A hybrid golf club is a type of club that borrows the design from both irons and woods. It was designed to combine the familiar swing mechanics of an iron with the more forgiving nature and better distance of a wood. For golfers who struggle to hit their long irons or fairway woods , hybrids give golfers another option.
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.
Hybrids are not just for average golfers and duffers. Some of the best golfers on the planet have replaced their 2-irons and 3-irons or 5-woods with hybrid clubs. While there are still significant holdouts, such as Paul Casey, hybrids have become commonplace on the PGA , LPGA and Champions Tour.
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.
The pros are using hybrids regularly, and many start their iron sets with a 6-iron and carry four hybrids in their bag (except for some of the high clubhead speed players such as Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson). But that may not be the right choice for every golfer. “It’s up to the individual,” Don says.
Make sure you hit down hard on the ball like how you would with an iron rather than doing a sweeping action off the ground as with a fairway wood. Consider shortening the shaft length of the club to move the swing weight up. Alternatively, you can try choking down a little on the 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 .
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.
Hybrids are easier to hit in the center of the clubface, and they fly higher and land softer than your long irons, which helps place and control those important lengthy approach shots. They also are versatile, and can be hit from the rough, for bad lies—even chipping.
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.
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|
Hybrid and Iron Loft Comparison
|Hybrid Loft||Equivalent Iron|
You will get more distance with a 5 – wood but better accuracy with the 3 – hybrid (because the shaft on the hybrid is shorter).
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.
Hybrid clubs are more tolerant of mis-hits than their counterpart irons , so a casual player will likely hit the ball farther , on average, with a hybrid than a standard iron .