TaylorMade has introduced something new under a familiar name with the unveiling of its Raylor hybrid.
The TaylorMade Raylor was introduced in 1988, with a small, rounded steel head and an extremely low centre of gravity with two distinct rails on the sole to help the head glide smoothly through tall grass without twisting.
“Twenty-one years of making metalwoods has allowed us to engineer the new Raylor to hit the ball higher, longer and straighter from tall grass,” said Tom Olsavsky, TaylorMade’s senior director of metalwood creation.
The new Raylor comes in lofts of 19 and 22 degrees and uses a slightly sharp, slightly pointed leading edge to help slide the face down through the grass and on to the back of the ball.
Also, the latest Raylor sole is shaped like a ship’s hull, sloping upwards at the sides. The sole is designed to separate blades of grass and allow the clubhead to glide through instead of getting caught up.
Together, the Raylor sole and pointed leading edge are designed to reduce by 23 per cent the amount of area in the bottom part of the clubhead that would normally impede progress through the rough.
The sole radius of the Raylor is angled to 17 degrees to offer more sole relief on the heel and toe sides for relief on sidehill lies.
The Raylor comes with a RE*AX 65-gram shaft that is one inch longer than what is typical in a TaylorMade Rescue of equal loft to promote added clubhead speed and leverage for escape from thick lies.
“It’s an essential part of every player’s arsenal, even though you probably won’t have it in your bag at all times,” said Olsavsky.
“It should be kept on hand to replace a long iron, hybrid or fairway wood when you play a course with significant rough, or maybe an exceptionally undulating track, where severe sidehill lies are frequent.”