Best Hybrid Golf Clubs – Our Top Picks And Expert Review

Welcome to our Best Hybrid Golf Clubs 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.[/wpsm_column]

We tried to keep our selection pretty broad in terms of handicap suitability, but admittedly, many of the hybrids featured below are for low single figure to mid handicaps.

If you are just beginning golf we recommend you check out our review of the Best Golf Clubs for Beginners.

Best Hybrid Golf Clubs

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Best Hybrid Golf Clubs by Category

Best Overall Golf Hybrid – Callaway Epic Hybrid

The Callaway Epic hybrids 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 Steelhead XR, but the Epics are 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.

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  • Stylish design that has an attractive eye catching look about
  • Very long indeed
  • The 2 hybrid option is exceptionally versatile and is great to use off the tee box too
  • They are fairly expensive, must be honest. But take nothing away from value

Editor’s Choice – Cobra King F7 Hybrid

The Cobra King F7 is our Editor’s Choice for Hybrids in 2018.

We value our objectivity more than anything else, but it’s pretty hard to spit any venom in the face of the King F7 hybrids. The rails are an excellent feature, and provide for the smoothest of transactions between club and turf.

There is also a world of adjustability on offer here. The F7s also look good. They sound good. And they’re very, very competitively priced. How many more boxes need to be ticked?

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  • The Baffler Dual Rail System allows you to cut through any turf or terrain with ease and grace
  • Tremendous versatility in terms of loft adjustability
  • Lighter face generates good flex at impact, along with impressive ball speeds and forgiveness
  • Excellent value for money here at $199
  • None. Honestly. Next…

Pro’s Choice – Ping G400

The Ping G400 is our Pro’s Choice for hybrids.

It is definitely a step in the right direction from the G30 and G Crossover. Plenty of distance tied in with exceptional workability make this a world beater.

Ping have added a bit more weight to the toe of the hybrid in order to straighten out ball flights and not promote a right to left shot shape.

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  • 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
  • Pleasing sound and feel off the clubface at impact
  • Not incredibly beautiful, but on the other hand we have seen worse out there

Best Price – Mizuno JPX 900 Hybrid

The JPX 900 hybrids will pique the interest of better players more than their Mizuno JPX 850 predecessors 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.

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

Best Seller – Srixon Z H65 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.

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 H65 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.

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  • Excellent playability from any kind of lie
  • Forgiving, and wonderfully consistent with carry and distance
  • Arc Support Channel (crown) initiates a very easy launch, enhanced by lower CG across all three hybrids
  • Satisfying sound, with good feedback as impact/strike deviates from sweet spot
  • Lack of adjustability will be a turn off for some

Best Value – Callaway Steelhead XR 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 3 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 Steelhead XRs.

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  • Never hit a club that produced such consistent strikes, distances and shapes. Off every lie you can think of too
  • Forgiving to the max, and the Hyper Speed Face Cup technology enlarges the sweet spot
  • You’ll get a handy distance kick – that’s guaranteed
  • Reasonably priced, just like the irons
  • Not a lot of versatility between hybrids, nor any adjustability
  • Probably not for low handicappers

Worthy Competitors

Callaway XR Hybrid

The technology behind the XR Hybrid provides superior ball speed, forgiveness and distance. Not to mention accuracy!

The matte crown with the chev logo for alignment is nice (although I’m not crazy about the shape of the head) and the glossy sole just look so sexy.

The XR Hybrid is a fantastic option for a wide range of players. If you’re already a long hitter you’re going to benefit the most of anyone as this thing is super long.

If you are seeking a hybrid that is really easy to hit, this is the answer! Easy to turn over from right to left and has a mid range launch. Perfect for calm or windy conditions. Whilst we didn’t pick it as Best Value – it only came in one point behind the Steelhead XR and is still a great value for money purchase.

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  • Great value purchase for a sexy product that everyone enjoys
  • Distance is of abundance with the XR Hybrid – particularly if you have a high swing speed!
  • Very forgiving clubface that even the best players will appreciate
  • Actual clubhead doesn’t really have a beautiful elegant shape, somewhat triangular toward the toe section
  • No adjustability offering in terms of loft/lie. Not the end of the world, but can be convenient

Ping G Crossover

Ping have done a superb job in discovering the Crossover – almost puzzling though why it took so long for a manufacturer to spark the idea though!

If you struggle with height to your ball flight and have a low swing speed then this will really help turn your intermediate to long game around. This club will always be consistently simpler to hit than a long iron so there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t give it a try.

The Ping G Crossover is fantastic product that is going to add confidence and additional yards to your game.

