geocoustic design, whereby part of the head is sunk deeper into the sole around the toe area. The result is that the ribs are now on the exterior of the clubhead, which TaylorMade have done in order to enhance the sound at impact.

The M2 2017 rescue also features the fabled Speed Pocket, which is not only longer and slenderer, but also has greater flexibility, with the idea being to generate more ball speed at impact. If this is one element of the focus on forgiveness, then the other is surely the lower-profile of the face, which sits deeper relative to the ball on the ground, and thus gives off the impression that they are easier to hit. In a game dominated by the mind, that can be no bad thing!

Another notable tweak has come in the hosel, which now has a shorter flute encompassing 6 indentations, rather than 8. The science behind that? Effectively if keeps the club stable and squarer when you make contact with the ball, and focuses more energy directly onto it too.

Control & Performance

First and foremost, the biggest plus was the upgrade in terms of sound. The previous M2 was desperately hollow and unsatisfying at impact, and didn’t do justice to shot quality. This is something TaylorMade have worked on here, and the results bear fruit. It’s still a little bit on the dull side, but credit where it’s due: huge strides have been made.

The work on the Speed Pocket has also paid dividends, as ball speeds were up – especially when we struck it a bit thin with the 19° & 22° rescues. These clubs are frontrunners in respect of forgiveness, and we found there to be some extra yards available too.

They’ve ramped things up somewhat in terms of feel and workability too, although our take is that top amateurs will still find themselves to be a bit limited so the M1 Rescue would be a better choice for them. The stock REAX shaft is definitely not suitable for those who generate a lot of clicks in their swing speed, although TaylorMade’s vast pantheon of fitting options should take care of that.

Tylormade M2 Rescue 2017

Design & Appearance

In terms of looks, there is some water between the 2017 M2 and the original M2 rescue. The most obvious is the white stepped crown, which is more synonymous with the M driver and woods. Although in these other club categories, the step differentiates between carbon and steel, whereas in the all-steel M2 2017 rescue, it serves merely as an aesthetically-pleasing colour contrast – or an alignment aid at a push. The groove lines also span the length of the face, and adopt an intense shade of white which suits the eye.

In terms of the sole, there isn’t a lot in it in terms of change, although the slot is thinner, and the recession around the toe area really stands out. In the bag, it actually looks very good.

On balance, the head is an agreeable shape, which finds that center ground one seeks between fairway wood and iron, and the more slim-line, low-profile look is hard to criticize.

taylormade-m2-2017-rescue-review

Image Credit: Official Taylormade Image

Value for Money

If you’re already in possession of the previous M2 rescue club(s), then we’d say there isn’t enough in the way of game-changing innovation to justify the money involved with upgrading. However, from the perspective of the rest of you, the M2 2017 makes a strong argument for mid-range golfers who are looking for that added bit of forgiveness.

And to be fair, $200 is a competitive price in today’s market. The fact that we were less enthused by the M2 hybrids than the driver is more a product of the fact that the big dog sets the bar extraordinarily high.

As a simple cost/benefit analysis, and weighing up all the virtues of this rescue, we think it represents decent value.

Key Facts

Product Details Taylormade M2 Rescue 2017 Review
Launch RRP $199.00
Gender Men’s
Handicap Range Mid – High
Hand Availability Right & Left Hand
Lofts 19° (3), 22° (4) & 25° (5) (RH: 28° (6))
Lie Angle 61° – 62.5°
Swing Weight D3
Shaft Type and Name M2 REAX
Grip Taylormade Dual Feel
Manufacturers Website Taylormade

Shop Related Products

Last update was on: February 19, 2018 4:21 pm

Mike fell in love with the game from a very early age – a passion that hasn’t diminished ever since. He earned provincial colors throughout his junior years, but by the time he reached Varsity, the realization set in (thanks largely to some cold ales) that it was time to favor the pen rather than his clubs. He now writes for GA along with a few other sources.

We will be happy to hear your thoughts

Leave a reply

Your total score

Compare items
  • Total (0)
Compare
0