Best Callaway Hybrids 2024

Take a look at the best Callaway hybrids currently on the market

Best Callaway Hybrids
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Callaway has always been an innovator when it comes to the golf equipment they produce. Particularly when it comes to some of the best golf hybrid clubs, the brand has produced a wide variety of stunning club sets including the Big Bertha, Warbird and Steelhead ranges. Callaway was also one of the earliest brands to start producing golf hybrids, when, in the early ‘noughties’, it gave us the Heavenwood and Divine Nine; higher-lofted woods that could be swung and struck like irons.

Today, the golf hybrid is a mainstay in almost every golf bag, from weekend warriors to touring professionals. The reason is obvious. They are so much easier to hit than any long iron. The best golf hybrid clubs are designed to help players hit better approach shots from longer ranges; they're easier to launch, more effective from a variety of lies and generally instill greater confidence at address.

It’s more common now to see hybrids in the bags of tour players compared to traditional 2 and 3 iron clubs. Not only do top players understand the forgiveness and flight benefits that come from playing with a hybrid, they also recognize how well hybrids fill the distance gaps at the top end of their bags. With hybrids available in lofts from 17° to 29°, there are plenty of options to replace long and mid-irons and make the long game infinitely easier.

Considering the brand's excellence in this field, it comes as no surprise that there are plenty of top clubs included in this guide to the best Callaway hybrids. The brand has clearly done their research over the years to produce a range of rescue woods that help to promote forgiveness, ease of use and style. Whether you're looking to give yourself a distance boost or find the most forgiving hybrids, Callaway has a model that will suit your preferences, and we've listed some of the best clubs below!

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Best Callaway Hybrids

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Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Hybrid

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Hybrid Review

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A stunning hybrid that offers outstanding performance

Specifications

Lofts: 18º, 21º, 24º, 27º
Adjustable Hosel: Yes
Stock Shafts: 1 option (Project X Cypher)
Left Handed Options: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Produces a strong, powerful ball flight
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Modern, compact looking head
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Glided through rough exceptionally well

Reasons to avoid

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The matte black crown won’t suit everyone

When last year's Paradym hybrid was launched, we were instantly impressed with the performance on offer so we expected big things from the Paradym Ai Smoke models like the standard head above.

Starting with the aesthetics Callaway has moved away from the gloss black crown and has returned to the matte black crown that we saw on the Rogue ST hybrids. The head profile itself has been designed a little larger to inspire confidence and provide the user friendliness to compete with the most forgiving hybrids. No crushed carbon as seen on the likes of the Ai Smoke driver and fairway, but instead there is a steel finish to the sole. 

The club sat flush to the turf and even glided through the first cut of rough spectacularly when called upon. But the club really separated itself from the previous years model when it came to forgiveness though. We struck countless shots when testing both out the heel and the toe and saw remarkably consistent ball flights and spin patterns when doing so. This is testament to the new Ai Smart Face implemented into the whole Ai Smoke family.

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke HL Hybrid

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke HL Hybrid Review

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One of the most forgiving hybrids we have ever tested

Specifications

Lofts: 18º, 21º, 24º, 27º, 30º, 33º
Adjustable Hosel: Yes
Stock Shafts: 1 option (Project X Cypher)
Left Handed Options: Yes

Reasons to buy

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High, towering ball flight
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Easy to launch from the rough
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Forgiving, large foot-print

Reasons to avoid

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Hard to keep the flight down when playing into wind

Another model in the Paradym Ai Smoke range is the HL hybrid which is essentially the more user-friendly version which offers an effortlessly high launch. As forgiving as the standard head is, the HL takes things up another notch thanks to the newly constructed Ai Smart Face, which sees multiple sweet spots scattered around behind the face to ensure miss-hit shots fly relatively similar to those struck out the center.

Out of the rough in particular it produced a high, towering ball flight that landed on greens from distance extremely softly. And yet the trade-off here is the club is difficult to flight down in the wind and there is a degree of control lost as a result. The adjustable hosel can help here slightly though.

The larger footprint really inspires confidence when on the ground and the classic ‘V’ alignment aid on the matte crown made it easy to set up square to my intended target. Overall this is the perfect hybrid for those with slower swing speeds seeking easy launch as well as those who like to see the ball fly from right to left as a right handed golfer. It will no doubt become one of the best hybrids for seniors and hybrids for high handicappers over the course of the year due to how easy it is to use.

