Welcome to our Best Hybrid Golf Clubs 2019 review!
In this comprehensive guide we have sifted through the absolute best hybrid golf clubs currently available on the market. The guide separates hybrids by category, price and features to help you find the best woods for your game.
In a hurry? Our top pick for 2019 is the Callaway Epic Flash hybrid. This bad boy offers all one can ask for in a hybrid - versatility, forgiveness and distance. It's perfect for low to mid-handicappers and would make for a great game improvement club for 18+ handicap players too!
If you are just beginning golf we recommend you check out our review of the Beginners Golf Sets.
Best Golf Hybrids
1. Callaway Epic Flash Hybrid
The Callaway Epic Flash hybrid scored the highest on our assessment and is our pick for the Best Overall Golf Hybrid!
It’s quite a statement, but these are as close to perfection as we’ve seen, and whether you’re a scratch golfer or a mid-handicap player, these hybrids are seriously worth considering.
2. Cobra F9 Speedback Hybrid
We value our objectivity more than anything else, but it’s pretty hard to spit any venom in the face of the F9 Speedback hybrids. The rails are an excellent feature, and provide for the smoothest of transactions between club and turf.
The F9 Speedback looks good, sounds good and they’re very, very competitively priced. How many more boxes need to be ticked?
3. Ping G410
The Ping G410 is our Pro’s Choice for hybrids.
It is definitely a step in the right direction from the G and G Crossover. Plenty of distance tied in with exceptional workability make this a world beater. Not to mention the adjustability factor with their first ever adjustable hybrid allowing customization of both loft and lie.
Ping have increased the size of the clubhead slightly which in turn straightens out ball flight and improving consistency.
4. Mizuno CLK Hybrid
The CLK hybrids will pique the interest of better players more than their Mizuno JPX900 counterparts to some extent.
The head is slightly smaller than most Mizuno hybrids, and the lie angle is appreciably flatter. The shaft is shorter in the 2 and 3 too, which means the clubs naturally sit more upright.
But while these tweaks have been made with lower-handicap golfers in mind, for 18+ handicappers, you’ll be pleased to hear that hosel adjustability and a draw bias make their presence felt. Added to that, it is still a relatively low-spin hybrid, with easy launch and ample distance to be enjoyed. As such, there’s a bit of something for everyone here. Not to mention a total of 32 setup possibilities so every golfer will be accommodated.
5. Srixon Z H85 Hybrid
These aren’t hybrids which can be accused of catching your eye, and there definitely isn’t much in the way of bells and whistles here. This seems to be a trait of Srixon though over the last few years.
There also isn’t the level of adjustability many have come to expect in modern hybrids. That’s not necessarily a bad thing – it’s just dealer’s choice. However, the H85 Hybrid impressed us when it came to the business of hitting golf balls.
Superb launch and forgiveness, plenty of distance and a lovely feel as well. A penetrating ball flight too, for what it’s worth. These are undoubtedly fine hybrids, but, all things considered, we just wouldn’t position them as the best of best in terms of hybrids. No shame in that though, to be fair.
6. Callaway Rogue Hybrid
If the Iron Byron, or perhaps Moe Norman (google him if you aren’t familiar with the name – a treat in itself), had to hit a bucket of 50 balls with these hybrids, we reckon every single one would land on a dime.
This is just a new dimension in terms of forgiveness and consistency, not to mention that you’ll get plenty of distance too.
Perhaps there is a slight lack of versatility / adjustability as you move from 2 to 6, and we’d also point out that they aren’t the best-looking hybrids in the game. But for dependable, easy-to-hit hybrids that consistently get you from A to B, regardless of the lie, you wouldn’t want to look much further than the Rogue.
Especially now that the Epic Flash has taken over the limelight, there is plenty of value to be found here.
7. Taylormade M6 Rescue
The Taylormade M6 is firm to the feel and loud to the ear, but there is plenty of distance on offer.
If ball striking isn’t your forte then this has your name all over it.
Your ball striking and subsequent confidence will improve tremendously and you’ll even be able to turn one over from right to left the odd occasion – but most of the time it’ll be flying straighter than you’re used to.
If you don’t really mind the loudish sound and hard feel then the gains are worth it considering you’ll be adding distance and forgiveness.
Golf Hybrids FAQ
How do I know if I should be using a hybrid?
To make it as simple as possible, ask yourself the question (honestly) – How well do I hit my long irons? And by well I mean how do you strike it? How high can you hit your long irons? Can you shape your long irons well?
