TaylorMade GAPR Hybrids: 3 Models To Fill Any Distance Gaps

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TaylorMade GAPR Hybrids

“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

GAPR Lo

GAPR Lo

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

GAPR Lo back weight

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).

GAPR Mid

GAPR Mid

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.

GAPR Hi

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.

GAPR Hi crown

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.

GAPR Hi face

GAPR Hi Face

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

TaylorMade GAPR SpeedFoam

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.

TaylorMade GAPR Speed Pocket

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:

GAPR Lo:

  • Penetrating ball flight
  • Excellent shot shaping ability
  • Built for better players with high swing speeds

GAPR Mid:

  • Mid-launch, mid-ball flight
  • Slightly larger head than GAPR Lo (more forgiving)
  • Medium-width sole adds versatility

GAPR Hi:

  • 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.

Do you like what you see or do you think these are a miss for TaylorMade?  Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts.

If you have further questions, reach out to one of our PGA Professionals.

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Rudi Fann, PGA

Rudi Fann has been a Class “A” member of the PGA of America since 2008. He began his career in 1998 as the Assistant Golf Professional at Wake Forest Golf Club in Wake Forest, NC. In 2002, Rudi accepted a similar position at Rio Mar Country Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. He spent a year there before moving to Nipomo, CA where he worked at Blacklake Golf Resort. Over the next 10 years, he worked his way from Assistant Golf Professional to Head Golf Professional and finally Director of Golf Operations. In his time at Blacklake, Rudi devoted much of his time to running tournaments and other activities in order to create a social atmosphere at the club. After Blacklake, Rudi spent one year as Head Golf Professional at Paso Robles Golf Club before deciding to return home to North Carolina. Since returning to North Carolina, Rudi has worked with the First Tee of the Triangle helping to instill life skills and core values through the game of golf to local youth.

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