At first glance, the Dynacraft Jackaroo appears to have not ventured too far at all from the design of the mother-Rescue clubs from TaylorMade. The color is a darker maroon version of copper and the head shape is very similar. Even at first glance, it is apparent that this is not a TaylorMade head, however. Some may find it even more attractive than the parent. The Jackaroo is not a clone. There are numerous differences between the clubs and many differences between the Jackaroo and the Quick Strike as well.
The Jackaroo is designed to accept a .370 iron shaft as opposed to the .335 wood shaft used by the Quick Strike. The two steel shafts used in our testing have produced noticeably different results. Aside from flex, the weight of the shafts themselves accounted for 4 swingweight points of difference. The TT Lite XL came in at C8.5 and is a very responsive, easy-swinging club. The feel is nearly equal to that of graphite. The “S” Dynamic Gold version is very solid feeling, but of course, requires more work. This version feels more like a long iron; less like an easy 7-wood.
Results have been good with the Jackaroo 2. Shots are lower than those we’ve hit with the Quick Strikes and Rescues. They have an overall effect of feeling slightly more like long irons than do their two rivals. They are easy to aim and easy to hit. Feel is very solid; less soft than the other hybrids. Easy swingers have particularly liked the feel provided with the XL Lite shaft. This wood/iron has remained a favorite at our test range.
We have begun testing the Jackaroo with UST’s ProForce Center Response graphite to give it an equal run with the graphite-shafted Quick Strike’s and Rescue’s. Results have been very positive. The trajectories have risen and the length has improved. This combined with the added sweetness given by the good UST graphite shaft has made the Jackaroo hit more like an easy wood, less like a long iron. Results are comparable to the Quick Strike’s with the edge, so far, going to the Dynacraft by virtue of its much lower price tag. The Snake Eyes does have a silkier feel and a higher trajectory. The Dynacraft is “punchier” and is much easier to control into the wind. Knock down shots are easily executed.
The Jackaroo II also seems to have the edge over both the Taylor Made and the Rescue from the deeper rough. All are good, but the smaller head and the little elevated rails on the sole seem to generate an advantage for the Jackaroo. The heavier swingweight gives it more punch. Accuracy and control has been better from the rough with the Jackaroo.
Steel shafted Jackaroo’s are available for less than $50 assembled from online clubmakers. At that price many could benefit from keeping one in the trunk to use on days too windy for a 9 or 7-wood or for use on courses with shaggy rough.
Of special note: The Jackaroo’s are excellent chipping clubs from the fringe. They glide through the thick grasses as easily as a fairway wood, but benefit from a shorter shaft. They are easier to aim and control.
Note: Dynacraft has used both gray and maroon as a head color on the Jackaroo. Dealers may vary in what they stock.