Callaway Women's Paradym Ai Smoke MAX Fast Hybrid

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Max Fast hybrid

Callaway Women's Paradym Ai Smoke MAX Fast Hybrid 

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A hybrid that is almost impossible to fault

Specifications

Lofts: 21°, 24°, 27°, 30°, 33°
Adjustable Hosel: No
Stock Shafts: 1 option (Mitsubishi Eldio Blue/White 40 IR/HYB Graphite)
Left Handed Options: No

Reasons to buy

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Exceptionally forgiving
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Easy to get the ball airborne
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Consistently good results

Reasons to avoid

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Some women might find the grip slightly too big

The last AI Smoke model we wanted to mention was the Women's Fast hybrid. Using data and state-of-the-art machine learning, the club has a series of sweet spots and as our tester discovered, even mishits were good shots. In short it is one of the most forgiving hybrids out there right now.

We like the soft and tacky grip and the flat crown, which has a dark grey matte finish, sits nice and flush behind the ball. The stock shaft is a lightweight 40g model and has a women's flex to it, whilst the swingweight of the club makes it very easy to launch high with good distance. 

In terms of looks and performance, we believe it has all the ingredients for the standard of female golfer for which it is designed, to be one of the best hybrids on the market.

Callaway Paradym Hybrid

The classy Callaway Paradym Hybrid showing off its very cool clubhead design on a grassy background

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A forgiving yet powerful hybrid

Specifications

Lofts: 18º, 21º, 24º, 27º
Adjustable Hosel: Yes
Stock Shafts: 2 options (Project X HZRDUS Gen 4 Silver and Aldila Ascent PL Blue 50)
Left-Handed Options: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Impressive ball speed and distance
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Strong, consistent ball flight
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Very versatile

Reasons to avoid

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Mid-sized head may not suit the better player

Callaway's latest range of Paradym golf clubs are some of the most hotly anticipated metal woods and irons on the market. Visually these clubs are stunning, particularly the Paradym drivers and this metal wood is no different. It offers up a premium aesthetic that oozes class, thanks to the golden weight that is contrasted against the chrome silver and black chassis on the hybrid. And while it's clear Callaway hasn't skimped on the design on this club, from our hitting experience, they haven't held back on the technology here either. 

At address, the Paradym hybrid will fill the user with confidence, while sitting square enough that the better player will still feel as though they’ll be able to orchestrate the shot they desire and not hit frustrating hooks (an aspect to hybrid play that some golfers struggle with). Callaway has interestingly moved away from the matte black finish that we saw on the Rogue ST Max hybrid and instead has reverted to a more traditional gloss black crown - something you may or may not enjoy. 

The club performed solidly delivering punchy ball speeds that matched its predecessor. Spin rates were solid and the ball flights from the tee, deck and from out of the first cut were all equally impressive. Due to the 455 Face Cup design mentioned previously, the Paradym provided a soft yet powerful feel even from off-centre hits and a slightly more dull pitch which we personally really enjoyed. Lastly, this club comes with a cutwave sole design, which allowed us to cut the club through wet and thicker cuts, allowing us to get the ball back onto the fairway when we went a little bit off piste. For that reason, we've chosen to include it in our guide for the most forgiving hybrids.

Callaway Paradym X Hybrid

The Callaway Paradym X Hybrid golf club showing off its shiny clubhead on the golf course

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Excellent forgiveness is combined with a powerful club

Specifications

Lofts: 18º, 21º, 24º, 27º
Adjustable Hosel: Yes
Stock Shafts: 2 options (Project X HZRDUS Gen 4 Silver and Aldila Ascent PL Blue 50)
Left-Handed Options: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Impressive forgiveness across the face
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Strong, powerful flight
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Fully adjustable hosel

Reasons to avoid

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Minimal gains over Rogue ST Max
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Large club footprint may not suit everyone

A highly-forgiving hybrid option that will suit most mid-to-high handicap golfers, the Paradym X has a larger footprint compared to the standard Paradym hybrid, making it more suitable to less experienced players or those looking for one of the most forgiving hybrids in the game. Comparing both models, the X possess more draw bias to help players who tend to slice the ball, it delivers towering ball flights that fly a little higher than the standard Paradym, and it boasts a lot of versatility. 

The Paradym X boasts a glossy club head and is certainly a wood-shaped hybrid that can inspire confidence. Hitting out of thick, wet rough was where this really excelled and the design of the club's sole seemed to make getting the ball into the air very easy. Distance was impressive and the club felt powerful when we tested it on the range and on the course. Achieving consistent ball flights was not hard either with this being one of the most playable clubs on this list and we loved the power it offered off the face. 

