Buying a new golf club can be difficult. They can be relatively expensive, so it’s important that you do a good amount of research before buying the right club for you. And recently, hybrid golf clubs have been rising in popularity because they are easier to swing, hit the ball farther overall, and send the ball through the air at a faster speed. Professionals all over the world, from Phil Mickelson to Justin Rose, are adding hybrids to their repertoire. If you’re looking to improve your game, hybrids are the way to go.
Hybrid golf clubs, often referred to as utility clubs, are a combination or morph of a long iron and a fairway wood. Compared to regular irons, hybrids are usually longer and lighter, due to their hollow heads and flexible faces. Hybrids are usually best used when the golfer is a long way from the hole, either from the fairway, rough, or from the tee.
Most golfers get hybrid clubs because they cannot generate enough club-head–speed on the ball to get the amount of height necessary when they’re using a regular iron. Because they’re a combination of wood and iron, they are lighter, which is what allows for the ball to come off of the head faster and send the ball farther. The shaft of a hybrid club is made with graphite, which is usually lighter than steel in their normal iron counterparts. Because the shaft is lighter, it also allows for a greater spin rate on the golf ball itself. The graphite also is more flexible than normal steel, allowing for a flex farther down on the shaft, promoting a higher lift on the ball itself after hitting it.
Additionally, as the head is larger from face-to-back on a hybrid, manufacturers are able to place the center of gravity/weight farther back on the face than you could find on an iron, which makes it easier to send the ball higher. The fact that the head is narrower from top to bottom makes for great swings in the rough, as there is less club to get tangled in longer grass on the links. The larger head overall makes it a more forgiving club for people who have a difficult time hitting the ball on the right place with the clubface. The sole on a hybrid is also much wider, allowing for the club to “skid” along the turf, rather than creating a divot before striking the ball.
Because hybrid clubs allow for players to hit farther and faster, hybrid golf clubs are recommended for golfers whose handicaps are usually higher than 3. Additionally, because they allow for players to hit with higher loft, hybrids are usually suggested for players that have a flat-ball, or those who play on greens that are hilly or elevated. Hybrids are also great for aging players, or those whose speed swinging their club has begun to decline. Because the club is lighter, it comes around the body faster than a regular iron. Lastly, hybrid clubs are perfect for tighter fairways, because they make the ball easier to hit, and allow for better swings on harder holes.
Which hybrid you decide to buy depends on which irons in your golfing bag you’re looking to replace. Several offer adjustability, which allows for a loft range of between 3 and 5 degrees. Others also offer adjustments to a face angle, which can make for a more open, closed or neutral look. Interchangeable weights found within some clubs within the sole can help the user adjust the club’s center of gravity. A lot of people carry 2 or 3 hybrids in their bag, replacing the 2-3 iron ranges, as well as the 4-5 iron ranges (especially with female and elderly golfers). To help buyers with this process, a lot of hybrids on the market have numbers stamped into them, denoting which regular iron the hybrid is designed to replace.
There are some cons to hybrid golf clubs, however. Studies have shown that traditional irons usually produce a more accurate swing/result than a hybrid, despite the fact that hybrid balls usually go farther. Additionally, because the head is generally a little larger than a regular iron, hybrid clubs can produce wild shot shapes as a result of gear effect. Lastly, despite the fact that they are easier to use, they don’t guarantee good contact between the ball and the club – that generally depends on the golfer themselves.
While hybrids aren’t miracle clubs that will make your game better the second you put them in your hands and take that first swing, they do make the game easier to play, and improve most players scores at the end of the day. At the end of the day, like picking any other golf club, you need to find a head and shaft combination that is right for you.
Overall, hybrid golf clubs are great for any type of player – from the best pros to the newest players. Generally, they will most players to hit the ball harder, faster, and farther than they normally would be able to with a regular iron. If you have money in the budget to replace your regular irons, especially the 2-3 ranges and the 4-5 ranges, hybrids may be the right way to go for you. There are however, a lot of options out there, so having a fitter or pro help you through your purchasing process would be invaluable. Hybrids are great golf clubs for people out there who want to increase their game and play better, but don’t always have the time to practice increasing their range, distance, and speed. They’re easier to swing and hit with than a regular long iron, and can get you closer to that hole with one swing than any other club out there. If you’re looking to improve your game, hybrid golf clubs are definitely the way to go!
Adams Golf began in 1987, when a man named Barney Adams purchased David Pelz Golf. He quickly began designing customized golf clubs, and this became the company’s rise to fame. As many golfers struggle to find the perfect clubs, Adams Golf provided a solution.
TaylorMade is one of the premier golf brands. Adams Golf is now an offshoot of TaylorMade Golf. This golf club company makes clubs for PGA professionals, as well as for men, women, teenagers, and children. They have a wide range of club prices, as well and their clubs are often on sale. This creates an excellent option for all golfers.
