TaylorMade M1 Rescue review

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

TaylorMade M1 Rescue
Golf Monthly 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

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

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

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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

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.

Joel Tadman
Technical Editor

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.

Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: Ping i230 4-UW

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 54°. Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge, K Grind

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x