2016 Hybrids Guide

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Golf Discount’s 2016 Hybrids Guide

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By Bob Gomavitz

Being an absolute equipment junkie, I was approached by GolfDiscount.com to write reviews and share my findings with you. Having been chosen to write a number of Taylormade product reviews for GolfWRX.com I felt that this would be an excellent opportunity to put my knowledge to use.

Hybrids are a love/hate kind of club. It is important to know why you want a hybrid in your bag, they became my best friend once I figured out what style fit my game. There are three distinct types of hybrids on the market. The smaller, less forgiving style offers less spin and a lower flight (due to the CG location), and these offerings are preferred by better players; the classic style has a slightly higher flight and more forgiveness, and these type of hybrids are used by probably the widest range of players; and finally, the larger head style offers even more forgiveness and is for players who find it challenging to get the ball into the air.

This year I have included the target handicap range each club is best suited towards. This range is a benchmark for who manufacturers designed the club for and are marketing it to. It is to only give players an idea which offerings will give them the best chance to play well based on their skill level. These ranges are not to discourage you from trying out any of the following clubs. I encourage you to make your own judgements through your own testing, your hands and eyes will ultimately know best.

Testing was done at Newcastle Golf Course, along with Maplewood Golf Course, which is my home track.

Enjoy the Guide and I look forward to your thoughts, comments and/or questions, and thank you for taking the time to read my reviews.



Callaway Apex Hybrid

Callaway Apex Hybrid

  • Iron-like CG
  • Forged Face Cup
  • Target Handicap: + to 12


Read The Review


Callaway XR OS Hybrid

Callaway XR OS

  • Larger Head Size
  • Hyper Speed Face Cup
  • Target Handicap: 18 to 36


Read The Review


Cobra King F6 Hybrid

Cobra King F6

  • 13-g rear weight
  • Speed Channel Technology
  • Target Handicap: + to 36


Read The Review


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Mizuno JPX EZ

  • Shock Wave Sole
  • Massive MOI Design
  • Target Handicap: 12 to 36


Read The Review



Vapor Fly Hybrid

Nike Vapor Fly

  • Athletic Authentic Tour Shape
  • Covert Cavity Back Design
  • Target Handicap: + to 36


Read The Review


Ping G Series Hybrid

Ping G Series

  • Turbulator Technology
  • Tiered Internal Sole Structure
  • Target Handicap: + to 36


Read The Review


Ping Crossovers

Ping Crossovers

  • Cascading internal sole
  • Carpenter 455 Steel face
  • Target Handicap: + to 16


Read The Review


Z 355 Hybrid

Srixon Z 355

  • Action Mass Technology
  • Ultra-high Balance Point Shaft
  • Target Handicap: 12 to 36


Read The Review



Srixon Z H45 Hybrid

Srixon Z H45

  • Variable Face Thickness
  • Maraging Steel Face
  • Target Handicap: 12 to 36


Read The Review


TaylorMade M2 Rescue

TaylorMade M2

  • Speed Pocket Technology
  • Internal Acoustics Design
  • Target Handicap: 10 to 36


Read The Review


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Titleist 816 H1

  • Active Recoil Channel
  • Relieved leading edge
  • Target Handicap: + to 36


Read The Review


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Titleist 816 H2

  • Active Recoil Channel
  • Relieved leading edge
  • Target Handicap: + to 16


Read The Review


Callaway Apex Hybrid Review


Callaway Apex Hybrid
Callaway Apex Hybrid Face

Club Tested: 3 Hybrid Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Black 80; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 20°

The Takeaway

Designed for better players, precision shaping creates a more traditional iron-like CG, a neutral bias and a more controlled ball flight with workability. The Apex Hybrid takes Callaway’s Forged Face Cup that leads to high ball speeds and fuses it with their Internal Standing Wave for versatility.

Who’s It For?

Without a doubt the new Callaway Apex Hybrid is for the better player. It has a smaller head size producing iron-like performance without the draw bias like many of the hybrids these days. Perfect off the tee on tight holes, or into Par 5’s in two.

