Having a hybrid in your golf bag is extremely useful and they have grown in popularity over the last few years, especially on the PGA Tour. Hybrids are a great option off the tee if you're not too comfortable with a driver, but they can also be used very effectively on the fairway or even out of the rough.
There are a lot of hybrids on the market and if you're thinking of buying a new one it's always best to try before you buy, but here are some of our favourites out there in 2020.
TaylorMade SIM Max
A club that's recently been in the bag of Rory McIlroy, who never used to use a hybrid until he tried the SIM Max and loved its versatility, high launch and distance.
As a long-iron replacement, it’s imperative that hybrids be versatile and playable in all conditions. That’s why TaylorMade has incorporated V Steel technology into a hybrid for the first time in the company’s history with SIM Max Rescue. The clubhead is engineered to deliver improved turf interaction and reduced friction when playing from various lies. A reshaped leading edge works in conjunction with V Steel to further improve playability and strike conditions.
Designers rounded the toe and adjusted the face angle to give SIM Max Rescue a more confidence-inspiring shape at address for all levels of golfers. It utilises the same C300 Steel face used in the SIM Max fairway woods to help improve ball speed, durability and overall performance. The corrective technologies of Twist Face and Speed Pocket offer improved performance and forgiveness on mis-hits on the toe, heel and low on the face.
Cobra engineers optimized specific zones of the construction to engineer the highest level of performance in a hybrid. The performance can be attributed to the following key technologies:
- Hollow Split Rail Technology – allows for more flex than solid rails, creating a larger hot spot for higher launch and increased distance.
- Back Weighting – weight concentrated low and back creates higher launch, more spin, towering trajectories and maximum carry.
- Forged E9 Face- A forged, two-piece construction features a high-strength 455 stainless steel that can be designed thinner for increased ball speed.
- Refined Shape – slightly larger than a traditional hybrid, the shape features a high MOI for increased forgiveness on off-center hits, and a square leading edge to improve alignment and accuracy.
- COBRA Connect – Track your accuracy and distance and overall performance using the Arccos Caddie app on your smart device.
Callaway MAVRIK MAX
Similar to the fairway woods, Callaway leveraged A.I. to develop a different face design for every MAVRIK Hybrid loft to promote an optimal combination of speed, launch angle and spin rate in every club. That, combined with high MOI and optimised CG locations, gives every MAVRIK Hybrid an extraordinary combination of easy launch, fast ball speed and long distance. Additionally, these are the first Callaway hybrids to feature a fully optimised Flash Face, which is better at delivering fast ball speed across an exceptionally large area.
There are three different models to choose from but we've opted with the MAVRIK MAX for our list of favourites, as it has a similar shape to the Standard hybrid, but boasts a larger body and deeper CG, creating higher MOI for more forgiveness.
PING's first-ever adjustable hybrid allows golfers to customise their ball flight eight different ways through loft (+/- 1.5 degrees) and lie combinations for consistently better results.
Thinner and more flexible, the maraging steel face generates faster ball speeds and higher launch.
Its larger profile and high-density back weight provides added stabiity and elevates MOI for more forgiveness.
Born from the Titleist Speed Project, TS Hybrids represent a new standard in hybrid performance. In a word, these things just GO. They look great, feel amazing, and explode through the ball with a lively Tour-preferred sound.
The TS3 is a fast-launching iron replacement designed to produce outstanding distance and control for stronger players who hit down on the ball.
- Thinner, faster face for improved distance
- Ultra-thin crown
- Streamlined shape for greater clubhead speed
- Adjustable Magnetic SureFit CG to customise ball flight
Srixon Z H85
Srixon's most advanced line of Hybrids yet, the Z H85 features a larger, more forgiving profile for more confidence from the tee or fairway.
Advanced crown geometry increases forgiveness and lowers center of gravity, helping you get consistent distance on every shot.
A larger profile gives you the confidence to hit accurate shots into greens and longer shots off the tee.