While many golfers tend to favor fairway woods over long irons due to their larger sweet spot on the face, the longer and heavier shaft of a fairway wood can be difficult to master. Hybrids mix the benefits of both clubs into one and while they won’t suit everyone, they make an excellent option for a lot of golfers .
Hybrid clubs are numbered and are generally designed to replace the iron with the same number – for example, a 3-hybrid would replace a 3- iron . However, a typical golfer will likely hit the ball a bit farther with a hybrid than with an iron of the same number.
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.
A hybrid 2 golf club will have the length of the 2 -iron it’s designed to replace, along with the larger shaped head of a fairway wood. Increased versatility – A 2 hybrid golf club is designed to be used in high grass and difficult lies. They are also a great choice for players who prefer to sweep the ball off the turf.
You will get more distance with a 5 – wood but better accuracy with the 3 – hybrid (because the shaft on the hybrid is shorter).
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 .
Best Hybrid Golf Clubs For High Handicappers TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue . Honma XP-1 Hybrid. Cleveland Launcher Halo Hybrid . Wilson Staff D7 Hybrid. Cobra F-Max Airspeed Hybrid. Benross Evolution R Hybrid. Titleist TS2 Hybrid. Callaway Big Bertha B21 Hybrid.
In very light rough, a fairway wood , such as a 3-wood , may be a better choice, as its flat bottom skims the low grass easily. In thicker rough, however, the heavier but more compact hybrid clubhead can better cut through the longer grass while maintaining its stability.
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.
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.
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.
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|
For every other handicap bracket, the 3 -wood is the clear winner in fairway hit percentage, but in the 20+ bracket, the 2 – hybrid is close to surpassing the 3 -wood. It only falls about 2.5% behind. For approach shots, the 2 – hybrid travels one yard farther and hits the green about 2.5% more often.
With this in mind, even at the higher price point, our choice for best hybrid for beginners and high handicappers is the Callaway Mavrik Max. The hybrid , for many beginners , will be one of the most important clubs in your bag, so if you are going to spend a little extra money, this would be the club to do it.
Hybrid Club Distances
|Club||Loft (degrees)||Distance for men (yards)|
|1- hybrid||15 – 18||194-226-245|
|2 – hybrid||18 – 20||176-205-222|
|3- hybrid||21 – 24||163-189-205|
|4- hybrid||25 – 28||154-179-194|