Final Take

The Apex Hybrid sits really square and the smaller head shape is noticeable. After testing it I feel it plays much more like an iron than a fairway wood. The Apex is one of the hotter heads on the market and it produced a top notch penetrating ball flight with tight dispersion. I found the feel incredibly solid with excellent distance. The flat black head was enjoyable to me, a very nice club indeed.

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Callaway XR OS Hybrid Review


Callaway Apex Hybrid
Callaway Apex Hybrid Face

Club Tested: 3 Hybrid Shaft: Mitsubishi Fubuki AT 60; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 19°

The Takeaway

The OS version offers a larger head size to create higher end MOI for maximum forgiveness. Its looks are designed to give you confidence over the ball and create consistent ball flight trajectories. The XR OS is higher launching with a draw bias making it easier for you to turn the ball over. Players will find more versatility from all types of lies due to the Keeled Utility Sole. Off the tee, fairway, or out of the rough the Forged Hyper Speed Face Cup delivers more speed and forgiveness across the face.

Who’s It For?

Designed for the mid-high to higher handicap player, players that struggle with elevating the ball from all lies and players that flat out have a tough time with irons in general.

Final Take

Offered in 5 different lofts the XR OS is more of a cross between a hybrid and a small fairway wood. It is quite large looking at it at address. The classic matted black colorway and chevron alignment aid on the crown give it a very simple look. It produced exactly what it was meant to do, a high sweeping draw. The solid feel and great click sound will make this hybrid excellent for slower swing speeds.

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Cobra King F6 Hybrid Review


Cobra King F6 Hybrid
Cobra King F6 Hybrid Face

Club Tested: 3-4 Hybrid Shaft: Matrix Red Tie HQ4; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 19.5°

The Takeaway

The King F6 Hybrid features a 13-gram rear weight that promotes a lower centered CG position that delivers easy up performance and extreme accuracy. A Speed Channel incorporated around the perimeter of the face minimizes thickness for increased ball speeds and greater distance across the entire face. The MyFly adjustable sleeve offers lofts from 19-22 degrees and a few draw settings for the 3-4 Hybrid.

Who’s It For?

With its simple looks and adjustability features, the King F6 will fit into a very large array of player’s bags.

Final Take

The all Black head with orange trim has a very clean and simple look to it. Design-wise, I like what I see. The F6 has a well-rounded line, slight rocker sole and a rounded toe that fits my eye well. I felt that the Matrix shaft was a great fit for this head producing a mid-high ball flight that penetrated through the air nicely. My only issue with the King F6 is the lack of a Fade setting or bias. I experienced some left shots at times. Lots to like about this easy to swing club.

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Mizuno JPX EZ Hybrid Review


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Club Tested: JPX EZ Hybrid Shaft: Fujikura Hybrid SIX XLR8; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 19°

The Takeaway

The new JPX EZ Hybrid offers up the same technology as the fairway woods. Shock Wave Sole, Massive MOI Design, and a Larger Footprint.

Who’s It For?

This hybrid can work for pretty much all levels of players, though high ball speed players might not benefit from the lighter weight shaft.

Final Take

Technology-wise the hybrid is very close to the fairway wood, but without the adjustability. However, unlike the driver and fairway wood my shot pattern was not as far left with the hybrid. The extended footprint was on the larger size for my liking, but it should build confidence in the hands of those that prefer a slightly larger head size or who have trouble hitting hybrids. The club sat in my hands well and I found it produced more of a “drop and stop” type of shot.

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Nike Vapor Fly Hybrid Review


Vapor Fly Hybrid
Vapor Fly Hybrid Face

Club Tested: Vapor Fly 3 Hybrid Shaft: Tensei CK Blue 80; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 20°

The Takeaway

An extremely thin and light crown reduces weight for higher launch and less spin yielding even more yardage. The Vapor Fly Hybrid offers much of the same technology found in the Vapor Fly Drivers and Fairway Woods. An Athletic Authentic Tour Shape provides forgiveness and workability making this a true iron replacement.

Who’s It For?

The Vapor Fly Hybrid is for the average to stronger player who prefers a Tour-Inspired head and shot shape.

