Best Golf Hybrid Clubs 2022

Hybrids are the most versatile woods you can put in your bag. Here, we take a look at the best options available on the market

Best Golf Hybrid Clubs
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Best Golf Hybrid Clubs 

A good hybrid is one of the most versatile and useful golf clubs you can choose to put in your bag. Designed as a more forgiving replacement for long irons, hybrids resemble smaller headed fairway woods and are easier to hit than a 2, 3 or 4 iron from almost all lies and playing surfaces.

In recent years, many club manufacturers have experienced greater demand for custom fit irons in 5 to PW, with fewer golfers taking up the traditional option of carrying long irons in favour of hybrid clubs which can range in loft from 17 to 29 degrees. While many amateur golfers are benefiting from carrying hybrid clubs, especially older golfers who no longer have the swing speed or strength to launch higher long irons, their use on professional tours has also increased.

Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson are two Major Champions who have carried hybrids when course conditions required higher flighted softer landing approaches into par 5 greens. The hybrid has also largely replaced the ‘belly wedge’ or putt-like chip played with the leading edge of a sand wedge, as the most trusted play from collared rough or tighter lies around the green.

Each year manufacturers release new models to market and Golf Monthly makes sure that it puts them through a rigorous testing process on the course, range and using the most advanced launch monitor systems. In this best golf hybrids test, we used a TrackMan launch monitor with Titleist Pro V1x golf balls (opens in new tab). Unless stated, we tested a 19° 3H model.

You’ll have your own preferences in terms of how each hybrid looks and feels. There is always an element of subjectivity and personal preference in any club testing but we cross reference both our qualitative data (observations, feelings, notes) with our quantitative data (the launch monitor numbers) to reach our conclusions of what makes the best golf hybrids.

Matthew Moore tests Cobra LTDx hybrid

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Some products are targeted at certain skills levels - but we've covered a broad range of playing abilities in this list, as well as developing other useful guides such as the best hybrid golf clubs for seniors (opens in new tab) and most forgiving hybrids (opens in new tab). If you’re not completely sold on the idea of a hybrid and want something with more of an iron-like profile, then check out our best driving irons (opens in new tab) guide. 

Best Golf Hybrid Clubs 

Titleist TSi2 Hybrid on grass

Tour-approved performance

Specifications

Lofts: 18°, 21° and 24°

Reasons to buy

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Exceptional forgiveness
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Fast ball speeds and strong, towering flight

Reasons to avoid

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Glossy crown does produce glare from the sun in certain angles

Featuring the fastest hybrid face Titleist has ever made, the TSi2 delivers faster ball speeds and excellent forgiveness. The head is bigger than the lower spinning TSi3 but smaller than the TSi1, making it an extremely versatile hybrid suitable for golfers of all levels. A lower CG means that not only will golfers enjoy greater speed off the face, but they’ll have no trouble getting the ball in the air.

It comes in three different lofts - 18°, 21° and 24° - but thanks to Titleist’s patented SureFit hosel, golfers can take advantage of the 16 individual loft and lie settings available, something we found very useful when testing from round to round in ever-changing conditions. While the other two models offer something different, the TSi2 was the most consistent and easiest to hit, delivering excellent feel and inspiring loads of confidence.

TaylorMade Stealth Rescue lying on the ground

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Highly impressive all-rounder

Specifications

Lofts: 19°, 22°, 25° (RH &LH) 28°, 31° (RH only)

Reasons to buy

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Great looking golf club, high shelf appeal
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Stable, powerful flight and good stopping power

Reasons to avoid

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Less forgiving on off-centre strikes
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Lack of adjustability

All the tried and tested TaylorMade hybrid technology is here again, from the V Steel sole to Twist Face and the Speed Pocket. What’s different in the Stealth Rescue is a new carbon crown construction. The lighter head lets engineers shift seven grams of weight lower in the head for a better CG (centre of gravity), easy launch and optimal forgiveness.

The sleek top line and carbon head do inspire confidence at address which, for most golfers, leads to a freer swing. We also found the Stealth Rescue easy to hit with a firmer feel off the high strength C300 steel face. This lead to great acoustics at impact and a stable penetrating trajectory. 

