TaylorMade SLDR S Rescue

We review ten of the latest golf hybrids on the market but which is the best?

Andy Roberts's picture
Wed, 24 Sep 2014

Brand: TaylorMade
Hybrid: SLDR S
RRP: £159
17-, 19-, 21- & 24-degree
Fujikura Speeder 82

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Watch the video above to see how the Golfmagic Hybrids Test 2014 was conducted


The Speed Pocket in the SLDR S Hybrid has allowed TaylorMade engineers to make the face shallower while still maintaining the same high speed as SLDR fairways and Rescues. TaylorMade says the SLDR S Rescue face is shallower than the SLDR, lowering the CG in relation to the centre of the face to make it easier to launch the ball on a high angle, promoting a high, long-carrying flight that descends on a steep angle for quick, controlled landings.


On first look, the SLDR S Rescue looks very similar to original SLDR Rescue but features a reversed satin silver crown and black face and sole colour scheme. We noted a shallower looking face than before which makes it easier to launch and work the ball. The silver appearance also makes it appear slightly larger in size. T logo in the middle aids suitable alignment, as does the black button back on the right of the crown - alignment is something we always appreciate here at Golfmagic when it comes to metalwoods. 3.75 (out of 5)


SLDR S Rescue is equipped with Fujikura’s Speeder 72h shaft, designed specifically for hybrids. According to TaylorMade, at 72 grams, this shaft is 10 grams lighter than the original SLDR Rescue shaft and promotes increased clubhead speed. Andy, Brian and Rich thought it felt much too light in the hands but Charlie enjoyed that aspect. Andy and Brian, in particular, found this hybrid was difficult to sense where the clubhead was in the swing - yet saying that, it still performed well. Feedback on mishits is adequate but without noticeable twisting of the clubhead. A relatively quiet sound off the face for a TaylorMade metalwood. Andy thought it felt a little shorter than standard in length. 7.5 (out of 10)


A forgiving hybrid with high launch, low spin characteristics thanks to the low, forward CG on offer. Hot off the face and one of the longer performers in the test but not particularly easy to control due to the overall weight of the club. Lack of adjustability may put some interested punters off, so if that's the case, head for the SLDR Rescue. For most golfers, we imagine, the glued hosel and lower price point will be suffice. 7.75 (out of 10)


A decent offering from TaylorMade and good value for money if you can work with the light standard shaft and light clubhead. For the majority of us, the lightness of this club means it isn't the easiest to control through the swing and although a solid performer when putting a good swing on it, feel costs it somewhat when the overall scores are tallied up. 19 (out of 25)

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