Final Take

This nonadjustable hybrid has a very classic, clean shape to it. Excellent feel produces a semi-penetrating ball flight that seemed slightly hook prone for my swing. That is something that is the norm for me if the club is nonadjustable. I feel that this hybrid is more of a “drop and stop” type of hybrid, and great for approach shots into greens and precision distance on tight Par 4’s.

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Ping G Series Hybrid Review


Ping G Series Hybrid
Ping G Series Hybrid Face

Club Tested: G Series Hybrid Shaft: Alta 70; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 19°

The Takeaway

The 2016 Ping G Series Hybrid now includes Turbulator Technology like the drivers and fairway woods do. The crown Turbulators and contrast grooves on the face helps provide a captured look and assist in aim alignment, creating a constantly centered impact position. The Carpenter 455 steel face is twice as strong as cast 17-4 stainless. The high-strength steel is precision machined to variable thicknesses, which saves weight and maximizes flexing to generate faster speeds across the face for consistently longer results. The Tiered Internal Sole innovative structure is engineered to activate flexing so the ball deflects faster off the face for added distance.

Who’s It For?

With a wide range of different lofts, (17-30 degrees) the G Series Hybrid can be used by players with any type of ability.

Final Take

The G Series Hybrid like the rest of the G Series line up is simple, clean and very functional. The lack of adjustability was about the only thing missing from this hybrid. Because of this, I felt the head sat up just a touch on the closed side. My results were a consistent, high launching shot with a slight draw that’s very easy to swing. Sound and feel were crisp and solid. I did find the contour of the sole to be interesting. I’ll say that it had quite a bit of a “hockey stick” look to it, meaning the sole was quite flat and a sharp edge at the heel leading back up the shaft (almost a heel shafted putter look). I am not sure about this design on side hill lies but they did this for a reason.

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Ping G Series Crossovers Review


Ping Crossovers
Ping Crossovers Face

Club Tested: G Series Crossovers Shaft: Alta 70; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 18°

The Takeaway

The Ping G Series Crossover is a new category. It combines the precision, workability and control of an iron with the speed and forgiveness of a hybrid. It’s not a driving iron; the crossover is far more forgiving, higher launching and more versatile. An innovative cascading internal sole engages the entire face, sole and top rail in flexing. This innovative structure distributes stress evenly to maximize ball speed and distance. Extreme heel-toe weighting ensures low mass hybrid like forgiveness for distance and accuracy by positioning the CG low-back and expanding the perimeter weighting to achieve a high MOI. Like the Fairway Woods and Hybrids, the Crossover uses an Iron-Style Carpenter 455 steel face. The flat face, narrow top rail and appropriate offset deliver iron like confidence in accuracy workability and distance control. Loft and lie angles are adjustable for added versatility.

Who’s It For?

The new category by Ping is really something that players of all abilities should try and see for themselves if this is a good club for them. Players that hit their irons well and are not fond of the Hybrid look would be the ones that will like this product more.

Final Take

I found this new club to play sort of between an iron and a hybrid. My shots were more of a bullet style shot found with a low lofted driving iron, but really easy to find the sweet spot like a hybrid. Most of my shots were solid feeling and crisp with great feedback. I felt that the club would produce a fair amount of rollout and I also sensed a small fade bias to the lower lofted 18 degree version.

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Srixon Z 355 Hybrid Review


Z 355 Hybrid
Z 355 Hybrid Face

Club Tested: Z 355 Hybrid Shaft: Miyazaki Jinsoku; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 19°

The Takeaway

Action Mass Technology incorporates a heavier head weight plus an ultra-high balance shaft that combine to deliver incredible consistency with maximum distance and forgiveness. Maraging Steel Face from HT1770 steel creates an even larger sweet spot. A shallower head design and deeper CG promote higher launch angles and allows for shot versatility.

Who’s It For?

The Z 355 Hybrid is on the Game Improvement side. With its design and technology, it is a great hybrid for the mid to higher handicap player. The lighter weight will help players who do not generate a lot of club speed.

