Rescue or utility iron?

Tom Mallon

20 March 2023

We all know that when playing golf, it’s never a straight path going from tee to green. The course is riddled with hazards and obstacles to trap us and bring us back to reality just when we think we’re on top of our game. Thankfully, the latest golf clubs are giving us the best possible advantage when it comes to veering off the beaten fairway.


Rescue or Utility Iron?

A rescue (or hybrid) is shaped like a fairway wood but with a smaller club head and shaft. They’re incredibly easy to hit allowing you to really get your club behind the ball and pop it out of difficult areas. They have incredible forgiveness and will give you some great distance too if you get a good strike on your shot.

Utility irons are shaped like standard irons but fill the gap between long irons and fairway woods. For those players that have a higher swing speed, these irons will give you loads of distance while letting you shape your shot. When the ground is firm in the summertime, you can get some impressive distance when you hit low shots under the wind.

TaylorMade knows the importance of making sure you don’t have any Chinks in your armour, so they’ve released both the P790 Utility Iron and the Stealth 2 rescue so you’ve always got a secret weapon in your bag for those tricky holes.


Off the tee

TaylorMade P790 UDI

Both clubs are an excellent alternative to a driver or three wood off the tee. We all know those long par-3s that make you second-guess your distances every time you play them. These clubs are super reliable and easy to hit straight, making them a go-to choice to secure you a decent tee shot. The wide soles in the Stealth 2 rescue and the appealing design of the P790 Utility Iron will reassure you that you’ll land on the fairway when you let fly with them. So if you have a bit of a fade or draw with your woods, why not go for something shorter and more dependable to make your game easier?

Due to the shot-shaping versatility of the utility iron, we’re going to give this round to them.

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When in trouble

Perhaps the primary reason these clubs are such a necessity to have in the bag, is that they’ll be a total life-saver should you find yourself in some deep rough off the tee. You’re still a long way out from the green so it might not be the best option to lay-up with a wedge, but with a long iron or rescue you’ll be able to power through dense grass to splash the ball out and send it on its way toward the green. The same could be said should you get caught by a fairway bunker, you could go for a wedge with more loft to escape, or you could land it on the short grass with your trusty, dependable rescue club.

The rescue is particularly resourceful as you have more face to impact the ball with. The larger clubhead also gives you an added confidence to swing through the ball and push past the long grass you’re dealing with. Not only will you make a solid connection, but the loft on rescue clubs will help you pop your ball into the air so you’re well and truly out of the hazard.

We’re going to give this round to the confidence boosting qualities of the rescue.

Utility IronsRescues     



Just off the green

Picture this, you hit what’s looking like an amazing shot into the green, only for a bad bounce to send it into the greenside rough. When you get to your ball you find the grass is too thick for your putter, but you don’t want to risk a small chip with a wedge for fear of thinning it through the green. So what do you do? Why not go for a rescue or long iron?

While some golfers may find the blade shape of utility irons similar to that of a putter on these short strokes, there’s still the risk of thinning or mis-hitting the ball. A simple bump and run onto the green with your rescue will provide the best of both worlds.

The solid mallet shape of the rescue will have you breezing it through the grass no issue and you won’t need to worry about thinning your shot. These clubs are so adaptable you can be using them multiple times on the same hole. With that, we’re giving the greenside round to the rescue.

Utility IronsRescues     



The tech under the hood

TaylorMade’s P790 Utility Iron has loads of features to help you up your game. The club will give you a low spin and piercing trajectory so you can punch your ball under any wind. The steel face is very flexible and will have you generating some fast ball speeds for great distance down the fairway.

If you’re thinking of adding a rescue to your gear, the Stealth 2 rescue not only looks great both in and out of the bag, it performs exceptionally. The carbon crown is very light and makes the club easy to swing. The technology packed into the clubface will improve your off-centre hits, so you’ll be able to pull off a good result even if you don’t make contact with the very center of the club. On top of the club’s forgiving qualities, the twist face design will help you hit the ball straighter too.


As always, we’re available to offer you any golfing advice, or to answer any questions you may have. Are you thinking of getting to grips with one of these amazing clubs? Why not pop by the pro shop and we’ll be able to talk you through them in greater detail.

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