The Golf Monthly TaylorMade M1 Rescue review, a tour inspired hybrid that features two adjustable sole weights to alter shot shape and a Speed Pocket for distance

Product Overview

Overall rating:

TaylorMade M1 Rescue

Pros:

  • Boasts a shape close to perfection, a superb feel and bundles of adjustability to find your optimum ball flight

Cons:

  • Game improvers may find it too intimidating to look at behind the ball at address

Product:

TaylorMade M1 Rescue review

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£199.00

The TaylorMade M1 Rescue combines both old and new technology to maximize performance and create a clean, tour preferred look. It features a Speed Pocket on the sole behind the face to minimize ball speed loss on shots struck low down.

This is undoubtedly one of the best-looking rescues released in recent years, in my opinion. The shape is just perfect, not too large or toe heavy and there’s a mere hint of onset. The black finish also looks superb without reflecting too much glare from the sun.

The M1 Rescue is also one of the most adjustable hybrids on the market to date. In addition to the 1.5° up or down adjustable loft sleeve, golfers can swap a 3g and 25g weight to create either neutral or fade directional bias.

I really enjoyed this feature. Like a lot of low handicappers, I tend to miss left a lot with my hybrid so positioning the heavier of the two weights in the toe certainly helped to straighten out my ball flight.

TaylorMade M1 Rescue

The feel from the middle was fantastic, sending the ball off fast and on a towering trajectory. I experienced more distance with this hybrid than my current gamer, which admittedly is three years old. Balls frequently carried beyond the 220-yard mark, further than I was used to.

The M1 rescue might be short from front-to-back, but there’s an encouraging amount of face to strike the ball, down to its shape being quite rectangular. This enhances the playability from the turf.

It’s honestly difficult to find a fault with the M1 Rescue. You could argue game improvers may want something a little larger and more confidence inspiring behind the ball but for me, I love the shape and there seemed to be enough forgiveness there to help save your poor swings.

The M1 Rescue comes in four lofts: 2 – 17°, 19°, 21° and 24° and is equipped with a Fujikura Pro 80h shaft in X, S, R and M flexes and a 1.5 degree loft sleeve. It has an RRP of £199.

Verdict

The shape and size of the M1 Rescue will be welcomed with open arms by better players and competent game improvers. It's workable when needed and offers impressive distance for such a small package. The extra adjustability on the sole adds another way to create accurate trajectories and the playability from the fairway makes it a versatile option for the top end of your bag