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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. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. 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!

  6. Omar R.

    November 27, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    needs to go to continental golf

  7. 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

  8. Mike D.

    November 27, 2012 at 5:43 pm

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

  9. 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.

  10. Rick

    November 27, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    What about the recent rule on the grooves shape?

    Is this “Rescue” still conforming?

  11. 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!

  12. CA

    November 27, 2012 at 12:22 pm


  13. 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.

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