So, how did it perform? Well, it certainly dampened down our tendency to miss left and overdraw shots, with the flight of the ball being at a good height with plenty of control into greens.

Indoors on TrackMan, results were good compared to other leading brand hybrids, especially in terms of accuracy and dispersion. The Stealth Rescue wasn’t as long as other leading hybrids, but this didn’t worry us, especially as their is an excellent range of custom shaft options available so you can fine tune the set-up for distance gains.

Cleveland Launcher XL Halo hybridEditors Choice 2022

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Maximum forgiveness

Specifications

Lofts: 19°, 21°, 24°, 27°

Reasons to buy

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Easy to hit from any type of lie
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Provides naturally high launch conditions
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Forgiving on off-centre strikes

Reasons to avoid

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Impact sound is on the louder side

The Cleveland Launcher XL Halo Hybrid ranks as one of the most forgiving hybrids (opens in new tab) on the market and hence earnt a spot in our Editor's Choice Awards in 2022. (opens in new tab) Featuring an incredible amount of technology, the Launcher XL gives you the confidence to save you from a magnitude of disaster in various on-course predicaments: The specific focus in the design process was to help golfers escape poor lies with power and accuracy.

The Halo features Cleveland's XL head design which is larger than most hybrids. As well as the large head design, the hybrid has an MOI of 2,961 - the most ever in a Cleveland Golf hybrid. The Launcher XL Halo also features great stability and resistance at the moment of impact, with three Glide Rails on the sole helping keep the clubface straight for better strikes, regardless of lie quality.

Ping G425 Hybrid with grass background

No-nonsense results

Specifications

Lofts: 17°, 19°, 22°, 26°, 30° and 34°

Reasons to buy

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Easy to launch
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Three dots make it easy to line up

Reasons to avoid

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Not as penetrating a flight as other hybrids

The Ping G425 hybrid has the same thin maraging steel face as its predecessor, the Ping G410. Generating high ball speeds, it also features Ping’s Facewrap design technology that works across the crown and sole of the club promoting an easy launch and longer shots.

The G425 also comes with Spinsistency tech, which was launched last year and guarantees more consistent spin rates on shots struck out the bottom of the club, this is thanks to Ping modifying the roll profile on the clubface.

The alignment aid has also been upgraded, with three dots on the crown making it easy to line the ball up out the centre and, like all things Ping, the feel off the face is brilliant and extremely easy to hit. All of these positive benefits make it an option we would highly recommend for recreational golfers. 

It's available in 2H through to 7H and each loft category is adjustable by up to 1.5°. We found it a little more tricky to flight low compared to some other models but it's so forgiving and easy to hit that it's comfortably one of the best hybrids on the market.

Callaway Apex UW out on the golf courseEditors Choice 2022


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Iconic Name

Specifications

Lofts: 17°, 19°, 21°

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

In 2014, Callaway opened up a whole new market by introducing a long and forgiving forged iron for better players. Now, Callaway is attempting to create a new gear niche with the launch of its Apex UW (Utility Wood), a club that looks and flies like a fairway wood but offers the versatility and precision of the best hybrids.

Comprised of old-school looks, it is perhaps not obvious where the tech is until you reach the silver-grey soleplate that has a composite carbon-like appearance. Featuring a MIM’D Tungsten weight (18g per club) which 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.

On test, it was exceptionally long, around 25 yards past similarly struck shots with other leading brand hybrids tested the same round. No matter the wind conditions, the Apex UW could even rival the best fairway woods (opens in new tab) on the market and was recently chosen for our 2022 Editor's Choice Awards. (opens in new tab)

Cobra LTDX Hybrid lying on the ground

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Iron-like performance and set-up

Specifications

Lofts: 17° (RH only) 19°, 21°, 24° (RH & LH), 28° (RH only)

Reasons to buy

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The KBS PGR shaft gives the control and dispersion of steel with the weighting and speed of graphite
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Produces a stable ball flight

Reasons to avoid

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Won’t suit golfers who like to feel weight in the clubhead
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Difficult to move the ball right to left - tended to have a fade bias in testing

There’s a blend of old and new technology in this club, which makes it attractive to anyone who can’t hit long irons high enough or struggle to hit those type of clubs from the rough. In a nod to Cobra’s baffler clubs of the last decade, the LTDx hybrid is built with split rails on the sole which zip over tight turf and help glide through rough without any loss of speed. This hybrid is also fun to hit, with Cobra stating that it has replaced its E9 face with a variable thickness design called H.O.T Face and tuned it for better speed. It feels thin at impact, with it easier to pick off tighter and sloping lies.

