Let’s be honest, just about everyone carries hybrids instead of long irons these days.
When you think of a rescue club or hybrid, it's quite likely TaylorMade pops into your mind.
TaylorMade understands that the majority of us aren't as proficient with a long iron as we'd like to be.
Or that we might need help escaping the rough, a bunker, or heaven help us, on occasion, a thick strand of trees.
The TaylorMade M3 Hybrid and TaylorMade M4 Hybrid check all the requisite boxes, to no one's surprise.
TaylorMade M3 Rescue Review
Offered in 17, 19, 21 or 24 degree lofts, featuring the Mitsubishi Blue Tensei shaft, but also offering an array of other shaft options for no upcharge, the TaylorMade M3 Rescue is a low-to-mid-handicappers dream.
The sliding sole has 30 grams of mass (three grams heavier than M1 Hybrid) which enables golfers to quickly and easily craft the optimal center-of-gravity and shot shape, from power fade to baby draw.
Also, each M3 Hybrid can be adjusted within a three degree window of loft so the better golfer can make sure he or she is dialed in and can hit the green from any distance.
It's a standard looking hybrid, that fits in with its competitors on the market, offering a high-toe and squared off face. The two-tone matte silver front and gloss black body is flat classy.
In addition, it lowers the difficulty in lining up your shots. And if we aren't aligned, there will be chaos - and double bogeys.
Again, this club is comparable to the M1 Rescue, which TaylorMade released a couple years ago but the manufacturer has tweaked and improved the M3 Rescue, not missing a single detail, including reducing by 33 percent the weight of the screw on the hosel to lower the overall clubhead weight and swingweight.
This club is easier-to-hit than its predecessor.
The M3 Rescue Player's Test
Distance - Golfers in the market for an upscale, players performance hybrid will be happy with the distance created by the TaylorMade M3 Rescue. It's combination of mid-to-high launch and low spin should create plenty of distance.
Furthermore, the adjustable track on the sole of the club should enable golfers to crank out an extra yard or two, especially if they are hindered by a weak left-to-right ball flight or fight an excessively high spin rate.
Forgiveness - The sweet spot is large and the performance across the clubface is terrific.
It's not the most forgiving hybrid on the market but the TaylorMade M3 Rescue gives players confidence to swing away without worrying about catching the ball toward the heel or toe.
Workability - In general, hybrids are designed to create a straight, consistent ball flight, giving the average player more forgiveness and producing more height on approach shots struck 200 yards -or more - from the target. Still, the M3 Hybrid will enable some curve.
Appearance - She's as pretty as a two-foot eagle putt on No. 15 at Augusta National on a certain Sunday in April.
TaylorMade M4 Rescue Review
The most obvious feature of the TaylorMade M4 Rescue club is the generous, rounded head that should give a golfer confidence an airborne shot will soon be produced.
The club design also includes a deep center of gravity and the same Geocoustic section that was a revolutionary breakthrough on the M2 Hybrid.
Then again, it's not like TaylorMade to stand pat. And they didn't. While the Gecoustic section was near the toe of the clubface on the M2 Hybrid, it's located toward the center and heel on the TaylorMade M4 Hybrid, which should improve launch and forgiveness.
Weight pads on each side of the sweet spot are also designed to improve forgiveness on those pesky off-center strikes.
The Speed Pocket on the sole is wider on the M4 Rescue compared to the M2 Rescue, which should give golfers more help on shots struck low on the clubface.
These are the common mis-hits for most players. The M4 Rescue does not have a weight track on the bottom.
The TaylorMade M4 Hybrid is available in the following lofts: 19, 22, 25 and 28 degrees. The stock shaft is the Fujikura Atmos Red shaft, offered in 50, 60 or 70 gram options. Various other shafts are available for no upcharge.
The M4 Rescue Player's Test
Distance - She's hot. Not the hottest, because in general, the M4 Rescue might be a touch high on the spin meter as it's designed to help golfers launch their shots into the air. But you'll find ample distance, no worries.
Forgiveness - Better than ever. From beginner to flat swinging long iron struggler, this M4 Rescue club will tighten the dispersion of your long range approach shots.
Workability - Virtually non-existent. If you're looking for curve, keep walking past the M4 Hybrid section in your local store.
Appearance - Easy to gaze down upon, with the classy gray and the two tones.
How do the M3 and M4 Hybrids compare to other Hybrids on the Market?
Every manufacturer makes a hybrid that's intended for the best golfers. TaylorMade's version is the M3 Hybrid. Think the Rogue Hybrid or Epic Hybrid from Callaway. The snazzy F8 Hybrid from Cobra or the 818 series from Titleist.
On the other hand, the smart manufacturers also make a game improvement hybrid, if you will, similar to the TaylorMade M4 Hybrid, a club anyone from a senior to beginner to junior to 100 shooter can put in their hand and enjoy. The Mizuno JPX 900 Hybrid or Wilson D300 Hybrid is a comparable option.
For a full comparison of the 2018 hybrids, check out our best hybrids of 2018.
Should I play the M3 Rescue or M4 Rescue?
Be honest about your skill set and handicap, and ask yourself what you want from your hybrid.
And then follow this chart, which ranks each club in different categories as either minimal, average or excellent, and make the proper selection.
One final reminder: The M3 Rescue is much sleeker and will cater to players who want their hybrids to look like beefed-up irons. If you like the look of a fairway wood, the M4 Rescue is probably better in your bag.
17, 19, 21 & 24 Degrees
19, 22, 25, & 28 Degrees
The Bottom Line
If you're in the market to rescue your long game, find more greens and escape trouble more easily when your ball happens to land there, you can do much, much worse than the TaylorMade M3 Hybrid or M4 Hybrid.