The business of utility clubs–variously known as “hybrids,” “wood-irons,” or “rescue clubs”–has seen a number of changes over the years. Yet, from such outstanding products as Orlimar’s Trimetal Plus Scoring Set to such duds as Cobra’s Baffler, the goal has remained the same: produce a club with the consistency of an iron and the playability of a wood. And in revolutionary fashion, that’s exactly what Kasco has done.
Kasco’s K2K utility woods, quite simply, represent the height of hybrid club technology. They are versatile, playable, and consistent, qualities that other manufacturers of hybrid clubs have aspired to but have never completely reached. Orlimar’s Trimetal Plus Scoring Set is perhaps the best example (although I should at least mention the efforts of TaylorMade’s “Rescue Club,” Cobra’s “Baffler,” Wedgewood’s “Gold IR Series,” and Toski’s “Mid-Range Attack System”).
While Orlimar’s Scoring Set were no doubt “good” clubs, unlike some of the others I’ve mentioned, they were simply not versatile enough to keep in the bag full-time as replacements for difficult-to-hit irons. In particular, the clubs from Orlimar’s Scoring Set produced limited to bad results from the rough, especially thick rough; the shallow design of the club simply wouldn’t dig through to the ball. Kasco’s K2K utility clubs, however, dig through the rough and to the ball as well as any club I’ve ever used. Of course, their usefulness doesn’t stop there.
Unlike many other hybrids, the design of the K2K truly does match the best of a wood with the best of an iron. Featuring a fully rounded sole, a bore-through hosel with a reinforced tip for added stability, a weighting system that concentrates weight to the back of the club, and a “super hyten” face which is supposedly twice as strong and hard as titanium, Kasco’s K2K utility clubs consistently produce superior results, whether it’s from the tee box, the fairway, the rough, or the sand.
Time and again, these clubs performed exactly as Kasco claimed they would. From virtually everywhere on the course, they produced high, soft-landing shots that almost always traveled where I wanted them to, not to mention that they made manufacturing a draw or a fade much more simple than it’s ever seemed. Distance, from club to club, was also extremely consistent. For example, on average, I hit the K2K #44, Kasco’s hybrid version of the 2-iron, around 220 yards, and I hit the K2K #55, Kasco’s version of the 3-iron, around 200 yards. Distance, of course, will vary by swing speed, as well as other factors, but here is a chart that explains Kasco’s replacement system as well as the “standard” distances for each club in the K2K set.
If it hasn’t become clear yet, I give my highest recommendation to these clubs. Kasco’s K2K utility clubs are among the most versatile, playable, and consistent clubs I’ve ever played, hybrid or not. From top to bottom, these are quality clubs that will save almost every golfer more than a few strokes per round.
Quick Club Review
From Tee: Excellent
From Fairway: Excellent
From Rough: Excellent (aside from extremely fluffy lies)
Feel: Great weight; great feel
Look: Smooth and polished
Intangibles: The best “utility” clubs to date…