In test, we mainly hit fades and if we did miss left, we pulled it. This comes partly down to the KBS PGR (Player’s Graphite Iron) shaft which has the tolerance of steel but the weight and playability of graphite. The stout tolerance makes the club harder to overpower and makes it feel more like you’re swinging a long iron. 

The only downside to this set-up is that the head feels light and we didn’t get a feeling of load at the top of the swing or any heft at address. If you’re looking for a highly playable hybrid that neutralises your tendency to draw or hook the ball, this would be a great option.

Callaway Apex Hybrid lying on the ground

Forgiving and Versatile

Specifications

Lofts: 19°, 21° 24° (RH & LH), 27° (RH only)

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 released the Apex and Apex Pro hybrids in 2021 and, such is their popularity, they have carried over into a second season. The Apex Hybrid features many of the same technologies as its predecessors but with upgraded Jailbreak Velocity Blades.

The Jailbreak blades are angled and more spread out than they have been in any model since this tech 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. Plus, the blades also allow the Face Cup to flex more for consistent spin rates and therefore, flight.

Tungsten weight has been specifically placed into each loft offering to lower the CG and create a club that promotes high launch and forgiveness. The Apex Pro hybrid is aimed at lower-handicap players who prefer more of an iron look, but we really liked the overall performance on offer with the standard Apex model that is available in 3H through to 6H.

Honma TR21 Hybrid white white background

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Honma TR21 Hybrid

Offset helps slicers

Specifications

Lofts: 18°, 21, 24°

Reasons to buy

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Adjustability makes it a more versatile offering
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Classic shape

Reasons to avoid

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Slightly offset design won’t suit everyone

The Japanese golf brand's premium performance TR (Tour Release) line of clubs includes the TR21 hybrid. Featuring strategically placed CG locations for improved launch and spin, it delivers fantastic stopping control into greens, while a narrow sole improves turf interaction at impact.

Better players seeking meticulously crafted tour-inspired equipment will approve of the classic, compact shape, as well as the distance potential on offer. Catch this thing out the middle and it goes! Additionally, it feels and sounds hot, creating a higher-pitched tone on impact than the other hybrids included. Whether that will be to your liking is a matter of personal preference. 

Callaway Rogue Hybrid out on the golf course

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Best for workability

Specifications

Lofts: 18°, 20°, 23° (RH & LH)

Reasons to buy

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Sleek stylish looks
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Improved feel and workability
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Ideal for straight hitters and players who love to fade it

Reasons to avoid

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Average ball strikers could struggle with the shallow face profile compared to other Rogue ST hybrid models
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Not adjustable for loft

Callaway’s Rogue ST Pro hybrid is targeted at better players seeking strong distance and enhanced workability. The shallow face is designed with artificial intelligence (A.I), a computer programme that optimises Callaway’s Flash Face designs for the best possible launch, spin and ball speed. 

Down at address, the ST Pro hybrid head resembles a compact fairway wood, with a rounder toe and a premium looking matte black finish. It’s edging close to the look of Callaway’s new Apex UW (utility wood), which earned five stars when we reviewed it. We tested the 20° model and its low spin bias, strong shaft and shallower, hotter face meant we could hit it lower or higher with minimal set-up changes. Unlike a lot of hybrids, we didn’t draw the ST Pro and hit it straight or with a soft cut.

This hybrid handles all the extras you want it to, such as chip-putts, bump and runs and easy contact from cuppy lies in the rough. We like the smooth sole camber which makes it easy to pick up off the deck. Our TrackMan set showed a fade bias, with 60 per cent of shots fading right of target line and only 25 per cent left, the rest were straight. As a like-for-like replacement for a 3-iron, we would instantly choose this hybrid.

