Hybrid Buying Guide
A hybrid, or rescue club, is put in the bag to replace those harder to hit irons in set, typically the 3,4 and 5. Hybrids are more forgiving and consistent from the rough, making them the ideal option for players working a difficult long iron.
The best description for a hybrid club is that it’s a cross between an iron and a wood with dual characteristics. Hybrids have easy to hit properties associated with fairway woods and are built with a larger, more forgiving head.
Another reason to have a hybrid in the bag is that they are far and away easier to hit from poor lies and rough – freeing the golf ball more often from tight sports with relative ease.
If you would like to learn more about hybrids, such as how to achieve greater accuracy or trajectory, then visit any of our American Golf stores and speak to our PGA Pros who will be happy to answer any questions you have.
Golfers playing a high handicap will benefit from having a hybrid in their bag. It is recommended but not essential that players with a high handicap have at least a 3 and 4 hybrid to replace the 3 and 4 irons as this will help shape shots and correct trajectory. Unless proficient at striking the golf ball, most high-handicap golfers won’t miss the irons which have been removed from their set. Also at this level it’s a good idea to use a graphite shaft with regular flex and senior or lady golfers can use the senior (A) flex or L flex respectively.
Hybrids are designed to be hit easily from the fairway or the rough, so there’s a wealth of models on the market to choose from. Plus, seeing as pretty much all hybrids are of high standard, it’s safe to say the decision will be left largely up to which brand a golfer prefers to have in their bag. A selection of some good all-rounders such as the Mizuno Golf JPX EZ Hybrid, Nike Golf Vapor Fly Diamana Hybrid, TaylorMade M1 Hybrid and PING G Alta 70 Hybrid will give golfers excellent distances and would suit any high-handicapper.
Medium handicap golfers should absolutely have a hybrid in their bag. It might be good to consider a 2 hybrid depending on how well it goes with fairway woods. 2 hybrids are good alternatives to a 5 or 7 wood model.
Shaft-wise it is up to the golfer what they want as steel and graphite are the options here, although steel shafts are preferred as they match the irons already in the bag, but graphite shafts offer the benefits of being lighter and longer and can achieve greater club head speeds.
Low handicappers will be comfortable playing their long irons and may see no benefit in trading them in for a hybrid club. Top golf professionals have begun to adopt a hybrid golf club into their set on the golf course, replacing their 2 and 3 irons, and this can be a positive change for some players. The higher trajectory achieved using hybrids allows players to execute softer landings than what they would have managed with an iron, so consider this when it's time for a golf club upgrade.
A range of high-performance and quality golf hybrids for low or mid to low handicap golfers include the Titleist 816H2 Rogue Silver Hybrid, PING G Tour 90 Hybrid, Callaway Golf Apex Hybrid, PING G Crossover Tour 90 Hybrid and Titleist 816H2 Diamana S+ Blue Hybrid.
New season gear and classic models which simply cannot be retired, are available now at american golf and we have a wide selection of golf hybrids old and new to meet your requirements on the golf course.