“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.”
-Tomo Bystedt, Senior Director, Product Creation, Metalwoods
TaylorMade originally introduced the rescue hybrid to the market in the late 90’s as a club to help golfers that struggle hitting long irons. Generally, hybrid clubs are more forgiving than loft-equivalent irons and help deliver consistent distances between irons and fairway woods.
The Carlsbad, CA company has now introduced the GAPR hybrids, further working to bridge the gap between your shortest fairway wood and longest playable iron. Between the 3 models to choose from (Lo, Mid, and Hi), golfers of all levels can find a GAPR for their game.
Let’s take a closer look at each model, covering the technology, look, and golfer they’re are made for.
TaylorMade GAPR Hybrids
The GAPR Lo was first made public at The Open Championship at Carnoustie, where keeping shots under the wind is at a premium. At address, the GAPR Lo looks the most like a driving iron, compared to the Mid and Hi. Due to its shape, the CG is low and forward for a more penetrating ball flight. The iron-like shape also lets you shape shots easier
A screw-in weight is inserted into the back of the head to help lower CG, aiding in the club’s playability. Note: This weight is fixed and is not user changeable.
This club benefits high swing-speed players and better players that want to flight and control their shots. The GAPR Lo comes in lofts of 17, 19, and 22 degrees which, combined with adjustability, allows a ton of options so players can find the perfect distance and ball flight to fill the gap(s).
The GAPR Mid is slightly bigger than the GAPR Lo, with a wider sole and slightly thicker profile. This wider sole gives more forgiveness and is easier to hit from a variety of lies. Weight is inserted into the sole for low, forward CG, mid-high launch and higher spin.
A deeper (taller) head and more offset also help to improve forgiveness over the GAPR Lo while still preserving a more iron-like look overall.
This club will most likely appeal to players looking for a higher trajectory and quicker stopping power than the Lo. Available lofts in the GAPR Mid include 18, 21, and 24 degrees.
Finally, GAPR Hi looks the most like a “traditional” hybrid of the GAPR group. Its profile is narrower and closely resembles the M3 hybrid in appearance with a slightly shorter head.
The bigger head places the weight screw even further back on the sole than on GAPR Mid, moving the CG low and back. The step-down feature on the crown also contributes to the CG location, making GAPR Hi the highest launching model in the line.
The face of the GAPR Hi is more square-shaped, giving you the confidence of a larger hitting area. A more cambered sole helps with versatility from uneven lies.
GAPR Hi suits the widest range of players and comes in 4 loft options (19, 22, 25, and 28 degrees).
Now, we’ll move on to the common features found in the GAPR hybrids.
Common Features In GAPR Hybrids
Each GAPR hybrid model has SpeedFoam™ inside their hollow head. The material supports the thin face, amplifying ball speed for distance by helping transfer energy to the golf ball. SpeedFoam™ also gives the clubs outstanding feel. Thin-faced clubs vibrate at impact. SpeedFoam™ dampens those vibrations.
An adjustable hosel on each model allows for adjustments in loft +/- 1.5 degrees from the starting loft. This lets you dial your desired ball flight and distance.
A Speed Pocket on the sole of each model boosts the ball speed on shots hit across the face, especially low on the face.
Finally, the stock KBS Hybrid shaft has the lightness of graphite but has lower torque and stability like an iron shaft for accuracy.
Which Of The GAPR Hybrids Fills the Gaps For You?
To recap GAPR hybrids:
- Penetrating ball flight
- Excellent shot shaping ability
- Built for better players with high swing speeds
- Mid-launch, mid-ball flight
- Slightly larger head than GAPR Lo (more forgiving)
- Medium-width sole adds versatility
- Highest launching, most forgiving model
- Head shape looks the closest to a traditional hybrid
- Fits the widest range of golfers.
After reading about all the features of the GAPR hybrid line, you can see that there’s a model that fits any level of golfer.
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