Mizuno CLK Hybrid with grass background

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Confidence-inspiring model

Specifications

Lofts: 14-27° adjustable

Reasons to buy

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Adjustable to help with distance gapping
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Powerful feel off the face

Reasons to avoid

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Dirt gathers in the sole slots

Mizuno's new CLK hybrid has been designed to offer golfers a versatile, high-performing connection between irons and fairway woods, and that's exactly what it does. Thanks to the new Dual Wave sole technology, which gives the club a wider profile at address, we found it really easy to flight the ball high and attack tighter pin positions. There have also been several structural refinements to ensure a solid sound at impact, which is another performance aspect we really look out for.

We like how the wide, flat crown sits flush to the turf, which is sure to give many golfers that little extra confidence they need with a hybrid. Meanwhile, the CLK hybrid is available as a 2H through to a 5H and comes with an adjustable hosel that has eight loft and lie settings, making it extremely easy to set up exactly how you want.

Callaway Rogue ST MAX Hybrid out on the golf course

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Consistent and forgiving

Specifications

Lofts: 18°, 20°, 23° (RH & LH), 26° (RH only)

Reasons to buy

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Premium elegant looks
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Larger more forgiving head is super easy to hit
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One of the straightest, most accurate hybrids we’ve tested in 2022

Reasons to avoid

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Draw-bias clubface may look closed to the eye of some players
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Non adjustable for loft

Callaway has released the Rogue ST Max hybrid for 2022 with a serious billing, calling it “the longest Rogue ST hybrid,” in “our fastest family of hybrids ever.” All the tour proven Callaway technology is built into this club, including a revamped Jailbreak ST system that pushes the two ‘batwings’ further towards the perimeter of the face for higher MOI, a more flexible face and better ball speeds.

This club delivered lots of the performance benefits you’ll want in a good hybrid. It flew with a powerful rainbow shaped flight and stopped quickly going into greens on long par 3 holes and tough par 4s.

The matte black looks premium. In terms of pure performance, it wasn’t the longest or fastest in the Rogue ST hybrid series but it was reassuringly straight with an excellent dispersion average, up there with the very best hybrids in our test. We love how consistent and forgiving the ST Max was. Couple that with great looks and Callaway’s reliability of performance, then it’s clear this hybrid would improve the play of a wide range of golfers.

Wilson Staff D9 Hybrid with grass background

Effortless Power

Specifications

Lofts: 17°,19°, 22°, 25°, 28°, 31°

Reasons to buy

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Very easy to hit
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Looks great behind the ball

Reasons to avoid

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No adjustability on the hosel

Perhaps better known for their irons, Wilson’s D9 hybrid is packed with performance that makes it one of the easiest hybrids to hit on the market. It’s also an extremely nice-looking club that sits squarely behind the ball, inspiring confidence to perform your best. Milled using the same premium Carpenter Custom 455 steel used by Titleist in its hybrids, the face is hot and thin, delivering optimal feel and distance. This is enhanced by the Variable Face Technology for high ball speeds and launch angles.

It comes in a variety of lofts from 17° through to 31°, although there is no adjustability on the hosel. Each different loft option is also the correct length to help it fit seamlessly into your bag. An incredibly easy club to hit, this club really could suit every type of golfer if they can find the right specs for their unique game.

Srixon ZX Hybrid with grass background

Suits wide range of players

Specifications

Lofts: 16° (RH only), 19°, 22° (RH & LH)

Reasons to buy

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Mid-size shape will suit a range of tastes
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High launch with low spin creates distance

Reasons to avoid

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Not adjustable for loft

The Srixon ZX hybrid has a stepped crown that lowers the centre of gravity to optimise launch and increase MOI as well as helping with alignment. Its looks are almost a throwback to the original TaylorMade rescue clubs. Anyway, as Srixon says, it's a 'true player's hybrid', featuring a smaller head shape and square toe to provide more confidence at address. We really noticed this when looking down from up high.

