Best Hybrid Golf Clubs – Our Top Picks And Expert Review

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.

Other Club Reviews: Drivers | Irons | Beginner Drivers | Game Improvement Irons | Fairway Woods | Wedges | Putters

Best Golf Hybrids

1. Callaway Epic Flash Hybrid

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The Callaway Epic Flash hybrid scored the highest on our assessment and is our pick for the Best Overall Golf Hybrid!

The versatility, forgiveness and distance they deliver is outstanding. Callaway had already set the hybrid bar high with the Rogue, but the Epic Flash is worthy of the upped price.

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.

Pros

  • Stylish design that has an attractive eye catching look about, a lot less of the green/yellow theme going on with this club
  • Very long indeed
  • Wide variety of lofts offering a 3, 4, 5 or 6 hybrid

Cons

  • They are fairly expensive, must be honest. But take nothing away from value
  • Only one stock shaft to choose from being the Mitsubishi Tensei in 3 different weights

2. Cobra F9 Speedback Hybrid

cobra 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?

Pros

  • The Baffler Dual Rail System allows you to cut through any turf or terrain with ease and grace
  • Lighter face generates good flex at impact, along with impressive ball speeds and forgiveness
  • Excellent value for money here at $219

Cons

  • None. Honestly. Next…

3. Ping G410

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.

Pros

  • Plenty of distance packed into this baby
  • One of the most forgiving hybrids on the market along with outstanding feedback
  • The 2 and 3 hybrids are easy to work in terms of shape and trajectory
  • Wide range of options with Ping offering a 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 hybrid – just fantastic.

Cons

  • Slightly on the pricey side

4. Mizuno CLK Hybrid

 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.

Pros

  • Sits more like an iron than other Mizuno models, which will appeal to better players
  • Loft and lie adjustable
  • Excellent MOI numbers, and good distance to boot
  • Very forgiving clubs, particularly for those prone to slices or big fades

Cons

  • Heel-side sweet spot means big draws and duck hooks are exacerbated
  • Low spin means a diminished degree of control

5. Srixon Z H85 Hybrid

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.

Pros

  • Excellent playability from any kind of lie
  • Forgiving, and wonderfully consistent with carry and distance
  • Advanced crown geometry has lowered center of gravity providing increased height in trajectory
  • Satisfying sound, with good feedback as impact/strike deviates from sweet spot

Cons

  • Lack of adjustability will be a turn off for some

6. Callaway Rogue Hybrid

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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.

Pros

  • Never hit a club that produced such consistent strikes, distances and shapes. Off every lie you can think of too
  • Forgiving to the max, with the Jailbreak and Hyper Speed Face Cup technology providing superb playability
  • You’ll get a handy distance kick – that’s guaranteed
  • Superbly priced

Cons

  • Not a lot of versatility between hybrids, nor any adjustability

7. Taylormade M6 Rescue

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. 

Pros

  • Consistently long distance – a piercing ball flight with low spin that has the ball flying what seems like forever
  • The playability is world class and you’ll notice that you hit the ‘center’ of the club a whole lot more once you’ve been using the M6 a few rounds
  • A really good looking hybrid that oozes class – despite there not being any alignment aid on the crown of the clubhead

Cons

  • The clubhead slightly heavier than some competitors which makes it slightly trickier to hit first thing in the morning in the middle of winter
  • The M6 Rescue sounds hard/loud, but if you’re prepared to sacrifice that for performance and consistency then get your hands on one

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Buying Guide – Golf Hybrids

Build Quality

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!

Mike fell in love with the game from a very early age – a passion that hasn’t diminished ever since. He earned provincial colors throughout his junior years, but by the time he reached Varsity, the realization set in (thanks largely to some cold ales) that it was time to favor the pen rather than his clubs. He now writes for GA along with a few other sources.

2 Comments
  1. What about the new IRT-5 Machete Rail hybrid? How does it compare to these other hybrids in your review?

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