Of all the TaylorMade M2 woods, the 2017 M2 Rescue hybrid is probably the one that most closely resembles its predecessor in terms of the shape of the head.
Depending on loft. the volume of the head is 4cc to 6cc smaller, but that is most likely due to the Geocoustic design of the sole, which sees a section of the Stainless Steel head recessed into the sole around the toe.
The previous M2 hybrid had a similar recess in the toe and heel that was not as big, but the new M2 goes further and this helps improve the sound at impact as the ribs are now on the outside.
The Speed Pocket has been made longer and thinner and is more flexible than before to generate more ball speed on those low face strikes, which is very likely on this type of club.
The stability and sound is also improved by a shorter fluted hosel that now has 6 sections instead of eight to reduce motion at impact so that more energy is transferred into the ball.
This it all does very well and during testing it was noticeable that the sound of the 2017 M2 Rescue is a big improvement on the previous version.
OK, it still sounds a little light and hollow, but nowhere near as much as before thanks to that slimmer slot and the revised sole design.
Something that is also revised and will have a positive impact on sales, if it doesn't on performance, is the white stepped crown that is familiar to users of the M drivers and fairways.
This is more cosmetic as it does not differentiate between steel and carbon as the head is all steel, but it is a great look and can give help with alignment if you need it.
The low profile face now also has the white groove lines going the full width, which looks a lot better.
The head is a nice shape and size without becoming so large that it plays like a mini-wood. However it is probably better suited for medium to slow swing speed players who need a club that gets the ball up quickly with a high flight that lands softly.
The stock Reax shaft will suit these types of players, but for the rest of us, the choice of 30 other shaft options from your local TaylorMade fitter will give you plenty of choice.
The forgiveness and general playability was generally very good and this should move the 2016 M2 Rescue hybrid from the possible to the probable team in your hybrid trials.