Final Take

The shape of the Z 355 Hybrid has more of a wide body shape, which tends to be the norm for Hybrids that offer up as much forgiveness and control as possible. It also relocates the CG to help slower swing speeds elevate the ball quicker. I found it had a solid feel with a mid-high to higher ball flight. It was very draw bias for me, as well it should be, but also very easy to hit.

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Srixon Z H45 Hybrid Review


Z H45 Hybrid
Z H45 Hybrid Face

Club Tested: Z H45 Hybrid Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Black 70; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 19°

The Takeaway

Like the Z Drivers and Fairways, the Z H45 Hybrids incorporate much of the same technology, Dual Speed, Variable Face Thickness, Maraging Steel Face, along with a lower CG to promote a higher, more penetrating launch. The Redesigned shape allows for smoother turf interaction and a more confident look at address.

Who’s It For?

Like the F45 Fairway Wood, the Z H45 Hybrid is for players of all abilities, but geared more towards the mid to higher handicap players.

Final Take

This nonadjustable hybrid presented a very nice shape and size. The head sat slightly offset at address which gave me the impression of a slightly closed face angle like most nonadjustable hybrids have. The ball flight was on the mid to mid-high trajectory with a very solid feel. I like it when hybrids are simple and easy to swing, and this one is all of that.

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TaylorMade M2 Rescue Review


TaylorMade M2 Rescue
TaylorMade M2 Rescue Face

Club Tested: 3 Hybrid Shaft: Reax 75; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 19°

The Takeaway

The key technology for the new M2 Rescues is a new Speed Pocket, which is an open channel behind the face that creates a larger sweet spot and ensures distance from any lie. Low CG, in conjunction with the Speed Pocket delivers effortless launch and max distance. The combination of the Fluted Hosel Design and Internal Acoustics Engineering manages vibrations and pitches to produce solid, hot and crisp sounds with tremendous feedback at impact.

Who’s It For?

Most players will find the new M2 very easy to hit with an excellent ball flight and distance. The player that has some issues hooking rescues might look at the M1 over the M2 because of the adjustable hosel design.

Final Take

The all black M2 Rescue has a great look at address. The face might sit a touch closed to my eye and my shot results confirmed this as I watched a small draw from this club quite often. However, it has excellent feel and sound, super easy to launch with plenty of distance from any lie.

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Titleist 816 H1 Review


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Club Tested: H1 Hybrid Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S+ 70; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 19°

The Takeaway

Active Recoil Channel Technology actively flexes at impact to generate high speed and low spin for long distance. The ultra-thin face delivers speed and distance across the entire face. The high MOI design delivers speed on off–center hits. A relieved leading edge and Active Recoil Channel edge help them glide through the turf. Precision Fit from the SureFit Tour Sleeve provides the most precise fit and yardage gaps that Titleist has ever offered.

Who’s It For?

Players of all abilities will enjoy the 816 H1, but the design is mainly for a higher launching and softer landing.

Final Take

Yet another super clean, classic looking club from Titleist. The H1 version is more on the wider side which just makes it very easy to feel confident standing over the ball. As advertised, I saw a higher launch that many of the better players look for when hitting into shorter Par 5’s or longer Par 4’s. With the SureFit sleeve, you can actually increase the loft of lower it slightly to fit your game or the course conditions that you might see on any given day. Not the longest Hybrid I’ve tested, but distance is not its main goal.

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Titleist 816 H2 Review


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titleist-h2-face

Club Tested: H2 Hybrid Shaft: Diamana D+ White 90Hy; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 19°

The Takeaway

Active Recoil Channel Technology actively flexes at impact to generate high speed and low spin for long distance. The ultra-thin face delivers speed and distance across the entire face. The high MOI design delivers speed on off–center hits. A relieved leading edge and Active Recoil Channel edge help them glide through the turf. Precision Fit from the SureFit Tour Sleeve provides the most precise fit and yardage gaps that Titleist has ever offered. The H2 has a compact profile for launch and trajectory control.

Who’s It For?

The 816 H2 is a more compact hybrid for iron like control with more distance. Great off the tee and into deep greens. The H2 is also a great option for players who hit hybrids too high in general.

