Best Golf Hybrid Clubs 2024

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

Best Golf Hybrid Clubs
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Over the years, the hybrid has become more and more popular, with it being one of the most versatile and useful golf clubs you can put in your bag. How, you may ask? Well, they are created to be a more forgiving replacement for long irons and, design-wise, they essentially resemble smaller headed fairway woods. Whether you are on the fairway, or stuck in the rough, a hybrid can deliver more distance and height to get you closer to the green and, likely, save shots off your score.

It's no secret that, in recent years, club manufacturers have seen more demand for their hybrid models, with many golfers deciding to sacrifice the traditional set-ups of long irons for the more forgiving and easier to hit hybrids. What's more, you don't have to be limited to just one type of loft with hybrids, as manufacturers provide a range of lofts which vary from 17 to 29 degrees.

It's not just amateurs who have benefited from using hybrids, with even the professionals seen using them out on the course. Which professionals you may ask? Well, Major winners like Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson have previously carried hybrids when course conditions required higher flighted, softer landing approaches into par 5 greens.

Whether you are after one of the most forgiving hybrids on the market, or perhaps one that will give you an extra 10 yards of distance, there are plenty of models available which are designed to help and, at Golf Monthly, we have created this guide to help aid your decision.

We understand that 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 about what makes the best golf hybrids. Some products are targeted at certain skill levels but, in this guide, we've brought you a range of our favorite hybrid clubs that cover a broad spectrum of playing abilities. 

If you're into finding out more about the best hybrid clubs to use, you should also check out our guides on the best hybrid golf clubs for seniors and best hybrids for high handicappers. However, 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 guide. 

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Top pick

Ping G430 Hybrid Review


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Specifications

Lofts: 17º, 19º, 22º, 26º, 30º, 34º

Reasons to buy

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Plenty of forgiveness across the face
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Clean aesthetics
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Produced surprisingly fast ball speeds

Reasons to avoid

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Fairly challenging to shape shots

Perhaps one of the best looking hybrids on the market right now, the Ping G430 strikes a superb balance between its fantastic visuals and the excellent performance it delivers. While it does come with a compact club head, we found that the sole sat flush on the turf and that made the club look a lot shallower than expected, inspiring a lot of confidence when stood over the ball.

Some questions on the acoustics of previous Ping clubs have been voiced over the years but, we have to say with the G430, any metallic sound or 'tin' feel has been toned down to make it very satisfying through impact. What's more, we found there to be a high level of playability, which can be largely attributed to the tungsten back-weight on the club.

Speaking of performance, we thought it delivered excellent distances off the tee and from the ground during our testing sessions. Equally, it stands out as one of the most forgiving hybrids on the market right now, with mis-hits still delivering strong carries from a multitude of lies.

Best wide appeal

TaylorMade Qi10 Hybrid Review

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Specifications

Lofts: 19°, 22°, 25°, 29°, and 33°

Reasons to buy

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Produces a high and penetrating ball flight
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Performed well from multiple lies
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Powerful feel and sound through impact

Reasons to avoid

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Not adjustable for loft

While the footprint itself remains similar to that of the Stealth 2, a new larger carbon crown has been implemented on the whole Qi10 range, freeing up weight that is then redistributed and split between the front and rear of the head. By doing this, TaylorMade's engineers have lowered the CG (center of gravity) and created a powerful and extremely forgiving hybrid club.

The Qi10 hybrid has been designed with the majority of golfers in mind and we’ll likely see this in the bag of both amateur and professional golfers over the course of the 2024 season. Some of the same technology that was so successful in previous TaylorMade models, such as a Speed Pocket - a slot behind the face of the club to aid ball speed and shots struck lower on the face - has been kept in the Qi10.

Where this hybrid excelled though, was with its feel and acoustics. In testing, we thought that the Qi10 hybrid sounded and felt powerful and springy through impact while letting out an almighty crack through the ball. The V-Steel sole also enabled the club to perform well out of the rough and even fairway bunkers, allowing it to glide through any trouble and provide superb turf interaction and launch.

Best from the rough

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Hybrid Review

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Specifications

Lofts: 18º, 21º, 24º, 27º

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 to be a little larger to inspire confidence and provide the user friendliness to compete with the most forgiving hybrids. We must note that there is no crushed carbon as seen on the likes of the Ai Smoke driver and fairway wood, but instead there is a steel finish to the sole. 

Behind the ball, the club sat flush to the turf and even glided through the first cut of rough spectacularly when called upon. However, where the Ai Smoke separated itself from the previous years model was in the forgiveness department. We struck countless shots, when testing, 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.

Best looking

Titleist TSR3 Hybrid Review


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Specifications

Lofts: 19°, 21°, 24°

Reasons to buy

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Beautiful, compact shape
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Powerful sound and feel
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Forgiving and versatile

Reasons to avoid

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Ball flight might be too strong - low - for some

For those in search of a compact hybrid, Titleist has launched a moveable-weight TSR3 model that the brand says should: “Give you more control over every shot.” In testing, the performance certainly backed up this statement, with the TSR3 producing an impressively strong ball flight. 

