GM verdict: Although it may seem hard to believe, adding extra loft can help you find added distance. This is because the CG has been moved forward to keep spin down and, subsequently, you require added loft to get the most out of the design. The head size and shape will be familiar to many who have used TaylorMade Rescue clubs before, and is extremely versatile. But... some players will find it difficult to accept the amount of loft they need to get the most out of the design. Testing before purchase is essential. PGA pro verdict:In recent years, hybrid clubs have become very similar in terms of the performance on offer, but this was very different. The flight was penetrating and powerful, reminiscent of a well-struck long iron. The head design was pleasing and the colour scheme subtle. The appearance at address gave the impression that I was looking at a long-iron replacement club, rather than a small-headed fairway wood. The factory loft setting worked well for me, but many will find improved performance by adding more loft than they normally would. To ensure even distance gaps between clubs, it’s important to get a fitting. Test Team Rating:Performance: 4/5Visual appeal: 4/5Innovation: 4.5/5Value: 4/5Overall: 4/5
By Paul O'Hagan
The new version of TaylorMade's Speed Pocket has been made smaller than the original, allowing the face to flex faster at impact, promoting faster ball speeds. The centre of gravity (CG) has been moved forward to minimise spin and allow players to increase loft in order to find added distance. Loft can be adjusted up or down by 1.5 degrees.
Will suit... those after plenty of distance from a compact head.
Paul joined Golf Monthly in 2006 in a junior role and has since worked as senior staff writer and now as technical editor. He writes equipment and instruction content and tests the vast majority of golf clubs that are introduced every year.
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