What are the rescue clubs?

On the golf course, as well as in online discussions, you’ll often hear about “rescue club”. That’s why, in my opinion, a lot of golfers are interested in them and have asked me about these mysterious clubs that are supposed to rescue you. In truth, rescue clubs are just another name for hybrids. They are called so because of their versatility on the golf course. Hybrids can rescue you from any bad position that you get yourself into, hence the name. This quality is more or less present in different hybrids though. So by rescue clubs, most people, including myself, refer to clubs that are more versatile than average. As most hybrids, rescue clubs are also very easy to hit, which is probably why beginner golfers like them so much.

When they were first introduced in 2002, probably not even the biggest advocates for rescue clubs could predict how wildly successful hybrid golf clubs would become. They were first created as a solution to the problem of long irons being difficult to hit. Hybrids soon eclipsed both woods and irons in popularity. They are not only easier to hit, but also much lighter and better designed. For a long time, TaylorMade, who made the first rescue club, was the leader in making them, but in recent years, other brands, like Callaway and Ping, have made a lot of meaningful as well. They have improved upon TaylorMade R&D team’s efforts, and have made hybrid golf clubs even better.

As a beginner, the benefits of using rescue clubs (aka Hybrids) is probably obvious to you. Many beginners struggle with the difficulty of swinging irons. Surprisingly enough though, there are even more experienced golfers who love using hybrids for their versatility. Seniors find them easier to hit as well, because hybrids are lighter than other types of clubs. These are just few of the advantages that hybrids have over other types of golf clubs. They do have some drawbacks as well. For example, many professional golfers prefer to use long irons instead of hybrids. Hitting long irons properly is hard, but once you’ve learned how to do it, results tend to be a little bit better than those of hybrids. On golf tournaments, even little bit makes a difference, so pros usually choose long irons.

Solid rescue clubs cost somewhere between hundred and thousand dollars. Decent ones will be on the lower end of that spectrum, while if you want quality rescue club, you should expect to pay at least three or more hundred dollars. Difference in performance is worth it you’re looking to maximize your potential, but if you’re just a casual golfer, there’s no point in spending that much on one rescue club when you can get entire set for the same price. One way a lot of people reduce their costs is by buying entire set of clubs, instead of buying them individually. There’s also option of buying used golf clubs. It takes some skill to distinguish between good used clubs and bad ones, so if you’re inexperienced, i would advise sticking with new clubs.

Can game improvement golf clubs really help beginners?

As the sheer number of active golfers is declining, golf club manufacturers are coming up with new ways to sell more clubs and save their businesses. That usually means more investment in golf club-related innovations and releasing those clubs more frequently. It is no secret that when it comes to golf clubs, design is changing faster than it ever has. Brands have also invented entire new types of clubs, like hybrids or driving irons. That may be in part due to technology, but i think most important reason is golfers’ demand for game improvement clubs, especially the irons. I think irons are particularly in demand because they are much harder to use than other types of clubs.

Lots of beginners find it very hard to hit the irons properly. That’s why hybrids were developed, as they are much easier to hit. There are also many other problems that beginners face. Slice is the most common and widespread, not only among beginners, but experienced golfers as well. Even years of practice won’t absolutely protect you from the danger of making a slice. Even though making one is not the end of the world, most golfers prefer to avoid slices at all costs. To that effect, there are few things one can do. Most common solution is related to the spirit of this tutorial and is probably obvious – buying game improvement irons.

How exactly can golf clubs fix your slicing problem though? There are two most popular design approaches to that problem. One is pretty straightforward and represented by design of offset drivers. These drivers are designed with intentionally mis-aligned club face, which reduces the worst effects of a slice on the end results. The problem with this solution is that it only hides the problem of making a slice, it doesn’t fix it. In fact, i think that the only way you can truly fix your slicing problem, if it can be fixed at all, is by deliberate practice every day. The second, and in my opinion more favorable approach to cure your slice, is using draw driver. These clubs also reduce likelihood of making a slice, but they do it without fundamentally altering the design of clubhead. The main methods used are weight positioning and tweaking club face to make sweet spot larger. I believe the latter approach is much better and leads to both – fantastic results and actual progress in players’ skills.

There is one misconception about golf clubs that i need to address. That misconception is that the more expensive golf club is, the more it will help your game. That’s absolutely not true. Club being high end certainly doesn’t hurt, but there are many other aspects of a golf club that are just as important. Few that come to mind are fitting, length of a club, weight of a club. A knowledgeable golfer will easily buy better golf club for much cheaper by using his knowledge of golf clubs. One way to do that is by taking a look at used golf club listings.