There is no doubt that a hybrid allows you to have a higher launch and ball flight in order to carry the ball a bit further. If you were faced with a carry over water to a narrow green from front to back then a hybrid will be a lot more consistent and reliable than a long iron on average. If you’ve always searched for more height and playability with long irons then perhaps now is the time to change to hybrids.
What handicap player are hybrids targeted at?
Some may tell you otherwise, but hybrids are targeted at players with handicaps of roughly 2 or 3 upwards. Generally they’re aimed at higher handicap players due to the playability factor, but there are plenty of single figure players who use hybrids. Heck I even used one for some time and I’m a professional.
But you’ll also notice that not many tour professionals (at all) use hybrids, but stick with long irons because they are fantastic ball strikers and want to have the option of being able to shape the ball either way when need be.
To put it simply – if you are anywhere from a 5 handicap upwards then you are going to benefit using a hybrid. If you’re a 4 handicap player or lower then use your discretion as to just how good a ball striker you are before making the decision.
Can you shape a hybrid?
It is more difficult to shape a hybrid from right to left or vice versa than a regular long iron. There is no doubt about that. But with less shape (particularly in long irons) comes more consistency, which in turn results in lower scoring.
As a mid to high handicap player you really shouldn’t be phased as to whether you can shape a longer club or not. You are wanting as minimal shape as possible in order to improve. Only scratch players and tour professionals would be considering how much workability there is in a club before putting into their bag.
Is it easy to hit a hybrid?
One of the easiest clubs to hit in your bag besides the bigger headed drivers and fairway woods. Very easy to hit and you will be impressed and surprised when striking your first few shots and seeing the ball soar into the wild blue yonder. Hybrids are all about playability and higher launch/trajectory.
How many hybrids should I have in my bag?
Again it is handicap dependent. If you’re a low single figure then opt for just one being the 3 Hybrid with loft of anywhere between 21 – 23 degrees. If you’re around the 10 – 12 handicap mark then look at adding a second hybrid being a 4 hybrid (24 – 26 degrees) and remove your 4 iron.
Golfers with higher handicaps of 14 upwards – you can assess your mid to long iron play and determine whether you feel you need as much help as possible even up to a 6 iron. If you do then add a third hybrid being a 5 hybrid which would have a loft of roughly 27 or 28 degrees.
Buying Guide – Golf Hybrids
As technology marches on within a competitive marketplace, we as golfing consumers get to enjoy a deluge of cutting-edge hybrids on the shelves. Top-of-the-range utility clubs in particular must scrap for small gains, with pretty much all of them having the basics covered. Thin faces to increase MOI? Check. Streamlined clubheads? Check. Easy launch, and lower CG? Check. Good selection of shafts? Check. As a result, we’re seeing a lot of technological gimmicks coming into play to enhance things like distance and turf interaction. And that, my friends, is where the fun really begins!
Control and Performance
A hybrid’s main purpose is to provide a bridge between woods and irons, and, let’s face it… that distance from 160 – 220 yards is one which few people relish. As such, the key priority is surely forgiveness – something that’s not synonymous with long irons. But forgiveness cannot be gained at the expense of control, and that’s where versatility becomes so important, and the ability to work the ball. Variations in loft, lie and face angle are now all commonplace, while variations in offset are also pretty vast. It’s a lot to consider and test, but hybrids are becoming a vital part of the bag for many players, so it’s worth putting in a bit of time so that you can enjoy consistency and control with your hybrid(s) for many years to come.
Design and Appearance
In terms of size, there used to be a fairly accurate rule of thumb with hybrids: the bigger the clubhead, the higher the handicap. Of course, newer technologies are rapidly rendering such a musing outdated, given that there are a number of other ways to generate improved forgiveness other than bulk. Faces are getting thinner, heads are becoming more aerodynamic and almost every top brand has some sort of speed-inducer on the sole. There simply isn’t anything quite as confidence building in a hybrid than a model which is sleek and streamlined, and, these days, that really should be the underpinning factor in terms of design – regardless of handicap.
Value for Money
How long’s a piece of string? And what’s a good price for a hybrid? Well, it is difficult to say. Most decent hybrids these days retail at about $180 – $250 per stick. Our take is that, if you’re being asked to cough up potentially a grand for four hybrids, there needs to be damn good reasons for doing so. We all have our favorite brands, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But our job is to put all that to one side, and assess individual releases on their merits. That’s our thought process behind evaluating value anyway. Maybe it’s my Scottish blood, but I don’t part with my pennies easily. So if I endorse hybrids as providing good bang for buck, chances are it probably carries a fair amount of water!