Some golfers refer to them as hybrid golf clubs, others know them as rescue clubs. Regardless of what you call these clubs, they are game-changers. When they first hit the market hybrids were commonly featured in the bags of high handicappers but that has changed dramatically over the last decade.
Hybrids are now used by the world’s best players and these easy to hit versatile clubs continue to get more and more popular amongst golfers.
- The 5 Best Hybrid Golf Clubs:
- Hybrid Golf Club Buyers Guide
- Hybrids vs. Long irons
- Fairway Woods vs. Hybrids
- Hybrid Golf Club FAQ’s
- How to Hit a Hybrid
The 5 Best Hybrid Golf Clubs:
Below we will review 5 of the best hybrids currently available on the market and we will also take a closer look at which hybrid you should add to your set.
Callaway is a well-known brand amongst golfers and their latest range, the Mavrik, is set to continue the legacy of this timeless brand.
The Mavrik hybrids aren’t cheap, but they are some of the best hybrids currently available on the market. Artificial Intelligence was used in the clubface design of these hybrids. The clubfaces of the Mavrik hybrids are made out of lightweight SS20 titanium which optimizes ball speeds at impact.
The Mavrik hybrid clubheads feature a squared toe shape which makes the visual transition from hybrid to long iron an easy one. These easy to launch, stable hybrids promote long carry distances and soft landings which is exactly what one wants from a hybrid.
The Mavrik hybrid also features Callaway’s tour-proven jailbreak technology which further ensures fast ball speeds, maximum accuracy, and exceptional feel.
TaylorMade is one of the biggest names in the golf equipment industry. Their latest SIM range is yet another range of TaylorMade clubs that are set to become must-have clubs amongst golfers.
The SIM Max Rescue might lack in terms of adjustability, but it makes up for that in a variety of other areas. The SIM Max Rescue features TaylorMade’s signature V Steel v-shaped soleplate. This plate reduces friction at impact and ensures exceptional turn interaction regardless of your lie.
The design of the SIM Max Rescue is focused around the launch. The clubhead of this rescue is made out of a multi-material construction which allows for the center of gravity (COG) to be positioned with precision to ensure maximum launch.
The SIM Max Rescue also features TaylorMade’s disruptive Twist Face technology. The corrective face angles of Twist Face ensures exceptional accuracy on both good and bad shots.
It is evident that the SIM Max Rescue is packed with technology but it doesn’t end here. This high tech hybrid also features a speed pocket that creates fast ball speeds and added distance. Last but not least the SIM Max Rescue clubface is made out of high-strength C300 steel which further adds to the speed and explosiveness of this hybrid.
The Ping G410 hybrid with its larger profile is currently one of the best hybrids available on the market. The bigger profile of the G10 hybrid with re-shaped crown turbulators that frame that golf ball at address is easy to align and it inspires confidence over the golf ball.
The G410 rescue offers maximum adjustability. In addition to the interchangeable weight in the clubhead, the hosel of this hybrid can also be adjusted to change the loft by up to 1.5 degrees and the lie by up to 3 degrees.
The G410 hybrid has a high-density weight on the outside perimeter of the clubhead which maximizes forgiveness. The face of the G410 is made out of C300 maraging steel which is attached to a 17-4 stainless steel clubhead. C300 steel is an extremely strong alloy that is machined to be extremely thin and it produces exceptional ball speeds which lead to added distance.
PXG golf clubs are known for their unique use of weights and this is no different with their design of the 0317X Gen 2 hybrids. The 0317X Gen 2 features PXG’s signature high-strength titanium alloy face which delivers high ball speeds and maximum distance.
The 0317X Gen 2 hybrid features a multi-level carbon fiber crown, this crown with variable thickness limits energy loss at impact which in return delivers exceptional ball speeds and maximum distance.
The 0317X Gen 2 also features a vibration dampening honeycomb TPE insert, this insert is made out of polymer and it ensures exceptional sound and feel at impact.
Additionally, the 0317X Gen 2 hybrids sport the signature PXG precision weighting technology. This technology allows for weight to be shifted around in the clubhead to ensure optimal ball speeds, spin numbers, and the desired ball flight.
The Titleist TS2 hybrids are a byproduct of the Titleist Speed Project. The TS2 hybrids feature an ultra-thin crown, this thin crown allows for weight to be shifted lower and deeper into the club head to ensure fast ball speeds.
The clubface of the TS2 hybrid is 16% thinner than previous Titleist hybrid models. This thin clubface delivers higher ball speeds and exceptional forgiveness at impact. The TS2 hybrid is highly adjustable, thanks to its SUREFIT hosel it can be set up to have 16 independent lie and loft offerings and the weight in the clubhead is interchangeable.
The TS2 design features an optimal distribution of weight which in return ensures a low COG, high launch, and low spin numbers. The TS2 hybrid is jam-packed with technology and it will be a great addition to the bag of any golfer regardless of their skill level.
Hybrid Golf Club Buyers Guide
The addition of a hybrid to your golf set has the potential to be a game-changer, but some important factors have to be considered before buying just any hybrid club.
Hybrid golf clubs feature a design that resembles a mix between a fairway wood and a long iron. Hybrids differ in shape and size from one manufacturer to the next, some have slightly smaller clubheads than others and technology also differs dramatically.
Hybrids feature similar adjustability settings to that of fairway woods and drivers. Rescue clubs can be adjusted in terms of loft, lie, ball flight bias, and weight. Being able to adjust all of these on your golf club is great but it is important to enlist the help of a professional to ensure that it is set up exactly for you and your golf swing.
Hybrids are known for their forgiveness and their ability to interact with the turf optimally. Hybrids feature sole designs that glide through the turf with exceptional ease which in return ensures added height, consistent distance, and pinpoint accuracy.