Final Take

The 816 H2 is more the type of hybrid that I personally play. I need distance and roll from my hybrids and that is what I got from the H2 over the H1 version. Same great looks and feel with just a lower more penetrating ball flight. Add in the SureFit system and I was able to almost eliminate the left side of the course with this head.

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Bob Gomavitz

Bob Gomavitz Age: 59 Handicap: 4.6 Introduced to Golf: Age 10 Years Playing: 47 Hole In Ones: 2 Double Eagles: 1 Years in the Golf Industry: 14 Rounds Per Year: Over 100 Favorite PGA Tour Course Played: TPC Sawgrass Favorite Local Course Played: Royal Colwood Victoria, B.C. Most Famous Golfer that I played with: Fred Couples Most Famous Person that I played with: Kenny G (High School Teammate) Current WITB Driver: Taylormade 2016 M2 9.5 45" D-3 Graphite Design Tour Ad 60 Stiff 3 Wood: Taylormade RBZ 13 Degree TS Oban Revenge 7 Stiff 43.25” D-3 Hybrid: Taylormade R1118 Degree Matrix Altus Stiff Hybrid: Taylormade R11 Rescue 21 Degree Matrix Altus Stiff Irons: Taylormade Burner 2.0 4-PW KBS Tour Stiff Std Lie, Lofts and Lengths Wedges: Taylormade Rac Black 54 Degree TT DG Wedge Flex Wedges: Callaway X Tour 58 Degree MD TT DG Wedge Flex Putter: Odyssey Versa 90 degree #7 Super Stroke 3.0 34” Ball: Titleist Pro V1x, Srixon Z Star XV Yellow Trackman Driver Swing Info Club Head Speed: 98-101 Ball Speed: 148-151 Angle of Attack: +1.7 to +2.6 Launch Angle: 12.7 to 14.1 Spin: 2400-2750 Angle of Descent: 39.8 to 37.3 Carry: 234-242 yards Distance: 258-272 yards Path: 0.7 to 2.4

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  1. I agree with the review if the Cobra F6. I have it and love it! I’m a high handicap player and it helps tremendously.

  2. I tried the early hybrids and did not hit them as well as my irons. Looking at your reviews, several of these look like they might be worth a try. Thanks for a very comprehensive review.

  3. Srixon z355 seems made to order for me. I am a super (90) senior golfer who fights an occasional fade. Distance is no longer a concern as I have learned to accept bogie golf from senior tee boxes. Overall. Your reviews are just what I was looking for.

  4. Rich Barnett on

    Nice range of clubs and looks. Would be helpful to know the loft ranges available for each club without having to jump out of the guide.
    Really like the simple, sleek look of the Srixon Z H45, but currently have an old Hogan 4h and Cleveland Launcher i2 in my bag.

  5. Man, I currently own a F6 at 10.1 handicap, I wish more hybrids are adjustable in the lie department or offer flatter lies. Thanks for the writeups.

  6. Love the review of the Nike vapor it’s spot on. I own the 3 and I’m never afraid to pull it out and let it rip that club is a hammer love it

  7. These reviews are very thorough and informative across all of the presented clubs. Great job! And I’ll definitely have to check out a few of these in more detail in person, especially the Titleist 816 H2!

  8. Monty Morgan on

    I’ve been away from the game for about 12 years and I’m looking forward to trying one of these hybrids out.

  9. Peter Whitford on

    I play the Adams ti hybrids and I like them but I played with another scratch player who was playing those Nike Vapor Hybrids and I was very impressed with how they set up and they looked great–that color has some ‘zip’ to it. Very impressed and I would like to find some demo’s to try them out.

  10. Nice reviews. Still confused though. Most sound like they would work for me. Was hoping for a more definitive answer. Will have to go try them out.

  11. Wish you added feel to the reviews. I have used a variety of hybrids and like the callaway due to how it feels on contact with the ball.

    • Bob Gomavitz on

      Glenn,

      Sorry that was left out…I try to include my thoughts on feel whch is so subjective. I find that mat Hrbrids are al, very solid feeling and very few offer up anything different. This is due to the construction of these heads, but of course there are subtle differences for sure.