Callaway 2024 Apex UW

Photo of the Callaway Apex UW sole

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Fairway wood performance in a hybrid package

Specifications

Lofts: 17°, 19°, 21°
Adjustable Hosel: No
Stock Shafts: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX 70
Left-Handed Options: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Can do the job of a higher lofted fairway wood and a strong hybrid
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Longer than a five wood, easier to hit than a 2-iron or utility iron

Reasons to avoid

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Looks are plain for such a high-tech club

It's not often we give out five-star reviews but when we do, we mean it and the Callaway Apex UW Hybrid is very deserved of that rating. An Editor's Choice pick, there is an awful lot to like about this Callaway Hybrid, with the unbelievable performance making way for a gigantic amount of technology. Sitting flush and square on the turf at address, it gives the user a lot of confidence, and looks stunning, thanks to its glossy black colorway which we really loved when resting behind the golf ball.

We loved the consistency on offer here with this club striking a long and noticeably punchy ball flight when struck from the tee and off the deck. Callaway states that the Apex UW delivers 17 percent tighter dispersion in testing and our launch monitor test results support that. A MIM’D Tungsten weight (18g per club) sits behind two Jailbreak A.I. Velocity Blades in a neutral forward position close to the face. Callaway says this weight creates a neutral CG (centre of gravity) configuration for higher launch, steeper landing angles and better stopping power. Ultimately, it is one of the best hybrid golf clubs we've tested in recent memory.

Callaway Apex Hybrid

Callaway Apex 2021 Hybrid resting on the golf couorse

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Forgiveness and versatility

Specifications

Lofts: 19°, 21° 24°, 27°
Adjustable Hosel: Yes
Stock Shaft: UST MAMIYA Recoil Dart 75 HYB
Left-Handed Option: Yes

Reasons to buy

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One of the longest hybrids
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Impressive forgiveness levels

Reasons to avoid

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On the expensive side

Callaway has enjoyed huge success with its hybrids of late, chief among which is the updated version of the Callaway Apex. It features many of the same technologies as its predecessors, but the jailbreak technology has been given an upgrade. Artificial intelligence was once again key to the design of the new Jailbreak Velocity Blades that are angled and more spread out than they have been in any model since it was first introduced in 2016. 

The result is more forgiveness across the face and more speed, particularly at the bottom of the club where golfers often mishit their shots. In addition, the blades also allow the Face Cup to flex more for consistent spin rates and therefore, flight, with tungsten weight being specifically placed into each loft, therefore offering lower CG, as well as creating a club that promotes high launch and forgiveness.

Callaway Apex Pro Hybrid

Callaway Apex Pro Hybrid showing off its sole plate on the golf course

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A good model for those lower handicap players

Specifications

Lofts: 18°, 20°, 23°, 26°
Adjustable Hosel: No
Stock Shafts: UST MAMIYA Recoil Dart 75 HYB
Left-Handed Options: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Powerful performance
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Compact and workable

Reasons to avoid

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Small profile will put some off

A hybrid which shone in our Editor's Choice list a few years ago, the Apex Pro continues to be one of our favorite models. It's more compact than the standard Apex 21 hybrid and produces a more penetrating flight. Looks wise, at address, there is definite iron-like profile to it so, if your irons stop at the 5, then there is a very easy flow to the set by adding this. This is aimed at the better player who wants a long iron-type trajectory and can generate plenty of clubhead speed, with Callaway’s Face Cup Technology designed to deliver great speed and spin consistency across the face, which tempers the powerful flight and distance in order to retain accuracy. This club packs a punch and there is the workability and control that the strong player will be looking for, rather than more forgiving models designed predominantly to launch the ball higher.

How we test hybrids

When it comes to our testing procedure, we use the same ethos and methodology for all golf products to make sure they are as insightful, honest and comprehensive as possible. When it comes to golf clubs, we usually attend product launches so we can meet with the manufacturer’s R&D experts to understand the new technology. 

After we have an understanding here, our first port of call when hitting clubs is usually the indoor simulator at Foresight Sports, where the team can test in a controlled environment using premium balls and the GCQuad launch monitor. We also use TrackMan at golf facilities across the UK. We then do outdoor testing, usually on ranges at West Hill Golf Club, Surrey, The Wynyard Club in Teesside and at Brancepeth Castle Golf Club in Durham. We then put the clubs into play out on these golf courses.

How to choose the right hybrid

It's one thing knowing what the best golf hybrid clubs on the market are, and something else entirely choosing which model to add to your bag. So, how do you make such a decision?

