The saving grace for many golfers’ games is the option to take their long irons out of their bags. Hybrids have evolved into one of the most dynamic and necessary clubs in the bag.
Just like every other club in golf, the hybrid is continually being tweaked to not only help get the ball in the air faster and easier, but now they’re going even farther than the long irons they replaced.
Take a look at the hybrids that made our 2019 Honor Roll.
(Note: clubs are presented in alphabetical order)
Bridgestone Tour B JGR
Report Card: With many of the same technologies as the JGR family of fairway woods, the Bridgestone B JGR hybrid features the same crown, power slit and milled face that will produce higher and straighter ball flights.
Callaway Apex Hybrid
Report Card: Boasting Callaway’s jailbreak technology, which boosts ball speed, the Apex Hybrid is a natural transition from irons to fairway woods thanks to its neutral bias and workability for better players.
Callaway Big Bertha Hybrid
Report Card: A more ambitious hybrid than its Callaway brethren, the Big Bertha Hybrid features increased ball speeds from the combination of jailbreak and face cup technology. Add to the mix a lighter and more adjustable hosel and you’re left with more speed.
Cleveland Launcher HB
Report Card: Borrowing heavily from the technology of the Launcher HB driver, the hybrid version of Cleveland’s latest line offers maximum distance with exceptional forgiveness. Each of the deign’s linchpins are incorporated to create high launch conditions and more forgiveness.
Cobra F9 Hybrid
Report Card: A club for all skill levels, the Cobra F9 Hybrid is made especially for players with higher swing speeds who are looking for more distance out of their longer clubs. Combining two of Cobra’s biggest innovations in recent years — Baffler and Speedback — the F9 boasts big distance while still being forgiving to mishits.
Knuth Golf High Heat
Report Card: The High Heat 257+ is the only brand that has a higher trampoline effect outside of the center of the face, which is legal under USGA Rules. The result? You now have a sweet spot across the entire clubface for more distance, more greens in regulation and lower scores – all without any change to your swing.
Report Card: An eight-way adjustable hosel makes the Mizuno CLK the perfect hybrid to bridge the gaps between loft and lie angles in your bag. A deeper wave pattern than previous versions compresses the ball to give more energy at impact.
Report Card: An upgrade from the G400, the G410 has more mass in the rear weight for ultimate forgiveness and launch. A larger profile adds stability while a thinner face helps to generate more ball speed.
PXG 0317X Gen 2
Report Card: Saved weight from the carbon-fiber crown is reallocated to make room for eight adjustable weights in the sole of this hybrid. A honeycomb insert dampens vibrations to help enhance the club’s sound and feel.
Srixon X H85
Report Card: Utilizing Srixon’s largest club profile in a hybrid, the X H85 is meant to inspire confidence standing over the ball. Its design also employs a crown shape that increases forgiveness and lowers the club’s center of gravity.
TaylorMade M6 Rescue
Report Card: For the first time, TaylorMade has put its Twist Face technology into a hybrid to salvage mis-hits. A speed pocket design that also includes a stepped crown design increases ball speed off of a super-thin face.
TaylorMade GAPR (LO, MID, HI)
Report Card: As its name hints at, TaylorMade’s GAPR series is meant to fill the gap between your irons and fairway woods. With three different options, every skill level has is able to find their preferred choice from form to function between the three models.
Titleist 818H1 / 818H2
Report Card: Titleist offers a pair of new hybrid models this year based upon swing shape — H1 for a sweeping swing and H2 for a steeper swing. The H1 offers a higher launch with a look closer to that of a fairway wood while the H2 produces more of a players preferred launch and a more iron-like look.
Tour Edge Exotics EXS
Report Card: A club designed for moderate-swing speed players, the Exotics EXS has more flex than the average hybrid due to a dense, thin face made of high-strength steel alloy. The internal weight is concentrated low and to the front for better energy transfer at impact.
Report Card: The Wilson D7 features a new crown construction with thin cast pocket to add structure while minimizing weight, creating a superlight design that promotes faster club head speeds with less effort.
Report Card: Three innovative technologies work together to enhance the size and performance of the sweet spot, making it easier to hit every shot squarely. The lightweight shaft, also found in the driver, is engineered to reduce the impact on your body and make for a smoother swing.