Many golfers don’t like the look of a hybrid or are intimidated by a 2- or 3-iron, so the GAPR MID could well be the ideal club for them. Off-centre performance seemed to be more efficient than the LO and more suited to average swing speeds, but it didn’t launch the ball as high or with as much speed as the HI model. To top it off, the stock KBS Hybrid 80 shaft helped launch and speed by feeling lightweight, stable and well balanced in equal measure.
A versatile trio of clubs with the potential to mix and max given the relatively stark performance differences. Solid feel, fast ball speed and high levels of forgiveness in the case of the Mid and Hi.
The appeal of the Lo is limited to tee shots and those with fast swing speeds. Look of the Hi at address will be too busy for some.
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TaylorMade GAPR Range Review - We test and compare the new TaylorMade GAPR Lo, Mid and Hi models at West Hill Golf Club
TaylorMade GAPR Range Review
The new GAPR range from TaylorMade is aimed at golfers seeking either an iron-like alternative to their hybrid or most lofted fairway wood, or a hybrid-like alternative to their long irons. There are three clubs within the range - the GAPR Lo, Mid and Hi - you can read more about the technology within the three clubs here.
TaylorMade’s SpeedFoam technology inside the clubhead serves the dual purpose of generating ball speed while also dampening vibrations to create optimal sound and feel. An ultra-low centre of gravity creates a hotter, higher launch for more distance and improved playability.
The Lo is much more iron like, with a thinner top line and limited offset, while the Mid is longer from front to back and has a white arrow behind the face, which we found encourage a slightly inside takeaway.
Both the Lo and Mid Easy are to align thanks to the full-length white scoreline at the bottom of the face. We found the Hi model to be a touch on the busy side at address, with the white arrow and the dropped crown section. We also didn't think the white scoreline and topline matched as we as they should have done, creating problems with alignment.
Ball flight can be tailored to job you want each club to do via the adjustable loft and choice of options in each but we found the Mid offered a nice blend of distance off the tee while still stopping into greens on approach shots. Conversely, the Lo launched the ball very low and got the ball running easily thanks to the low spin, ideal when hitting into the wind or when you want the ball to roll out off the tee, but it did struggle to hold the green on approach shots.
That said, the Lo does come in a 22° option so don't rule it out completely if you want a club for tee and approach shots, although the Mid would seem to be a more appropriate choice.
The GAPR Mid is larger than the Lo but more compact and iron-like than the HI model, making it an appealing prospect on the eye and an extremely versatile option on the course. It combines the look and playability of an iron with the forgiveness of a hybrid, which means golfers can employ it with confidence both off the tee and the fairway.
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Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.
One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 86 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.2.
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Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9°
Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15°
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18°
Irons: Ping i230 4-UW
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x
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