Delivering a lower-pitched sound and more powerful feel than some of the other hybrids in this guide, the stand-out feature, for us, was definitely the moveable weight system in the sole. It is sleek and easy to use and, when we changed it about, it definitely had an effect on the ball flight, which was very consistent.

One thing to mention is that the flight is noticeably lower than other models in the TSR range, such as the Titleist TSR2 hybrid, so you may need to move the weighting around to get the desired results. Along with the flight, the overall look of the TSR3 is that it's significantly more compact. This may sound like a problem, but we really liked that Titleist is giving golfers some clear differentiation here and, because it is shorter from heel-to-toe, we felt it was a little more useable from a range of different lies.

Most forgiving

Cleveland Launcher Hybrid

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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 on the market and hence earned a spot in our Editor's Choice Awards back in 2022. To begin with, it features an incredible amount of technology, with the specific focus in the design process being to help golfers escape poor lies with power and accuracy.

In testing, we felt that the three Glide Rails on the sole helped keep the clubface straight for better strikes, regardless of lie quality. It also scored high marks for its versatility, with the main standouts being the ability to hit it out of any lie, its performance on mis-hits, and also how it got the ball up in the air quickly. 

Aesthetically, the Halo features Cleveland's XL head design, which is certainly larger than most hybrids. As well as the large head design, the hybrid has a high MOI and, paired with great stability and resistance at the moment of impact, it is definitely an appealing option for a wide range of golfers.

Best smaller profile

Cobra Darkspeed Hybrid Review

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Specifications

Lofts: 17º, 19º, 21º, 24º, 28º

Reasons to buy

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Very fast ball speed
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High launch produces long carry distances
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modern , sleek club design

Reasons to avoid

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Long blade length from heel to toe may not suit all

Straight out of the box, the Darkspeed hybrid has a look synonymous with Cobra hybrids - a slightly longer blade length with a compact footprint and slightly more toe-heavy look to it from the top. The same stealth-like finish has been applied to the Darkspeed hybrid as seen on the rest of the Darkspeed family and provides a modern and premium aesthetic. The combination of black and grey tones, alongside a matte dark grey crown, make this one of the best looking hybrids at address.

Featuring some of the technology found in the Darkspeed fairway wood, such as PWR-bridge technology and H.O.T face technology, this is one of the longest hybrids we have ever tested, with the carry distances exceptional. Not only that, but the sound and feel is great as well, producing a muted crack through the ball at impact that only adds to the powerful feel.

Overall, the Darkspeed hybrid will suit a wide range of players. The compact shape will appeal to better ball strikers but, because of the forgiveness, playability and versatility, it easily ranks as one of the best hybrids for high handicappers.

Best for better players

Mizuno ST-Z 230 Hybrid Review held aloft to show its blue speed pocket


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Specifications

Lofts: 16º, 19º, 22º, 25º

Reasons to buy

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Very consistent speed and spin
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Extremely versatile
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Classic sleek looks

Reasons to avoid

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Long blade length may not suit everyone's eye

Another forgiving and versatile club that we really enjoyed testing, the Mizuno ST-Z 230 hybrids deliver a forgiving and versatile feel off the tee and the ground. Aesthetically, they are fantastic looking clubs too, with Mizuno opting for a gloss black crown that is very compact at address. It does possess a very long-looking face that we thought, when squared up to the golf ball, inspired confidence.

What's more, Mizuno have featured a Cortech Chamber inside the clubhead that moves the weight closer to the face of the club and lowers the center of gravity to help control the launch and spin of the ball. The sweet spot of the club has also been lowered, making it even easier to hit, especially when playing off tighter lies on the fairway. That also meant that the ST-Z 230 performed incredibly well out of the rough with the ball launching high and sitting up softly on the greens. 

Best for simplicity

Srixon ZX Mk II Hybrid


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Specifications

Lofts: 17º, 19º, 22º, 25º, 28º

Reasons to buy

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Better look on crown
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Sole design more versatile
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Neutral playing design

Reasons to avoid

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No hosel adjustability

The Srixon ZX MK II hybrid supplements the excellent ZX5 MK II irons and ZX7 MK II irons that were released in tandem with this hybrid. Here, the brand has taken the best bits from the previous Srixon ZX hybrid and upgraded them, introducing a smoother clubhead which looks a little cleaner at address. 

Aesthetically, it has a very cool dark matte black finish with some very stylish alignment decals positioned behind the centre of the clubface. The taller crown helps to push the center of gravity of the club back a little, and that adds more spin to launch the ball a touch higher for greater carry distances. 

The face of this hybrid sits in front of a Rebound Frame on the inside of the head and this helps to stiffen the structure of the club to improve ball speed. That makes it one of the best hybrid golf clubs for higher handicappers and slower swingers looking for a little extra distance off the deck. The shape of the sole also means this club cuts through the grass very easily and is great from thicker lies, making it a very handy club to have in the bag. 

Most fairway wood like

Photo of the Callaway Apex UW sole


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Specifications

Lofts: 17°, 19°, 21°

Reasons to buy

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Clean minimalist aesthetic
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High launch
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Surprisingly forgiving

Reasons to avoid