A golf club is only as good as its shaft. Amateur golfers aren’t always aware of this but the correct shaft that matches your golf swing can make a huge difference. Hybrid clubs feature clubhead design that promotes forgiveness, height, etc. but without the correct shaft you won’t get optimal performance out of your hybrid club.
Golf club shafts are available in many shapes and sizes. Rescue clubs in general feature graphite shafts, it is very rare to see a hybrid with a steel shaft. Shaft factors to consider include, flex, weight, kick point, torque, and a host of other different factors. To the average joe majority of these factors sound foreign, but with the help of your local club fitter/PGA professional you will find the perfect shaft/s for your hybrid clubs/s.
Your average swing speed will indicate which shaft flex you should utilize in your hybrid/s and it will also be a good indicator as to how many hybrids you need in your bag. Golfers with high swing speeds will probably carry a maximum of one hybrid in their bags, the complete opposite will be true for players with slow swing speeds that struggle with distance, accuracy, and height on approach shots.
Hybrids are mainly designed to assist players with below average swing speeds to get the golf ball airborne with ease. Slow swinging players struggle to get the height, spin, and distance on long irons shots, with the help of a good hybrid however these struggles are a thing of the past. To learn more about which shaft flex you should use take a look at this chart.
Hybrids vs. Long irons
Hybrids are common replacements for long irons. A hybrid with a bigger profile and a forgiving design is a lot easier to hit than a long iron with a small profile and limited forgiveness.
Long irons are becoming less common in the bags of both professional and amateur golfers and hybrids are the clubs that are replacing these hard to hit irons. Hybrids are easy to hit, they promote added height and spin on all shots and the accuracy that these clubs offer over that of traditional long irons are a bonus.
Fairway Woods vs. Hybrids
Fairway woods and hybrid clubs are similar in terms of functionality but they do have key design differences. Fairway woods feature slightly bigger clubheads and rounded clubhead profiles than the clubhead profiles of hybrids. Hybrid clubheads are smaller with a denser design, this design results in a clubhead that has a lower and deeper center of gravity than that of a fairway wood.
A low center of gravity design promotes exceptional forgiveness on off-center strikes which is a trademark of hybrid clubs. Fairway woods have broader sole designs which in return minimizes the room for error at impact. With that being said it is easy to see why many golfers opt for a hybrid over a 5 or 7 wood.
To learn more about hybrids and the differences between hybrids and other wood read our The Most Popular Types of Golf Woods article.
Hybrid Golf Club FAQ’s
What is a hybrid?
A hybrid golf club is a low lofted golf club that features design characteristics of both fairway woods and long irons. Hybrids can be added to your golf set for a variety of different functions. Some players prefer hybrids over long irons and others prefer to swop out their fairway woods for hybrids.
What degree is a hybrid?
Hybrid golf clubs vary in terms of loft based on the number of the hybrid i.e a 3 hybrid has less loft than a 5 hybrid. Check out the specs for the new Callaway Mavrik hybrids to get a better understanding of how hybrids differ in terms of loft. The majority of new hybrids that are currently available on the market can be adjusted in terms of loft which adds additional flexibility to standard loft offerings.
When to hit a hybrid?
There is no right or wrong answer to this question. Hybrid clubs can be hit from the fairway, rough, or tee box, they can even be used around the greens.
Hybrids are designed to glide through the turf with ease, as a result, these clubs are great out of the rough, they also offer exceptional stopping power on long approach shots to the green. Hybrids are extremely versatile and if you want to you can also learn how to use your hybrid to hit a bump and run chip shots around the green.
How to Hit a Hybrid
Hybrids with their forgiving designs are some of the easiest golf clubs to hit. With a few basics in place you will be hitting good shot after good shot with your rescue club.
1. Ball position
Ball position is one of the most basic golf fundamentals. When you hit a shot with your hybrid club it is important to ensure that your ball position is towards your front foot. Ideally with a hybrid your golf ball should be positioned about 2 inches inside your left heel if you are a right-handed golfer and vice versa for left-handed players.
Good ball position will ensure that the club is delivered to the golf ball at the optimal angles at impact which in return will ensure exceptional results.
It doesn’t matter which golf club you hit with, posture is very important. Good posture ensures that you can turn your shoulders effectively which in return will deliver consistent golf shots.
When you think of a good golf posture imagine the stance that a boxer would take when they are in the ring. If you are looking for a picture to mimic then look no further than the ‘boxer stance’.
3. Rhythm and Balance
High handicappers and beginners tend to try and hit the golf ball too hard, yes it is important to make a positive swing at the ball, but it has to be rhythmic and balanced. Rhythmic swings ensure that your body and the clubhead work together as one unit. Golf swings that work in unison ensure both maximum distance and accuracy on all shots.
A good drill to practice for practicing rhythm and balance is to take the club by the clubhead and to take a few practice swings with the club upside down. This drill forces you to use your big muscles to swing the club and it eliminates overuse of your arms during the golf swing.
For some extra tips on how to hit straight shots with your hybrid watch this video from Michael Breed, host of The Golf Fix and School of Golf on Golf Channel.
Hybrids are versatile golf clubs that can offer a great benefit to players of all skill levels. The thought that hybrids are just for seniors and/or beginners is a myth, hybrids are beneficial to both pros and amateurs.
If you do decide to add a hybrid club to your bag make sure to add one that doesn’t just fit your golf swing, but that also fits into the make-up of your golf set as a whole.
All of the top manufacturers in the industry have a hybrid offering. With so many options to choose from, finding that perfect combo to match your current set can be daunting but with good guidance and the correct hybrid your average scores are sure to drop in the near future.
This article was last updated on January 20, 2021 .