TaylorMade makes exquisite clubs. While their most popular is their irons, they also make hybrid golf club sets. These clubs are made from many different metals and have what is called a “flexible face”. This allows them to be quite forgiving. Golfers can feel confident that if their swing is off, the ball will still roll true.
Additionally, Adams Golf clubs are incredibly durable. Due to the varying price ranges of these clubs, you obviously get what you pay for, but even the cheapest of the Adams Golf clubs are rated highly.
One issue with Adams Golf clubs is that they are notorious for hitting further than the club progression indicates it should. This can be difficult for golfers to adjust to.
Pinemeadow Golf was began in 1985 by Guy Mount III. Guy Mount III prefers to work, primarily, with sporting good chains. Pinemeadow Golf sells a very broad range of golfing equipment. From clubs to bags to accessories, they have it all.
These clubs are extremely reasonably priced, however they hold up against any of the name brand clubs. Many golfers who purchase a Pinemeadow club to replace a missing club end up purchasing an entire set because of their feel and hitting distance.
The Pinemeadow clubs also have the option for an extra stiff flex shaft. This shaft allows for expert golfers to really face a more challenging swing and ultimately have less control over the ball. However, when the ball is hit just right by a Pinemeadow club, the ball goes a long distance.
Much like Adams Golf, their most popular club is their hybrid. These hybrid are less likely to hit further than the club progression indicates. Hybrid clubs are more preferred, because they are a blend of materials, allowing them to be more moderate in price but also more efficient in their hitting capacity.
However, Pinemeadow also sells wood clubs which are extremely well-known and come highly recommended by many golfers. Wood clubs are of more benefit for those looking for a more traditional golfing feel.
Unlike the other golf companies on this list, Cobra Golf was began by an amateur golf champ named Thomas Crow. Thomas Crow founded this company and began designing clubs of his own. Shortly after founding, he named the company Cobra Golf.
Cobra is now owned by the brand name of Puma. As a company, they also are one of the leading sponsors of the Professional Golfing Association. This makes them extremely popular, especially with professional golfers.
Cobra is also well-known for being one of the most innovative golfing companies. When it comes to their clubs, they were one of the first companies to use a graphite shaft. Graphite has enough flex to it, that it allows for spring. This allows the golf ball to go further and yet keeps the ball steady and on course.
The graphite shaft also is extremely lightweight. This makes their clubs extremely appealing to women and children golfers, as it is much easier for them to swing and carry a full set of clubs.
The most popular club set made by Cobra Golf is the Cobra King F7 Irons. These clubs are not known for providing power swings, which can be a detriment for stronger golfers. However, for new golfers, children, or women golfers, they are incredibly forgiving, especially if you purchase the graphite shaft.
TaylorMade Golf was founded earlier than the other companies on this list. Gary Adams was already selling golf equipment when he founded this company. They focused initially on the 12 degree driver made of stainless steel. This was a big shift, making a standard wood club into a metal wood club. However, TaylorMade quickly became popular and today owns other golf companies like Adams Golf.
Gary Adams did not want to change from traditional golf clubs too much, he cared quite a bit about pleasing both the traditional golfing crowd and the innovators. For that reason, he only made two major changes to his clubs. First, he added the aforementioned stainless steel club to his repertoire. He then also added perimeter weighting to many of the clubs the company sells.
TaylorMade clubs use a special weighting called perimeter weighting. This means that if the club does not strike the ball just perfectly, the club is fairly forgiving. Additionally, the perimeter weighting shifts the center of gravity on the club down further. This allows for greater swing and for the ball to go further.
Ely Callaway was another businessman who found himself starting a venture in the world of golf. In 1981, he purchased half of Hickory Sticks USA. He renamed it Callaway Hickory Stick. By 1983, he purchased the other half and renamed the enterprise Callaway Golf.
Callaway Golf quite possibly has the largest inventory on the list. They have expansive clubs, bags, shoes, apparel, headwear, travel gear, and gloves. In each of these categories, they have multiple options.
Unlike Gary Adams, Ely Callaway prided himself in being innovative with his golf clubs. The company has even designed a “Collab” space on their website, where athletes of various persuasions show of their golfing skills or explain their experiences with Callaway products. They also occasionally explain an idea they had for Callaway and Callaway runs with these ideas. Their Callaway Create does much of the same, allowing anyone to suggest ideas for new Callaway products.
Best Hybrid Golf Clubs
Adams Tight Lies Hybrid
Like all golf players out there, I’ve been looking to improve my game in the lazy man’s way – by finding a club that helps my game, but doesn’t require me to hint the links every day to practice. I also knew I didn’t want to break the bank to do so. A friend told me about hybrid golf clubs, and after doing a little research, I finally landed on the Adams Tight Lies Hybrid. After seeing all the positive reviews on amazon, I decided to give this club a try, especially because it wasn’t too expensive. I’m so glad I did!