  12. Good input on the clubs. Helps cut down on the decision making. Love the Ping but may have to look at the Taylor Made as well. Thanks.

  13. XR OS review is spot on. Easy to hit high soft draws. I liked the club but my ball flight is already high and I’m trying to flight it lower….looking at the Titleists now. Thanks for the reviews it’s helped me figure out my next test drives!

  14. Daniel Stone on

    Hi,

    Good write ups. I have the Srixon Z355’s in my bag. Your assessment is spot on. I do like the look of the XR OS model from Callaway.
    Your write has got me excited about trying this model.

    Thanks, job well done.

    Rgds,

    Daniel.

  15. A hybrid is a hybrid….is a hybrid!!! I just can’t hit the club…..I look down and see 1/2 a club and psychologically just “fold”!! I can hit the Cobra half way decent though it is “more club” I’m looking at. Nice touch Cobra!!

  16. titleist-816-h2-hybrid
    I tried this at my course of the complimentary set and was impressed. I had the stiff shaft clubs but this was the only one that had the tour-preferred shaft which was extra stiff. This was great on the second cut and roughs. Ball came out crisp. Just ordered one for myself.

  17. Curt Schobert on

    Excellent information. A unique facet of your website that you should by all means continue! It’s the sort of information that an inquirer cannot get many places where one could purchase a club, either because the seller isn’t this familiar with the all choices available, or because he prefers to sell you something from among only the brands he is offering. Another way in which you guys truly STAND OUT from the competition!! Thanks!

    • Bob Gomavitz on

      Thanks for the kind words Curt….I could not do this without the help of my fellow works who make me look good. So happy yo hear that we stand out….much appreciated.

  18. Well done review and update!!! Thanks for the details on how they ‘sit,’ how they suit the eye, & the looks at address.

  19. Scott Briggs on

    Great overall review that helps narrow the field based on player ability. I really like the idea of adjustability because I’ve been caught with a fixed loft hybrid that was just taking up space in the bag on a given course during a golf trip. I’m leaning toward trying the F6.

  20. Michael Smith on

    This is the best commentary on hybrids because of its clear distinction between design objectives and player types.

  21. Francisco Sanchez on

    I currently play pingG20’s and have a hybrid in my bag and i love it. i have been thinking about adding another hybrid and your review of the ping G series was helpful. Thank you!

  22. Oh how i love the PING G clubs!! Nothing quite like them! 😀
    if your like me, shooting in the 100’s for 18 holes, then i suggest PING G 30s. There designed to make you a better golfer by scoring lower on your game.
    HOPE THAT HELPS 😉
    Rt

  23. Kevin Taylor on

    The new hybrids are awesome. You can hit the ball higher onto greens than irons and hit them farther. Also, you can hit out of the rough and over trees better than irons.

  24. I tried the Callaways and bit them good. I will give the Pings a try as I hit a Ping 3 wood and 5 wood and like the hits from them.

  25. I bit the bullet (cost), and have 2 of the Ping G Hybrids,19 & 23, with Reg Alta 70 shafts. I am 67 and have lost some distance over the last couple of years. Took a little time to get used to them, but now really happy with the 19 (~ 200 yrds), and 180 for the 23 degree). Consistency has been key, and the G’s have been a great substitute and accurate for a 3/4 iron. I have learned it is ‘the woodsman, not the tool’, when it comes to my game, but I have to tell you, I am very confident when I hit both of these, and they have helped me with both distance and accuracy. I have not used Pings before, but my study of the different hybrids lead me to try them. I don’t (per the Hybrid guide), miss the tunability of the clubs, but once I got the feel of the clubs and loft/lie, no need to change the clubs.

  26. Jack Richardson on

    Great evaluation of each club, I will research in the future to match my handicap with my purchases. I like how each hybrid is broke down to match your skill level.

  27. Joseph Telesca on

    I am a senior player with a bad back. Amazingly I do hit the ball straight with limited distance. I have a slow swing speed. Your reviews on all the hybrids is just what I was looking for, as I currently play with Adam’s hybrid clubs. The Srixon model for mid to high handicappers with a slow swing speed may be worth trying for me.

