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.