By Leonard Finkel
TaylorMade Golf, creators of the original Rescue line of hybrids in 1999, debuted GAPR, an innovative trio of products with unique identities and performance deliverables, providing golfers with appropriate clubs to fill gaps in their long games.
Most every golfer has a gapping challenge with their long game; specifically, difficult-to-manage yardages between their longest playable iron and shortest metalwood. Since a significant percentage of golfers are not comfortable hitting 3-, 4- and sometimes even 5-irons consistently to precise yardages, TaylorMade set out to engineer a line of products that allow golfers to get the distance, carry and control needed to fill these gaps. The result is GAPR, three distinct products which allow golfers to choose their shot shape, dial-in their distance and bridge their gaps.
On Tour, the number of wood-style hybrids has steadily declined. Players are starting to adopt iron-style utility clubs and driving irons to deliver better control and workability. Tomo Bystedt, Senior Director Product Creation for TaylorMade Golf explains, “More Tour players are adopting utility clubs to bridge the gap between their longest iron and shortest fairway wood. GAPR provides innovative options for players to confidently hit a specific yardage with a specific trajectory. With SpeedFoam, Loft Sleeve and Speed Pocket technologies, golfers have the performance and adjustability to fine-tune their long game for the right combination of distance, versatility and precision.”
In each of the models, engineers have incorporated innovative SpeedFoam technology, first introduced in the P790 irons last fall. SpeedFoam serves the dual purpose of generating ball speed while also dampening vibrations to create optimal sound and feel. SpeedFoam is injected into the club head in liquid form before expanding, providing increased face support while maintaining the soft, solid sound and feel that golfers prefer. Strategically placed, ultra-low center of gravity in each GAPR model creates a hotter, higher launch for more distance and improved playability.
Designed primarily for players with faster ball speeds, GAPR LO is the smallest of the three models and features a low-forward CG for extreme distance with a mid-to-low trajectory. Its driving iron-type shape has a players profile that allows for excellent flighting and workability. The mid-thin sole width delivers maximum performance and versatility for the stronger player. (Available in 2-, 3- and 4-irons.)
Slightly larger in size than the GAPR LO, GAPR MID features a center of gravity (CG) that is ultra-low and forward for maximum distance and a mid-high trajectory. It has an iron face profile that inspires confidence which allows for easy alignment and a medium-wide sole width for playable versatility. (Available in 3-, 4- and 5-irons.)
GAPR HI was designed for the widest range of players. The largest of the three models, it features an ultra-low and back CG for maximum distance and a high, penetrating ball flight. The HI differs from the other 2 models because of its modern Rescue shaping; with its high-toe, peanut-shaped clubhead. The dropped crown feature provides lower CG and improved alignment. (Available in 3-, 4-, 5- and 6-irons.)
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