  28. david hadden on

    I used to buy all Adams Golf clubs, but having tried Callaway, I’m slowly replacing clubs as I need and can afford to, and it looks like the XROS will be my next purchase.

  29. It is difficult enough deciding on which style of hybrid to buy (small, medium or large) without also having to consider loft as well (five in the XR OS). In addition, several of clubs are a cross between a hybrid and a small fairway wood. Lastly many of thed hybrids reviewed produce sweeping draw who needs that?

  30. Your comments were clear and very interesting. However, (being 79 and now having a much slower swing speed as well as using Senior Shafts not sure if it helps me). Since there is a lot of us out there; any good advice? (Mid 80s, golf four times a week)

    • Bob Gomavitz on

      Gary, I would suggest any of the oversized hybrids as a nice starting point for your game. These tend to have lighter softer tipped shafts that are easy to elevate for slower swing speeds. One other thing…..you need to play 5 days a week at least! Ha!

      • Many thanks
        I have three Ping Karsten hybrids 3,4,5 and a 6 Adams Idea. They are great when I hit them right
        but I have trouble getting consistent with them.

        I like your idea of 5 days a week but for some reason my wife doesn’t.

  31. There is a lot of information presented. About half are directed toward my handicap (currently 18). It still comes down to seeing them and swinging them. The way they look while addressing the ball and the feel determines what is best. If it doesn’t look “right” under my eyes, I’m not likely to hit it well.

  32. Titelist H2 is an awesome club. Has virtually eliminated the need for a 5 wood in my bag. Would highly advise giving it a try.

  33. Thank you for the info, very helpful in a very easy to use and read format. I have never purchased a hybrid before or even used one, still using an older Taylor Made Burner fairway wood. This helps narrow down a replacement with more loft.

    • Bob Gomavitz on

      When comparing the two (fairway vs hybrid) I feel that the short length and the more compact lower CG is such a better fit for most people over a higher lofted fairway metal wood. Out of the rough, fairway traps, and super tight approach shots are a few of the reasons why I like a hybrid over a FW metal. But remember, your better off swinging that Hybrid like your irons for best results.

  34. Good reviews. With my swing, I need a shallow-faced club where hybrids and fairways are concerned. I’ve always had trouble with deeper-faced clubs. Usually prefer Cobra or Taylormade.

  35. Bill Smalley on

    Loved this article! Plenty of reviews in one place and a variety of clubs. Never have hit a Titleist and may have to do so now.

  36. I really like the Taylormade M-2. I tend to hit the Hybrids high and the M-2 doesn’t seem to penalize my distance as much as some of the others here. I carry 4 wedges and all the rest of my clubs are woods and hybrids.

  37. Shelton Jordan on

    The Taylor Made M2 has helped me improve my game from 200 yard out greatly. It accurate and has a nice feel and sound.

  38. The Callaway Apex Hybrid Review looks to be the club for me as I have 2 Hybrid Ping in my bag now that I do not use. One is a 4I and the other is a 5I, I do not like the feel of these clubs because of distance. I’ll have to try the Callaway Apex Hybrid.

  39. Dave McDaniel on

    I found the Srixon review to b the one hybrid most likely to improve my game. It sounded as tho the club was forcing a the sweet spot wud b larger for me a higher hand. golfer.

  40. I don’t currently have a hybrid in my bag, but I will have to check out the titleist and give it a whirl, nice review

    Thanks

    • Bob Gomavitz on

      Kolton,

      The Titleist Hybrid’s are a very nice choice….clean and simple, they way I like my Hybrid’s to look like….pick one of their two versions that fits your game the most and watch what happens next!

  41. Being a senior the Hybrids are a god sent. I’m using the Adams clubs and they have added 10 yards to my game. All the new clubs are eye appealing and miss hit forgiving.
    I look forward to playing the game I love for many more years.

    • Bob Gomavitz on

      I agree 100% with you Bill…..my first really good Hybrid I made 8 eagles using this club into Par 5’s and I could never do this with along iron or a 5-7 woods.

      Love em and have 3 that I rotate depending on the courses that I play.

      Thanks

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