In an ideal world, a properly executed club fitting will provide the answers - the amount of data available covering things like swing speed, club path, ball speed, angle of attack, and distance is quite staggering. One of these will definitely get the right make and model in your hands.

However, if this isn't possible for whatever reason, we've set out a few tips below to help you in your buying decision...

1. Performance

How a hybrid performs is the most important factor. You are looking for versatility that will improve your scores and help you out of trouble in a range of on-course situations. We would recommend trying out hybrids off the tee, from the rough, fairway, around the green and even from the middle of low-lipped fairway bunkers. You need to gauge how well they perform for you and a demo day is an ideal opportunity to do the kind of testing you need to be sure a hybrid is right for you. 

2. Feel 

A thorough test can inform how some clubs feel during the golf swing and most importantly at impact. Some models sound loud at impact, others are more muted. Some will feel like the contact is a dense thud, others will feel hot and energetic off the face. Feel is entirely subjective and personal to the player. Again, we recommend hitting some models indoors and outdoors, so you can have an idea of what you like and dislike.

3. Looks 

With all golf clubs you need to like how they look, especially at address, because you don't want to be distracted by a club you really don't enjoy looking at. Take some time to shop around, feel the club in your hands and see if you like the way it looks and feels at address. 

Does it match the rest of your set-up, will you feel completely comfortable putting it in the bag? As much as it may seem vain to judge a club on looks, it can increase your confidence on-course if you love the look of your hybrid when you pull the headcover. Not every hybrid is the same. Some are more wood-like in appearance, whilst others have a higher toe and are designed to look more like an iron.

4. Budget 

The penultimate factor you should consider is budget. Given the number of hybrids available on the market, you can find a quality club at most price points and to suit almost any budget. If you want a premium brand model then you can get one, or if you want to save money, there is usually value for money to be found if you are happy not to own a club by a marquee manufacturer.

5. Testing 

We hate to sound like a broken record but go to a range and try some out. Most places still tape clubs up and let you conduct your own range test. It won't be as thorough as a custom fit but you can draw some conclusions. For example, you'll be able to get a sense for the weight and looks of the club and whether the shaft suits the way you swing it. 

Hitting some shots, even with tape on the face, will also give you an idea of how easy each hybrid is to hit and get airborne. For higher handicappers, this will likely be very helpful. Better golfers may be in the market for something that's more workable and therefore would be suited to something with plenty of hosel adjustability. Ultimately, it depends on what aspect(s) of performance you value above all else and which hybrid is able to tick the most boxes for your game.

For more advice on some of the best hybrid golf clubs check out our guides on the best hybrid golf clubs for high handicappers, best hybrid golf clubs for seniors and most forgiving hybrids.

FAQs

What hybrids replace what irons?

Typically, a 3-iron is replaced by a 19 degree hybrid or a 5-wood, a 4-iron is replaced by a 22 degree hybrid or a 7-wood, a 5-iron is replaced by a 25 degree hybrid, and a 6-iron is replaced by a 28 degree hybrid.

Why should I use a hybrid golf club?

Hybrid clubs combine all the best qualities of both fairway woods and long irons while attempting to avoid the negatives of both. Essentially, they are easier to hit from all manner of lies, with the extra weight and control being great out of the rough, whilst the support behind the sweet spot helps the ball into the air from bare lies.

Can I use my hybrids off the tee?

Yes, you can use your hybrid in any situation from around the golf course. Depending on your preferences, you can play your hybrids off the tee but they are designed to help you play from tougher and thicker lies around the course, like the deep rough.  

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Sam De'Ath
Staff Writer

Sam has worked in the golf industry for 12 years, offering advice on equipment to all levels of golfers and as Staff Writer, he tests and reviews equipment throughout the bag. Sam graduated from Webber International University in 2017 with a BSc Marketing Management degree while playing collegiate golf. His experience of playing professionally on both the EuroPro Tour and Clutch Pro Tour, alongside his golf retail history, means Sam has extensive knowledge of golf equipment and what works for different types of golfer.

Sam is a member of North Hants Golf Club in Fleet, Hampshire, where he won the club championship 3 times in succession from 2015-2017. His golfing highlight to date is shooting a round of 10-under 60 at his home club, narrowly missing a wedge shot for a magical 59.

Sam’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: TaylorMade Stealth 2, 9°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus, 15°

Hybrid: Ping G430 19°

Irons: Titleist T-100 4 iron, Titleist 620MB, 5-PW

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54°, 62°

Putter: Scotty Cameron Select GoLo

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x 2021 

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