14-year-old hybrid in play at Q-School

by   |   November 27, 2012
TaylorMade Old Rescue Hybrid

Australian Steve Allan finished first at the PGA Tour Q-School 12 years ago. He’s back at the Q-School Finals this year at PGA West in La Quinta. Calif., armed with a club that predates his Q-School win — a TaylorMade Firesole “Rescue” Hybrid with a “Bubble” shaft that was introduced in 1999.

Take a look at the almost 15-year-old technology Allan brought with him to the PGA Tour Q-School Finals this week at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif., as well as the photos below of what a Firesole Rescue looks like when it still has its paint and its stampings intact.

Click here to see more photos from Q-School, and Click here for more discussion in the “Tour/pre-release equipment” forum.

Click here to see more photos from Q-School, and Click here for more discussion in the “Tour/pre-release equipment” forum.


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  1. Dennis Clark

    July 8, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    If you’ve made it to the final stage of Q school good chance your equipment is working pretty well.

  2. Straightdriver235

    July 2, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    I don’t get it. What is the deal? There’s many old clubs superior to the newer ones. These pros are generally paid to play stuff, but many serious players use old equipment quite effectively. You are pretty much a fool if you are buying clubs not two or three years old at the least. My Sonartec 18* hybrid is older than this, well used… and looks much better. It has always striped the ball, so why would I want to change it? I was using a Tommy Armour Ironmaster from the late 1930s until recently. I simply found it better than any other putter I ever tried.

  3. hawkeye3743

    June 18, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    HMMM, so newer is always better. And that old Bubble Shaft was a great shaft, too bad they quit it. I have a few new heads. Probably worth Millions if he is a success. LOL

  4. West

    May 2, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Wow, I’m just amazed at the fact he still uses the same shaft after all these years, in a stiff-flex no less. Also, that club face looks way closed? Anyways, to each their own, no “right” way to play the game…

  5. Max

    May 1, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    I still have on of those, in brand new condition. Never played it but will give it a try the next time.

  6. Walter

    April 22, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I’ve been playing mine for years and when it started to look like this one I sanded the head. Looks awesome.

  7. grexa

    November 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    It shows the confidence in the equipment a player is comfortable with. It also shows how it’s the indian, not always the arrow.

  8. Tom McCarthy

    November 29, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Still playing my Taylormade Rescue club I bought on an American Express points promotion about 12 years ago. What a great club!

  9. 3putt18

    November 28, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I had 2 of these clubs. I sold them both last year. They were/ are great clubs.

  10. northhighlandway12

    November 28, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but, weren’t the majority of clubs, way back in the birth days of golf,
    wooden shaped heads with lofts that resembled todays 7-irons, 6,5, etc. Why are people calling hybrids, new technology?

    • Shallowface

      December 16, 2014 at 7:52 pm

      You’re right, and we’re certainly headed back in that direction.

      I don’t think we’re too far from the day where the only iron in an average player’s bag will be a sand wedge. Everything else will be a hybrid of some sort.

      The long iron just wasn’t a good idea for most. I enjoy shopping thrift stores, and every now and then I’ll see a ladies forged blade two iron from the 1960s.

      What were they thinking?

  11. Dalton

    November 28, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I wish today’s hybrid’s were all as small profile as this original. I’ve still got one of these in my attic. May be time to break it back out!

  12. Omar R.

    November 27, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    needs to go to continental golf

  13. Greg M.

    November 27, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    maybe this hybrid is to Steve as the 7 iron is to Tin Cup! …old reliable

  14. Mike D.

    November 27, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    The groove rule doesn’t apply to clubs with less than 24 degrees of loft.

  15. Jake03331

    November 27, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    @Rick, the grooves back in 1999 were not of the same design as more recent years and those no banned under the “conforming groove” debate. Most irons still rocked V grooves, so this club would be good to go.

  16. Rick

    November 27, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    What about the recent rule on the grooves shape?

    Is this “Rescue” still conforming?

  17. Rus

    November 27, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    It looks like he lost the H/C in 2000… Put an old sock or somethin on it!

  18. CA

    November 27, 2012 at 12:22 pm


  19. John

    November 27, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Says a lot about my addiction of buying into new equipment frenzy…My wife is absolutely right, I’m an idiot.

    • purkjason

      April 21, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      Haha … it’s the opposite in my house. My wife will always buy the new crap. Whereas I’m cool with my reliable Maltby Equipment.

      • Shallowface

        December 16, 2014 at 7:46 pm

        That Maltby gear is some of the best you’ll find anywhere. Great design through sound engineering principles.

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