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  • Getting the ball up into the air is really easy – and without you having to really try get it up either
  • Higher ball speed through impact which in turn results in longer carry distance in particular
  • The sound and feel through impact are some of the best we’ve felt across all manufacturers – superb
  • Maybe a little on the expensive side, but if you can afford it then it is well worth the money

Titleist 816 H2 Hybrid

The Titleist 816H2 sports some excellent features, with a tremendous variety of loft options and the use of Active Recoil Channel, which creates an efficient turf interaction.

There is plenty of distance on offer, which Titleist attribute largely to the Ultra Thin Face design.

It is clearly aimed at better players, and ticks a lot of boxes. But there are no standout qualities as such; nothing which especially catches the eye, and for this reason, we’d stop short of singing from the rooftops about it.

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  • Active Recoil Channel and relieved leading edge create a smooth interaction with the turf
  • Plenty of distance at your disposal
  • Surprisingly forgiving for a smaller hybrid. Good feedback too
  • Four loft options, coupled with SureFit adjustability, means there’s plenty of versatility
  • Doesn’t come too cheap at $250 a pop
  • Not a big fan of the grey-ish crown

Taylormade M2 Rescue

The Taylormade M2 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. Strike while the iron is hot and get your hands on a good deal with the original M2 Rescue!

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  • 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 M2 a few rounds
  • A really good looking hybrid that oozes class – despite there not being any alignment aid on the crown of the clubhead
  • 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 M2 Rescue sounds and feels hard/loud, but if you’re prepared to sacrifice that for performance and consistency then get your hands on one

Mizuno JPX 850 Hybrid

The JPX850 is a funky offering from Mizuno and is a solid option if you’re a low to mid handicap player.

Plenty of distance along with a fairly narrow shot dispersion rate. The JPX850 feels and sounds interestingly good off the clubface at impact and the striking blue appearance will definitely make sure you are noticed.

The low profile clubhead makes it really easy to strike off the fairway and first cut of rough, but any deeper lie than that and you may find a tad tricky.

Great technology that actually helps you each and every shot and to summarize, it’s good value for money.

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  • Plenty of distance right here – and not only off center strikes
  • The low CG provides more bang for your buck in terms of shot result on low strikes off the clubface
  • Great value for money
  • Shallow clubface may not be to everyone’s liking and is a bit more difficult to hit out of thick rough
  • The overall slightly triangular clubhead is not stunning, but each to their own. You may love it!

Cobra King F6 Hybrid

The Cobra King F6 Hybrid was our Editor’s Choice for Hybrids in 2016.

On the driving range the Cobra F6 provided superb feel and with it’s enhanced launch angle it is particularly great for those players that struggle with swing speed and height.

When choosing a hybrid there are a number of factors to consider, but try keep it to two thing in particular. Either you want to focus on hitting it off the tee. Or you aim to use it from the fairway and first cut to improve your approach shots.

The Cobra F6 falls mainly into the first category. It is a good looking club at a good price. Exceptionally tight in terms of shot dispersion & feels and sounds beautiful at impact. Cobra have stepped up their game in the last 36 months and have provided some really solid options.

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  • So easy to get the ball up in the air at impact – and without even trying to either!
  • Higher ball speed at impact providing a longer carry and more distance
  • Feels and sounds beautiful at impact
  • If anything maybe slightly costly, but still find it good value

Best Hybrid Golf Clubs FAQ’s

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

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!

Assessment Criteria

With the huge variety of offerings on the market, the most challenging aspect we had was choosing a comprehensive set of best hybrid golf clubs to review. We initially cast the net wide, but quickly whittled the list down to our view of the 10 best golf hybrids available on the market at the moment.

Below you can find a side-by-side comparison of our list of best hybrid golf clubs currently on the market.

All hybrids were put to the test against our standard assessment model, where we looked at 4 key aspects: Build Quality, Control & Performance, Design & Appearance and Value for Money. Individual scores of each of these aspects was then aggregated to give an overall assessment score, as follows:

Overall Mark Score Description
Outstanding A+ 9.6 – 10 Stop the clock and buy now. This piece of equipment will change your game.
Excellent A 9.0 – 9.5 Superb piece of gear. Amazing quality, performance and value for money.
Great B+ 8.6 – 8.9 Great offering. This piece of gear won’t let you down.
Good B 8.0 – 8.5 Solid piece of gear with only minor issues to criticise.
Average C+ 7.6 – 7.9 Adequate offering, but not the best value for money.
Average C 7.0 – 7.5 Not the most exciting piece of gear, seek alternatives.
Weak D+ 6.6 – 6.9 Leaves lots to be desired. You can do a lot better.
Weak D 6.0 – 6.5 Steer well clear of this gear. Not worth the money!

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.

  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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