Here are the best hybrid clubs and fairway woods : Best hybrid and fairway wood overall: Ping G Hybrid. Best hybrid for swing forgiveness: Callaway Rogue. Best affordable hybrid: Tour Edge Hot Launch 3 (HL3) Best fairway wood off the tee: Wilson Staff C300. Best fairway wood for any lie: Cobra Golf King F8.
The #1 Forgiving, Easy to Hit Hybrid on the Market: Callaway Rogue Super thin, fast club face for faster ball speeds. Internal Standing Wave puts the COG lower and more forward to encourage getting the ball airborne quicker.
Most Forgiving Hybrids TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue. Image credit: TaylorMade. Honma XP-1 Hybrid . Image credit: Honma. Cleveland Launcher Halo Hybrid . Image credit: Cleveland. Callaway Mavrik Max Hybrid . Image credit: Callaway. Titleist TS2 Hybrid . Image credit: Titleist. Ping G410 Hybrid . Image credit: Ping. Cobra King Speedzone Hybrid . Image credit: Cobra.
Today, scores of PGA Tour players carry at least one hybrid , and millions of amateurs have added one or more to their bags. Many companies even provide iron-style numbers on their hybrids to make switching easier. Take a 4-iron out, put in a 4- hybrid .
But there’s still a case for all handicap golfers to be carrying at least one hybrid . The 3 , 4 and 5 should be hybrids . If you can hit your 7-iron 150-160 yards, think about nothing longer than a 5 iron and look at 3 and 4 hybrids . If you can hit your 7-iron 160-170 yards, think about swapping your 3 -iron for a hybrid .
Chart Showing Golf Club Distances
|Club||Men Yards slow / med / fast||Women Yards slow / med / fast|
|3-wood/1+ hybrid||170 / 200 / 225||125 / 150 / 180|
|5-wood/2 hybrid||160 / 190 / 215||115 / 140 / 170|
|3 iron/3- hybrid||150 / 180 / 205||105 / 130 / 160|
|4-iron/4 hybrid||140 / 170 / 195||95 / 120 / 150|
Hitting a Hybrid Swing the hybrid as you would an iron, hitting down on the ball and taking a divot in front of the ball’s position. They’re much easier to hit than your long irons and are more consistent for the long shot.
You will get more distance with a 5 – wood but better accuracy with the 3 – hybrid (because the shaft on the hybrid is shorter).
Typically, hybrids are designed to help high handicappers hit better approach shots from long range. However, many top professionals opt for a hybrid over a long iron because they’re also benefitting from the same advantages.
Best For Most Golfers: Callaway Rogue X Hybrid . Best For Mid-Handicappers: TaylorMade M4. Best Adjustable Hybrid: TaylorMade M3. Best For Swing Speed: Callaway XR Hybrid. Runner-Up For Beginners: Cleveland Launcher HB. Best For Experienced Golfers: TaylorMade GAPR LO. Best For Senior Golfers: Cobra King F8.
5 Wood : Easier to hit off of the tee The size of the 5 wood compared to a 3 hybrid makes it easier to hit off of a tee. This provides an advantage on those shorter, narrow par 4s or longer par 3s where an iron just won’t cut it.
The 4 -iron and 4 – hybrid estimates are 160 to 210 yards for men and 120 to 170 yards for women. The 5-iron and 5- hybrid ranges are 150 to 200 yards for men and 115 to 160 yards for women, while the 6-iron or 6- hybrid ranges are 140 to 190 yards for men and 110 to 150 yards for women.
Fairway woods have been around for decades, but hybrids are the “new kids on the block” and receiving more attention. Even professionals are split–while most have at least one hybrid in the bag, Tiger Woods carries only fairway woods and Phil Mickelson carries a hybrid most of the time, but not always.
Why Do Some Pros Choose Not to Carry Hybrids ? There are a few reasons why some pros choose not to carry a hybrid . For starters, some pros don’t have room in their golf bag. By the time they load up all the wedges, the fairway woods, and the irons they want, there may be no space left for a hybrid .
Fairway woods have a broader sole and larger head than hybrids and are hit further, but lower. Hybrids are more forgiving and easier to hit than long irons or fairway woods. Hybrids are typically used to replace some of the more difficult to hit long irons in the average golfer’s bag.