A compact, workable and fast hybrid club. The three lofts available and adjustability make this a great option if you're trying to fill a very specific slot in your bag. Great for the better player and mid handicapper that is seeking all-round playability from different lies.
Very forgiving from off-centre hits
Iron-like shape won't suit higher handicappers
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TaylorMade SIM2 Rescue Review
The TaylorMade SIM2 Rescue offers golfers something a bit different when it comes to a hybrid club, with input from Tour players Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy aiding the design process.
Striking quite a compact pose at address, we really liked the iron-like profile of the SIM2 Rescue, which is designed to suit the eye of the better player. However, despite its compact look, this is still a surprisingly forgiving club, which we found to be a versatile option in the bag. Whether it is used off a tee on long par 3s, or out of the rough as we were making our way up a par 5, it is a superb performer.
Featuring TaylorMade's proprietary Twist Face Technology - which help mishits from the toe or the heel - and Speed Pockets, it helps increase ball speed even on low-face mishits, making it one of the most forgiving hybrids on the market.
We could really feel these two technologies working hand in hand during our testing, wit the SIM2 Rescue producing some impressive numbers on the launch monitor. It also felt workable and fast out on the range and golf course.
During testing, we used a 19.5° model and it produced an impressive 217 yards of average carry - figures that were longer than some other hybrids with stronger lofts. While ball speed wasn't as fast as some other hybrids we tested, it felt very hot off the face and produced an impressive, penetrating ball flight.
There are three lofts available and each one comes with plenty of adjustability, allowing you to go +/- 1.5˚ to your preferential loft depending on the ball flight you want to see. This makes it a great option for someone who is looking to fill a very specific position in the bag and also makes it one of the best golf hybrid clubs on the market.
Overall, the SIM2 Rescue is a fast, penetrating and compact hybrid more suited to the better player who wants to be able to really work and shape their shots - TaylorMade has the option of the SIM2 Max, which offers more forgiveness and a higher launch for players that need it.
A great hybrid is designed to play a number of different roles in your bag and the SIM2 Rescue certainly ticks a lot of boxes.
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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.
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
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x
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