Another thing we liked was the all-black face. It's not uncommon among hybrids or clubs in general, but it did make it just that little bit more appealing than the more traditional silver-faced models. Featuring Srixon’s Rebound Frame Technology, the ZX provides increased ball speed and distance from a variety of lies. Similarly to the Cobra Radspeed, it's one of the easiest hybrids to hit from the rough.

One thing we would point out is that it is only available as a 2H, 3H or 4H and doesn't come with the option to adjust the hosel. However, if you find yourself in the market for a 16°, 19° or 22° club that you want in the bag to replace a long-iron, then you could do far worse than the Srixon ZX.

How we test hybrids

When it comes to Golf Monthly's 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 testing for the best golf clubs (opens in new tab), 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.

Specifically for hybrids, product testing is headed up by Matthew Moore, supported by technical editor Joel Tadman. Both are competitive low handicap golfers, able to efficiently test the biggest product releases and successfully communicate equipment technology and product features to a wide golfing audience.

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 have a few tips.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

FAQ's

What is a hybrid golf club good for?

There are two clear benefits to a hybrid when answering this question.First the best thing about a hybrid is that it combines the best bits of a fairway wood and long iron into one convenient club. They help players get the ball in the air easier and help fill the gap between woods and irons in relation to distance gapping.

Hybrids are designed with a lot more perimeter weighting, which is possible because the heads are so much bigger. The hollow design also allows for a lower and deeper centre of gravity that encourages a higher launch, making it much more versatile from tricky lies.

Therefore, for the average golfer liable to mishits and drives finding the rough, a hybrid can be handy for getting back into position. Another big benefit to the hybrid is versatility. Not only can hybrids be used to help in the rough, from the fairway and off the tee, but also around the green too.

What is the difference between a hybrid and a rescue?

There is next to no difference between a hybrid and a rescue because a rescue club is actually just the TaylorMade version of a hybrid.

What is the difference between a hybrid and a fairway wood?

Hybrids are smaller than fairway woods in terms of clubhead size and shaft length, because they are designed to fill the gap between woods and long to mid irons. Hybrids are usually easier to hit than woods because of the lower centre of gravity and denser head construction and because the club design encourages you to hit down on the ball, in the same way you would with an iron.

Hybrid shafts are heavier than those in a fairway wood, with average weightings around 80 to 90 grams, which makes them easier to swing with more control. Lighter and longer fairway wood shafts can often tempt players to try and swing too fast resulting in inconsistent strikes and a lack of accuracy compared to hybrids. 

Which hybrids should I carry?

This is completely personal and comes down to the way you choose to set your bag up. If you use several long irons and struggle to hit them, then a hybrid could definitely help fill these spots in the bag. Alternatively, if you are not getting on well with your five-wood, then hybrids come with similar lofts so can replace it easily.

Senior golfers and women golfers often favour hybrids that replace longer and mid irons in the bag, because they are more playable and offer more distance than their iron equivalents. This is why you will see hybrids available in lofts and head sizes ranging from 2H to 7H, or 17° to 29°.

Do professionals use hybrid golf clubs?

Interestingly, with the growth in hybrid technology over the last few years, more and more professionals are starting to put hybrids in their golf bags now because they are significantly easier to hit than long irons, and they tend to help get the ball in the air easier which can be very useful when hitting out of rough or hitting second shots into par-5's.

Top players like Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson have both put hybrids into the bag at one time, and the clubs usually come in and out of the bag dependent on course, setup and conditions.

We hope you enjoyed this guide on the best hybrid golf clubs.

Matthew Moore fell in love with golf hitting an old 3-iron around his school playing field imagining rugby posts were flags and long jump pits as bunkers.

He earned golf scholarships to the University of St Andrews and Emory University, Atlanta, U.S.A and dreamed of playing professionally before training as a journalist.

He has worked at Golf Monthly and CNN Sports as well as covering golf news, features, products and travel as a freelance writer and TV presenter for newspapers, magazines and corporate clients. Matthew has interviewed Ryder Cup Captains, Major Champions and legends of the game and rates sharing a glass of rioja and a bowl of nuts with Miguel Angel Jimenez as his favourite moment. Matthew plays off 1, has won five club championships and aced the first hole of Augusta National’s Par-3 course in 2002.

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