Whereas I couldn’t hit the ball this far before, I’m now sending the ball 150-175 yards with each drive. It’s amazing! It’s really easy to use on both the roughs and the fairway. It has a really sleek design, and looks great with all of my other clubs. The shaft material is graphite, so it’s super light and easy to swing. To be honest, it did take a couple of holes to get used to, especially because it’s significantly lighter than my old iron. But I feel like that may come with most hybrids, and once I swung through the ball a few times, I felt much more confident with my swing and where the ball lands. Sometimes, I’m finding that I even hit the ball too far! Overall,
Adams Golf Men’s Red Hybrid
First of all, you can’t afford not to buy this product. If you’re looking to try out a hybrid golf club, but aren’t quite sure yet if you necessarily want to add one to your bag, this is the perfect way to test it out. This club is great because it’s really on the low-end price-wise, but still works really well.
The great thing about this club is that you can customize the stiffness and loft before you purchase. I knew I needed something a little stiffer with a higher loft, so I got the stiff flexibility with 23-degree loft. It works exactly as expected. Some golf clubs allow you to adjust the loft on the club itself, rather than having to specify which loft you want at the outset, but for the price, the fact that the loft is set on the club makes sense. I’ve been able to hit the ball way farther and way faster after picking up this golf club, and after some practice, it’s definitely improved my game.
I first bought this club because it was cheap, and I was trying it out to see if I liked hybrids as a whole. I thought that eventually I would trade this in for a more expensive, better club, but I honestly don’t think I have to! It’s sleek, works well, and has already made me a better golfer. I would definitely recommend to friends and family, as well as golfers looking to try out hybrids.
Cobra Men’s KING F6 Hybrid
First of all, let me talk about how absolutely stunning this club is. I bought it for my friend for Christmas, and he absolutely loves it. He’s a pretty avid golfer, and now uses this every time he heads out to the links. It fits in really well with all of his other clubs, and he comes home every time after golf with a big smile on his face.
One thing he absolutely loves about this club is the adjustable loft settings on the club head itself. He says it fits great between his 3 wood and 4 iron. He’s been looking for a hybrid, and I landed on this one because of all the great reviews. He says the ball goes much farther and much faster when he hits using his hybrid rather than his iron. One thing he did mention – it is a little difficult to get used to, because of the change in weight and the size of the club head and face. The first few holes were apparently a little frustrating, but once he got the hang of it, he really liked the feel of it.
This is a little bit pricier than others I was looking at, but because of the look of it, as well as all the positive reviews, I decided to take the risk and gift it to him. I’m so glad that I did! He says he would absolutely buy this for himself again, and has even recommended it to some of the guys he plays with.
Adams Golf Men’s Hybrid
I’ve been wanting a new hybrid for a while. I added a couple to my golf bag a couple of years ago, and haven’t looked back since. They help you hit the ball harder, farther, and faster, and have definitely improved my game. This club is no exception, and has been a great addition to my bag.
When I really hit it the way I’m supposed to (keep in mind, I’m not the best golfer in the world!) I can send the ball at least 175 yards, if not more. The design is really great, and hits really consistently. As I said, I’m not the best golfer, and this club is really forgiving. It has a pretty big head/face, so it’s easier to hit a good ball than with a regular iron or club.
One con – the head cover that came with this club looks pretty cheap, so I went out and got a new one. Not a big deal at all, but I figured I would put it in my review. Also, for anyone looking to buy a hybrid that hasn’t used one before, keep in mind that it can be hard to get used to. Don’t give up too quickly! With a little bit of practice, your game will definitely get better. And I recommend using this club to start making that game better. You can’t beat the price, and it really has helped my game. I would definitely recommend to friends and family that play golf, or to anyone else looking to step up their game on the links.
TaylorMade N1122407 Review
I bought this club for my son, whose starting high school and is on the golf team. His coach recommended that his players get a hybrid club to help them out with distance, since kids usually can’t hit the ball as hard or as far. After doing a ton of research, I landed on the TaylorMade JetSpeed Golf Rescue due to all the positive reviews. He absolutely loves it. My son’s coach now even recommends that all his kids get these clubs when he’s asked!
The club is really sleek, and comes with a nicely made head cover. My son says it’s really easy to use, and now that he knows what he’s doing with it, he can hit the ball down the fairway fairly consistently.
One thing about this club – while some are adjustable, this one is not. But that’s basically because it doesn’t have to be! Also, according to his coach, hybrids are a little difficult to get used to, and at first my son wasn’t a big fan of the lightness of the club. That changed pretty quickly, and now it’s his favorite to use, based on the fact that he can hit much farther than he used to.
All in all, the delivery was fast, the product is beautiful, and the club does exactly what it’s supposed to – improve the golfer’s game. I would definitely recommend it to other mothers out there looking for clubs for their kids, or any golfers looking to get better but not break the bank.